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    Old 01-01-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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    Thick Mucus

    Hello,

    I have had thick mucus in my throat for a while now. I had taken an antibiotic for a sinus infection, started to feel a little better but then the medicine finished. Also, I have noticed some fatique, tonsils a little bigger but they do not hurt and sinuses feel blocked. I do not have any other symptoms so I think I may have some kind of allergy or sinus infection.

    I also have been using Claritan-D from the pharmacy counter which improves this condition maybe 25%.

    Does anyone know what might be or any additional treatments?

    Thanks in advance,

    SD

     
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    Old 01-01-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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    Thick mucus in the throat is often a symptom of acid reflux (which can also cause sinus inflammation). You should probably try to figure out if your problems are sinus/allergy related or are acid reflux related.

     
    Old 01-03-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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    is there a treatment for acid reflux thats over the counter? not sure which it is though.

     
    Old 01-03-2009, 06:29 PM   #4
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    The best over the counter treatment is PrilosecOTC (and there are generic versions of it available so it's not too expensive.

     
    Old 01-03-2009, 09:45 PM   #5
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    ttddouglas:

    I have sinus problems that are connected to my acid reflux. I used to find trouble falling asleep because I was so stuffed up. What I found really helped was a sinus rinse every night. I used this for a 3 months (probably I didn't need to do it that long) and now use it only if I need it. There are many brands of sinus rinses available. I used NeilMed. I also changed my diet and eat a lot of green vegetables everyday. Raw or slightly cooked. My problem is not gone but it is much better. I also lost weight - probably because I changed my diet! Good luck!

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    Old 01-04-2009, 03:02 PM   #6
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    I have sinus problems that are connected to my acid reflux. I used to find trouble falling asleep because I was so stuffed up. What I found really helped was a sinus rinse every night. I used this for a 3 months (probably I didn't need to do it that long) and now use it only if I need it. There are many brands of sinus rinses available. I used NeilMed. I also changed my diet and eat a lot of green vegetables everyday. Raw or slightly cooked. My problem is not gone but it is much better. I also lost weight - probably because I changed my diet! Good luck!

    All of this is great information, thank you. I will try this. Only thing is I am not sure I have acid reflux. I have never had any issue with heartburn or anything in that part of my body. I do feel stuffed up ALL the time and think it may be like a post nasal drip, although not sure exactly what this is. I think the NeliMed and diet changes may help. Let me know if you have any other helpful information.

    Thanks again!

     
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    All of this is great information, thank you. I will try this. Only thing is I am not sure I have acid reflux. I have never had any issue with heartburn or anything in that part of my body. I do feel stuffed up ALL the time and think it may be like a post nasal drip, although not sure exactly what this is. I think the NeliMed and diet changes may help. Let me know if you have any other helpful information.

    Thanks again!

     
    Old 01-12-2009, 09:42 AM   #8
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    Hi ttddouglas:

    Off and on for about 10 years, I'd get a lump in my throat. I told my doctor and he thought it was allergies and gave me a spray. It didn't really help so I didn't use it. But the problem wasn't there all the time. For about the last two years, I've had a nasal drip, and sometimes it would make me cough, usually when I was lying down, but again it didn't bother me too much. However, now I definitely have acid reflux, and wonder if all these symptoms were connected. My acid reflux does not result in heartburn most times, I usually get a lot of mucous, feel stuffed up and my right ear has a full feeling, usually soon after or within a day or two after I eat something that I shouldn't have.

     
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    Iris54:

    Several of the symptoms you mention are commonly caused by acid reflux (and you can definitely have acid reflux without having constant heartburn). The lump in the throat feeling and post nasal drip are very common reflux symptoms, and the cough and congestion can be as well.

    You could definitely be dealing with acid reflux as the cause of your symptoms. Have you taken anything to treat your reflux?

     
    Old 01-14-2009, 05:22 PM   #10
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    What is it you ate and shouldnt have eaten to cause it to flare up?


    I have never been treated or diagnosed with acid reflux only a sinus infection where the antibiotic helped a bit but didnt clear it up completely. I am not even sure exactly what heartburn would feel like,o I dont think Ive ever had it. Do you think trying prilosec would help with these issues? How do you know what diet to choose. I eat a lot of low fat foods and veggies; work out 5 days a week and being stuffed up and crap in my throat is killing my workouts. I just want to get some relief somehow.

     
    Old 01-14-2009, 10:05 PM   #11
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    What is it you ate and shouldnt have eaten to cause it to flare up?


    I have never been treated or diagnosed with acid reflux only a sinus infection where the antibiotic helped a bit but didnt clear it up completely. I am not even sure exactly what heartburn would feel like,o I dont think Ive ever had it. Do you think trying prilosec would help with these issues? How do you know what diet to choose. I eat a lot of low fat foods and veggies; work out 5 days a week and being stuffed up and crap in my throat is killing my workouts. I just want to get some relief somehow.
    When I first started feeling stuffed up, I couldn't drink orange juice (still don't). There are many recommendations of foods people with acid reflux shouldn't have. I'm sure you'll find a list on this site. Though not all foods on the list bother everyone, as different people have different triggers. Some of the foods on the list are tomatoes (including spagetti sauce) , acidic fruits, fatty foods, chocolate, mints, cranberry juice, milk for some people. Some people claim certain acidic foods such as apple cider vinegar helps them (didn't help me). I have found tomatoes and cranberry juice don't bother me, at least not yet. However, I try and have only a little tomato and don't drink cranberry juice everyday. I found eating a lot of vegetables help, especially green ones. It's a good idea to keep a diary of what you eat to figure out the triggers. There are so many reasons why people get acid reflux eg. hiatal hernia, the low sphincter being too relaxed, drugs for osteoporosis. even food allergies. This is only a partial list. For some people if they are overweight just losing weight helps. I've lost 25 lbs and I still have acid reflux.
    However, when I changed my diet I lost weight. I still need to lose more.
    I have never tried prilosec.
    Drink a lot of water everyday(good anyway, but especially for reflux) and I find chewing gum helps me.
    I suggest you see a doctor to see what your problem is. He might send you to a specialist to get an endoscopy if he suspects or agrees that you possibly have acid reflux. Who knows - you may not even have acid reflux! I wouldn't try drugs till you know what the problem is. Maybe other people can offer better advise re: drugs. Drink lots of water - that may thin the mucous.
    Good luck.

     
    Old 01-15-2009, 05:47 PM   #12
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    Ok, thanks. I will probably end up going to the doctor again. Like I said last time he just gave me an antiboitic for a sinus issue but I dont think he realizes how annoying this problem is.

     
    Old 04-07-2009, 03:38 PM   #13
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    DON'T allow anyone to just 'dismiss' this as acid reflux. There are many causes for the symptoms you are describing. Do not give up until you are sure the problem has been diagnosed and treated properly. I was 'dismissed' by two doctors as 'just acid reflux' when in reality I had a thyroid problem.

     
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