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I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever i clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! its annoying. ?

I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever i clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! its annoying. ?

Postnasal drip: Mucus is normally present in our membranes but excess amounts can be produced by allergies, sinus problems, deviated nasal septum, excessively dry envirinment, irritants, certain foods, changes in temperature, etc. If the mucus is foul smelling, you may have a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out thick mucus. See an ENT specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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It feels that i constantly have phlegm in my throat and i can never get it out. It's constant what do you think it is?

Thick mucous: Thickened mucous can be from over drying the normal mucous in the throat with medication. Drainage from your sinuses or even reflux problems such as lprd. ...Read more

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Constantly have phlegm in my throat since june 2015. Im always clearing my throat. My throat feels like a tight collsr around it, lump feeling.

Constantly have phlegm in my throat since june 2015. Im always clearing my throat.  My throat feels like a tight collsr around it, lump feeling.

Allergy/Allergies...: 23 y/o Female says Constantly have phlegm in my throat since June 2015. I'm always clearing my throat. My throat feels like a tight collar around it, lump feeling. Sounds like Allergy/Allergies to environment, food, drink ... This could progress; best to see PCP or Allergist and identify cause/causes to prevent more serious results ...Read more

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I keep getting this constant phlegm stuck in my throat and I feel like I keep needing to swallow all the time, what could be the cause of it?

I keep getting this constant phlegm stuck in my throat and I feel like I keep needing to swallow all the time, what could be the cause of it?

Post nasal drip: It probably is due to post nasal drip due to usually sinus problems. Take a non sedating antihistamine like Loratadine for few days. If problem persists see a doctor so your throat can be inspected. ...Read more

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I don't have a cough but i constantly have phlegm deep in my throat?

I don't have a cough but i constantly have phlegm deep in my throat?

Possibilities.....: Your symptoms may be due to post-nasal drip, resulting in phlegm in the throat. The post-nasal drip could be due to sinus infection, allergies, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis since there are very effective prescription nasal sprays to treat this problem. ...Read more

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I've been suffering with anxiety and beem put on citalopram 10mg. I have been recently suffering with phlegm constantly in my throat I think I have a acid problem?

I've been suffering with anxiety and beem put on citalopram 10mg. I have been  recently suffering with phlegm constantly in my throat I think I have a acid problem?

Hard to say.: Citalopram has been reported to increase salivation in some. It can also cause heartburn (dyspepsia) and may worsen existing GI ("stomach") problems. GERD can cause reflux & Citalopram can make this worse. Often these effects are temporary and get better in a month or two. Let your doc know about this and see if should wait a bit, adjust dose, or stop. A lot depends on other drugs you take, too. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from extreme fatigue for months now and I expeirence wheezing and a build up of phlegm constantly in my throat. My breathing is also heavy and I wake up exhausted all the time.

I have been suffering from extreme fatigue for months now and I expeirence wheezing and a build up of phlegm constantly in my throat. My breathing is also heavy and I wake up exhausted all the time.

Get seen soon!: It's hard to say what is going on. We don't have enough information. However, it's certain that you need to be checked out thoroughly, as soon as possible. There's something wrong, & if you don't find out what, it may get worse & worse, & harder to fix or control. In the meantime, don't smoke & avoid alcohol & recreational drug. Also, no fragrances or aerosols which cause/worsen lung disease. ...Read more

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I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat.  What could it be a symptom of?

Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more

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I am currently suffering with lots of white phlegm in my throat constantly. I am suffering with anxiety I'm on 10mg citalopram.i think it may be acid?

I am currently suffering with lots of white phlegm in my throat constantly. I am suffering with anxiety I'm on 10mg citalopram.i think it may be acid?

Anxiety: I understand your discomfort about white phlegm and Anxiety. Citalopram is primarily a medication for Depression, not Anxiety. It can have side effect of Coughing, and upper respiratory tract infection, see a Physician for that See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy for stresses in life, improving your well-being, medication as needed, Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Phlegm: You and 31 million other persons have this. Fancy name is mucociliary clearance - look that up. Your nasal cilia are not doing their job of moving bacteria out of the nose/sinuses. try Humming - low tone like "ooommmm" and songs Drink green tea warm, not too hot Increase fluid intake if not clear, consider pulsed nasal/sinus irrigation to restore good cilia movement. (see Hydro Pulseā„¢) ...Read more

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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