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Constant clearing of the throat? Allergies or a habit?

Constant clearing of the throat?  Allergies or a habit?

Possibly: One clears the throat because of irritation. The question then becomes what is the irritation.Post nasal drip from allergies or sinus disease could be the cause. Heartburn can sometimes cause this as well. In some, throat clearing can become a habit. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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I am constantly (more prevalent in winter months) clearing my throat - all year long. Allergy tests only turn up "dust." What can I do about this?

I am constantly (more prevalent in winter months) clearing my throat - all year long.   Allergy tests only turn up "dust."  What can I do about this?

Dust allergy?: Dust mite problem tends to get worse in the winter but may last through the spring. Has anyone recommended dust mite control measures (mite-proof encasings on mattress, box spring, pillows etc) for you? Has sinusitis been ruled out? Do note also that reflux may also induce throat clearing. You may need a 2nd opinion or an ENT consult as well. ...Read more

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I have been hoarse for about a year.Constantly clearing my throat. No allergies. No probs noted on endoscopy. Getting worse.

I have been hoarse for about a year.Constantly clearing my throat. No allergies. No probs noted on endoscopy. Getting worse.

Hoarseness: What kind of endoscopy did you have? GI lab EGD or pulmonary lab bronchoscopy are not a good way to study vocal cord anatomy and function. An ENT clinic laryngoscopy can easily identify common problems in your age group including vocal paralysis, growths, atrophy, or acid reflux. Next step after that is a 'video stroboscopy' as a sensitive exam for subtle vocal dysfunction, ordered by ENT. ...Read more

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Do allergies cause dry/chapped lips and thiristiness? I am constantly clearing my throat and re mositurizing my lips. Is this alleriges?

Do allergies cause dry/chapped lips and thiristiness? I am constantly clearing my throat and re mositurizing my lips. Is this alleriges?

Maybe: If you have constant nasal congestion and mouth breathing you can end up with dry lips and mouth. See your doctor for a proper evaluation. Clearing your throat constantly can indicate post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Any connection beetween constant ear popping and allergies lately constantly clearing my throat but ear popping going on for 6 mnth any relation?

Any connection beetween constant ear popping and  allergies lately constantly  clearing my throat but ear popping going on for 6 mnth any relation?

Clear connection: There is a connection between allergies and Eustachian tube dysfunction (your ear drums popping) , your allergies and nasal congestion (swelling of the lining of the nose); post-nasal drip can be associated with both nasal allergy and gastric reflux. See an allergist/immunologist for proper care. ...Read more

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Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Silent Reflux: You described your symptoms beautifully and these are exactly the symptoms patients complain of when they suffer with larygopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux. Part of the exam that you need is a laryngeal exam, either with a mirror or a flexible scope. This should provide the "missing link" that should lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment. Your description is spot on. ...Read more

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I'm not sick or anything, but recently I have been clearing my throat a lot again... Is it because of allergies or something is wrong with me?

I'm not sick or anything, but recently I have been clearing my throat a lot again... Is it because of allergies or something is wrong with me?

Hard to tell: Both post-nasal drips from allergic rhinitis or sinusitis can induce throat clearing. However reflux may also cause similar symptoms even at your young age. We need to know if you have any problem with nasal obstruction, discharge, or food regurgitation to venture a guess. ...Read more

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Always clearing my throat and coughing up clear mucus with white milky patches in it I had a cold 3 weeks ago is it cold or allergies? Merry Christmas

Always clearing my throat and coughing up clear mucus with white milky patches in it I had a cold 3 weeks ago is it cold or allergies? Merry Christmas

Post viral but: It is hard to tell. If you have never had allergies before then it's probably not that. If you have facial pressure you may have a sinus infection. ...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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Hv had phlegm stuck in back of throat for 3wks after clearing sores in nose with kenacomb oint dr says allergies is 3wks too long what causes this flm?

Hv had phlegm stuck in back of throat for 3wks after clearing sores in nose with kenacomb oint dr says allergies is 3wks too long what causes this flm?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...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


Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more