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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


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I have to constantly clear my throat, could I have silent reflux, I don't have heartburn?

I have to constantly clear my throat, could I have silent reflux, I don't have heartburn?

Reflux: Having to clear ones throat frequently could a sign of silent gastroesophageal reflux. Also, allergies could be a factor (environmental). ...Read more

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Every day, I constantly clear my throat. I do it every minute or less. If I try not to, I get a tight feeling in my chest. What could this be?

Throat clearing: If you think about where the throat is, it is situated in the middle of a crossroads, so to speak. Food and water go down when you eat or drink and air passes when you breathe. Your mouth and nose are above your voice box and your stomach is below. Post-nasal drainage could cause your symptoms and this could be allergies. Reflux can also be coming from your stomach and causing the same issue. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly clear my throat? Worse in the morning? I don't have heartburn or any pain. It's just annoying alway having to do it, please help!

Why do I constantly clear my throat? Worse in the morning? I don't have heartburn or any pain. It's just annoying alway having to do it, please help!

Clearing throat: It is possible to have reflux without symptoms other than throat irritation. This could also be due to past nasal drip during the night. Try over the counter reflux medication or allergy medication. If no improvement see your doctor. ...Read more

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My son passed on virus to me, & I got post nasal drip for 2 weeks w/ coughing. It has cleared but now every morning I constantly have clear throat?

Post-viralnasal drip: This is very common to have after a viral cold. Post-nasal drip causes the feeling of needing to clear your throat. It is common in the morning hours after you have been lying flat for a while. This should over time go away. However, it may be prudent to be checked out by an allergist and evaluate whether allergies have developed, because this is also a common sign of rhinitis caused by allergies. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest congestion that makes me feel like a have a gurgly sound when I speak, so I constantly clear my throat?

I am experiencing chest congestion that makes me feel like a have a gurgly sound when I speak, so I constantly clear my throat?

Any fever or: Difficulty breathing will make it enough severe to see your doctor. If it is going on for few weeks then may be it is due to allergies.

Still I would for you to see your PCP. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has post nasal drip, causing her to constantly clear her throat. Will clartin or zrytec help? Which works better? Thanks

Consider reflux: Gastric reflux commonly causes a sense of post nasal drip so that throat clear is common. Consider antacid trial. If antihistamines don't work consider nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more

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I have to constantly clear my throat, been going on for many years my nose is also stuffy, also smelly breath, is it food related or allergies?

I have to constantly clear my throat, been going on for many years my nose is also stuffy, also smelly breath, is it food related or allergies?

Exam needed: This could be allergies, sinus, asthma, sleep disorder, or many other things, see a doctor for a complete exam to find the best answers. ...Read more

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I constantly clear my throat, and my nose runs sometimes I also get anxiety also hard to swallow?

Anxiety, tic disorde: What you are describing could be a few things. Your primary care doctor is going to be an important first stop for evaluation & treatment. With these symptoms she/he will likely look for causes that an ear-nose-throat specialist would follow-up on. Talk about your other anxiety symptoms and ask if this may be a tic disorder (not the bug, it's a neurological condition). Reach out today! ...Read more

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Can you have constant clear phlegm in throat with a stuffy nose that worsens at night but no sinus related issue?

Can you have constant clear phlegm in throat with a stuffy nose that worsens at night but no sinus related issue?

PND: Or post-nasal drip, most due to an underlying allergy (e.g. Seasonal allergies). Over-the-counter anti-histmaines +/- inhaled corticosteroids prescribed through our doctor can help. Would be nice to have your eyes face, ears, nose and throat looked it for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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21 years old tight throat, swollen under chin, constantly needing to clear throat, and sometimes pain in ear months. 6 dr. All say I'm fine. Cancer?

21 years old tight throat, swollen under chin, constantly needing to clear throat, and sometimes pain in ear months. 6 dr. All say I'm fine. Cancer?

