Thick mucus feeling in throat/lump in throat--can it kill me?

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worrywort87
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   Posted 4/21/2014 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from hay fever/spring allergies. I feel like I have thick/stick mucus stuck in my throat--I can neither swallow it or spit it up. I do have sneezing and runny nose SOMETIMES but I have this lump in my throat/chocking/suffocating ALL day long.

Can this be caused by allergies?

Can my airway be blocked off?

Can my throat close?

Is this dangerous?

Thank you.

kazbern
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   Posted 4/21/2014 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
This is probably gastric reflux and it will not kill you. It can be awfully uncomfortable. If it is not reflux the other most likely condition is esophageal spasms, which are mostly due to anxiety.

You can get an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor (Prevacid, for example). If you take this daily for a week or two it should relieve the problem. You should also use a saline sinus lavage to reduce the post nasal drip problem.
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Alcie
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   Posted 4/21/2014 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Spring allergies are predicted to be worse this year. Because of the long winter everything's blooming at once. I don't have any symptoms because I get allergy shots.

Thick mucus is miserable, sometimes scary. But it can be thinned! Most antihistamines will only dry it, making it thicker. I like OTC Mucinex 12-hour (generic available) taken at night to thin secretions so the cilia in the nose and sinuses can move it.

Also, a good sinus flush/wash can clear it. I prefer the larger bottles like NeilMed so I can get a little pressure wash rather than just a gravity rinse with a netti pot. Make sure you get the right amount of salt when you get refills. You can also use 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch of baking soda (my allergist's recipe). Absolutely imperative - use only sterile water, like distilled or boiled, because of the prevalence of brain-eating ameba in even northern municipal supplies.

To stop "crusties" use a dab of AYR ointment around the nostrils at night.

And, yes, it is possible to have gastric reflux also. If the choking continues seeing a gastroenterologist is a good idea.

Maybe talk with an allergist about antihistamines to stop the mucus before it starts, or getting the shots to get rid of the reactions.

worrywort87
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   Posted 4/21/2014 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
One problem is that I'm not sure if it really is mucus, it just feels like thick mucus, but since I can netiher spit nor swallow it, I don't know for sure.

I've been to the emergency room recently complaining of shortness of breath and the feeling of the lump in my throat but my oxygen was the highest it could be, my EKG was normal, my temperature was normal, my blood pressure was slightly high but nothing to warrant concern, and my heart and lungs sounded fine through the stethoscope.

Can spring allergies cause me to choke or suffocate or have my throat close up on me or is this just my anxiety playing tricks on me? Thanks for the help.

Robi84
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   Posted 4/12/2015 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi worrywort87 I have the same simptoms that you described. Have you discovered the source of the problems? Did you get some threatment?

I also have seasonal allergies and experience the same as you described. My pulmonologist says that my loungs are fine and my FEV rate has risen since the last year, but that's not what I am feeling.

Thanks

KChrispcat
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   Posted 4/14/2015 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to have thick mucus in my throat like you described. It's awful. Mine was caused by allergies to mold. I had toxic mold where I lived. My attorney sent me to a dr. out of town that was able to help me with some nasal spray that he made himself which had antifungal in it. This dr.'s practices were kind of controversial but I'm telling you he helped me. It was the only thing that really helped besides Mucinex which helped a little.

Alcie
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   Posted 4/15/2015 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
This thread is a year old. If you want people to find you it will help to start a new one of your own.

Best wishes.

KChrispcat
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   Posted 4/15/2015 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I didn't realize that. LOL
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KChrispcat
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   Posted 4/15/2015 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
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