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Trinity12 07-12-2012 02:01 PM

Sticky Mucus Problem
When I had a bad flare up with a cold in May I had problems with thick sticky mucus that settled in my chest and throat. I had a really hard time trying to cough it up. My asthma has been flaring up this summer because of allergies. Some days are better than others. The sticky mucus is back again. I had an ENT say that I don't have post nasal drip. I use avamys nasal spray for allergic rhinitis. The mucus starts in my throat and I am unable to clear it away. Eventually it settles into my chest triggering an asthma attack. Is this mucus because of my allergies? I seem to have it mildly most of the time. Is it just part of asthma? Is there any way to get rid of it? Albuterol helps when it triggers my asthma but the mucus never goes away completely. I also take symbicort.

janewhite1 07-12-2012 02:42 PM

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Have you tried things like Mucinex to thin it out? It can't hurt and might help.

Trinity12 07-12-2012 02:50 PM

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I should look into mucinex thanks Jane. I think drinking more liquids may help too.

MeezerWheezer 07-12-2012 06:45 PM

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Do you have any acid reflux? I was feeling like I had a lot of gunk in my throat (kindof like post nasal drip) and it turned out to be acid reflux. I didn't realize that was a symptom. It also triggers my asthma if it gets out of control.

Trinity12 07-12-2012 07:05 PM

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I don't think I have acid reflux but I'm not sure. I have had chronic hoarseness for the past two years. I tried a medication for acid reflux which never changed the hoarseness. I never felt any different while taking the medication. I have read that acid reflux can trigger asthma.

janewhite1 07-12-2012 08:52 PM

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The acid reflux medicines aren't as effective for hoarseness or cough as they are for the classic heartburn symptoms. They don't stop the reflux, just dilute it a little bit.

Might be worth looking into.

cutman 08-22-2012 02:25 AM

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If I eat alot,a full stomach helps me cough and clear out mucus.Am I alone with this eating responce to mucus build up?

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