Mucus production.

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Annie6
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   Posted 5/29/2015 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 47 years old female and can not stop producing mucus that is in the back of my throat. It is thick enough that my gag reflect takes over and I begin to cough, choke what have you. I have been checked for every allergie they can and nothing. It is not bacterial. I also try and eat so that I do not produce mucus from that. I also was checked for acid reflex but nothing. I have been to ear nose and throat, with no help. The first time I was there I had a two week break from the mucus and the scope went down fine. The second time I went I was producing mucus and I had a harder time getting the scope down. That seemed to work. After that appointment I was mucus free for three months. Then it came back and now I am coughing and everything else. I have tried every allergy med and nasal sprays and nothing works. It is to the point now where I can not work or basically go anywhere. Does anyone know where I can go from here. My life has stopped and I want it back. Thanks Ann

Post Edited (Annie6) : 5/30/2015 2:12:05 AM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 5/30/2015 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

Have you seen an allergist? Since this problem comes and goes, it sounds to me, an old mom and grandmom, not a doctor, that something might be triggering this that is not happening all the time.

First, I recommend seeing an allergist! You can get some quick, easy skin tests that may solve the mystery.

For food allergies and sensitivities I recommend keeping a food diary, as my allergist had me do very successfully. You can find many threads in the search box on that subject. Since this problem might be something other than food, you'll have to keep track of your activities and locations too.

Get a medium size notebook or a calendar with daily pages. Write the date, time, everything you eat or drink, medicines, and what you are doing and where. Hopefully you will figure out if you have one or more triggers or allergies and can just avoid them. The food journal worked for me and I found my sensitivity.

I get rid of mucus using a sinus wash, not just a spray. I like the large NeilMed bottles because they give a more thorough wash. Follow the directions. DON'T use tap water because it can contain brain-eating amebae. Use only distilled water or cooled boiled water.

I also take Mucinex 12-hour, which thins mucus. I can't swallow the large pills, so I recommend only the 600 mg ones. You can't chew them because they are time-release. There are cheaper, generic tablets with the same ingredient, but make sure they are time-release or they only work for a couple of hours at most.

Best wishes!

Annie6
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   Posted 5/30/2015 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your answer. I have seen an Allergist, which nothing was found. I do make notes of the food I eat. The problem is that when I am producing mucus, there is no food that makes it worse or better. No nasal wash or allergy pill changes the mucus from being there. When it is thinner I cough more. The mucus is way back in my throat and knows just how to trigger my gag reflex. Ann

Alcie
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   Posted 5/31/2015 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I presume you had the so-fun skin pricks for allergies. Well, that eliminates some possible triggers.

Just noting foods isn't going to be enough. Give a try keeping a really complete diary of everything you do and where you are, in addition to food, drink, meds. It'll take at least a month, probably 2 or even 3.

Ordinary sinus sprays don't work for really cleaning out sinuses. Netti Pots only do a half-job. That's why I sue the 750 ml squeeze bottles with the proper amount of saline solution. I heat that much in the microwave for 30 seconds - just warm, not hot! You might have to use it at least twice a day.

When the mucus is thick the cilia can't clear it. That's why taking Mucinex 12-hour helps. At least when you cough more should come up. In combination with sinus wash, this should help some. Not a cure.

You won't get rid of sinus drainage. It's normal to have it, just not so much that it's miserable. The hope is to thin it and control it so it doesn't gag you.

See the allergist about what medicated sinus sprays or inhalers might help. Mine gave me several samples to take home and try. I was to keep a list of what worked. Some had antihistamines, some steroids, some I don't know. Ask for free samples.

We don't get to give up.
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