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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 causes excess mucus in throat and nose?

Allergies: It is due to allergies most of the time and also can be caused by viral upper respiratory infections. ...Read more

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Constant excessive mucus in throat for over a year and it interferes with breathing. What could be wrong and how do I clear it?

Constant excessive mucus in throat for over a year and it interferes with breathing. What could be wrong and how do I clear it?

Thoughts..: It could be post nasal dripping. This is a slow, constant drip to the back of the throat from the nose - can often be helped by allergy medicines. I also think of things like reflux which could be causing your symptoms. If it's been going on this long, make sure you get it checked out by your doc! Best of luck. ...Read more

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Excessive mucus in throat feels like choking. Worsen when lying down. No heartburn. GERD/LPR/something else?

Mucus: Excessive mucus in throat can be due to: genetic predisposition, diet related (avoid gluten, increase Omega 3), or medication related. ...Read more

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LPR? Excessive mucus in throat throat clearing, neg results 2 ENts. Have had 2 nissens for GeRD 10yrs apart. History asthma (not now)All meds haven't worked

LPR? Excessive mucus in throat throat clearing, neg results 2 ENts. Have had 2 nissens for GeRD 10yrs apart. History asthma (not now)All meds haven't worked

LPR?: Sounds like you should clear this up with your docs. May need definitive study such as pH probe or CT sinus / nasopharyngoscope / repeat EGD if these have not already been done. If two ENT docs agree and the meds haven't worked we may need to consider an alternate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hey, what causes sore throat and mucus in throat?

Hey, what causes sore throat and mucus in throat?

Usually PostNasalDrp: Usually post nasal drip. Your sinuses (allergies, infection, hyperactive) drain mucus down the back of your throat
causing irritation to the throat. There are also other less common causes. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip collecting over night cause brown mucus in throat in the morning?

Yes: The a.m mucus sample is usually concentrated and thus may look yellow. IN the presence of a sinus infection, the mucus (when present) should be consistently yellow or green. ...Read more

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Does gluten sensitivity cause mucus in throat?

Unlikely: Gluten intolerance can cause a variety of symptoms. I'm not certain that upper respiratory mucous production is one of them. ...Read more

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Can food intolerances make it difficult to swallow and cause build up of mucus in throat? Also can this cause anxiety?

Can food intolerances make it difficult to swallow and cause build up of mucus in throat? Also can this cause anxiety?

Food intolerances: Food intolerances can elicit hyper secretion as well as swelling in the tissues which will make any mucous more noticeable. Reflux also commonly causes an over production of clear mucous a full stomach is more likely to cause problems. Anytime it feels "hard to breath", anyone! Will feel a certain level of anxiety. If prone to it, yes, this will likely exacerbate things even more. ...Read more

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Would a sore throat from rabies look and feel the same as a sore throat caused by a common cold? (Postnasal drip, visible mucus in throat, etc.)

Would a sore throat from rabies look and feel the same as a sore throat caused by a common cold? (Postnasal drip, visible mucus in throat, etc.)

No: With rabies you would be extremely sick, frothing, crazy and about to die- horribly.

With post nasal drip- you have a mild annoying tickle in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Not likely: These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't fully resolve with time or treatment you should consider bringing this possibility up with your provider, especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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persistent clearing of throat and excess mucus in throat Have tried allergy/asthma meds and low dose PPIs. A new allergist or GI doc? Silent re

persistent clearing of throat and excess mucus in throat Have tried allergy/asthma meds and low dose PPIs. A new allergist or GI doc? Silent re

LERD possible: 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. Agree, further evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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Constant mucus in throat?

Constant mucus in throat?

Allergic rhinitis: Sounds like allergic rhinitis or if you're a smoker then it maybe chronic bronchitis. If you don't smoke, then it can be treated by avoiding allergens, especially pollen dust, and other household triggers or you may see your primary doc and be given a nasal corticosteroid spray which are usually quite effective. ...Read more

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How can you most effectively remove mucus in throat?

How can you most effectively remove mucus in throat?

Hydrate!!: To keep mucus moist & mobile ensure that you are drinking at least 8 8 ounces glasses of water per day. Warm liquids can also help to loosen the mucus. A humidifier may help. If you have drainage from your nose or sinus area - consider using a neti pot. ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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After giving oral, felt mucus in throat for 6 days and on 7th day (today) I feel it extremely dry. Does it have anything to do with it? He's clean

After giving oral, felt mucus in throat for 6 days and on 7th day (today) I feel it extremely dry. Does it have anything to do with it? He's clean

Possibly: There could be some irritation in the throat from the activity that is still healing. Please see your health care provider if it persists or worsens. ...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


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