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Reducing phlegm
An_246811 posted:
I've had chronic phlegm in various stretches for about 20 yrs or
so. I've been using Cloraseptic(generic) as agargl, but looking at
the label, it can cause dificulty in breathing. I've discontinued using it a such, only for sore throat or gums. Since then, phlegm
production has been almost nil.
Winterblue2 responded:
Hello. I am having what I thought was sinusitus but have been to ENT, had a c-scan, tried many meds for this and want to know if you have allergies, congestion in your nose that will not come out? My problem is post nasal drip that causes me to cough, but the phlegm in the back of my throat is so thick will not clear out. And how did you discover using Cloraseptic?

flashmaster replied to Winterblue2's response:
I've reading the many posts about chronic mucus in the throat. I've been there — done that for many years. I've seen 4 different doctors without any positive results and tried MANY - MANY Rx's. I've been tested for allergies, asthma and GERD and I'm not a smoker. I not knocking the medical community but they seem to have tunnel vision when it comes to this condition. With the help of some on-line postings and some research, I've come upon some promising results.

Antibiotics seem to be a common denominator. When a doctor prescribes an antibiotic it kills all the bacteria [good and bad> in your system — this is good when you are ill since it eliminates what was making you ill. However the elimination of the good bacteria has consequences. [Please note that I'm not a medical professional so my descriptions/explanations may not be stated well but this is what I've pieced together with some research> There is a relationship in the body between mucus and good bacteria. If the good bacteria are not adequate, the body produces mucus as protection.

With my condition, I separated it to a mucus problem and a post-nasal drip problem. First the mucus - Probiotics are designed to replace the good bacteria. They are not new and have been around for a long time and there is a lot of information available on them — doing your own research is recommended. In my case, I've been prescribed antibiotics many times over the years but never replaced the good bacteria. So I started with a low dose of Probiotic and worked up. [I currently take 3 capsules 2X daily> This has reduced the mucus in my throat a lot — maybe 80% or more.

Next the post-nasal drip. This is still a work in progress. Over-the-counter decongestants aren't a solution for me — Sudafed-like compounds mess with my blood pressure. So thanks to another on-line posting, I'm trying lemon water with cayenne pepper in it — not a lot of pepper but enough to give it a little warmth. [Yes, I know this sounds like a witch's brew but it's really not so bad> So far, so good! It seems to be working.

I hope this information works. Good luck.

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