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Excessive mucus in throat feels like choking. Worsen when lying down. No heartburn. GERD/LPR/something else?

Excessive mucus in throat feels like choking. Worsen when lying down. No heartburn. GERD/LPR/something else?

Mucus: Excessive mucus in throat can be due to: genetic predisposition, diet related (avoid gluten, increase Omega 3), or medication related. ...Read more

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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What can I do to keep the nasal drainage from going down the back of my throat and choking me and causing me to clear my throat and sniff causing SOA?

What can I do to keep the nasal drainage from going down the back of my throat and choking me and causing me to clear my throat and sniff causing SOA?

Allergy: Although there are other treatments, the triad of treatment for allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip includes: 1. Nasal saline 2. Nasal steroid spray 3. Antihistamine. If symptoms persist an allergy skin test may be helpful for identification. ...Read more

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What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

Copious mucus: Allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis (non-allergic; triggered by things like cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, perfumes), chronic sinusitis are some causes of post-nasal drainage. Otc antihistamines like claritin/ zyrtec/benadryl, nasal saline spray, prescription nasal steroid sprays may help after good exam by doc to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I have a horrible feeling of mucus lodged behind my nose and at top of throat and feels like choking me. How to deal with this?

Nasal mucous: It is normal for the nose to make mucous, but what you are describing sounds excessive. Usually when there is excessive mucous production, there is a reason. Allergies, nasal or sinus infection are common causes. Even acid reflux can get to the level of the back of the nose. Treatment depends on the cause. You can try some nasal saline irrigation, but if this doesn't help, get checked out. ...Read more

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Feels like mucus stuck inside throat which gets worse after drinking water or eating help? Whenever I drink fell like choking on mucus, I have to spit

Feels like mucus stuck inside throat which gets worse after drinking water or eating help? Whenever I drink fell like choking on mucus, I have to spit

Excessive mucous: Do you have allergies? There are medications that help reduce mucous production. You can see a board certifies otolaryngologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Anxiety? I often get a sensation in f a lump of mucous in my throat and cough and cough but never get anything up feels like choking but I can breathe

Anxiety? I often get a sensation in f a lump of mucous in my throat and cough and cough but never get anything up feels like choking but I can breathe

anxiety checklist: Take a look at my anxiety Checklist. Once you have ruled out medical issues with your PCP, you should consider working w a therapist on coping techniques and issues that may be causing your anxiety. ...Read more

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Already seen doc, gave me amoxcillin but no help. Keep coughing up dark mucus everyday, choking feeling at night and tight neck throughout the day.

Already seen doc, gave me amoxcillin but no help. Keep coughing up dark mucus everyday, choking feeling at night and tight neck throughout the day.

Time to see doctor: If antibiotic treatment is not helping, and worrisome symptoms persist, a patient needs to be re-evaluated by a doctor. Perhaps there is an abscess in a tonsil or at the back of the throat. Perhaps a different medication is needed. A "choking feeling" and "tight neck throughout the day" sounds bad... which means one should not wait to be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

No: Heimlich maneuver (for child over 1 year old) consisting of 5 abdominal thrusts; 5 back blows followed by 5 chest thrusts for infants until foreign body dislodges. Blind finger sweep is not recommended. ...Read more

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When I lie down on my back, it feels like something pressing on my throat, choking me. Feel front of throat, large hard knot. Ideas, cause?

See a doctor: Unclear by history, but depending on where the lump is, it may be an enlarged thyroid (if at bottom of neck). Could be any number of things, possibly concerning in light of size of mass and firmness, especially if you smoke. If your neck was fused, a pressure sensation in the throat is very common, and you could have some fibrosis / scarring (small price to pay for healthier spine). ...Read more

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I tried choking myself with a belt, and I didn't succeed, but I did succeed in getting a feeling of having the of something in my throat. Why?

I tried choking myself with a belt, and I didn't succeed, but I did succeed in getting a feeling of having the of something in my throat. Why?

See someone soon.: Probably has something to do with the belt. If you applied enough pressure you may have injured some of the structures in your neck. I am glad you reconsidered and would hope that you seek guidance and help from those around you. Religious leaders, primary care doc, parents, friends. ...Read more

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Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Zenker: Zenker diverticulum might fit the description. Other possibilities also exist, it requires examination. Ask your dr, get better soon. ...Read more

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Can one get food stuck in one's throat without choking?

Yes: Swallowing a large bite of rare meat can get lodged in the esophagus and may have to be removed by a physician. ...Read more

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Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

That can occur but: Most often a person coughs vigorously. When there is an area of irritation it can feel like something is caught in the throat. ...Read more

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I woke up with a scatchy throat after a choking epis. The night before. I took my temp and it was 100.5 after taking one that was normal. What's wron?

I woke up with a scatchy throat after a choking epis. The night before. I took my temp and it was 100.5 after taking one that was normal. What's wron?

Viral or bacterial?: Good morning,
it is likely you are developing a bacterial or viral infection that might have triggered a chocking episode to start with, depending on what you consider a chocking episode if it was a blockage of airway from some food, and it was expelled after a strong cough spell, it is possible that there was some trauma to the lining of the pharynx, causing the scratchy throat. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Complicated: It is hard to figure out what is wrong without more information and an exam. It could be a heart problem or the pain could be from esophageal spasm. It's best to see someone in person to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Past 4 days now I feel like something is stuck in my throat. It is very uncomfortable and at times I feel like it's choking me. What could it be?

Can be many thing: An obstruction from a tonsil, lymphnode, thyroid, etc. It could be food getting stuck in am out pouching called a diverticulum, and so on. A visit to an ENT dr would be helpful and he could look with a fiberoptic scope. ...Read more

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I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

Cough: Presuming that you are not sick sounds like you had silent acid reflux or LPR where some of the acid of the stomach comes into your throat. May also be esophageal spasm. often what you eat triggers it. Follow up with your gi ...Read more

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Very bad cough, with mucus build up this morning upon awakening I coughed and had I found myself gasping for breath and straining to fetch the stuff up, noting came up. I had choking feeling, and got very nervous. I felt better after drinking lots of wat

The: The only situations I have heard of anyone choking from mucous is in an elderly person that lived alone and was not able to clear their airway by coughing, however this is very rare.
What medication are you allergic to? If you have a bronchitis or pneumonia you may need antibiotics, there are many to choose from if allergies are a concern. Drinking water will help thin the mucous secretions along with a daily anti-histamine. I suggest you go back to your doctor for alternative treatment options.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Newborn baby started choking on mucus 15 hours after being born. Face turned red, ok after using suction. Is this normal?

Newborn baby started choking on mucus 15 hours after being born. Face turned red, ok after using suction. Is this normal?

Getting use to feeds: In the first day of life a baby must learn to put the liquids down the swallow tube and air down the air tube. Sometimes they get mixed up, turn red, sputter, but recover. This is all part of getting use to the world outside the womb. ...Read more

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What can cause a choking feeling in my throat?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Vomiting, congestion, coughing up and choking on mucus--sound like the flu or something else?

Flu?: Vomiting, congestion, coughing up and choking on mucus--sound like the flu or something else? ANS: Could be either. Have others at home or work or school had anything like this.? If so you probably have it. Ask them what their Dr said they have. Better yet see your own Dr. Trust you got the flu shot? I am here till 4 AM PDT for consult live. ...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


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Nasal Drainage (Definition)

Nasal drainage = secretions from the ...Read more