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Is clearing your throat a lot bad?

Is clearing your throat a lot bad?

Throat clearing: Repetitive clearing of your throat could be a sign of postnasal drip, allergies, sinus, reflux or even a tic. ...Read more

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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 woke up with a lot of congestion this morning that has since gone away. it scared me because it was so bad. had to keep clearing my throat. could t?

I woke up with a lot of congestion this morning that has since gone away. it scared me because it was so bad.  had to keep clearing my throat. could t?

Recurrent problem?: Sudden congestion is usually caused by viral infection or irritant exposure. If recurring, if you've had sinus infections, or if you have other typical symptoms (can include nasal drip, sneezing, itchy eyes/ears/throat, ear fullness, headache) then consider an evaluation for different (allergic and non-allergic) types of chronic rhinitis ...Read more

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Is clearing your throat bad for your throat?

Is clearing your throat bad for your throat?

Possibly: If this is 3-4 times a minute-something is going on.If 3-4 times a day-no worries. ...Read more

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Can clearing my throat ( a lot) make the inside of my throat bleed ?

Can clearing my throat ( a lot) make the inside of my throat bleed ?

Throat clearing: Unlikely. Throat clearing leads to stimulation of secretary glands which produced more secretions which you then clear your throat again to remove. Better to swallow everytime you feel need to clear that or drink water. This breaks the habit. Some with reflux or "post nasal drip" do this do this, Try some prilosec for three weeks. Post nasal drip is normal due the nasal tissue secretions. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a lot of throat clearing for almost a year and a half, should I be concerned its serious?

I have been experiencing a lot of throat clearing for almost a year and a half, should I be concerned its serious?

LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat , post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. It responds well to proton pump inhibitor rx. You need to see ent. I doubt anything serious, but get checked. ...Read more

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On occasion after i eat I have a lot of clearing throat and hacking going on. What is that from? Its been going on for years.

On occasion after i eat I have a lot of clearing throat and hacking going on.  What is that from? Its been going on for years.

Possible GERD: One of the most common reasons for this symptom is undiagnosed acid reflux. I noticed Ibuprofen on your list of meds. Depending on how much you take, that can aggravate acid reflux. I would limit that as well as caffeine. Consider trying an acid blocker such as otc zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid. Regardless, an eval by your doctor is important. ...Read more

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I'm not sick or anything, but recently I have been clearing my throat a lot again... Is it because of allergies or something is wrong with me?

I'm not sick or anything, but recently I have been clearing my throat a lot again... Is it because of allergies or something is wrong with me?

Hard to tell: Both post-nasal drips from allergic rhinitis or sinusitis can induce throat clearing. However reflux may also cause similar symptoms even at your young age. We need to know if you have any problem with nasal obstruction, discharge, or food regurgitation to venture a guess. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough. I'm always coughing and clearing my throat. What should I do?

I have a really bad cough. I'm always coughing and clearing my throat. What should I do?

Consult: The symptoms you describe make we wonder if you have a chronic post nasal drip and may have a chronic low grade sinus infection. If your cough is worse when you lie down and if it is bad tasting and if the mucus is discolored I am even more convinced. You may benefit from an appropriate course of antibiotics.. You may also have reflux. It may be time to see your physician. ...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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I keep clearing my throat/ "choking" . Could this be allergies? I suffer badly from allergies & asthma. I also have painful swollen nodes & am on anti

I keep clearing my throat/ "choking" . Could this be allergies? I suffer badly from allergies & asthma. I also have painful swollen nodes & am on anti

Yes it is your: Allergy (postnasal drip) causing you to clear your throat and choking sensation.Need to get it under control to avoid asthma flare up. Discuss with your physician ...Read more

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10 year old daughter has a lot of phlem in her throat and has been clearing her throat nonstop for over a month now but it is not sore just annoying to?

10 year old daughter has a lot of phlem in her throat and has been clearing her throat nonstop for over a month now but it is not sore just annoying to?

Many possibilities: Sometimes a kid will develop a transient tic, like throat clearing after an otherwise simple URI.The non-purposeful behavior can last up to 6 mo but usually fades. Kids can suppress it some but usually have little true control over it. It could also represent post nasal drainage (allergies) or mild reflux.If it bothers the kid have it checked out. ...Read more

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I had a barium swallow. No gastro reflux but said unusual appearance of upper esoph. Should i b freakin out?Endoscop needed 100%? I do a lot of throat clearing I am going on vaca soon what should I do

I had a barium swallow. No gastro reflux but said unusual appearance of upper esoph. Should i b freakin out?Endoscop needed 100%? I do a lot of throat clearing  I am  going on vaca soon what should I do

Abnormal Esophagus: It sounds like you may have something hampering your upper GI tract, which might explain the throat sx. This could be a so-called "web" or an infection or growth, or something else. An endoscopy should be performed. Check with your gastroenterologist to see if you can delay the procedure until after your trip, but i would heed your doctor's advice on this. ...Read more

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I had a bad throat n cough. The throat is good, the cough is clearing, but now my ear is plugged. Tried yawning, nothing works, what can I do to hear?

I had a bad throat n cough. The throat is good, the cough is clearing, but now my ear is plugged. Tried yawning, nothing works, what can I do to hear?

Decongestant: It sounds like you are suffering from a cold which is slowly getting better but now your eustacian tubes are blocked. You might get some releif from using an oral decongestant. If not getting better it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been short of breath lately, i smoke cigarettes and have asthma. I've also been clearing my throat a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

I've been short of breath lately, i smoke cigarettes and have asthma.  I've also been clearing my throat  a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

Unlikely: While you are at increased risk for lung cancer due to your smoking, you likely are experiencing the direct effects of smoking. Your ability to clear secretions is impaired directly from smoking and you are most likely having to clear your throat more frequently because of that reason. A chest x-ray would be a reasonable option. Your symptoms may resolve if you were to quit smoking. ...Read more

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