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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Artinoids

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Question: I am trying to get information on contact ulcers on the vocal cords, or artinoids. What therapies are recommended?

Answer: Ulcers on the vocal cords and surrounding areas are usually due to acid reflux from the stomach. The esophagus and upper parts of the vocal and respiratory tract are not designed to tolerate acid pH. Usually focusing on decreasing acid with either an H2 blocker (available over the counter like Tagamet, Zantac, or Pepcid) or newer agents like Prilosec is the first place to start. A regiment to mechanically decrease reflux by elevating the head of the bed and avoiding late meals can also be effective. Lastly, drugs like Propulsid which affect GI motility, are used for reflux if the above is not effective.

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