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I always have to clear my throat. Does this mean that my lung health is not so good?

I always have to clear my throat. Does this mean that my lung health is not so good?

Not necessarily: Usually clearing your throat is due to excessive mucus in the back of your throat, either from retaining your saliva in your throat (instead of swallowing) for some reason or else post-nasal drip. .. Usually not from your lungs, unless you also have a cough. .. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I have to clear my throat quite often throughout the day because I have thick mucus in the back of my throat that looks like snot when I spit it out. I have no other symptoms. It is worse in AM. How do I know if it's coming from lungs or nasal?

I have to clear my throat quite often throughout the day because I have thick mucus in the back of my throat that looks like snot when I spit it out. I have no other symptoms. It is worse in AM. How do I know if it's coming from lungs or nasal?

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, post-nasal drop, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. See a doctor soon, here or locally, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor 2 days ago for cough/cold- told it is viral & lungs clear. My throat was diagnosed as "red". It still hurts. Should I go back?

I went to the doctor 2 days ago for cough/cold- told it is viral & lungs clear. My throat was diagnosed as "red". It still hurts. Should I go back?

Dr. 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, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review the story). A rapid strep throat test takes 5 minutes. ...Read more

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Cough/throat irritation (NO sore throat or any other symptoms), sometimes green mucus comes out, Dr said lungs clear. Over 3 weeks duration. What is?

Cough/throat irritation (NO sore throat or any other symptoms), sometimes green mucus comes out, Dr said lungs clear. Over 3 weeks duration. What is?

Dr. Can check throat: 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, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review the story to see if sinusitis or reflux might be a cause). ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I have bloody boogers, I clear my throat and have blood streaks 25 yrs old 9 yr smoke history, lung cancer??

When I blow my nose I have bloody boogers, I clear my throat and have blood streaks 25 yrs old 9 yr smoke history, lung cancer??

No: Lung cancer is not in the nose. Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, irritations in the nose are from minor problems. This nosebleed can drain downward especially at night and cause blood streaked sputum.
Sinusitis can be helped with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Gave up smoking 3 weeks ago. My chest is clear but constantly need to clear my throat. Very sore from trying to break it. Using cough lollies needhelp?

Gave up smoking 3 weeks ago. My chest is clear but constantly need to clear my throat. Very sore from trying to break it. Using cough lollies needhelp?

Congratulations: Wow! Good for you to give up smoking. The throat clearing can be a combo of an old habit and your body detoxing. Sugar free gum can help you create saliva which will moisten things a bit and also temp. Replace the old oral part of smoking as a prevention. Check w/your doc too. ...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?

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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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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After I eat I always have this crackling in my chest. I hear it when I breathe To get rid of it I have to cough or clear my throat of clear mucus.

After I eat I always have this crackling in my chest. I hear it when I breathe To get rid of it I have to cough or clear my throat of clear mucus.

Chest crackling: Eating may cause a reflexive asthma like reaction causing the crackling sound and cough instead of wheezing. It may be more frequent with certain foods. Another possibility is gastroesophageal reflux with some aspiration into your trachea. I recommend that you consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation and advice. A swallowing study and barium swallow examination may be advised ...Read more

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I've had upset stomach for two weeks, tightness/clogged feeling in my chest. I don't have a cough but when I clear my throat I taste metal.?

I've had upset stomach for two weeks, tightness/clogged feeling in my chest. I don't have a cough but when I clear my throat I taste metal.?

Such symptoms are: Difficult to evaluate alone without additional information! Could it have een an unusual meal you ate?? Sound like acid reflux or GERD.
In any case, this needs evaluation by your Primmary Care Provider.

Dr Z ...Read more

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I am having throat irritation and chest congestion in the past 3 days. What to do?

I am having throat irritation and chest congestion in the past 3 days. What to do?

Any fever: You might need to see a doctor
in your area there is higher chance of bacterial infection like strep throat than viral
if you have any fever or lumps like a lymoph nodes in your neck might need an antibiotic and for that you need a physician
gargle with warm water and salt or fresh squeezed lemon and salt
go and see a doctor
good luck
thank you for using health tap ...Read more

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25yr male, 9yrpackhistory, clearchest xray, coighed decent sized streak of blood, clear throat alot, feels like something. There, lungs sound good, lc??

25yr male, 9yrpackhistory, clearchest xray, coighed decent sized streak of blood, clear throat alot, feels like something. There, lungs sound good, lc??

Stop smoking: Coughing up mucus with streaks of blood is common. If you cough up more than a tablespoon of blood, it is much more worrisome. More than likely, the cough is due to irritation from smoking and difficulty clearing mucus. ...Read more

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Globus sensation in throat and whistling with exhalation. Voice a little hoarse. Chest x rays okay. PFT good. Lungs sound clear. Possible causes?

