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LPR? Excessive mucus in throat throat clearing, neg results 2 ENts. Have had 2 nissens for GeRD 10yrs apart. History asthma (not now)All meds haven't worked

LPR? Excessive mucus in throat throat clearing, neg results 2 ENts. Have had 2 nissens for GeRD 10yrs apart. History asthma (not now)All meds haven't worked

LPR?: Sounds like you should clear this up with your docs. May need definitive study such as pH probe or CT sinus / nasopharyngoscope / repeat EGD if these have not already been done. If two ENT docs agree and the meds haven't worked we may need to consider an alternate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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persistent clearing of throat and excess mucus in throat Have tried allergy/asthma meds and low dose PPIs. A new allergist or GI doc? Silent re

persistent clearing of throat and excess mucus in throat Have tried allergy/asthma meds and low dose PPIs. A new allergist or GI doc? Silent re

LERD possible: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Agree, further evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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Husband clears his throat all the time, he has sports asthma that is under control with daily medication avair for 12yrs now..

Husband clears his throat all the time, he has sports asthma that is under control with daily medication avair for 12yrs now..

Many possibilities: Throat clearing is from gastric reflux, post nasal drip, too dry saliva, retained throat secretions because the pharynx can't clear them, pharyngeal diverticulitis, foreign body sensation from globus, habit, chronic nasopharyngitis, and others. It rarely indicates a serious condition but I would be most concerned if there is coughing or choking with swallowing, hoarseness, or abnormal swallowing. ...Read more

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My 4 year has a constant cough (like clearing her throat) she's well otherwise. She's on ventolin & flixotide. Is this just asthma??

My 4 year has a constant cough (like clearing her throat) she's well otherwise. She's on ventolin & flixotide. Is this just asthma??

Mgt: I would suggest reviewing her asthma plan with your PCP. Other considerations, include allergy testing, avoidance of known allergens and a CF sweat test. A virtual inbox consult is available.
Is the cough wet? ...Read more

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Would asthma inhaler such as Flovent HFA help to reduce excessive mucus build up in throat?

Would asthma inhaler such as Flovent HFA help to reduce excessive mucus build up in throat?

Mucous: Flovent helps with asthma related coughing and wheezing so you don't have to use our rescue inhaler much. For excessive nasal congestion and runny nose, you might want to try antihistamines, like loratidine, ceftrizine or fexfenidine ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip cause asthma? Secondly, can it cause chronic need for throat clearing? Thanks

Can post nasal drip cause asthma? Secondly, can it cause chronic need for throat clearing? Thanks

No and yes: A post nasal drip will not cause asthma but it certainly could cause you to have to clear your throat. Everyone has a post nasal drip and it is only a problem when there is a change in either the quality or the quantity of the mucus. Once the cause of the change in mucus is treated the sensation of a post nasal drip should improve. ...Read more

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Woke this morning with a fluid feeling in my throat & lungs which made a bark sound when I tried to clear, is this my asthma or infection?

Woke this morning with a fluid feeling in my throat & lungs which made a bark sound when I tried to clear, is this my asthma or infection?

Cough: Could be either. See how the symptoms progress. Try otc medications for fever/muscle aches. Make a doctor appt if it doesn't get better especially if breathlessness becomes a more prominent symptom. ...Read more

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Diagnosis is burned broncials with over use of inhaler for asthma. Now have a dry chronic cough and throat clearing. Is this the wrong diagnosis?

Diagnosis is burned broncials with over use of inhaler for asthma. Now have a dry chronic cough and throat clearing. Is this the wrong diagnosis?

