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Doctor insights on: Acid Reflux And Coughing Up Mucus

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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I'm having an acl reconstruction next week but have a slight occasional cough with clear mucus which feels like acid reflux. Will my surgery be postpo?

I'm having an acl reconstruction next week but have a slight occasional cough with clear mucus which feels like acid reflux. Will my surgery be postpo?

Resolving URI: Probably not if your symptoms are resolving and due to an uncomplicated URI or a bronchitis triggered by environmental allergen exposures or air pollutants. You should definitely report this to your operating orthopedist and often a preoperative visit is scheduled with the on call anesthesiologist. With or without intubations these symptoms can worsen post operatively. ...Read more

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I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

Chronic cough: Can be triggered by acid reflux. Or allergy symptoms. Or smoking cigarettes or inhaling drugs. Or taking a blood pressure medicine (the ACE inhibitor class is especially guilty). Or cancer. But the first 3 are more common in your age group.

And no that is not normal. ...Read more

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Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. E?

Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. E?

A trial of: Lansoprazole 15 mg (over the counter med) 30mins before breakfast and dinner for 2 weeks. If it does or does not helps see your doctor ...Read more

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Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason. Ocassionally cough white clear mucus. Doc says acid reflux. Can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason. Ocassionally cough white clear mucus. Doc says acid reflux. Can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Cardiac or lung: 26 year old man with shortness of breath could be anything from anxiety to pulmonary or even cardiac condition.
It is important to be seen by your doctor who will ask you several questions regarding the situation that provoked the shortness or breath and other associated symptoms and will examine your heart and lungs and may recommend EKG as well as breathing test to narrow the diagnosis ...Read more

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My husband suffers from acid reflux and every morning has a coughing and mucus spell and somedays throws up. Everyday. What can help him?

My husband suffers from acid reflux and every morning has a coughing and mucus spell and somedays throws up. Everyday. What can help him?

Exam/GI expert: He will need examination, upper endoscopy and prescription medication. Until seen I would recommend OTC Pepcid AM/PM-Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) may help; however, he must be examined. I suggest GI evaluation. ...Read more

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33 yr old adult autistic nonverbal female. 6hours after eating extreme coughing acid reflux gas and mucus. 4 years no cure no new ideas from local?

Need new specialist: You need to take this poor soul to a major medical center for better evaluation and treatment. There is no reason for her to suffer for four years with this - that is just cruel. Find a major city near where you live, see if they have a medical school and/or residency program for GI or GI surgery, and set up appointment. If you need further suggestions where, send where you live in new question. ...Read more

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Digestive issue. 6 hours after eating lots acid reflux, coughing, gad, and mucus. For 33 year old nonverbal autistic adult female. Local physicians.

Digestive issue. 6 hours after eating lots acid reflux, coughing, gad, and mucus. For 33 year old nonverbal autistic adult female. Local physicians.

Acid reflux: Sounds like your stomach empties slowly. I would advise consulting with a GI specialist. Avoid caffeine, sodas, acidic foods and overeating. An acid blocker may be helpful like Zantac (ranitidine) or Prevacid. You probably need an upper GI study or endoscopy if your symptoms do not improve. Make sure you write or type your concerns prior to your visit. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why I have clear mucus with wheezing after I had acid reflux?

Can you tell me reasons why I have clear mucus with wheezing after I had acid reflux?

Acid reflux: The acid is an irritant to the upper airways causing constriction producing a wheeze and in response to the irritant the airways make mucous to protect and coat the airways. ...Read more

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Acid reflux is giving me mucus in throat and nose, what can I do to fix this?

Acid reflux is giving me mucus in throat and nose, what can I do to fix this?

Diet change: If these symptoms are related to gastroesophageal reflux then diet change, decreased total fat intake, avoid large meals, alcohol, acidy food, chocolate, etc. Sometimes dairy products such as yogurt and milk help; otc meds are available. Usual symptoms are chest pain and nausea. If symptoms become severe, see physician for exam and recommendations. ...Read more

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Can excessive mucus in your throat be caused by acid reflux?

Can excessive mucus in your throat be caused by acid reflux?

Yes. Commonly.: Yes, common in our area is allergic rhinitis as well. If you are concerned talk it over with your doctor. This picture is worth of thousand words. It can drip down or come up pretty easily. ...Read more

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My anus itches. I have anal mucus. I get nauseous twice a week. My feces are inconsistent shapes. My weight is fluctuations rapidly. Acid reflux?

My anus itches. I have anal mucus. I get nauseous twice a week. My feces are inconsistent shapes. My weight is fluctuations rapidly. Acid reflux?

Proctocolitis?: Acid reflux has nothing to do with this. Sounds like rectal or colon inflammation (proctocolitis). Maybe worse-than-usual irritable bowel syndrome, but it's also possible you have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, or other serious intestinal problem. If you're gay and have had anal sex, STDs are possible. See your doctor or a gastroenterologist soon. ...Read more

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Why does mucinex (guaifenesin) dm seem to be tremendously helping my acid reflux and allergies its clearing up mucus and I know its reflux from food I eat?

Why does mucinex (guaifenesin) dm seem to be tremendously helping my acid reflux and allergies its clearing up mucus and I know its reflux from food I eat?

New discovery?: I guess you have made a new discovery on treating acid reflux. I can only guesis that the mucinex (guaifenesin) has left a coating floating above your stomach content thereby preventing acid and food from coming back- there is no scientific proof. It appears that you might have considered your "post-nasal" drips to be from allergy when it is from reflux. ...Read more

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I have a white streak of mucus in back of throat, sinus rince clears up nose congestion but white streak is still present, I also have acid reflux?

I have a white streak of mucus in back of throat, sinus rince clears up nose congestion but white streak is still present, I also have acid reflux?

Get evaluated: If you find that this streak has not changed or disappeared I would have your doctor take a look. Sometimes there are inflammatory changes during a cold but if this is a change in throat tissue that is not resolving I would get the professional opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doctor thinks I have acid reflux, but I have a lot of mucus when I wake up, then goes away throughout day. Should I clear throat, ignore or swallow it?

Possible Sinus?: Lots of things can cause you to have mucus when you wake. What you do with it, probably doesn't matter too much. I would see your doctor and consider something like nasal steroids (flonase, nasonex (mometasone) etc) to see if the mucus decreases. Room air humidifier at night, decongestants also may help. ...Read more

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Symptoms began nJan. Allergy type thick mucus yellw/green. Feels stuck n throat. Acid reflux acts up I drink h2o and burp yellw grn acidic foam mucus?

Symptoms began nJan. Allergy type thick mucus yellw/green. Feels stuck n throat. Acid reflux acts up I drink h2o and burp yellw grn acidic foam mucus?

GERD may progress: GERD="gastroesophageal reflux disease." Stuff from stomach (whether acid or not) regurgitates back into esophagus--due to inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, impaired esophageal function (peristalsis), inadequate saliva, gastric outlet narrowing, gastroparesis, small bowel pathology, etc. Your throat may be affected, as described (=laryngo-esophageal reflux). Time for check-up. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more