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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Excessive Airway Mucus Secretion (Overview)

My definition is mucus that is so thick and sticky that it can impair the airway esp the larynx and vocal cords One approach is using proteolytic enzymes such as papain and bromelain, such as Clear. Ease Increase fluid intake and take lots of green tea


Dr. Janice Alexander
7 Doctors shared insights

Excessive Airway Mucus Secretion (Overview)

My definition is mucus that is so thick and sticky that it can impair the airway esp the larynx and vocal cords One approach is using proteolytic enzymes such as papain and bromelain, such as Clear. Ease Increase fluid intake and take lots of green tea


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I have been coughing since sept 2013 X-ray done & clear cough is under control, My throat burns when I talk. Excessive mucus clear, what's wrong?

I have been coughing since sept 2013 X-ray done & clear cough is under control, My throat burns when I talk. Excessive mucus clear, what's wrong?

Hard to say: The fact that the mucus is clear is a good sign. With sore throat, chronic cough and clear mucus, sounds like you may have allergies causing nasal drainage and post nasal drip leading to the sore throat and cough. I suggest evaluation by physician for postnasal drainage and also for possible small airways construction (asthma). ...Read more

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I have a persistant excessive mucous in my throat and white coated tongue for nearly a year. Reoccuring sore throat. What is the cause and how to treat?

I have a persistant excessive mucous in my throat and white coated tongue for nearly a year. Reoccuring sore throat. What is the cause and how to treat?

LPR: 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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I have a cold, what should I do! My throat is clot up with mucus, runny nose and my throat is very sore! Any treatments you recommend?

I have a cold, what should I do! My throat is clot up with mucus, runny nose and my throat is very sore! Any treatments you recommend?

Fluids and Rest: Modern science has not yet found a cure for the common cold. Symptom relief is possible with decongestants/antihistamines, chloraspetic for sore throats, and tylenol (acetaminophen) for fevers and pain.
If the symptoms persist for more than a few days then you should see your doctor and make sure you don't have strep throat or some other treatable illness. However strep does not usually cause a runny nose. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of excess mucus in my throat? I've had a scope by an ENT and no sinus infection. Also had allergy testing. Nothing!

How can I get rid of excess mucus in my throat? I've had a scope by an ENT and no sinus infection. Also had allergy testing. Nothing!

Possible Reflux: Esophageal reflux is a common cause of throat clearing, post nasal dip and a mucousy cough with a clear nose. Treatment of reflux with diet modification, if appropriate weight loss, and if needed stomach medications to reduce acid in the stomach can often be helpful. Talk with your physician about this. ...Read more

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Coughing/phlegm stuck in chest. Took mucus relief pill and two puffs of albuterol inhaler. Afraid of phlegm blocking my airways. Am I overreacting?

Coughing/phlegm stuck in chest. Took mucus relief pill and two puffs of albuterol inhaler. Afraid of phlegm blocking my airways. Am I overreacting?

Depends on past hx: Some patients with asthma can have severe problems with mucus plugging in the airways resulting in a severe asthma attack. If you haven't had that before, then it is not likely to occur, but you still need to take care of your asthma. Call your doctor if you are needing albuterol more than every 4 hours, or if it doesn't relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Something is blocking my phlem and mucus from coming up could I have an infection in my throat or neck that's preventing it?

Something is blocking my phlem and mucus from coming up could I have an infection in my throat or neck that's preventing it?

Need more info: The first question is why do you think you have phlegm that needs to come up? If you are having a loose cough and hear rattling in your chest you may have an active infection in your lungs. If however you are feeling a fullness in your throat this may not necessarily be related to an infection and this "globus" sensation may be a manifestation of other conditions such as gerd or thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Excessive morning mucus in my nose which drips to my throat, it gets so bad at tomes that it causes me to throw up. What do I do.?

Excessive morning mucus in my nose which drips to my throat, it gets so bad at tomes that it causes me to throw up. What do I do.?

Decongestant, flush: If you are ok to use a decongestant by your doctor, try that otc but also use a saline sinus rinse [when you use this only use distilled water, boiled water, or saline - no water directly from tap into nose or sinuses]. ...Read more

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Why does excessive mucus run down the back of my throat and choke me? I do a lot of coughing trying to get it the mucus up.

Why does excessive mucus run down the back of my throat and choke me? I do a lot of coughing trying to get it the mucus up.

Sinus issues: You may have an alllergic or non allergic rhinitis or an infection of your sinuses. You can try otc allergy meds and nasal saline. If they do not work see a doctor (ent or allergist), who can evaluate you and prescribe appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Excessive airway mucus secretion?

Mucus is too thick: My definition is mucus that is so thick and sticky that it can impair the airway esp the larynx and vocal cords
One approach is using proteolytic enzymes such as papain and bromelain, such as Clear. Ease

Increase fluid intake and take lots of green tea ...Read more

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An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction)?

An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction)?

