When someone has a sore throat that is due to acid reflux this is called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) or sometimes referred to as silent reflux. The reason it is sometimes deemed silent reflux is because the other symptoms that would be common for someone with typical reflux symptoms like heartburn usually aren’t present. For someone with LPR most of the symptoms revolve around the throat though are other symptoms which you can read about in my LPR symptoms article.
Let me explain a little about how LPR is caused before talking about healing time – If you weren’t aware there is a thing called pepsin which is a digestive enzyme which is used to help digest protein that is produced in the stomach. When you reflux this pepsin refluxes up along with the acid and can enter the throat and basically try and digest it! This is mostly why your throat will feel sore and inflamed because of this pepsin and acid combination.
For someone with silent reflux this pepsin can lay dormant in the throat and can be reactivated more by foods/drinks that are more acidic coming in contact with it – so it is important to stick to a certain diet plan to allow your throat to heal properly.
To get started I would recommend that you check out my LPR diet – The first steps or if you want a more detailed diet plan check out my Wipeout Diet Plan. Also if you want more information on how pepsin works and how it affects the throat check out my complete LPR guide which covers all the causes, symptoms and treatment in depth.
If you have this sore throat and you feel it is because of acid damage then you must follow my suggested treatment advise which entails following my diet as I mentioned above and also taking Gaviscon advance (UK version) which I write more about here – Why Gaviscon Advance is the best Gaviscon.
The reason I wanted to briefly explain these points is because they will get you on the right healing path which I will talk more about now.
Acid Reflux Sore Throat Healing Time
If you are someone who hasn’t been following my treatment advise and you have this nagging sore throat this could be in fact hindering you from healing and for a lot of people that would be true.
With that being said healing time will depend a lot of a host of factors. Let’s assume you have silent reflux and are eating a diet that will only prevent it from healing then in that case it may be very difficult for you to heal because you are constantly eating/drinking things that will flare/irritate it further.
On a final note if you aren’t sure if the root cause of your sore throat is because of acid I would suggest taking my RSI quiz here called the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI) Test. The purpose of this quiz is to show you that if you score over a certain amount there is a high probably that your root cause is related to acid reflux.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or send me a private message here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What helps a sore throat from acid reflux?
The best thing that helps with this is a low acid diet plan. Importantly to start to want to follow a diet plan that avoid the most prominent trigger foods for acid reflux. For some people that will be enough to help or completely remove symptoms. For others they will need to do a more strict low acid diet to see improvements, like avoiding foods and drinks with a pH (acidity level) of less than 5. You can also take medication to help, there are a plethora of options but the best choice is Gaviscon advance (ideally the UK version) – This helps create a layer on top of the stomach contents which helps prevent acid from refluxing up and into the throat.
How long does it take for sore throat to heal from LPR?
There is no simple way to answer this question because everyone is different. For some people it can be healed in a matter of days if not a couple of weeks, whereas for others they will need to follow a strict healing regime for many months to see the same improvement. One thing to remember here is that if you have been suffering from LPR symptoms for longer then it will likely take you a little longer though that isn’t always the case.
Can acid reflux cause a sore throat?
Yes acid reflux can absolutely cause a sore throat. Acid and a digestive enzyme called pepsin can reflux up into the throat where they can cause damage and irritation, this is known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux(LPR) or sometimes called silent reflux.
How long does it take for acid reflux to heal?
Depending on your symptoms and what is causing your acid reflux there is a wide range of answers to this question. With an effective treatment plan acid reflux can be healed and recovered from rather quickly for a lot of people. Usually some minor diet and lifestyle adjustments will be enough for a lot of people to completely recover from acid reflux whereas others may need to make more extreme changes. To give a general answer I would say for someone who has more minor acid reflux it could be healed within a couple of weeks whereas for someone with more severe acid reflux it could take months but that isn’t always true.