• James James
    May 22, 2008
    What may cause fluid build up in throat that causes coughing to the point of choking and vomiting?
    James James
    May 22, 2008

    What may cause fluid build up in throat that causes coughing to the point of choking and vomiting, which in turn cause the air way to the lungs to close and prevent breathing?

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  • Amy Thomas
    Health Guide
    June 10, 2008
    Amy Thomas
    Health Guide
    May 22, 2008

    It would be important to know the color and type of fluid (white, yellow, or green mucus vs. pink frothy sputum) to narrow down the causes of your cough, but a common cause of such symptoms is post-nasal drip. Post-nasal drip is the accumulation of mucus and secretions in the throat; common causes include upper respiratory infections (common colds), sinus infections, and allergies. Acid reflux and asthma can also cause similar symptoms. You should discuss these episodes with your doctor, especially since they are causing breathing difficulties.

    • seafarers
      July 07, 2009
      seafarers
      July 07, 2009

      I'm having problems with my esophagus; with fluids building up

      every few min. the mucus is clear! I've had this problem for about

      four months when go to bed,  the problem stops!I experience the

      problem all day never when I go to sleep! is there any medications

      that might help my situation? I'm not coughing, and I don't have a sore throat! Thank You, Rashid Ali Limseylil@aol.com

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    • Brendan
      August 26, 2009
      Brendan
      August 26, 2009

      I am having the similar problem. With a mucus build up in my throat. Have seen an ENT and GI specialist. My ENT put a camera down my nose and suspected it was ACID REFLUX more than ALLERGIES. MY GI specialist did an endoscopy and didnt find anything abnormal. 

       

      I have tried ACIPHEX, PRILOSEC, & PRIVACID. Nothing seems to help, although at night BENADRYL and a COUGH DROP helps me sleep without coughing or clearning my throat. 

       

      Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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    • Daniel_Boon1978
      June 21, 2010
      Daniel_Boon1978
      June 21, 2010

      these symtoms are exactly what my wife has thanks you where very helpful

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    • Daniel_Boon1978
      June 21, 2010
      Daniel_Boon1978
      June 21, 2010

      these symtoms are exactly what my wife has thanks you where very helpful

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  • Mason October 12, 2010
    Mason
    May 22, 2008

    I am sure mine is caused by acid reflux which I have.  My guess is the acid runs up into my throat and I guess is it starts to dry and irritates me to the point where I wake up.  I then feel the need to cough it up.  It can get to the point where I can feel like I am choking as its breaking up.  The taste of the acid is also overpowering and can cause me to vomit.  I think the vomiting causes the remaining acid to break up faster and I keep vomiting and feel as if I am not getting enough air.  I have been successful in not vomiting recently by using mouthwash to get rid of the awful taste.  I also take small sips of water and chew ice to help break up the acid build up. 

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  • demonicus September 23, 2012
    demonicus
    May 22, 2008

    I have a similar problem, although not as severe. I believe it is a form of pulmonary edema.

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  • SLP
    SLP
    October 10, 2010
    SLP
    SLP
    May 22, 2008

    This sounds like it could be aspiration related.  Aspiration is when food or liquid (or mucous) goes down "the wrong tube" and into the lungs.  In some people, the coughing reflex (in attempt to prevent the aspiration and "cough up" what is in the wrong tube)  is so strong that vomiting occurs.  The fluid may be the result of chronic aspiration/esophageal dysfunction/reflux/allergies, etc.  A physician may be able to help ID the cause of the fluid, but in the mean time... I recommend alternating bites/sips at meals, taking small bites/sips and eating slowly.  If the problem is reflux related, it may be beneficial to consume small portions at meals and remain upright for at least 30 mins after eating in addition to avoiding esophageal irritants such as caffeine, nicotine, and spicy foods. 

     

    GOOD LUCK!

     

    Love, 

     

    Your friendly speech-language (and swallowing) pathologist.

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