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Could GERD be causing you to lose your voice?

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a condition that makes stomach acid wash back up into the esophagus, a tube that leads into your throat. The main symptom is heartburn, but GERD can also weaken your voice.

Stomach acid can irritate your vocal cords, throat, and esophagus. This leads to a hoarse voice, wheezing, and too much mucus in your throat.

From: Why Am I Losing My Voice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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