Six doctors!: If you have been examined by six doctors and they all told you that you are fine, it very very unlikely that you have any serious illness, let alone cancer. You may wish to see an ENT specialist to reassure yourself. This forum cannot do more. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for several weeks now. I'm not sick or anything, just been constantly having to clear my throat. I do not smoke and eat v healthy?

I have had a cough for several weeks now. I'm not sick or anything, just been constantly having to clear my throat. I do not smoke and eat v healthy?

See your doctor: A chest x-ray is usually a good idea for persistent cough, and its probably going to be normal. Three most common causes of the cough you describe are post-nasal drip, acid reflux, and asthma. Yours sounds like post-nasal drip. Over the counter decongestants can help if that is the case, but limit their use to a week or so. Sometimes an inhaled steroid helps, but this can take weeks to work. ...Read more

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Does gonorrhea cause a constant need to clear your throat?

Does gonorrhea cause a constant need to clear your throat?

Unlikely: That would not be a typical symptom of gonorrhea. That's more likely to be due to post-nasal drip, esophageal reflux, or anxiety. ...Read more

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I constantly have to clear my throat and after being active I sound wheezy. What's this from?

I constantly have to clear my throat and after being active I sound wheezy. What's this from?

SINUS/ALLERGY: Post nasal drip due to rhinitis/sinusitis may cause irritation of throat so that you have to clear it frequently.Wheezing after being active is suggestive of exercise induced asthma that could be helped by ora/inhaled medications. ...Read more

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Can hypertrophic spurs of the anterior margin of the cervical vertebras cause constant urge to clear your throat?

Can hypertrophic spurs of the anterior margin of the cervical vertebras cause constant urge to clear your throat?

Yes: Bone Spurs are bone overgrow that may irritate or co press adjacent structures on neck most things are pretty close including larynx and esophagus. Go see you doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My throat constantly feels like there is phlegm build up all around my throat for the last 6 months. Constantly trying to clear my throat?

My throat constantly feels like there is phlegm build up all around my throat for the last 6 months. Constantly trying to clear my throat?

Dry - Globus feeling: Hello, the sensation that you may be feeling could be coming from a condition called globus pharyngitis or possibly from dryness. This is usually caused by a reflux of juices from your stomach up through your esophagus into the area around your vocal cords. Possibly dehydration could be responsible too. Drink more water and if this irritation occurs over a long time, see your ENT doctor ...Read more

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I'm having constant phlegm and constantly tryin to clear my throat but nothing happens. When phlegm does come up its extremely sticky and dry. It's been going on for at least 8 months. And definitely getting worse. I'm really concerned. Sometimes it feels

You need to see: A clinician/ healthcare professional to diagnose and treat. If you smoke cigarettes, please stop or at least use E-cigs to avoid further breathing problems. You may have chronic bronchitis which is usually result of untreated asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or bronchiectasis from chronic infections, or other pulmonary diseases. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I constantly have to clear my throat to talk and sometimes, I feel like I can't get all of it because its in a hollow area in mythroat that I can't reach. What should I do?

Real or imaginary?: If the brain tells you it is there, then it is real for you. Many things can give the sensation. Occasionally it is a tic (habit) and nothing is there. Smokers are more likely to no move their mucus. Rsv is one of the winter viruses that causes thick mucus. Thick mucus can be thinned with Guaifenesin and copious water intake. ...Read more

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Can stress cause post-nasal drip, or a constant urge to clear the throat?

Can stress cause post-nasal drip, or a constant urge to clear the throat?

Yes on throat: Stress can make you clear your throat but not causing post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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I'm 21. Lost my voice due to smoking/yelling while sick. Gone 2 months. Constantly have to clear my throat. Could this possibly be permanent-reinjury?

I'm 21. Lost my voice due to smoking/yelling while sick. Gone 2 months. Constantly have to clear my throat. Could this possibly be permanent-reinjury?

Impossible to say: You need to see an ENT doctor (ears, nose and throat) to examine your vocal cords to see if you have done any damage. Other tests may be needed as well. Most people yell when they are angry, and if you have not been able to control your anger, especially when sick, that is part of the problem. Anger management programs exist and you might benefit from one. ...Read more

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