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Is major throat clearing due to a sinus issue or an allegy? My Dr wants me to do an allegy test...I really dont think I need it

Is major throat clearing due to a sinus issue or an allegy? My Dr wants me to do an allegy test...I really dont think I need it

Hard to say: If you have nasal symptoms , then post-nasal drips and/or sinusitis can cause your throat clearing. Reflux is another potential cause even in the absence of heart burns. ...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


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I had sinusitis in april took meds 4 10 days. All gone. Now I have major throat clearing but no sinus issues. What is causing this now? So annoying!

I had sinusitis in april took meds 4 10 days. All gone. Now I have major throat clearing but no sinus issues. What is causing this now? So annoying!

Post-nasal drip: It is not unusual to have thick mucus draining from the nose and sinuses after a sinus infection that may linger for weeks to months. Mucus thinning medications, neti-pot saline rinses can help. Sometimes, antibiotics cause stomach irritation, gastritis, which can stir up some acid reflux that irritates your throat and you won't necessarily feel any heartburn. See and ENT doctor to evaluate this. ...Read more

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Every night when I lay down to go to bed I have so much throat clearing with phlegm. This only happens at night. Why? What can I do? Thank you.

Every night when I lay down to go to bed I have so much throat clearing with phlegm.  This only happens at night.  Why?  What can I do?  Thank you.

Sinus problem: The most likely cause of your phlegm is where sinus content drips into your throat because when you lay down, it is easier for your sinus and nose content to drop down the back of your throat than out of your nose. This can be from allergy or infection and you describe frequent so likely allergic. The use of a nasal antihistamine or steroid would help. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am a smoker, heavy drinker and have indulged in other activities of substance. My concern is my throat clearing lately. Very annoying!

I am a smoker, heavy drinker and have indulged in other activities of substance. My concern is my throat clearing lately. Very annoying!

Change Habits: You have already explained possible causes of your problem, so try to change your life style, it may improve some if your symptoms, meanwhile need to be evaluated by a doctor to run some diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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I heard that lemon tea helps with your throat clearing. Is this true?

Lemon tea/ Throat: Lemon tea, warm water, cool water or any other tea helps with throat clearing, presuming that it it the result of thickened mucus in that location. The point is to stay hydrated, which helps thin mucus and keep it moving smoothly and discretely down the throat. This limits the reflex to clear your throat. ...Read more

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Constant throat clearing. Not crazy. No other symptoms. Would I need an HIV test?

Constant throat clearing. Not crazy. No other symptoms.  Would I need an HIV test?

Allergies??: The throat clearing may be associated with allergies especially to dust or dust mites. See an allergist for some testing. Good news is that this symptom has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with HIV! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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I heard that milk helps with your throat pain. Is this true? What about throat clearing?

I heard that milk helps with your throat pain. Is this true? What about throat clearing?

Milk: It can help a sore throat from acid in the throat (reflux). It does seem to increase mucous in the throat, which could cause throat clearing. Throat clearing could also be from reflux... ...Read more

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What can cause constant throat clearing? I've had an endoscopy and laryngeal oscopy and all are inconclusive.

What can cause constant throat clearing? I've had an endoscopy and laryngeal oscopy and all are inconclusive.

Aging rhinitis: Things to consider when endoscopy equivocal: aging rhinitis - often causes unrecognized post-nasal drip, which improves with twice daily saline sinus irrigation; acid reflux during sleep - a trial of a proton pump inhibitor is worth considering; unrecognized sleep apnea, which can exacerbate reflux. ...Read more

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How bad will my throat clearing be on a plane? My endoscopy will not b done before i go away.Will the altitude make it worse? I am so nervous now!

How bad will my throat clearing be on a plane? My endoscopy will not b done before i go away.Will the altitude make it worse? I am so nervous now!

It might be ZERO!: "throat clearing" is often a nervous tic, with a skilled hypnotherapist, accomplished with the use of medical hypnosis, it may be abolished with a single visit! especially if there is a large psychological component. If the origin of the symptom is "organic", a small dose of haloperidol (haldol) may abolish it. That is the drug used in tourettes's syndrome; a disorder of verbal tics, vocalizations. ...Read more

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Throat Clearing (Definition)

Throat clearing is related to coughing, and is forceful passing of air through the throat in order to cough phlegm or saliva from the ...Read more