phlegm in throat is it allergy? does it have connection in lungs?

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sweety28
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   Posted 10/17/2005 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, im 22 years old this, fast few months i have a feeling of always having phlegm in my throat everytime i swallow. and everytime weather change like suuny into rainy i easily get colds. i went to doctor to consult about it and she said it is allergy and gave me medicine but my feeling didnt change. im worried about my situation coz i have medical examination next week for employment abroad. any advice and suggestion is appreciated. thanks

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   Posted 10/17/2005 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sweety and Welcome to HealingWell! yeah
 
I'm not a Dr., however if your Dr. said you had allergies then that is probably what it is.  Perhaps a change in medication might help?  Is your nose plugged up a lot?  Maybe using a nasal spray like a saline spray could help?  Give your Dr.'s office a call and maybe talk to his/or her nurse about this.  There are so many things out there today that can assist in making you comfortable - you just have to click onto the right combination!
 
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   Posted 10/17/2005 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I complained about this to my doctor too and he said that it was probably due to my GERD. I know you have GERD/Hiatal Hernia too Teri and I don't mean to take this thread off topic but I was wondering if it might in fact possibly be allergies for me as well. My doctor didn't check this, it was only in conversation however I was dx'd with GERD before this. I'm thinking that he me be off base and it possibly be allergies because I notice it is different when the seasons change as well. Thanks for the post Sweety, it makes me think that maybe I should make it a formal visit and have him check for this.
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sweety28
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   Posted 10/17/2005 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks. yup my nose plug up when rainy season only. my main concern is feeling of having phlegm in throat. coz i dont want it to affect my x-rays. if ever its connected to the lungs.

sweety28
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   Posted 10/17/2005 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
hello dbab what do you mean by GERD? please explain coz im not familiar with it. do you think it will affect my x-ray?

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   Posted 10/17/2005 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry sweety... I'm telling you, I should have stayed in bed today LOL... I'm not making much sense.

GERD is acid reflux disease. Your post caught my eye because I always have that phlegm in my throat too and I just thought it was odd that my doctor quickly said it was caused by my GERD. I was interested that your doctor said it was probably allergies so I will go back to my doc and ask again or maybe see an ENT cause my meds for GERD is not helping it.
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   Posted 10/17/2005 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to the both of you! tongue
 
Des, this is the problem when you start having more than one thing wrong with you  yeah even Dr.'s aren't absolutely sure without testing.
 
Phlegm in the throat generally is called a post nasal drip - it's from the nose.  You will notice it usually in the morning, due to the supine position at night (laying down).  If you also have stomach problems like acid reflux, that, too can have the harshest effect on you as you lay down and the gastric contents of your stomach come up into your throat.  I have both.  I can tell you that when it's post nasal drip it's noticable because generally you have a plugged nose, too.  When you have acid reflux that's causing it, usually you wake up with the bile taste in your mouth and you can literally feel it over your teeth.  Yuck!
 
Sweety, in regards to you question about the corrolation to your lungs?  Some people with allergies, also have asthma (thanks Des lol) you can also get this from GERD, too!
 
Keep the head of your bed elevated, that will help either condition and please check with your Dr.'s for them to make the ultimate call on this!
 
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sweety28
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   Posted 10/17/2005 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
hi teri your right i remember your advice is same as my doctor. coz she told me that it came from nose. and try first that medicine she gave me and if not work i need to use that spray. but she didnt told me what is that spray

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   Posted 10/17/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again! tongue
 
I'm not sure what spray your Dr. wants you to try - there are many!  Some of them have a steroid base, others have an antihistamine/drying effect and the saline sprays also have a drying effect.  I would call them back and just ask!
 
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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Teri... sorry about that (thumping finger on forehead) LOL tongue
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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It's okay, Des!! Bunches of hugs to you! Teri :)
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NileHollis
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   Posted 3/5/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I came across this post while doing a search for phlegm. ( not literally!)
I have suffered for years with having to clear my throat all the time. It is worse sometimes than others but seems to have no pattern. At the moment its bad! I have made my throat sore trying to clear it all the time, I have tried ignoring it but it feels like you have a lump in your throat, If you get any up, its like a clear sticky goo - nice!
I do have some acid problems sometimes / hearburn & have a small hernia diagnosed sometime ago with a tube down my throat ( not pleasant! ) - but I havent noticed a connection in timing between heartburn & phlegm. My nose generally doesnt feel bunged up. One of the few things that helps is airwaves chewing gum which seems to help with the symptoms but not the cause. I used to work in a carpet shiop & thought it might be that, but have been out of that & in the fresh air now for some months & the past few days have been really bad!
What doesnt help is I am a singer - ever tried singing with sticky goo in yer throat! Doctors have been no use. Yeah u have phlegm - u arent gonna die - off you go. Saw a specialist once - basically he said the same thing.
So there are alsorts of alternatives on ' tinternet ' anyone had any success with anything?
please help its driving me mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nile

