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A 30-year-old female asked:

What could be the cause of chronic(1 year) persistent minimal sputum in the throat that couldn't be coughed out in a 25 year old ? this sputum is only cleared by forceful cough followed by swallowing. no risk factors -smoking, alcohol, drug, disease?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can cause this sensation as well as cough. Have the person seen by a doctor because this can be treated by medication. Staying upright for at least 30 minutes after eating is also helpful. A doctor can explore other causes of these symptoms as well so see a doctor ASAP! Good luck!
Last updated Mar 15, 2021

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