Reflux Specialist

Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D.

Laryngologist & Otolaryngologist located in New York, NY

Many people have acid reflux, a digestive disorder in which gastric juices from the stomach flow upward into the esophagus. In many cases, the stomach acid may make its way up to the pharynx and larynx (the throat and voice box). This can cause irritation and a myriad of symptoms. Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., is an ear, nose, and throat physician with an office on Park Avenue in New York City who can evaluate you for reflux and provide you with an effective treatment to ease your discomfort. For expert management of your reflux, call Dr. Desloge’s Manhattan office or schedule an appointment online today.

Reflux Q & A

What is reflux?

Reflux refers to the regurgitation of the contents of your stomach into your esophagus, which irritates the soft tissues. It’s normal to experience reflux if you eat too much or consume a meal that’s high in fat, but if you experience reflux on a regular basis you may have a condition that demands intervention.  There are two commonly identified types of reflux: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). GERD is characterized by heartburn, chest pain and digestive symptoms. If left uncontrolled, GERD may cause narrowing of the esophagus and increase the risk of esophageal or stomach cancer.  LPR refers to the type of reflux that causes symptoms in the ears, nose, and throat and might contribute to infections in the head and neck. LPR is evaluated and treated by an ears nose and throat physician.

What are the symptoms of LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux)?

  • Frequent need to clear your throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness or a scratchy voice
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Feeling as though you have a lump in your throat
  • Recurrent or persistent sore throat
  • Excessive thick phlegm
  • Postnasal drip sensation
  • Difficulty swallowing

How is reflux managed?

Dr. Desloge is a specialist in throat disorders and provides individualized care to help you get your reflux under control. Your treatment might include:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Change in diet
  • Medication to control stomach acid production

Dr. Desloge may also refer you to an in-office speech language pathologist to evaluate your swallow and to determine if you would benefit from additional therapy. Dr. Desloge is well-known for the highly specialized care she provides to singers and performers. If you use your voice to earn a living, gaining control of your reflux is important to maintain your vocal health and prevent damage to your larynx.

Reflux is an uncomfortable condition that can lead to more serious health issues if left uncontrolled. Dr. Desloge and her team provide expert care and management for reflux and can help you get the relief you need. Call Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.