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Old 10-18-2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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Congestion After Eating

I have been having this weird symptom for about the last 6-9 months. Almost after every meal I get congested and cough a few times. It feels like there is a decent amount of phlem in my chest. After I cough a few times it usually goes away. I haven't been able to really link it to any one particular food type.

Has anyone had similar symptoms? Is it a food allergy?

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Old 10-18-2005, 06:31 PM   #2
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Re: Congestion After Eating

If you aren't able to link it to just one food, I would not think it's a food allergy...have you asked your doctor about it?

Old 11-23-2005, 12:36 PM   #3
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Re: Congestion After Eating

I have had this for several years. I'm not really sure what causes it.

Old 11-24-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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Re: Congestion After Eating

I have a similar problem that developed in the past few years. After eating certain foods I get congested and not only have excess phlegm but also mucus plugs that I cough up. I find that most of the foods that cause this are diary, some breads, and processed foods. I havenít really found the source but I believe it is an additive within the foods. I have found that taking NAC, (N-Acetyl-LCysteine), helps. Also, I have heard that Guaifenesin works for some people. I find it somewhat helpful but I donít like the side effects. Keep a journal, it will help you identify your problem foods.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:30 AM   #5
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Re: Congestion After Eating

Im troubled with an allergy cough, sometimes i get a cough
after i have eaten something sweet, sometimes milk as well.
T have excess cattarh always at the back of my throat which
dosnt come up, so certain foods do make me cough too.

Old 11-28-2005, 08:16 AM   #6
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^ I get that cough too.. I asked my gastroenterologist. He says it's common with patients who have GERD (chronic heartburn) and not necessarily an allergy. Doesn't mean it only happens with people who have heartburn, but that's what causes it in my case. I think it's that the esophagus and lungs are irritated. Don't know what the specific connection with sweets though.. he didn't explain it, just told me it was normal for what I have. I found minimizing dairy to the best extent I can the biggest thing that helped with excess mucus.. I battled it for years until I figured out if I stopped drinking milk it reduced it greatly.

Old 11-29-2005, 08:52 PM   #7
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Re: Congestion After Eating

I had something similar before my sinus surgery. My theory is the act of chewing loosened some mucus and caused it to drain. I had the same thing happen if I chewed gum. But since my surgery, I don't get it anymore.

Old 12-05-2005, 01:19 AM   #8
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Re: Congestion After Eating

what surgery did you have?

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