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Phlegm in throat
lanigirl12 posted:
I've had this problem for 7 months. It started with a sinus infection on New Years Day. I've been on 5 antibiotics, prednisone 4 times, acid reflux meds, allegra, singular, breathing treatments, netty pot, saltwater gargling, all sorts of natural remedies also. I stay away from dairy products also. I started getting better after 5 months but then started all over again. I cough day and night. Nothing seems to help. I've been told I have allergies to dust and mold. Had a scope done with a camera from ENT Doctor who said there's nothing wrong.
I've been to Ears Nose Throat Doctor, Allergist, Primary, Emergency, and Nutritionist. Is there anything left to try? I'll do it. This is horrible!
Luckycolenet responded:
I've lived with chronic sinusitis, excess phlegm production, for over 50 years with no diagnosis. I just discovered if I only breath through my mouth, it does not occur. Phlegm is instantly produced as soon as I breath through my nose.

This may explain why some people are mouth breathers. I plan to take this up with my Doctors upon my return from a vacation.

See if it is the same for you.
Luckycolenet replied to Luckycolenet's response:
It appears that improved nose breathing techniques will address my problem after a bit of research
flashmaster responded:
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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