Hard to say: You have not said which inhaler, and there are several types. The overuse of inhalers is a clinical call, based on frequency of use/refills. If you are using it more often than needed or need it more often than expected your treatment plan needs to be updated. Overuse of beta agonists can lead to loss of effectiveness. Proper balance of stabilizer/maintainance inhaler with rescue inhaler is important. ...Read more

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I keep clearing my throat/ "choking". Could this be allergies? I suffer badly from allergies & asthma. I also have painful swollen nodes & am on anti

I keep clearing my throat/ "choking". Could this be allergies? I suffer badly from allergies & asthma. I also have painful swollen nodes & am on anti

Yes it is your: Allergy (postnasal drip) causing you to clear your throat and choking sensation. Need to get it under control to avoid asthma flare up. Discuss with your physician ...Read more

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I've been short of breath lately, I smoke cigarettes and have asthma. I've also been clearing my throat a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

I've been short of breath lately, I smoke cigarettes and have asthma. I've also been clearing my throat a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

Unlikely: While you are at increased risk for lung cancer due to your smoking, you likely are experiencing the direct effects of smoking. Your ability to clear secretions is impaired directly from smoking and you are most likely having to clear your throat more frequently because of that reason. A chest x-ray would be a reasonable option. Your symptoms may resolve if you were to quit smoking. ...Read more

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How do you know if it is allergies I have, or asthma? Throat feels tight but no wheezing. Started last week have some clear phlem.

How do you know if it is allergies I have, or asthma? Throat feels tight but no wheezing. Started last week have some clear phlem.

Allergies: If you can take an allergy pill over the counter like Allegra and the symptoms are relieved then most likely its allergies. If they do not then you may need to see your physician to evaluate further if its truly asthma or allegies causing post nasal drip giving you some clear phlegm when u cough. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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Can I inhale peppmint steam (to break up mucas from asthma/stop clearing throat) the day I had 4 wisd. Teeth out? I know hot things are bad for clots?

Can I inhale peppmint steam (to break up mucas from asthma/stop clearing throat) the day I had 4 wisd. Teeth out? I know hot things are bad for clots?

Bleeding: Hot applications and inhalations may stir up bleeding from recently extracted wisdom teeth. Mucolytic medications like mucinex (guaifenesin) or expectorant cough syrups should help loosen mucus in bronchial tubes. ...Read more

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Throat clearing from mucus. Possible side effect of Depakote OR Lamitcal?? (1875mg &200mg)2Ent's nasal scope neg. Have Nissen. History of asthma. Tried meds

Excess mucus: Thick mucus is a sign that your nasal cilia are not doing their job of moving bacteria out of the nose/sinuses properly. To correct poor ciia movevement
Drink green tea with lemon and honey
Use pulsed nasal/sinus irrigation at a rate for restoring cilia.
For the Hydro Pulse Nasal/ Sinus irrigator, add two teaspoon of Xylitol to the 500 ml basin, irrigate 2x a day until clear. ...Read more

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Have mucus that comes up into throat I assume from my lungs as my sinus' are clear. It has been going on for 5 years now with no diagnosis. Feel bad and sometimes a little short of breath, more a heaviness feeling. Have had pft and test for asthma, foo

Have mucus that comes up into throat I assume from my lungs as my sinus' are clear. It has been going on for 5 years now with no diagnosis. Feel bad and sometimes a little short of breath, more a heaviness feeling. Have had pft and test for asthma, foo

Mucus: Did you had allergy test done. Do you have allergy symptoms. Chest radiograph needs to be performed as well. Are you a smoker? . Chronic allergies, chronic bronchitis, other chronic lung conditions/ infections can cough chronic cough with chest congestion. You are having short ness of breath as well - need to get further work up done or be referred to a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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My asthma seems aggravated by my post nasal drip. Can't seem to clear my throat entirely. Bad allergies, chronic sinusitis. Will sudafed help?

My asthma seems aggravated by my post nasal drip. Can't seem to clear my throat entirely. Bad allergies, chronic sinusitis. Will sudafed help?

That and others: Sudafed can help but try not to use it for a prolonged time. There are anti-allergy meds that can help also. I find nasal saline irrigation to helps me and my patients. It seems weird at first, but hang in there, it is actually quite good at relieving nose related symptoms. ...Read more

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history of severe asthma no meds now. Persistent mucus in throat sinuses are clear. 2 Ent docs tried asthma, allergy meds and low dose PPIs. Any thoughts?

history of severe asthma no meds now. Persistent mucus in throat sinuses are clear. 2 Ent docs tried asthma, allergy meds and low dose PPIs. Any thoughts?

