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    Chronic Phlegm in Throat
    andia2000 posted:

    For the past few years I have had had excess mucus and phlegm in the back of my throat. I can feel it there, and I can hack it up and usually get a thick, clear, mucus that I have to spit out or swallow. It is gross. I cough a lot during the morning and at night, and from time to time throughout the day. I try not to clear my throat too severely during work because it is disruptive and disgusting. My husband gets tired of me clearing my throat all the time, and so do I. It affects the way I talk, causing my voice to be hoarse all the time and I feel like it affects my ability to communicate professionally at work as my voice is not strong and clear.

    I have gone to a General Physician and they told me it was allergies. However, it doesn't get any better or worse at different seasons. I do not have a runny nose or itchy watery eyes or any other allergy symptons. I am currenly taking Veramyst, and have not seen any difference.

    Does anyone else have this problem? I have heard it might be post nasel drip or something like that. I am frusterated that it won't go away and don't want to live the rest of my life with it!

    If anyone has any advice or suggestions please let me know.

    Mold_Tester replied to Aqua14's response:
    Good call on having your home tested for mold . Just because your don't smell it or see it, doesn't mean your home is free of mold.

    joysr responded:
    have had this for over a year now, very sickning, i went to a allergy dr. told me allergic to dust mites, every time i clean the house it gets worse, so i wear a dust mask when cleaning, perfume and house cleaners do it to alot, so i use dish detergent to clean everything even the floors, no strong smell with that, i was given clariton, have not tried it yet, i never had this in my life and i am 50 yrs old, i got bronchitis last year, did a treatment at the hospital and this is what i was left with,
    Catallie responded:
    Hi, food allergy can also cause those symptoms. I like to sing, and the mucus interfered with that. I take an antihistamine twice a day, use Nasonex as prescribed, and avoid as much as possible my food allergens. You can read my posts to other people's letters for more information.
    MySilverLining replied to joysr's response:
    In addition to allergens, mold, etc., you might consider switching your laundry & cleaning products--even the ones that aren't obviously a prob could still be part of the pic. I now shop at an online/catalog store where everything is made w/o harsh & harmful chemicals, incl. laundry, cleaning, bath & body, (& just about everything you can imagine) is made to be safer & it's very helpful to my asthma & allergies. They are an "intro-only" type place, so let me know if you're interested in finding out more.
    bemitch responded:
    Hi, I felt like I was reading about myself when I read your post! LOL I have been having those symptoms, plus a cough for 3 mos. and am looking into going to an allergist. I have three birds and a rabbit, and suspect that they may be the cause of my issues. Good luck!!
    sunnydazs responded:
    Hi Andia,
    I have the same problem and it is very annoying and gross. I have been told that I have asthma caused from allergies. When I was tested for asthma the test was negative. I just came across some articles on on Throat Mucus. This sounds exactly like what I have and may be what you have. Do a search on it there is alot of info. It tells about foods that trigger it as well as foods that can help eliminate it. I finally feel like after many years of this I finally know what is wrong with me and maybe now I can treat it the way it needs to be treated. Hope this helps.
    Durangitan responded:
    I have struggled for years with year round allergies. Have had every imaginable test, allergy shots, and many meds. Some symptoms have resolved, but the phlegm in my throat has persisted.

