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Doctor insights on: Overweight People And Throat Clearing

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What can cause throat clearing and constant mucus feeling in throat?

What can cause throat clearing and constant mucus feeling in throat?

Stuff going up/down: Upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc! ...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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My husband was sent to a specialist about his frequent throat clearing. He was told it was a habit. Every time we leave the city he has no problem. ?

My husband was sent to a specialist about his frequent throat clearing. He was told it was a habit. Every time we leave the city he has no problem. ?

Could be reflux: Just based on your concerns, reflux certainly comes to mind, which would not necessarily be a "habit." reflux can get to the level of the voice box and one of the most common symptoms of reflux to the voice box is throat clearing. He needs a good exam of the larynx to help determine. ...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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Chronic throat clearing after a cold almost 4 years ago. Too scared to get scoped, did this do damage to my throat. What can I do to stop it!! ?

Chronic throat clearing after a cold almost 4 years ago. Too scared to get scoped, did this do damage to my throat. What can I do to stop it!!
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Throat clearing: This is a common behavioral problem. Drink water for any abnormal throat sensation. Do not clear your throat, cough or spit. Old habit dies hard, you need to work hard to get rid of this one! ...Read more

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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

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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

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


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