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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

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Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago,and now,for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago,and now,for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

If you must ask...: Get it seen by an otolaryngologist. There are many other possible causes, some serious, some not. But you owe it to yourself to get an answer. ...Read more

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Can chronic throat clearing & excessive swallowing (+2 yrs), be caused by PVVN or LSN? Tried all scans, allergy tests, allergy & reflux meds by 3x ENT

Can chronic throat clearing & excessive swallowing (+2 yrs), be caused by PVVN or LSN? Tried all scans, allergy tests, allergy & reflux meds by 3x ENT

Yes.: Post Viral Vagal Neuropathy and Laryngeal Sensory Neuropathy can cause your symptoms. These terms are often used interchangeably. The condition is often multifactorial and needs to be approached and treated by several modalities at the same time. The larynx becomes hypersensitive and a cough can be triggered by allergies, LPR,reflux etc: see http://bit.ly/2duDbkD and http://bit.ly/2cQVNJl ...Read more

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I have chronic excess throat clearing,excess burping,no heartburn. Gastroscopy showed sliding hiatus hernia, is Laryngopharyngeal reflux likely ?

I have chronic excess throat clearing,excess burping,no heartburn. Gastroscopy showed sliding hiatus hernia, is Laryngopharyngeal  reflux likely ?

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 sore throat, lump in the the throat , post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. Many studies show it responds best to proton pump inhibitor rx. It is possible you may have this. See an ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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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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My boyfriend has chronic gagging. There is no heartburn no throat clearing sometimes he coughs alot. The gagging happens at anytime. He smokes and he can't smoke without gagging. Can I have a list of things this could be? He doesn't have any symptoms of a

My boyfriend has chronic gagging. There is no heartburn no throat clearing sometimes he coughs alot. The gagging happens at anytime. He smokes and he can't smoke without gagging. Can I have a list of things this could be? He doesn't have any symptoms of a

Several: The smoking is an irritant. It can increase secretions. It can cause acid reflux. It can cause swelling of the throat and lymph nodes around it. It stimulates the gag reflex. It took me years to stop. Be kind. Patches seem to work since they don't jerk your nicotine level up and down. Keep using them for 2+ months. Have a doctor look at his throat if it gets worse or does't improve. ...Read more

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Can you have chronic post-nasal drip without a blocked nose (I.e. Breathing through nose fine). Throat clearing and phlegmy too. Might be reflux...?

Can you have chronic post-nasal drip without a blocked nose (I.e. Breathing through nose fine). Throat clearing and phlegmy too. Might be reflux...?

Yes and yes: Post nasal drip doesn't necessarily have anything to do with nasal blockage. And it can cause phlegm and throat clearing. Reflux can sometimes do similar things but most often while lying down. Try to sleep propped up to discourage this. ...Read more