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andia2000 posted:
Hi,

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.

Thanks!
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CurtisRushing replied to An_190964's response:
I've had that phlegm for years....pills stick in it etc...dr's never believe that it is that bad...sometimes I take a big sip of hot water, practically stand on my head and sort of snort the water in my nose and then hawk and spit....lord help us, i live alone, but it clears it up some. But so thick just like crazy glue.
 
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CurtisRushing replied to doraleeshannon's response:
I had a netty pot and then had to have some lycrymal (i think) anyway...put some drainage tubes to drain tears ...anyway, after the surgery, the netty pot system does not work. The water does not go over into the other nostril....however, it didn't help with the horrendous p helm in my throat.
 
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PapaDave26 responded:
I have had this problem, phlegm and constant throat clearing for the past year or so, and I, too, have tried the antihistamines, antacids, Flonase, and my head is elevated at nnight. I do have 3 dogs in the house(the most I have ever hhad), and I am starting to wonder if this is contributory. Has anyone tried a whole-house pet dander/dust mite air purifier with HEGA/HEPA filter? They are rather pricey, but I'm willing to pay if it will make this problem better. I sing a lot and this is killing my voice clarity and high-ranges. It also has a similar effect as Chinese water torture.....It is driving me crazy!

Hope someone can advise on the purifier solution....Thanks.
 
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to PapaDave26's response:
Hi PapaDave!

Here is a great article that may help in answering your question and give you some ideas of removing such dust and dander from your home.

According to the WebMD article , "Using a HEPA filter in your home can remove the majority of airborne particles that might be irritating or aggravate allergies. But the particles suspended in air are not the only ones in your home."

Make sure to check out the other methods of keeping your house a better place to breathe.

Take care!
Amelia
The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks. - Anonymous
 
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louretired replied to An_190963's response:
I have had this same problem for 256 yrs. I have used Loratadine, Albuterol & I don't know what else. Prednisone seems familiar, but I can't remember if I ever used it.
 
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PhylissDiller replied to EverythingElseWasTaken's response:
Has anything helped? I got a really bad cold about 5 weeks ago that settled in my chest. I'm never sick and that was the first cold I've had in years. In any event, I've mostly gotten over the cold except I still cough occasionally but I've got this feeling of mucous in my throat that won't go away - I swallow all day long to clear my throat or try to cough - but nothing is productive and it's very, very miserable. I've tried just about everything over the counter and can't get any relief . . . it's driving me CRAZY!
 
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gypsarella replied to EverythingElseWasTaken's response:
I've had these same horrid mucous/coughing problems for 14 years. As a nurse, I've researched everything and gone to specialists. I can tell you that you live in a very polluted area. Unless you live right on the beach where due to the ocean there is no traffic, you are breathing polluted air. Google least polluted air and see which cities come up. Do the same for most polluted cities. I also learned that when it gets hot it forces the ozone closer to the ground, which affects anyone with respiratory problems. Through much testing, I have learned I have GERD (but without the heartburn) and Asthma. You need to see a Pulmonologist...regular family doctors don't specialize in what you need. You will react to dust, fragrances, cleaning supplies, and on and on. I am on numerous meds for each, and also always keep Chloroseptic spray next to my bed. When I get into a coughing jag, or continual throat tickle, a few sprays of this (yes, I always swallow it...I get cherry flavor!) and it numbs the throat temporarily and I can get to sleep. Hope this helps. So move if you can, and see a Pulmonologist and Gastroenterologist if you want to explore GERD. Good luck.
 
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MiamiSenior replied to gypsarella's response:
I have had this excessive mucus in my throat for over a year, and it has gotten progressively worse. Washing my teeth, gargling and taking a shower now trigger an episode. Have appointment for an Endoscopy next week and a pulmonologist the following. Does anyone have the same symptoms with the brushing of teeth?
 
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Aqua14 replied to MiamiSenior's response:
That sounds like it could be acid reflux. The mint flavor in the toothpaste could be the trigger (mint is a well-known reflux trigger). This used to happen to me every time I brushed my teeth -- how annoying it was! It helped to take my reflux med (Zegerid) about a half hour before brushing my teeth.