Globus sensation in throat and whistling with exhalation. Voice a little hoarse. Chest x rays okay. PFT good. Lungs sound clear. Possible causes?

Anxiety, GERD: Commend yourself for “Chest x rays okay, PFT good., Lungs sound clear”
Globus is a feeling, as if you have a lump in your throat but there is no physical swallowing problem.
It is due to or stress causing Anxiety, and may be associated with Acid Reflux from the stomach.
whistling with exhalation is likely is due to mucus in Bronchi.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy for stress, Relaxation ...Read more

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Throat clearing, no cough, for a year now after a cold. Concerned, smoked as teen from 15 to 23, quit for good and now 51. Is symptom of lung cancer?

Throat clearing, no cough, for a year now after a cold. Concerned, smoked as teen from 15 to 23, quit for good and now 51. Is symptom of lung cancer?

Postnasal drip: Your throat clearing is probably due to a post nasal drip from your cold. If you haven't been to a doctor recently it might be a good idea to get checked out. ...Read more

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I keep having to clear my throat. Is this related to my digestive health?

I keep having to clear my throat. Is this related to my digestive health?

Possibly, yes: Clearing the throat can be a symptom of a few conditions: asthma, bronchitis, post-nasal drip, and gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Your primary care doctor can help you to determine which may be the cause. ...Read more

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I was brushing my teeth then tried to clear my throat when I spit I see blood what does it mean?

I was brushing my teeth then tried to clear my throat when I spit I see blood what does it mean?

Gum or throat: If bleeding occur during brushing, it would be gingivitis as definitive diagnosis. This would not be implied periodontitis and could be confirmed with your dentist. Gingivitis is very easy to treat with a good cleaning and good home care since your gum is just swollen. Periodontitis required treatment and follow up with your dentist. Bleeding while clear your throat may indicate other problem. ...Read more

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What could it mean if I clear my throat and spit blackish mucus up?

What could it mean if I clear my throat and spit blackish mucus up?

Get Checked: Blackish mucous is most likely blood but there are other potentials causes. A health care professional will be able to examine you and the mucous and determine what treatment and testing you may need. Get checked out, this is not something to put off or take lightly. ...Read more

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Faint whistling sound when exhaling. Throat tickle. Chest sounds clear while having it. Chest x rays clear. Oxygen 99. Peak flow good. What could it be?

Faint whistling sound when exhaling. Throat tickle. Chest sounds clear while having it. Chest x rays clear. Oxygen 99. Peak flow good. What could it be?

Nasal throat wheeze: I'm sorry that they've been unable to find the reason for your expiratory wheeze. It is possible that if you were breathing through the nose it is because of a blockage with one of the turbinates. If not through the nose it is possibly in the larynx. You need a fiberoptic nasal laryngoscopy by an ENT specialist to confirm. If these are negative you need a CT scan of the chest. ...Read more

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I have been sick with a bad stuffy runny nose. Swollen tonsils with fever and every time I clear my throat I get a weird taste. What does that mean?

I have been sick with a bad stuffy runny nose. Swollen tonsils with fever and every time I clear my throat I get a weird taste. What does that mean?

Stuffy and: runny nose, swollen tonsils with fever indicate an infection of tonsils and sinuses. Please consult your primary doctor to evaluate the need for antibitoics.
Gargle frequently with warm salty water. ...Read more

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40 yr f 15 pk yr smkr good pulm funct test clear low dose chest CT 3 month ago brush teeth clear throat bright red blood streak in clear spit concern?

40 yr f 15 pk yr smkr good pulm funct test clear low dose chest CT 3 month ago brush teeth clear throat bright red blood streak in clear spit concern?

Yes: Any time you see blood where it should not be, you should be concerned. See your doctor or an ENT to have a head and neck evaluation. ...Read more

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It feels like my lungs are being constricted and sounds like I'm clearing my throat all day every day! Please help!

Long standing?: If this is a long-standing problem my approach to start would include chest x-ray, sinus x-ray, check for reflux, and possibly pulmonary function tests. In the meantime try a mucous thinning agents such as Mucinex (guaifenesin) or arm and hammer nasal saline wash. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for really fait whistling sound that comes from the throat. Lungs sounded clear with the stethoscope while I had the whistle?

What could be the cause for really fait whistling sound that comes from the throat. Lungs sounded clear with the stethoscope while I had the whistle?

Sounds of breathing: Enlarged uvula or flaccid membranes, or enlarged lingual tonsil are possibilities. Get rid of throat flab using oropharyngeal exercises. See www. Grossaninstitntue. Com ...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