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   Posted 3/5/2007 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nile and welcome to Healingwell :) I too was constantly clearing my throat and recently started on Prilosec for my acid reflux. I didn't think that had anything to do with anything until one day, I realized that I didn't have to clear my throat as much. Sometimes when we sleep, our acid reflux can still play havoc on our throats in a PPI isn't used. The clear mucous may be from your acid reflux or can be from just plain ole allergies. My nose doesn't get clogged up either from allergies but I have horrible post nasal drip. I hate taking allergy pills for it but sometimes if it gets too bad, then I take an Allegra. Have you ever had allergy testing done? Do you take a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) such as Prilosec, Nexium or Protonix? A few times, from this clear gunk I get in my throat, it had irritated my vocal cords to where I had complete laryngitis - not fun but the hubby thought it was! :)
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NileHollis
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   Posted 3/5/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
thanks for the welcome.
I dont take any meds - Docs never gave me option.
only take some acid reducing pills as I need em - like zantac but stronger. cant remember name of drug!
Have read about alsorts of alsorts of remedies from cleaning yer sinuses with special salt water ( u ever tried that - it feels terrible! ) etc. to anti phlegm pills - but since any old hack can sell any old rubbish on tinternet - who knows.
Know what u mean about vocal cord irritation!
I have tried the usual allergy pills in the past as my partner takes em in the summer. But no help.
I thought it might be the cats - then it has come on when I was abroad away from em.
AAAARGH!
HELP MEE!
Nile
 
 

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   Posted 3/5/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have phlegm, but it is not all the time. I have more issues with it in the morning and I end up spitting. I have been on allergy shots for several months now and I do notice a big difference. I also will take an allegra d if I feel stuffy or congested. I rarely am stuffy anymore which I love!
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   Posted 3/24/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the help everyone...my daughter has been suffering with this too...I suspect it's allergies to dairy products...usually the culprit of phlegm. So, I'm trying to have her not on dairy products for a while...or maybe it's wheat products...or white flour or sugar...we'll try each one and see what happens. In the meantime, I'll supply her with saline nose spray...the best to all of you ;)

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   Posted 4/13/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing phlegm on and off for about a year. The phlegm is causing me to cough constantly. I spit through out the day and when i wake up one side of my nostril is stopped up. I have noticed that when it's really cold/hot/ or something like smoke or whatever is in the air then it gets worse. I did smoke for 6 months or so, and i think this just made it worse. My doctor thinks i have chronic sinusitis (sp?). You all might want to consult your doctors about chronic sinusitis.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a response to all those who have the undiagnosable phlegm in the throat or esophogus.
My problem started in March of this year when I worked in a new leather furniture store. The offgassing of the leather gave a really bad taste in my mouth; like Nile at the carpet store it precipitated this symptom of phlegm in the throat, and like Nile when he left there for fresh air the symptoms continued. I believe there's a possibility of literal "intoxication" which leaves the toxins in the body. Not unlike lead poisoning something has to be done (equal to chelation for lead) to rid the body of the toxins. Short of that all the trips to ENT specialists I think, for me a singer as well!) are for naught. These people treat you like your an automobile; totally do not understand the interconnectedness of the body - or possibility of other precipitating incidents. Anyway, Nile if you're out there, get back into the lineup here. It's too coincidental that carpet fumes caused yours; leather fumes caused mine.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had post nasal drip for as long as I can remember. Here recently, in the past 4 months or so, I've had major asthma like problems. I feel like I have phlegm in my chest that want come up and I have a hard time breathing. I noticed that drinking different herbal teas did kind of help out when the attack was on.

Someone suggested that I cut out all milk, cheese and dairy product. I've almost done it. I've at least cut 98% of milk products out of my life for the past 2 weeks and I have not had a asthma attack, chest congestion attack in this time period. I still have the post nasal drip, but its not as bad.

Instead of eating a bowl of cereal in the morning, I eat a big bowl of fruit, namely: papaya, banana, strawberries and water melon.

Doing a quick search on google, shows a bunch of sites saying that milk does not cause congestion. I can tell you though, since I've cut dairy back drastically, in the past 2 weeks I have not had the feeling of phlegm stuck in my chest almost choking me.

I have not kept a food diary, but this horrible chest phlegm not coming up congestion started about 4 months ago and at that time I started drinking more coffee in the evening (with milk).

I'm still drinking coffee in the morning and about every other day 1 cup in the afternoon. All coffee that I'm drinking is black (no milk, no sugar).

During this time, I did internet searches on mucus. I wanted to know why I could not clear it out of my chest. I think the fruit is helping a lot too.

I also clear my throat a lot lot less. I would guess I clear my throat about 10% as much as I did a month ago.
Ok, enough rambling.

I don't take in dairy and I'm eating more fruits and doing a lot better! Praise God!
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