Hope this helps - discuss with your doctors. Take care & good luck. Judy
It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
 
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mrshoug25 responded:
I have struggled with this for 3 years now. I was diagnosed with severe acid reflux and prescribed Omeprazole. It worked great for a long time. I stopped coughing and hacking at night. Lately it has gotten really bad. It takes me almost 3 hours before i fall asleep of pure exhaustion from trying to cough and hack up the phlegm that feels stuck in my throat. The second I lay down to go to bed I feel the urge to start coughing because there is phlegm "caught" in my throat and it just doesnt want to come out. I cough so hard that I can't breathe sometimes and my husband sits there and watches me in case he needs to help me. I just can't do this anymore. I have a 3 year old and a 6 year old and I would give anything to find a way to be able to go to bed without coughing or hacking and get a full nights sleep and not feel like i swallowed nails the next morning. I am going to my doctor tomorrow because I broke my hand, but I am going to demand that something be done with this also. This is just quite ridiculous.
 
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MiamiSenior replied to mrshoug25's response:
I hope you get some answers. I feel fine at night. It's during the day that I get all this white foamy mucus. It has gotten so bad that I am afraid to eat or drink. Besides my endoscopy on Tuesday, I have appointments for pulmonologist and ENT. Like you, I will insist on answers because my quality of life really is going downhill.
 
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PESWETTE responded:
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLE. IT IS WORSE SINCE I HAD AND ACCIDENT AND WAS ON A RESPERATER FOR A WEEK, SO MY IS ALWAYS THERE. I TAKE THE GENERIC FORM OF MUCINES, TWO 400MG. TWICE A DAY (DR. APROOVED) AND THIS SEEMS TO HELPED ME CLEAR IT OUT EASIER AND I USE A ROOM PURIFIER AT NIGHT. I USE TO GET BRONCITIS ALL THE AND THIS HAS KEPT IT IN CHECK. I ALSO HAVE THE HEAD OF MY BED ELEVATED AND THAT HELPS. THE REASON YOU COUGH UP THE PLEGM IN THE MORING IS PROBLABLY HAVE BEEN LAYING FLAT AT NIGHT AND IT COLLECTS IN YOUR THROAT. MY HUSBAND DOES THE SAME THING BUT ONLY WHEN TRMP. CHAGES. HOPE THIS HELPS.
 
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Clemnly responded:
Yes, I have had this for a number of years. My doctor says it is gerd. He is wrong, I have had sinus surgery and the removal of polyps. I do not have allergies or other pulmonary diseases. I have been prescribed with many different nasal sprays. None are effective. The phlegm continues to form and the constant clearing of my throat is, at best, annoying. There must be some kind of treatment for this affliction, as so many seem to have it.
 
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MiamiSenior replied to Clemnly's response:
I just got my endoscopy and my doctor said it wasn't GERD. He told me to go to and ENT. I have an appointment with the pulmonologist on Tuesday. Then the following week to the ENT. The way this thread is going, there are a lot of us out there with no cure in sight.
 
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goldendove responded:
Have just seen your 4 yr old post..I am a new member...my situation is exactly the same as yours...except that I was not able to have an endoscopy due to a bent trachea! no doctor has told me how or why it is bent...this is all during the past summer. I am now in the hands of an endocrinologist due to a thyroid nodule as big as a golf ball but have been thru the allergy injections (stopped after 2 years) sinus infections (went away last year) but I have this terrible 'post nasal' drip with all the symptoms you describe...my voice is just horrible..I am embarrassed to speak..and know just how you feel..I cannot sing, even to my little grandaughter or read her a book, it is so unattractive, hoarse, raspy etc...I am going to follow your lead and see an ENT and a pulmonologist as well...please let me know how your visits to these Drs turned out. I cough up phlegm all morning and in bed at night my cough is terrible...why is something so simple as this so impossible to treat? Thanks for your input!


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