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Can allergic rhinitis cause phlegm to irritate your throat & cause white spots on back of throat? & can phlegm discolor your tongue?

Can allergic rhinitis cause phlegm to irritate your throat & cause white spots on back of throat? & can phlegm discolor your tongue?

No: allergic rhinitis won't cause white spots on the back of your throat or discolor your to tongue, it can cause irritation of your throat from the post nasal drainage , if you have sore throat with the above symptoms better see your doctor, also you might be a mouth breather due to blocked nose, that can lead to discoloration of your tongue, better see your doctor to help you with the cough & insomnia ...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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Hv had phlegm stuck in back of throat for 3wks after clearing sores in nose with kenacomb oint dr says allergies is 3wks too long what causes this flm?

Hv had phlegm stuck in back of throat for 3wks after clearing sores in nose with kenacomb oint dr says allergies is 3wks too long what causes this flm?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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STD cause drainage in throat? Days after sex got sore w red bumps back of throat still there 3 months later. Strep/mono/std neg. spitting lots phlegm

STD cause drainage in throat? Days after sex got sore w red bumps back of throat still there 3 months later. Strep/mono/std neg. spitting lots phlegm

Asked and Answered: First, has a physician examined you and confirmed that you do have red abnormal anatomy or 'spots' on the back of your throat? Second, there is no STD that causes your symptoms lasting for three months and you have been told this repeatedly. Third, this situation will not be solved on the internet. If your physician is not helping you in person you need a new physician. Perhaps an ENT or allergie ...Read more

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Can stress cause a GERD flare up, despite daily dose of Pantoprazole? If so would it cause left side back pain, and would whitish flem come up my throat? My throat has been dry because of this but I have no cough.

Can stress cause a GERD flare up, despite daily dose of Pantoprazole?  If so would it cause left side back pain, and would whitish flem come up my throat?  My throat has been dry because of this but I have no cough.

Stress can increase: acid formation in the stomach despite the pantoprazole . Increased acid formation needs to be neutralized with medication managment. Increased acid in the stomach can cause laryngo-pharyngeal reflux followed with throat discomfort. I hope this helps. If you want to discuss my answer to your question or if you have more questions contact me on my Virtual Practice at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Constant ball of phlegm in back of throat?

Constant ball of phlegm in back of throat?

Post nasal drip: This can be from nasal allergies, an allergies can help you , you need a nasal spray. ...Read more

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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

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Trouble inhaling but exhale just fine. Sometimes tho it clears up and both in and out feel normal. Phlegm in back of throat always clearing throat.

Trouble inhaling but exhale just fine. Sometimes tho it clears up and both in and out feel normal. Phlegm in back of throat always clearing throat.

Nasal congestion: could cause more trouble inhaling but then be less difficult to exhale because you can do that through your mouth. Could also account for phlegm. Try a nasal decongestant when this happens, and several times a day just use plain nasal spray to keep the phlegm and mucous thin and easy to get rid of. Drink lots of water also. ...Read more

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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

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2 months of fatigue, phlegm in back of throat, gagging, on proton pump inhibitor, nasonex, (mometasone) what else can help till i get my egd ?

Post nasal drainage: Consider seeing an allergist or ENT or having a ct scan. Fatigue with drainage might be due to allergies or chronic low-grade infection. Also consider irrigating your nose with a sinus rinse kit by neil med. These are in virtually every pharmacy now and can help you clear secretions. Avoid antihistamines. These make infections last longer. Does food stick? You could have eosinophilic esophagitis. ...Read more

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I’ve had phlegm in my back of my throat?

I’ve had phlegm in my back of my throat?

Dr. can check throat: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies, irritants, or stomach acid reflux. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A couple days of throat lozenges may lessen symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes phlegm in throat and food stuck on it?

Reflux: Phlegm in the throat associated with food may be from acid reflux. When acid reflux makes it to the level of your throat it is called lpr. In some instances chronic inflammation in the tonsils may cause similar symptoms. I rare cases, a pouch like space called a diverticulum(zenker's) can occur in the upper esophagus which can produce mucous and debris. ...Read more

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How come i always have phlegm build up in the back of my throat?

Lots of Causes: Your symptoms may be caused by allergies and sinusitis with post-nasal drip ( the collection in the back of your throat) or an infection. Check with your doctor as there are several possibilities. ...Read more

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What causes thick phlegm in throat and chest which is chronic?

What causes thick phlegm  in throat and chest  which is chronic?

PND: What your describing could be several things..But the first thing that comes to mind is post nasal drip. It can become quite thick and cause a lot of clear phlegm expectoration. If you find yourself clearing your throat constantly..It may well be this. You should see your pcp in case its something more severe. ...Read more

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I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

Throat phlegm: Throat phlegm is often ropey saliva. This is affected by dehydration, infection and certain foods. Easiest fix is to increase h2o intake by a liter a day. Non- alcoholic mouth washes are useuful as well. Brushing your teeth 3-4times a day is important. Any of the causes can create bad breath. Infection will become evident and needs treatment. ...Read more

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Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Insect Venom Panel (Definition)

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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