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The Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

The Urgent Care for Acid Reflux

What is Reflux?

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPR), also known as “silent reflux,” is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the throat, voice box, or into the back of the nasal airways; which results in the inflammation of these areas.

Patients with reflux often take non-prescription drugstore medications for acid reflux or to stop heartburn; however, these are only meant to be taken as a temporary measure and not a permanent solution. When the issue becomes chronic, it’s time to see a doctor.

Processed foods often contain acids used in preservatives. Over time, these acids can eat away at the esophagus, sometimes resulting in esophageal cancer. A screening known as Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE) is offered here at ENT Institute that can check for cancer and other esophagus-related disorders.

Factors For Reflux

What are the symptoms of reflux in adults?

Your ENT Urgent Care Doctors

70% of all urgent care and minute-clinic visits are ear, nose, and throat related.

So before you visit those walk-in clinics, consider coming to us: The Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute.

Here at the ENT Institute, we pride ourselves in being the urgent care for your ear, nose, and throat.

Whether that means issues with sinuses, hearing loss, sleep disorders, or even speech.

Let our family take care of yours with same-day appointments.

We’re also open, early Friday and Saturdays for immediate care.

How do you stop acid reflux?

At The Ear, Nose & Throat Institute in Atlanta, a qualified physician will perform one of the following tests to determine how much acid is in your airways:

  • Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE), a through-the-nose examination of the esophagus. 
  • Restech Test, involves the insertion of a small probe through your nose and into the back of your throat. 
  • Bravo Esophageal pH Test, involves attaching a small capsule (about the size of a gel cap) to the wall of the esophagus during an upper endoscopy.

How Do You Treat Reflux?

Lifestyle changes and/or medications to neutralize stomach acid are generally enough to allow patients to manage reflux disease. In some patients, these changes are not enough. If this is the case for you, your physician may recommend other treatment options, including surgery. If your symptoms point to LPR, please contact the Atlanta Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) & Silent Reflux Treatment Center at 770-740-1860 to schedule an exam if you are in the area, including Lawrenceville and Alpharetta.