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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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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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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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Constant Phlegm in throat, very itchy or burn throat, violent cough to clear phlegm and breath out deeply to clear phlegm. 2 weeks of these symptoms. ?

Constant Phlegm in throat, very itchy or burn throat, violent cough to clear phlegm and breath out deeply to clear phlegm. 2 weeks of these symptoms. ?

Drink more fluids: There are other questions that need to be answered. Why speech deficit and vision loss? If this was due to a stroke or other problem, The simple answer is to drink more liquids, especially tepid water and take Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM and an antihistamine to help liquify the mucous and decrease the itch. If it continues you should see an otolaryngologist to determine if there is a diverticulum ...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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My only symptom is sore throet but when I look at my throat I can see phlegm stuck at the back of my throat?

My only symptom is sore throet but when I look at my throat I can see phlegm stuck at the back of my throat?

Dr. can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

Rhinosinusitis: Chronic inflammation of the nose and sinuses can cause post-nasal drip with irritating drainage. This can cause a sore throat and cough. Try rinsing your nose thoroughly with saline solution. There are several devices like the neil-med sinus rinse bottle which are very effective. ...Read more

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8 days span sore throat, difficult swallowing, some shortness of breath, hoarseness, phlegm upon wakening. Bumps on throat. Symptom of HIV?

8 days span sore throat, difficult swallowing, some shortness of breath, hoarseness, phlegm upon wakening. Bumps on throat. Symptom of HIV?

Not necessarily: What you described is neither diagnostic or HIV nor does is exclude it. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor ...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 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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I fell phlegm in my throat No other symptoms When should I see doctor ?

I fell phlegm in my throat
No other symptoms 
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Dr. can check throat: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A few days of throat lozenges may help. Allergies may cause throat mucus. ...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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I am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

I am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

Allergy: Do check with an allergologist to find out what you are allergic to. This allergen is something that you are exposed to constantly; ex detergent in your clothes, beddings etc once the cause if known, you ocan get rid of it temporary relief with antihistaminic and decongestant can help you while the cause is being determined. ...Read more

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That feeling like you have phlegm stuck in your throat constantly?

That feeling like you have phlegm stuck in your throat constantly?

Phlegm that is stuck: A "tickle" cough can be a sign of post nasal drainage. Mucous specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the phlegm build up is related to sinus drainage. Also consider trying to sleep with an elevated head or with a bedside humidifier. All the best! ...Read more

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I been coughing now for a few weeks its like I have a permanent tickle in my throat topped of with constant phlegm. Any suggestions?

I been coughing now for a few weeks its like I have a permanent tickle in my throat topped of with constant phlegm. Any suggestions?

Cough: Most likely cause is postnasal drainage down throat. Second is acid reflux. Third is cough, sputum, and/or irritation from chest. Each of these has excellent OTC options available at pharmacy without prescription. Nasal drainage can be treated with Nasacort Allergy nasal spray (triamcinolone) available OTC as of last year. ...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 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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Constant ball of phlegm in back of throat?

Constant ball of phlegm in back of throat?

Post nasal drip: This can be from nasal allergies, an allergies can help you , you need a nasal spray. ...Read more

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I'm constantly clearing my throat and sometimes coughing I don't smoke I always feel there is phlegm there?

I'm constantly clearing my throat and sometimes coughing I don't smoke I always feel there is phlegm there?

Check up recently?: Common things being the most common, have you have as recent cold or cough? If so you may still be getting over it. Also, do you notice that you sneeze a lot? The phlegm could be related to allergies. Finally, have you ever been diagnosed with heartburn or GERD -Gastroesophageal reflux disease? Any of these could cause your symptoms and may need further information to get a better idea and help. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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