My vocal cords are chronically inflammed due to the LPR. I have had a chronically dry mouth, but I'm not sure if it is due to the reflux or due to my TMJ.
Either way, last week my ENT gave me a handout from the Texas Voice Center that had a gargle recipe for dry irritated throats.
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp clear corn syrup
- 6 oz. warmed distilled water
You gargle gently for two "long, boring" minutes then spit. He recommended not rinsing after.
He also recommended avoiding coffee, tea and soft drinks...not hard if you are already following the anti-reflux diet anyway.
Using a humidifier at night if you are in a dry environment, drinking tons of water and doing a vocal exercise if I need to cough.
I just started using it so I'm not sure on the effectiveness yet. I can keep you posted.