It is a possibility: The bacteria from an infected gums travels through the blood stream to other areas/organs of the body can cause bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) can also make you generally ill, effect any body system and cause cause asthma-like symptoms. Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive, it may prevent general health problems. ...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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Can anxiety lead to excessive mucus in the throat and/or throat clearing?

Can anxiety lead to excessive mucus in the throat and/or throat clearing?

Not really: As anxiety is more known to "dry" the mouth making speaking difficult. On the other hand, in your case, anxiety may trigger a reflexive "clearing" throat irritating the pharynx enough to produce excessive mucous. An allergic reaction and/or viral infection should be ruled out. Get your gp have your throat examined first & then see a mental health professional 2 get help w/ your anxiety. ...Read more

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Why does excessive mucus run down the back of my throat and choke me? I do a lot of coughing trying to get it the mucus up.

Sinus issues: You may have an alllergic or non allergic rhinitis or an infection of your sinuses. You can try otc allergy meds and nasal saline. If they do not work see a doctor (ent or allergist), who can evaluate you and prescribe appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Can excessive mucus in your throat be caused by acid reflux?

Can excessive mucus in your throat be caused by acid reflux?

Yes. Commonly.: Yes, common in our area is allergic rhinitis as well. If you are concerned talk it over with your doctor. This picture is worth of thousand words. It can drip down or come up pretty easily. ...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?

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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What can I do for excessive mucus that runs down the back of my throat? It chokes me and I cough a lot.

Try an antihistamine: Mucus that runs down your throat can have many different causes, and you usually need to see a doctor to figure out the cause and allow for specific treatment. Chronic sinus infections, allergies or acid from the stomach can be common causes. Using an older antihistamine like chlropheniramine can help in some cases and wouldn't hurt to try. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old, smoked for about 15 years. Quit but feel worse. Excessive mucus in my throat for 3 weeks. No cough, but horrible bouts with sob.

Drink more fluids: Years of smoking can cause damage to the salivary glands in your mouth, making the mucus thicker. This is a very common complaint amongst former smokers. Drinking more non-caffeinated beverages in excess and adding lemon to your water should thin the mucus and make it easier to handle. If symptoms persist, visit and ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I always feel like I have excess mucus in my throat, which seems thick when I am able to bring it up. There have been occasional instances where it is dark in color (dark brown), but is often times yellow tinged in the morning and then clear throughout th

I always feel like I have excess mucus in my throat, which seems thick when I am able to bring it up. There have been occasional instances where it is dark in color (dark brown), but is often times yellow tinged in the morning and then clear throughout th

Try Guafenesin: Guafensin is an excellent expectorant, meaning that it helps thin and loosen mucous and helps your body get rid of it. Guafenesin is available over-the-counter, under a number of different brand names including Robitussin and Mucinex, but you can probably get it cheaper by shopping for generic forms. I recommend 400 mg 3 times/day or 600 mg extended release twice a day. Get plain guaifenesin ...Read more

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I have thick saliva and mucus in my throat. And also that, etc. What would help my excess saliva and mumbling problem?

See an ENT doctor: Or a dentist first. This problem may be due to multiple different causes, including gerd, post-nasal discharge, disease of the salivary glands, gums, etc. You are so close to bloomington that being seen at iu would not be a bad idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does chronic bronchitis cause nose to produce excessive mucus, which is more than mucus coming from throat?

Does chronic bronchitis cause nose to produce excessive mucus, which is more than mucus coming from throat?

Not usually: Lots of nasal mucus production is usually a sign of allergy, or can be a reaction to cold temperatures and other things. If you are a smoker, you should quit. An ear-nose-throat physician and/or an allergist can do testing to see if allergy or other factors are causing this, and has a number of options in terms of treating it. ...Read more

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I get excessive sticky white mucus build up in the larynx area, is this likely to be pepsin, bile or acid, it never burns my throat?

Throat mucus: Throat mucus can come from chronic allergies either in the air or also from foods you're eating. Frequent causes are dairy products. Mucus is not the same as pepsin, bile, or acid -- but if you have gerd your throat can be irritated. Chronic cough can come with this. Please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I have been coughing since sept 2013 X-ray done & clear cough is under control, My throat burns when I talk. Excessive mucus clear, what's wrong?

Hard to say: The fact that the mucus is clear is a good sign. With sore throat, chronic cough and clear mucus, sounds like you may have allergies causing nasal drainage and post nasal drip leading to the sore throat and cough. I suggest evaluation by physician for postnasal drainage and also for possible small airways construction (asthma). ...Read more

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I have excessive phlegm/mucus coming from my throat that I spit out a couple times an hour. Happening for about 5 years now. Any OTC meds I can take?

Need exam: You need to go for a full exam with a physician. A physician needs to know your full medical history, medications, allergies, family and social history, and ask other questions before they do a physical exam and possibly refer you to specialists. You need to have this problem diagnosed. Do you smoke? If you do, stop smoking immediately. It helps us here on healthtap if you list history. Good luck. ...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