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Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Throat problems: Your problems sound as if you need to see a ENT physician. You need to have your throat, lower esophagus, vocal cords and sinuses evaluated to see if a cause for your symptoms can be found and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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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Wheezing cough. Tickly. Small amount of phlegm. Chest tightness. Sore throat. Worse at night.

Wheezing cough. Tickly. Small amount of phlegm. Chest tightness. Sore throat. Worse at night.

Look for cause : if your symptoms are going for long time and bothersome look for the cause that is usually environmental like dust molds pollens and foods. This will clear up symptoms and you will not need inhales etc. please visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn more about treating the cause of illness. If interested Please make an appointment. ...Read more

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When i breathe in i get this burning feeling in top of chest, and tickling cough feeling. No phlem, xray clear, CBC good. No fever ? But feel lousy

When i breathe in i get this burning feeling in top of chest, and tickling cough feeling. No phlem, xray clear, CBC good. No fever ? But feel lousy

Need to look at meds: You underlying pots condition causes rapid heart rate and the meds are trying to slow it down , bu the meds are probably causing the symptoms. Need to have the doctor reevaluate the need of the meds in your case, Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is the issue. ...Read more

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I have had a consistent cough on and off for 3 months. Phlegm is clear and the cough is not severe however it is persistent. Any suggestion?

I have had a consistent cough on and off for 3 months. Phlegm is clear and the cough is not severe however it is persistent. Any suggestion?

Need to see a doctor: More information is needed and you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis, asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip due to allergic rhinitis , are the main causes of a chronic cough in a young person, in addition to a history and an exam performed by the doctor , chest x ray , pulmonary function tests, blood work might be needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why can't you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you have a persistent, phlegm producing cough?

Why can't you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you have a persistent, phlegm producing cough?

Yes but: unlikely to help unless the cough is from post-nasal drips which however are however not associated with mucus production. ...Read more

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Symptoms : Tickle in throat cough, excessive phlegm. Excessive eye mucus & very red eyes. Lethargic & some headache. No fever. Nasal passages clear.

Symptoms : Tickle in throat cough,  excessive phlegm. Excessive eye mucus & very red eyes. Lethargic & some headache. No fever. Nasal passages clear.

Allergies: seem the most likely cause . Most common are cat or dog hair, dust mites, mold, seasonal plants ,weeds or trees. Please check with an allergist near you since there are different allergies geographically. Get well. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

Superinfection: Ocassionally, illnesses that start out as viral actually require treatment for secondary infections (bacteria, ear infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.). Most viral infections in children resolve within a week. Asthma should be another consideration. ...Read more

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How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more