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Serious phlegm in back of throat gagging me, on proton pump inhibitor for GERD no better, could thyroid be causing problems?

Serious phlegm in back of throat gagging me, on proton pump inhibitor for GERD no better, could thyroid be causing problems?

Probably not thyroid: Even if you have an enlarged thyroid, the thyroid grows out, and it is not common for an enlarged thyroid to cause compressive symptoms. This is more likely from the reflux, or something else. ...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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What causes symptoms like a sore jaw, sore throat, phlegm in throat, globus sensation, sore neck?

What causes symptoms like a sore jaw, sore throat, phlegm in throat, globus sensation, sore neck?

Infection: Anywhere from the jaw to the throat area. Be examined by you MD or your clinic to pin point the area of infection. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

You need to be seen.: The symptoms you describe make me want you to be seen in person. Better safe than sorry. You might have a virus, but it could be more serious. Please go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic right away. ...Read more

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Been coughing phlegm for 4weeks wouldn't say I have bad chest pain but strain on neck/throat/chest when I cough. Could it be a chest infection?

Been coughing phlegm for 4weeks wouldn't say I have bad chest pain but strain on neck/throat/chest when I cough. Could it be a chest infection?

Depends: If fevers/chills could be an infection. If no fever/chills and in no more sputum production likely strain from cough for 4weeks...question is why have you had cough for 4 weeks ...Read more

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Just suddenly woke up coughing and heart racing. Feeling heart pounding in neck! Hands shaky. It's so cold maybe that's why? Phlegm now in throat

Just suddenly woke up coughing and heart racing. Feeling heart pounding in neck! Hands shaky. It's so cold maybe that's why? Phlegm now in throat

Reflux?: U may have had nightmare? U may have had reflux which activated your awake system &U came out of deep sleep. The Heart pounding, was it fast? Good to have a watch nearby to meas rate. A hard beat can be from activ of symp nerv systom from reflux or dream. The phlegm in throat may have been reflux. Make sure not to lie down w/i 2 hours after a meal. Tell MD about it, if it happens again: Holter ...Read more

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I got over mono last month and now have a sore throat with clear phlegm and a small bump on the right side of my neck under my jaw. Is it still mono?

I got over mono last month and now have a sore throat with clear phlegm and a small bump on the right side of my neck under my jaw. Is it still mono?

Probably not: When the body fights back at mono the lymph nodes in your neck swell to produce antibodies. The tissue of the throat will need time to heal. Your symptoms sound more like a new irritation - body responding by coating area with phlegm and the lymph node responding with antibodies. Gargle warm salt water and rest. If still a problem after week or rapidly worsening symptoms see MD ...Read more

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Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Could be either: Symptoms of flu and routine viral respiratory disease overlap. If it is within the first couple days then get viral cultures for flu and start tamiflu (oseltamivir) if positive to shorten and decrease illness. Otherwise treat symptoms. ...Read more

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6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

Concerned: I always get concerned when someone mentions ear and throat symptoms on the same side as this may be indication of inflammation, ulcer, or tumor of throat. It is good that you have an appointment to see ENT in a couple weeks. Hope it is nothing serious. ...Read more

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With cervical mri can be detected the front of the neck. CervicalMRI came clean, but I have sore throat, phlegm, ear pain, vomiting, burning chest?

With cervical mri can be detected the front of the neck. CervicalMRI came clean, but I have sore throat, phlegm, ear pain, vomiting, burning chest?

Odd question: The symptom pattern is suggestive of GE Reflux (heartburn) and or a throat infection. Your question gave no clue why someone would do a MRI scan.Perhaps you can start over and re-word your question. Questions are not linked so the must make sense on their own. ...Read more

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Is coughing and with phlegm associated with lymphoma? I also have a little lump in neck and been losing weight.

Is coughing and with phlegm associated with lymphoma? I also have a little lump in neck and been losing weight.

See your Doctor: It is not a presenting symptom of lymphoma-cough and phlegm.
I noticed several questions from you in this regards. Seems your very much concerned about it and may be stressed out too. Best way is to be seen by your MD and if needed he ca or she can do some work up as well. Once the issue of Lymphoma is ruled out you will be at peace ...Read more

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No fever, nasal congestin subsiding, thick green phlegm coighing up, pain in back of neck by glands, no fever, rattle cough?

No fever, nasal congestin subsiding, thick green phlegm coighing up, pain in back of neck by glands, no fever, rattle cough?

