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Overweight People And Throat Clearing
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
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
I have this chronic throat clearing problem for a little over a year now. It started after a bad cold, and won't go away. Please give advice.
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
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
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!!
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
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
My dr gave me flonese script 4 my major throat clearing issue using it twice a day when will it kick in? Its been 4 days use 10am and 10pm. No change
Flonase: Steroid nasal sprays may take up to 2 weeks to have a full effect but usually start working after 3-4 days of use. Give it more time. If it does not help you may need an antihistamine nasal spray to stop the post nasal drip. At your age you may suffer from vasomotor rhinitis. See an allergist if you have not done so yet. ...Read more
Is throat clearing damaging/ detrimental to throat, ie ;while having the urge to do it during a feeling of having mucus stuck in throat? /or irritation
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
Unless the thyroid is asymmetric or huge, would not cause throat clearing. Chronic fatigue and throat clearing, rule out:
acid reflux with reduced sleep
post nasal drip due to chronic sinusitis
generalized aching: consider gum disease or sinus disease.
Sinusitis: see www.Grossaninstitute.Com. ...Read more
Not really: As anxiety is more known to "dry" the mouth making speaking difficult. On the other hand, in your case, anxiety may trigger a reflexive "clearing" throat irritating the pharynx enough to produce excessive mucous. An allergic reaction and/or viral infection should be ruled out. Get your gp have your throat examined first & then see a mental health professional 2 get help w/ your anxiety. ...Read more
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
How long is cometely safe to stay on pantoprazole 40... Doc gave to me for throat clearing problem but am scared this coukd cause other problems?
Indefinitely: These meds are safe long term but dietary management for mild to moderate reflux symptoms equally effective. If this med necessary can prevent calcium absorption and promote osteoporosis so take calcium. See product information for greater detail. Diet changes-avoid alcohol, caffeine, fatty and spicy foods. Weight loss, smaller meals, no eat or drink 3-4 hrs before sleep ...Read more
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
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
I have chronic throat-clearing. It happens throughout the day but worsens after I eat- doesn't matter what I eat. How do I get rid of this/what is it?
If progressive...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more
Chronic throat clearing after cold for year and half now, i cannot hit any high notes to sing anymore and throat feels a bit sore, did i damage chords?
Leukoplakia : Chronic throat clearing can cause white plaques or leukoplakia of the vocal folds. This would affect voice quality . You should see an ENT for laryngoscopy or video stroboscopy . The underlying cause of throat clearing needs to be determined and you may need voice therapy for a few months. There may be some medications to take which will help as well. ...Read more
My boyfriend has chronic gagging. There is no heartburn no throat clearing sometimes he coughs alot. The gagging happens at anytime. He smokes and he can't smoke without gagging. Can I have a list of things this could be? He doesn't have any symptoms of a
Several: The smoking is an irritant. It can increase secretions. It can cause acid reflux. It can cause swelling of the throat and lymph nodes around it. It stimulates the gag reflex. It took me years to stop. Be kind. Patches seem to work since they don't jerk your nicotine level up and down. Keep using them for 2+ months. Have a doctor look at his throat if it gets worse or does't improve. ...Read more
When body produces excessive mucus, thicker than normal does it become problem when the mucus runs down the back of the nose to the throat, it's called postnasal drip.Colds, flu
allergies (called allergic postnasal drip),
sinus infection or sinusitis are most common causes. Postnasal drip creates an annoying feeling that makes you want to constantly clear your throat. Antihistamines help. ...Read more
Is it normal to clear your throat while you have post nasal drip? Coughing isn't as helpful as throat clearing for me not at all.
Definitely!!!: These are mucus draining the back of your throat, triggering you to clear your throat and initiate a cough to try to get rid of the mucus behind.At times to the point of choking and gagging your head off- your eyes about to pop!take care of the main problem which is allergic rhinitis with any allergy meds- claritin, zyrtec , Allegra etc brand or generic and a topical nasal spray.See md if no better. ...Read more
I'm experiencing frequent throat clearing since using ozone air generator...My guru calls it a healing reaction...What are your thoughts?
Had cold 2 weeks ago but still dysphonic, worse late night/morning. Croak-like voice is better after hot drink, throat clearing. What 2 do? Bacteria?
are best explained by your viral infection and are unlikely to be bacterial...Sounds like you are doing exactly the right thing! Many of these late summer viruses may last for a depressingly long time!!!
Hope this helps
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