    Recently my PCPhysician suggested I do the gluten free diet, and then try cutting out dairy products. It was not as hard to do as I has thought it would be. Now, 4 months later, I feel there is a 70-80% improvement in the phlegm problem. I have talked with another person doing the same regime, and she said that after 1.5 yrs she cannot believe how well she is doing.
    She has lost weight, allergies are gone, phlegm is gone, and GI problems she had are gone. It is a cheap treatment, but with a learning curve. Try it.
    GrahamCracker36 responded:
    So, I completely understand your problem, as I have it as well. It's weird though, I am only 17, and this whole thing started about a year ago. I have tried virtually everything. The netipot seemed to give me only a few minutes of relief, I have taken a variety of allergy tests and I'm not allergic to anything. I tried not eating dairy and wheat for a few months and it only helped maybe like 5 percent. My mom and sister have it but not nearly as bad. We think it's the starch in the food. It's food related no doubt about that, but even when I fast, which isn't very health in itself, the phlegm still lingers for days. I haven't felt "great" in a very long time.
    All of this has probably been said, but let me just add that I am a singer and singing is my favorite thing to do. I just saw the U2 360 concert. And I'm trying to sing along to the choruses, but have to strain to sing those notes because of the phlegm in the way. I can no longer sing high notes with ease but want to become a great singer in a band.
    I'm also going to college next year and don't want to be drawing my energy towards my silly health problems. I would much rather be focused with academics and most of all fun.
    Please, god, I need some information that will help.
    myers1937 replied to An_190962's response:
    klwalden56 responded:
    My Husband was diagnosed with a Candida infection in the digestive tract and esophagus. He saw many drs and specialists. He was told by 1 ENT that it was post nasal drip, and an allergist suggested that we get rid of our cats(of 13 years). Took a lot of tests over a 2 year period. The solution is actually very simple. for 40 days minimum, cut out all sugars and yeast, no juices, sodas, fruits water and certain cheeses. Google a sugar/yeast free diet. go on the diet and you will feel mbetter real soon.
    klwalden56 replied to joysr's response:
    Have yourself checked for candida infection of the digestive system.
    klwalden56 replied to sunnydazs's response:
    Candida infection of the esphagus?
    klwalden56 replied to Durangitan's response:
    Try a yeast/sugar free diet. You may have a Candida infection.
    klwalden56 replied to GrahamCracker36's response:
    Is it a Candida yeast infection of the digestive tract.
    EverythingElseWasTaken responded:
    It's almost refreshing to see people with the same problem, or it would be if I weren't so upset over the mucous in my throat. It hasn't been as long for me, only over two months, but before this I was the model of perfect health. I've had about two minor colds in the past 5 years or so, and otherwise haven't gotten sick AT ALL. I've always had "environmental allergies", meaning that every time spring came around I started sniffling, but that was about it, and an anti-histimine every few days usually cleared it up fine (although not Benadryl/diphenhydramine, which dries out my nose so badly I get a bloody nose). Point is, this is VERY unusual for me.

    I'm 23 years old, male, and CRAZY distressed over this issue. I'm currently living in a relatively urban area near Los Angeles. However, I ocassionally visit my parents who live in a more rural area in San Diego County and stay a few days. Two months ago or so (Mother's Day weekend 2011), I had by far the WORST allergy attack I've ever had. I was having trouble breathing, which has never happened before. After lot's of medicine, the symptoms went away. The next day I came back up to LA. about a day or two after that I started feeling mucous in my throat. It has continued for the past two months, regardless of whatever it is I do. I've made sure everything is clean, there's no dust, I stay indoors most of the time, take a shower and brush my teeth regularly. I've taken cough drops (with and without benzocaine), cough syrup, three different types of antihistamines (generic Zyrtec, chlorpheniramine, and then Allegra), Sudafed, expectorants, Veramyst nasal spray for three weeks (against my better judgment - I rebounded when I stopped), Prilosec (just in case it was acid related, but it really doesn't seem like it), zinc, and vitamins. I've been using a Neti-Pot regularly, and gargling with saltwater (I've also tried gargling apple cider vinegar and Listerine).

    I've seen two doctors, both of which looked at my throat and immediately said, "Yup, that's post nasal drip alright." Then they gave me the meds (antihistamines, Sudafed, nasal spray, etc.), that have so far done nothing. I'm currently at my wits end (I'm not a very patient person when it comes to my health, I'm NOT waiting for this to take years). I'm currently exploring the possibility that it's a food allergy that I recently developed, and have started a diet consisting of rice and water. I salt the rice to make sure I get SOME electrolytes, and I'm taking a multivitamin, Sudafed, Allegra, an expectorant, and zinc just in case. I also read that cod liver oil is supposed to help, but I can't find any in capsule form. So far I've done four days of this diet and the symptoms haven't changed. At the end of a week, I'm going to be convinced that whatever is going on isn't food related.

    Any ideas other than what I've tried?

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