Congestion: Green phlegm does not always mean an acute bacterial infection, i.e. the type in which you need antibiotics. Often smoldering viral infections end in this way. However, if it persists, recurs after symptoms are almost gone, or you begin developing a fever then definitely have it checked. In the meantime, treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold? It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold? It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Could be allergies: Swollen nasal passages often occur with allergies, and drainage can go down the back of your throat causing you to cough up phlegm. Try a steroid nasal spray like Flonase (now available over the counter) plus an antihistamine like loratadine. If still no improvement in 3-4 days, get checked out! ...Read more

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Something is blocking my phlem and mucus from coming up could I have an infection in my throat or neck that's preventing it?

Something is blocking my phlem and mucus from coming up could I have an infection in my throat or neck that's preventing it?

Need more info: The first question is why do you think you have phlegm that needs to come up? If you are having a loose cough and hear rattling in your chest you may have an active infection in your lungs. If however you are feeling a fullness in your throat this may not necessarily be related to an infection and this "globus" sensation may be a manifestation of other conditions such as gerd or thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Sore neck when coughing blood in my phlegm and a lump in my neck had a fever 2 days ago?

Sore neck when coughing blood in my phlegm and a lump in my neck had a fever 2 days ago?

See a doctor: In my humble opinion, any time a person coughs up blood, even in phlegm this warrants an evaluation by a doctor. It could be infection, it could be a growth or a tumor. It could be a posterior nose bleed back down your throat. It is never normal for this to occur, and I would advise you to be seen. ...Read more

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I had my neck lymph nodes/glands swollen and sore neck/shoulders for 5 weeks, with phlegm coming up. It's not strep or mono. Is that symptoms of HIV?

I had my neck lymph nodes/glands swollen and sore neck/shoulders for 5 weeks, with phlegm coming up. It's not strep or mono. Is that symptoms of HIV?

Rule it out: It's certainly worth testing for if you have ever been exposed or engaged in high risk behavior however phlegm is generally not part of the HIV picture. ...Read more

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I have had a cough about a week that has gotten a little better but still phlegm, sore muscles in neck and upper back and on and off sinus pressure.?

I have had a cough about a week that has gotten a little better but still phlegm, sore muscles in neck and upper back and on and off sinus pressure.?

Possible Flu: If you don’t have a high fever, then likely viral infection assuming no significant medical history. Have you had the flu shot? Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and rest. If it’s improving, then you’re looking at another week of symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore throat 7 months. Had red holes @ above bk of tounge. Large clumps of blood in brown plegm when sort/sneeze. Neck pain. Body pains. Fatiage. Drows?

Sore throat 7 months. Had red holes @ above bk of tounge. Large clumps of blood in brown plegm when sort/sneeze. Neck pain. Body pains. Fatiage. Drows?

Bleeding tongue: A bleeding lesion at base of tongue persisting for that long with your smoking history must be biopsied and imaged. Go see ENT to check for possible cancer. ...Read more

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Sick for about 4 days. Sore throat, productive cough, congestion, face is sore, no fever, mild earache but now my neck is swollen and sore. Seeadoc?

Sick for about 4 days. Sore throat, productive cough, congestion, face is sore, no fever, mild earache but now my neck is swollen and sore. Seeadoc?

That's a good idea.: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

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Hi doc how u? My mother has a lot of flem in her neck has tried every bottle u can think of over de chemist counter. Has tryed steaming 2 loosen it up.

Hi doc how u? My mother has a lot of flem in her neck has tried every bottle u can think of over de chemist counter. Has tryed steaming 2 loosen it up.

Fluids: Some people with similar symptoms can benefit from an antibiotic, bronchodilator such as albuterol, or antiinflammatory such as prednisone. Symptoms like these are best evaluated in person by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Have a tickley cough now for 2 weeks. Coughing up little bits of phlem. Bad on a night and morning also have gland up in left side of neck.

Have a tickley cough now for 2 weeks. Coughing up little bits of phlem. Bad on a night and morning also have gland up in left side of neck.

Swollen neck glands: Associated with persistent cough may not be cause for alarm and may be related to a viral uri. Persistent non-tender swelling, however, unassociated with other symptoms, may warrant an exam to rule out rarer, but more serious, causes. Cessation of smoking, then a visit to your pcp, may be appropriate. ...Read more

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I have constant post nasal drip, cough and phlem. Is it normal that my glands behind ears and neck would be slightly inflamed?

Yes: Allergies, infections can cause your lymph nodes to be inflamed and enlarged. If this doesn't go away, see your doctor for an examination and further evaluation. ...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


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more