Acid Reflux Sore Throat – How Long Does it Take to Heal?

Acid Reflux Sore Throat Healing Time

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

I am often asked how long does LPR take to heal or what is the LPR recovery time? Well, 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 which is how I cured my silent reflux.

If you are following my advice your healing should start and get you on the right track. Of course, for everyone the healing time may massively vary. For example, someone who only has minor pain in their throat and follows my advice could be symptom free in as little as 1-2 weeks. Though in comparison someone who has is suffering from it more consistently and more severely may need many months of healing. For myself I suffered with silent reflux badly for about 2 years’ time and it was it this point when I implemented the same advice I am suggesting to you. For me my LPR treatment time took about 6 months’ time to completely heal although I did see improvements as soon as a few days after starting, and from that point it was a gradual healing process until I was completely healed.

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.

26 thoughts on “Acid Reflux Sore Throat – How Long Does it Take to Heal?”

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      I don’t know for sure but it could definitely be related because of how the acid and pepsin can damage and irritate the inner ear, so likely there could be a correlation.

  1. Avatar for Lexi

    Can anybody out there give me any help please. I have recently been diagnosed with GERD after suffering for a while with almost constant heartburn and a feeling of a lump in my throat. I had a barium swallow which diagnosed the acid reflux which has now been constant for almost 3 months now. I have no idea what triggered it off but it is awful all day apart from first thing in the morning. Then as soon as the day goes on it creeps up and gets worse and worse. I have tried avoiding all the usual triggers and have also had 2 very unsuccessful attempts on PPIs. After trying the first for 3 weeks I stopped as there was no change at all and it ended up making me feel worse. With the second I have been on them for almost a month (2 a day g) and again no change whatsoever. It is making me very low. I was also diagnosed with depression but after taking an SSRI for a while I had to stop because of a serious side-effect. I have yet to go back to my doctor but wondered if anybody out there has had similar lack of success with medication for severe and almost constant GERD. None of even the heavy duty antacids make any difference either and I have tried apple cider vinegar and honey too. Any suggestions as it is severely impacting my life.

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Best 2 things to do are a strict diet plan that avoids all acidic foods like the wipeout diet I created. Also in terms on medicine I recommend Gaviscon the uk version, it has been proven to be the most effective remedy to treating silent reflux symptoms.

    2. Avatar for Debi lee

      I’m getting exactly the same symptoms only mine is worse at night ,cant sleep due to the pain in my throat and chest ,cant see a Doctor only phone call and she given me tablets, for 3 weeks now haven’t made any difference so worried as with this virus I keep thinking it’s that, will try gaviscon, really hope can see a Doctor soon !

  2. Avatar for john maldonado

    I have had a sore throat for almost 2 months. ENT says my throat looks normal. Possible reflux but no likely. I have also been swabbed for pathogens and its come back normal. My most bothersome symptom is burning throat irritation. Ice chips help a lot. Any advice would be appreciated.
    About me: I use a cpap with humidification. slightly over weight. mouth breathing might be a problem.

  3. Avatar for Lucy Alexandra Houghton
    Lucy Alexandra Houghton

    Can you recommend anything that heals or protects the larynx area apart from alkaline water etc? I was told that gastritis is causing my acid to bubble up and cause the reflux instead of going down as it should, does this sound right?

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Lucy, Best thing you can do to protect the larynx is to stop the acid coming up and being damaged by acidic foods passing over it and reactivating the pepsin. This is done by a low acid diet like my wipeout diet plan and taking the uk gaviscon advance after meals.

  4. Avatar for Johnty

    I had problems with my ears for a while and i blame lpr..i had mild tinnitus and it got worse..i also got what could be described as severe flutter…sounded like helicopter blades whirling around…i now use high ph water for sipping thru the day but not before eating and not till way after..we still need acid for digesting our food and a water-bicarb of soda mix which i spray into my moith and throat…i am fi ding not as much pain in the last few weeks and i also nasal wrinse with this soloution from time to time..
    I personally find this helps me but what works for me may not help others…sensible foods and drinks is a must as David says….thanks for the reply David i will certainly e mail sooner than later…

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Johnty,
      Yes that definitely will help because the alkaline mixture helps neutralise the pepsin in the throat which is usually the main cause of LPR. It also helps settles the stomach acid too. You are most welcome, I hope this helps.

  5. Avatar for Lucy Houghton

    Had an endoscopy yesterday without sedation (fun!) And everything is normal!! No hiatus hernia, no ulcers 100% normal. Over the moon, I think I burned my stomach with chronic taking ibuprofen on an empty stomach. Lesson learned!

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Very glad to hear that Lucy. You have learned your lesson no more taking ibuprofen, very bad for the stomach!

  6. Avatar for Deborah

    Hi my most troublesome symptoms is painful swallowing I have been on a low acid diet for almost 4 months. It is improving very very slowly. Is this normal ? I have been diagnosed with lpr. My other symptoms have mostly subsided (burning throat burning ears and nose and sour taste )

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hey Deborah, Good you are seeing progress at least. Sometimes yes it can take some months for healing. Though it is possible you could be making some minor mistakes with your diet, send me an email and I can give you better advice based on what you are eating.

  7. Avatar for Rocks

    Hi David, ??

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with lpr. Typically my voice is extremely hoarse and feels a bit tender. I notice that I have to clear my throats more so than usual after eating. Is there anyway to speed up the healing process? What spices would you recommend that I stay away?

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hey Rocks, Yes there are many things diet of course, gaviscon, not eating soon before bed, drinking soothing tea like chamomile and not overeating just to name a few. There are many spices that should be avoided would be easier to list the ones that are okay to eat. Spices like ginger, fennel, cumin, paprika are the first spices that come to mind that are okay to enjoy.

  8. Avatar for Michelle

    I’ve been experiencing dry mouth for the past few weeks along with my LPR symptoms (sore throat, lump in throat). It feels like my tongue is heavy and is harder to speak. Is this related?

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Yes that is highly likely related to the LPR. I have experienced a similar feeling myself in the past.

  9. Avatar for Ronald

    I read that Melatonin can cure LPR, because scientists believe that melatonin can stengthen the sphincter, there are good results with it. Anybody experienes with Melatonin and LPR?

  10. Avatar for Charles Mahon

    In mid November I woke up to violent acid reflux coming up into my mouth twice in a week. I haven’t had those symptoms since, but I do get that uneasy feeling in my stomach throughout the day at times. I have been prescribed Nexium, after being on Prilosec for 20 yrs. I went to see an ENT and he diagnosed me with inflammation on top of the voice box cartilages after eight weeks on Jan. 23rd. It has been terrible to talking at times as the throat pain will get worse as I talk, or raise my voice. It’s hard to constantly keep quite, even though that’s what I need. Has anyone else suffered like I have? I watch what I eat now, but could benefit from your diet.

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hey Charles, Yes I have had that symptom the same as yourself and as have many more with LPR, it’s a common symptom. I do believe a low acid diet like the one I created to be the best way to stop it from happening. While sometimes H2 blockers can help I don’t think they are the best choice and I especially recommend to avoid PPI tablets. Hope this helps.

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