Why do I Have a Persistent Catarrh that Starts as a sore Throat?


Asked by Jacqueline Higgins

I Have Persistent Catarrh In Throat. It Starts With A Sore Throat

then a few days later I realise it's catarrh that's causing it. I cannot get rid of the catarrh. I have tried various medicines i.e Sudafet, Benilyn. My GP has just prescribed me Omeprazole Capsules as he thinks I have acid in the stomach. When I read the leaflet from the capsules, there is no mention of them treating catarrh. Should I take the capsules?


Hi Jacqueline,

I don't think the term catarrh is used widely. I had not seen it before. According to Wikipedia, Catarrh is another word for mucus or phlem. So that might be why you don't see it on the medicine bottles.

It is possible you have a sinus infection that might be causing the mucus. Your doctor is treating you for acid reflux, but that would not necessarily treat the mucus. Mucus drip however can cause your persistent cough.

Here are some links that will give you information about acid reflux that will help you ask the questions you need to ask your doctor.

You can read about GERD here in the overview and you can check your symptoms here in the symptoms database. Once you have seen your doctor, if he prescribes medication for GERD, you can read about them here in the drugs database. You can also research treatments available and alternatives here in the treatments database.

Here also is some information about Sinus issues that might also help you when speaking to your doctor.

Here is some information about Sinusitis (sinus infections) and chronic sinusitis here.

Hope this helps you a bit. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Also remember that while online sites like Health Central are great resources for getting information, they can not take the place of your doctor's solid medical advice.

Vicki M

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.