Seen ENT: If PPI twice daily failed after several weeks, it is time to see an ENT at an university center. Your current symptoms are not typical for asthma. In children, throat clearing may be a sign of asthma however. With a past history of severe asthma, I think a Lung function test is in order as well. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath that started from sore throat chest xray clear had this for 8 weeks never had asthma. Inhaler doesn't help neither do steroids?

Shortness of breath that started from sore throat chest xray clear had this for 8 weeks never had asthma. Inhaler doesn't help neither do steroids?

You could still: Have pneumonia. If your chest xray was taken several days or weeks back, it may not have detected signs of pneumonia yet. If the treatment you were Rx isn't working you should really go back to your doctor for another complete exam. If you develop worsening chest pain, difficulty/fast breathing, or any other worsening symptoms, you should be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Does my daughter have asthma? 13 years old, depression, blue looking hands, mouthbreathing, trouble sleeping, nasal congestion, clearing throat all the time, occasional scratchy throat, headaches soreness

Does my daughter have asthma? 13 years old, depression, blue looking hands, mouthbreathing, trouble sleeping, nasal congestion, clearing throat all the time, occasional scratchy throat, headaches soreness

Asthma a good bet.: Asthma would be a good bet. However it could be several things. It might be a heart condition. You don't give details such as the length of illness. She needs treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Child has painful lump in neck, painful swallowing, coughing blood for 18 months. Chest xrays clear. Gerd + asthma meds not helping. What could it be?

Child has painful lump in neck, painful swallowing, coughing blood for 18 months. Chest xrays clear. Gerd + asthma meds not helping. What could it be?

Many possibilities.: 18 months is a long time for a child to be ill without a formal diagnosis. Sometimes blood with coughing is actually from the tonsils or sinus drainage, so look to the head as well as the chest and esophagus. After ENT exam, more thorough pulmonary studies like CT scan or bronchoscopy may be indicated, as well as GI endoscopy to assess esophageal inflammation like EE. ...Read more

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Can asthma make you feel like you have something stuck in your throat?

No: You have something else going on. Maybe reflux, maybe a vocal cord problem. You need to be examined with a flexible laryngoscope either by an allergist or an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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My son has a croaky cough and asthma wat would the throat be?

My son has a croaky cough and asthma wat would the throat be?

Confusing post: You get the most from this site when you provide adequate information that describes your issue and then ask a clear question. You describe a cough & mention asthma but your reference to the throat is not clear. Please start over and clarify the issue. ...Read more

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I have asthma and always have phlegm in my throat. Should I be worried?

I have asthma and always have phlegm in my throat. Should I be worried?

Depends: The phlegm may be from the asthma, or from sinus disease, or from your smoking (if this applies to you). It could be an infection, or just bronchitis without an infection.

If this is a constant problem, would go see your doctor or even a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause feeling of narrowing or swelling in throat? Thanks

Can asthma cause feeling of narrowing or swelling in throat? Thanks

Yes: Although asthma often involves narrowing of the bronchial tree caused by smooth muscle constriction, increased mucus in the airway and inflammation of the airway, the sensation of tightness of the upper airway can also be felt. An allergic reaction can actually cause both throat swelling and thus narrowing as well as swelling of the lower airway. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in throat when deeply inhaled. Sometimes coughing. Have asthma?

I'm having pain in throat when deeply inhaled. Sometimes coughing. Have asthma?

PulmonaryTest/M.D.: With your history of shellfish allergy, one possibility is that you were exposed to something that caused an allergic reaction. Asthma is associated with a dry cough and/or wheezing, the sensation of chest tightness. Not all asthmatics are allergic though. I would recommend monitoring your temperature, obtaining pulmonary testing and checking with your doctor. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more