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I have snot stuck in my throat and I can't get rid of it. What can I do. ?

I have snot stuck in my throat and I can't get rid of it. What can I do. ?

Take a hot steamy: shower or turn on the kettle and breathe in the steam (not too close!) That should help. Over the counter expectorants might also help to loosen the mucous. Use as directed on the bottle. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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What is the best way to dislodge snot lodged in the upper-back part of your throat?

What is the best way to dislodge snot lodged in the upper-back part of your throat?

Nasal Rinse: There are many different ways to dislodge mucus in the back of your throat including blowing, snorting, sniffing, gargling, and other techniques. Chronic problems with build of of thick mucus may respond best to a regimen that includes nasal/sinus rinsing. This form of rinse will also help loosen mucus in the "nasopharynx" or back of the nose/throat. Ent exam helps to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I can feel the snot going down my throat, how do I prevent this?

I can feel the snot going down my throat, how do I prevent this?

Stop the snot: I would start w/ antihistamine such as loratidine or even benedryl. Consider nasal saline rinse or netty pot. Stay hydrated - if persists/worsens, see your primary care provider as you may benefit from a nasal steroid or other such treatment. ...Read more

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Could nasal drip be causing throat snot?

Yes: When your nose creates secretions they often can run both out the front of your nose and from the back of your nasal passages down your throat, which is called post-nasal drip. This is most commonly caused by allergic rhinitis, but can also be part of a cold and sometimes can be due to acid reflux. ...Read more

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I constantly have thick snot in the back of mt throat. Sometimes sound congested, but no other symptoms at all. What could be the problem?

I constantly have thick snot in the back of mt throat. Sometimes sound congested, but no other symptoms at all. What could be the problem?

Thick snot: You likely have allergies. Try irrigating the nose with saline spray. Make your own by mixing salt 1 tsp to one quart of water. Use a syringe or a bulb syringe to get 50 or more ccs of fluid and irrigate each nostril 4 to 5 times a day. Use a nasal steroid: nasal cort that is now available over the counter. 2 sprays each nostril once or twice a day. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've woken up this morning with my throat is throbbing red raw and my snot is dark green.

Pharyngitis: Sore throat is usually caused by an infection. Two types of germs can cause it: viruses and bacteria. People who have a sore throat caused by a virus do not usually need to see a doctor. People who have a sore throat caused by bacteria might need to see a doctor specially if your cough gets worse, your breathing gets worse, or you develop high grade fevers. They might have a type of infection called strep throat. About 1 in 10 adults who seek medical care for sore throat. ...Read more

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My snot smells a little like chlorine? I've had a snotty nose for a few weeks now but recently it has began to smell like chlorine and taste slightly similar too at the back of my throat?

Sinusitis : You have sinusitis and if it's not improving, get on an antibiotic. For whatever reason, it has a chlorine taste, but I don't think that's important. Get rid of the snot! Even try learning to drain them with a saline wash at home. ...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