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Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Not likely : These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't fully resolve with time or treatment you should consider bringing this possibility up with your provider, especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Respiratory illness: It definitely sounds like you have a respiratory illness with sputum production. If you have fevers, you should definitely go in to see the doctor. Flu season is starting to arrive and it is a good time to get a flu shot and have this issue addressed by visiting your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Consult physician: Although I agree that this may be early GERD, it also sounds very much like reflex coughing from post nasal drip and allergies. You can try a daily dose of generic Claritin (loratadine) for 1-2 weeks and see if the helps. Please stop using ibuprfofen, since this can aggravate GERD. ...Read more

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Had flu 17 days ago. Coughing is a lot better but my throat is still a bit sore and my voice sounds funny sometimes. Also, a lot of mucus in throat.

Had flu 17 days ago. Coughing is a lot better but my throat is still a bit sore and my voice sounds funny sometimes. Also, a lot of mucus in throat.

Doctor can recheck: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, one sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review details to see if laryngitis, bronchitis, etc., are present). ...Read more

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I'm allergic to dust mites and get a lot of mucus in throat and sore throats is there any medicine that can help these symptoms? I already tried taking mucinex, claritin, Veramyst nasal spray, and a saline nose rinse and nothing is helping at all. Also,

I'm allergic to dust mites and get a lot of mucus in throat and sore throats is there any medicine that can help these symptoms? I already tried taking mucinex, claritin, Veramyst nasal spray, and a saline nose rinse and nothing is helping at all.  Also,

How : How do you know you are allergic? If the exposure is alot, medication may not help. There may be other issues going on causing your symptoms. Have you spoken to an allergist and have you considered allergy shots? ...Read more

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For some reason I always have mucus in my throat and want to clear it, can this mean cancer?

For some reason I always have mucus in my throat and want to clear it, can this mean cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Mucus in the throat may be due to pollutants in the air or mild allergies to some airborne antigens. You are unlikely to have throat cancer.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have minimal mucus in throat. 1 year post throat cancer and radiation therapy? Did the radiation cause the mucus?

Is it normal to have minimal mucus in throat.  1 year post throat cancer and radiation therapy?  Did the radiation cause the mucus?

Yes: Radiation therapy can cause dry mouth resulting in thick mucous secretions. Talk to your radiation doctor if a medicine to increase saliva production, mouth rinses, or possibly even accupuncture could help. ...Read more

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How can you most effectively remove mucus in throat?

How can you most effectively remove mucus in throat?

Hydrate !!: To keep mucus moist & mobile ensure that you are drinking at least 8 8 ounces glasses of water per day. Warm liquids can also help to loosen the mucus. A humidifier may help. If you have drainage from your nose or sinus area — consider using a neti pot. ...Read more

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Green/ brown mucus in throat for over 2 years. What can I do?

Green/ brown mucus in throat for over 2 years. What can I do?

Possible nasopharyng: You either have chronic sinus infection or chronic infection above and behind the palate. Unlikely to be from dirt or dust being swept from nose into throat. Need to have ENT look into nose and behind palate to determine source of drainage and obtain secretions for culture. Chronic nasopharyngitis is very hard to eradicate. Ct only useful if there is chronic sinusitis. Could try saline rinse. ...Read more

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Constant excessive mucus in throat for over a year and it interferes with breathing. What could be wrong and how do I clear it?

Constant excessive mucus in throat for over a year and it interferes with breathing. What could be wrong and how do I clear it?

Thoughts..: It could be post nasal dripping. This is a slow, constant drip to the back of the throat from the nose — can often be helped by allergy medicines. I also think of things like reflux which could be causing your symptoms. If it's been going on this long, make sure you get it checked out by your doc! Best of luck. ...Read more

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How to get rid of mucus in throat fast?

Throat Mucus: Greetings. The fastest way to rid of the mucus in your throat is to gargle with salt water. Also, make sure you are drinking enough liquids, sleep with a humidifier and consider Mucinex (guaifenesin). ...Read more

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Mucus in throat, dizziness, low fever in the 99's, vomited yesterday 3 times. What is this?

Virus?: Sounds viral without a fever(100.4 or more), mucous, sore throat, vomiting, even diarrhea, headache and muscle aches could be expected. I would not doubt nasal congestion either. If this description does not fit and you are worried seek care! ...Read more

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Constant mucus in throat?

Constant mucus in throat?

Allergic rhinitis: Sounds like allergic rhinitis or if you're a smoker then it maybe chronic bronchitis. If you don't smoke, then it can be treated by avoiding allergens, especially pollen dust, and other household triggers or you may see your primary doc and be given a nasal corticosteroid spray which are usually quite effective. ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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After giving oral, felt mucus in throat for 6 days and on 7th day(today) I feel it extremely dry. Does it have anything to do with it? He's clean

After giving oral, felt mucus in throat for 6 days and on 7th day(today) I feel it extremely dry. Does it have anything to do with it? He's clean

Possibly: There could be some irritation in the throat from the activity that is still healing. Please see your health care provider if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to remove mucus from throat, I do sinus rinse every day and still have mucus in throat.

Is there anything I can do to remove mucus from throat, I do sinus rinse every day and still have mucus in throat.

POSTNASAL DRIP: Postnasal drip is a sign of sinusitis. It is accompanied by headache, tender sinuses and nasal congestion. You need decongestant like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) allegra, zyrtec, Claritin and antibiotics like amoxil, zithromax, etc. Sinus rinse helps clean the sinuses of purulent discharges. ...Read more

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What causes excess mucus in throat and nose?

Allergies: It is due to allergies most of the time and also can be caused by viral upper respiratory infections. ...Read more

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Hey, what causes sore throat and mucus in throat?

Hey, what causes sore throat and mucus in throat?

Usually PostNasalDrp: Usually post nasal drip. Your sinuses (allergies, infection, hyperactive) drain mucus down the back of your throat
causing irritation to the throat. There are other less common causes. ...Read more

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Mucus in throat and wanting to vomit. Is the sushi fighting back?

Agree with doc: We find it very difficult to specifically answer these questions without knowing so many other details. By the way, the sushi thing may be coincidental. You might have already been exposed to what's causing your symptoms. This job is a lot about sherlock holmes and listening. ...Read more

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I cannot cough up mucus in throat, what should I do?

I cannot cough up mucus in throat, what should I do?

Try drinking more: Take more fluids plus you may want to use an expectorant or even try the use of honey. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip collecting overnight cause brown mucus in throat in the morning?

Yes: The a.m mucus sample is usually concentrated and thus may look yellow. IN the presence of a sinus infection, the mucus (when present) should be consistently yellow or green. ...Read more

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How to break up mucus in throat. Has been bugging for sometime and nothing doctors have prescribes thus far works.?

Steam and H2O.: Drink a lot of water and breathe steam several times a day. Consider respiratory therapy. See pulmonologist. ...Read more

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My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

Asthma: First stop smoking, this is not helping your asthma. A number of drug companies have patient assistance programs, you can look up your medication online, with a . Com after its name and see if the company offers such a program you can sign up for. Your doctor can also help you by contacting your insurance company to plead your case. ...Read more

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Does gluten sensitivity cause mucus in throat?

Unlikely: Gluten intolerance can cause a variety of symptoms. I'm not certain that upper respiratory mucous production is one of them. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...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