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Chronic throat clearing after a cold almost 4 years ago. Too scared to get scoped, did this do damage to my throat. What can I do to stop it!! ?

Chronic throat clearing after a cold almost 4 years ago. Too scared to get scoped, did this do damage to my throat. What can I do to stop it!!
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Throat clearing: This is a common behavioral problem. Drink water for any abnormal throat sensation. Do not clear your throat, cough or spit. Old habit dies hard, you need to work hard to get rid of this one! ...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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I have chronic throat-clearing. It happens throughout the day but worsens after I eat- doesn't matter what I eat. How do I get rid of this/what is it?

I have chronic throat-clearing. It happens throughout the day but worsens after I eat- doesn't matter what I eat. How do I get rid of this/what is it?

If progressive...: 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. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing after cold for year and half now, i cannot hit any high notes to sing anymore and throat feels a bit sore, did i damage chords?

Chronic throat clearing after cold for year and half now, i cannot hit any high notes to sing anymore and throat feels a bit sore, did i damage chords?

Leukoplakia : Chronic throat clearing can cause white plaques or leukoplakia of the vocal folds. This would affect voice quality . You should see an ENT for laryngoscopy or video stroboscopy . The underlying cause of throat clearing needs to be determined and you may need voice therapy for a few months. There may be some medications to take which will help as well. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing for almost 2 years, could it be lung neoplasm?Could that linger without getting worse for that long? Never occur during sleep!

Chronic throat clearing for almost 2 years, could it be lung neoplasm?Could that linger without getting worse for that long? Never occur during sleep!

Get checked: Some people constantly clear their throat due to anxiety. Nervous habit. Get checked and possibly referred if necessary to ENT doctor. Could be allergies or post nasal drip or more. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Post nasal drip?: Most people i know with this symptom have post nasal drip. It's drainage from sinus cavities going down the back of throat and causes either cough, tickling or other irritation. Can be mild to severe. Ask doctor for suggestions, confirmation, tx or referral if you feel too irritated. Best! ...Read more

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I have had chronic throat clearing for several months. Larynoscopy, endoscopy, barium swallow all negative. Nexium, (esomeprazole) nasacort didn't help. Any ideas?

I have had chronic throat clearing for several months.  Larynoscopy, endoscopy, barium swallow all negative.  Nexium, (esomeprazole) nasacort didn't help.  Any ideas?

Habit: Since it developed over the last few months my first thought would be a post nasal drip possibly caused by allergies. However, if the nasacort (triamcinolone) has not helped and tests have ruled out the other possiblities, it may just be a habit that you developed. ...Read more

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I have chronic throat clearing stuffy nose and bad breath , is it caused by allergies or acid reflux ?

I have chronic throat clearing stuffy nose and bad breath , is it caused by allergies or acid reflux ?

Sinuses: Seems to be you have allergies causes you sinuses to be inflammed. You also seem to have post nasal drip causing you to clear your throat very often. I suggest cleaning your nostrils and paths with saline spray ( no additives added) and cleanse at lest 3x a day for 2 days then once daily. see if that helps. If it persists, see your primary doctor. Acid reflux could also cause halitosis. ...Read more

Throat Clearing (Definition)

Throat clearing is related to coughing, and is forceful passing of air through the throat in order to cough phlegm or saliva from the ...Read more