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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Rainlizard, Community Member, asks

Q: Constant throat clearing. Is it acid reflux or sinus congestion?

I constantly have clear phlegm in my throat and have to clear my throat all the time.  I can be talking and suddenly my voice is muffled and I need to clear my throat a few times - it's embarrassing!  When I went in about 5 years ago about this, my GP sent me to a specialist.  The specialist put me on Priolsec OTC for acid reflux even though I do not have any heartburn or other symptoms of GERD.  He kept changing the doses and what time of day I should take it and even added an additional acid reducer also but my symptoms didn't go away.  I stopped taking the meds after many doctor visits and I have just been living with this ever since. 

The last few years, I have become prone to sinus infections after a cold and my GP has told me to use the NetiPot everyday.  If I get sinus headaches or think I have an infection he suggests using Clariton and increase the NetiPot to 3 times a day until the symptoms go away (he won't prescribe antibiotics anymore).  I have never been diagnosed with allergies or asthma - just sinus issues after seasonal colds and occasional sinus pressure.   Could the constant phlegm and muffled voice be something due to my sinus issues rather then acid reflux?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
5/12/10 8:46pm

Unfortunately, it could be either or both! I wrote a sharepost on this very issue. It took me years to realize that my frequent laryngitis and constant throat clearing was due to reflux.

 

Best of Luck - Stephanie

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By Rainlizard, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/12/10