Persistent mucus and itchy throat
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msrytw posted:
I have had this persisent itchy throat for almost 9 months. Had bronchitis for the 2nd time in a year. The last bronchitis was in June. Returned to dr. in July for cough and mucus. Was given Z-Pac (2nd antibiotic). Cough went away, but mucus and tickle still there. Tired of hacking and spitting all the time. Never had bronchitis before this.
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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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