A 18-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

is clearing your throat a lot bad?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: Repetitive throat clearing may cause trauma to the vocal cords. The more important question is why are you clearing your throat a lot? Clearing your throat a lot can be a nervous habit, a tic, or a response to irritation from smoke/allergies/post nasal drip. You may want to see your doctor to investigate this further.
Answered on May 28, 2017
2
2 thanks
Dr. Joel Selter
36 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Throat clearing: Repetitive clearing of your throat could be a sign of postnasal drip, allergies, sinus, reflux or even a tic.
Answered on Dec 28, 2016
3
3 comments
9
9 thanks
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
"form of tic", not for of tic - sorry
Mar 25, 2012
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Great answer Dr. Selter. Throat clearing is the most common for of tic. Allergies, etc., must be addressed, but most mild tics go undiagnosed and people take a lot of allergy meds for an undiagnosed tic.
Mar 25, 2012
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Usually from allergies causing postnasal drainage .it feels uncomfortable and annoying especially when you start to choking and gagging almost feeling breathless.take allergy meds and expectorants to relieve symptoms.
Feb 28, 2012

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Recurrent problem?: Sudden congestion is usually caused by viral infection or irritant exposure. If recurring, if you've had sinus infections, or if you have other typic ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: If this is 3-4 times a minute-something is going on.If 3-4 times a day-no worries.
1
1 thank
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Throat clearing: Unlikely. Throat clearing leads to stimulation of secretary glands which produced more secretions which you then clear your throat again to remove. Be ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic so ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month