Can laryngopharyngeal reflux be prevented?

To decrease your chance of having LPR, avoid the following:

  • Acidic, spicy and fatty foods
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Beverages that contain caffeine (tea, coffee, soda, etc.)
  • Chocolate
  • Mint or mint-flavored foods

Other things you can do to help prevent LPR:

  • Do not wear tight or binding clothing.
  • Avoid becoming overly stressed. Learn ways to help manage or reduce stress levels.
  • Be sure to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid eating less than 2 hours before bedtime.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/20/2018.


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. GERD and LPR. Accessed 10/5/2018.
  • Martinucci I, de Bortoli N, Savarino E. et al. Optimal treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Ther Adv Chronic Dis. 2013 Nov; 4(6): 287–301. doi: 10.1177/2040622313503485

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