Excess phlegm and consantly clearing throat

by Joan
(NYC)

I have so much excess phlegm in my throat that I am constantly clearing it (loudly). I'm embarrassed as well as the people I have to work with. I've tried everything (Mucinex, Zyrtec, my doctor even told me to try acid reducer). He even gave me a prescription for Flonase in case it was a post nasal drip). Nothing seems to help. I'm wondering if I suddenly could have come up with some kind of allergy to food. It seems to be worse right after I eat. Could this be a symptom of celiac disease?

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Dairy
by: Grace

I've had an issue with excess mucus in my throatt, constantly having to clear my throat. Then I developed a persistent cough which just refused to go away. Made multiple trips to the doc, trying various things. One day I thought about the fact that I would have cheese every evening as a snack. Cut that out for two weeks, cough is gone as is the excess mucus. I'm thinking now that lactose or dairy in general is the culprit. This is a recent discovery so will keep watching now to see if I'm right

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Throat clearing after eating certain breads but not all breads
by: Festus

I have discovered that some white bread, some breading used in deep fryers and even some ice cream cones use a food additive called ADA. It is used as a dough enhancer and a bleacher. Look for breads that are not bleached and you will eliminate the throat clearing and even arm rashes following the consumption of bread with this additive. It's likely you are allergic to this additive. It's not the gluten in the bread but rather this inexpensive food additive that many fast food chains use that is likely the culprit of the original person's post.
Festus

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Not wheat or gluten, but other additives
by: Anonymous

I have finally realized after years of this problem that my horrible need to clear my throat happens after I eat light breads like sandwich bread, hamburger and hotdog buns. Homemade breads, tortillas, baked goods like cake and cookies do NOT cause this problem. So, I have reached the conclusion that it is not a wheat or gluten problem but rather an additive in light breads. Even store bought fresh breads, like Walmart Italian and French breads, do not cause me probs. Now, if I could only figure out what seems to be in all light, airy types of breads that is the culprit.


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Can't breath!
by: Anonymous

Hi, I thought I was the only one! As long as I can remember, I have always had excess amount of phlegm in my throat. So much, that I couldn't cough it up.

This is a little too much information, but I have to clean my throat out several times per day with my finger. This has been going on since I was at least 13 years old and I'm now 50!

I have been to so many doctors and they have taken throat cultures, swabs, allergy testing, Flonase, etc...they have been dumbfounded and I am still without answers.

I have suffered asthma my entire life! It's only until recently when my asthma has been out of control and none of my medication is helping.

Makes me wonder if all of these years I have been allergic to something causing all of this. The funny thing is, I have had allergy testing done and I have allergies to dust mites, pollen and a slight sensitivity to gluten. My throats seems to close up more and more all of the time to where I can't breath! Any suggestions?!

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I too have phlegm after ingesting gluten
by: Anonymous

Hi all. After reading through a # of comments, I can say that yes, wheat is one of the major causes of phlegm. While eating it, I had asthma so bad that at 51 I laboured to make it up the street and around the corner many times to catch my bus!

After getting diagnosed with dermatitis herpetiformis, a very itchy form of celiac that also affects the skin, I have gone totally gluten free for a while now. The only time my phlegm and asthma will come back now is if I have accidentally ingested gluten or wheat.

A word to those considering going off wheat: if you do, be prepared for possible major reactions if it is ingested after going wheat free for a while.

Do not be surprised if you develop flu like body aches, or asthma symptoms or major diaherrea or tummy issues. And be very aware, that wheat is in just about every kind of processed food out there. It shows up in sauces, soups, drinks, it is even in twizzlers!

If you go gluten free you must be aware of what you are putting in your body if you really want to remain that way...

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Thick phlegm
by: Anonymous

I find all of the comments here very interesting. In my case and that of my sister and significant other was we all got this thickness of phlegm in our throats on the same day while visiting my family on the lake. No one else got it. After 4 months we still have it. If it was in the food would not all of us get it? I wonder if there is a mosquito that transmits it as there were many around there. I will try not eating gluten but I do no think that is the issue. If anyone has a similar problem I would greatly appreciate a response.

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Constant Clearing of throat
by: Anonymous

I've been suffering from constant clearing of my throat for that last 4 months. It feels like I have a ball of phlegm stuck in my throat. No matter what I do, I can't get it to clear. I've been to pulmonary specialist, because at first it was accompanied by very bad bronchitis and closing of my throat. Ended up in the ER too. Pulmonary dr said I do not have a problem with my lung, and that maybe it's an ENT issue. I've not seen the ENT specialist yet, cause frankly I'm not too confident that they will find anything. I'm grateful for this site. I do notice that dairy does exacerbate the issue and maybe I have a food intolerance to wheat also. I plan on eliminating wheat and dairy for a few weeks to see if that clears it. Thank you for all your comments folks!

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Phlemgh
by: Lexi duboi

The phlemgh only happens when I drink coffee.

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Constant throat clearing
by: Anonymous

I've been gluten free now 3 days and hope this will be the solution to my constant phlegm stuck in throat

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Clearing throat
by: Anonymous

Interesting to find this site~ clearing throat is not the usual symptom that people complain about with gluten sensitivity. Like some others who have posted, I cleared my throat my whole life--my WHOLE life (I'm 63). Son in law tried GF diet for skin issues (which helped a lot) so I decided to also, didn't have anything to lose. Want to tell you it completely went away, to my surprise. So although I cheat for something special, I have no desire to go back to being embarrassed at work, church, etc. My kids used to know I was out in the audience for performances, even in the dark-" I could hear you", they'd say. It's now gone unless I keep eating gluten more than a couple days in a row. GF foods are more readily available now even in restaurants with pizza, etc so it's really not too hard. Try it, could work for you too!

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Curious as have constant phlem after eating flour products and dairy
by: Anonymous

I am going to ask my GP to test me for Celiac Disease on my next visit.

I came to this site to see if I was correct in my deduction of symptoms?

I have a nephew who has Celiac Disease and always wondered if I had the same problem?

As a child I remember having a shot in the right hip every Friday. Parents are gone & they never told me why I had the shots (dysfunctional family beyond imagination).
I remember being told I had kidney problems around 5 yrs old, maybe the shots were for that or who knows what? I also had Shingles at the age of 9 yrs old for 6 months and eczema during my entire childhood.

Anyway, now in late 60's and tired of coughing white phlegm every day after every meal, bloated to look like I'm pregnant (not a possibility - celibate, LOL). My skin is itchy, I have entire body pain form the softest fabric sheets - feels like sleeping on sandpaper that grates and presses into my skin!
I was taking pain killers every night to finally fall asleep for 5 hours. Again wondering if allergic to wheat/flour/dairy?

Guess it is time for me to focus on me and resolve this nuisance?

Gluten free is very expensive to buy, my reason for hesitation.

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Constant phlegm
by: Anonymous

I have had the same issues for years and always blamed allergies. I have discovered that wheat and other grains would make it worse, along with some dairy. I had reduced the grains and dairy, starting using a neti-pot, and a product called Xlear which is a nasal sprain and had significant improvement. In addition, I would have a homemade tea of lemon, honey, and apple cider vinegar.

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Gluten intolerance
by: Anonymous

My symptoms of excess phlegm and severe coughing affecting my airways and lungs have completely cleared up after totally removing gluten from my diet.

After being tested for coeliac disease and coming up negative many times over the years I discounted gluten as the cause and continued to suffer.

After reading the book the autoimmune solution I began to understand that it could be an intolerance to gluten. After removing gluten from my diet 100%, I am now free of these symptoms

It took a good five weeks to begin to improve. I feel let down by the medical profession for repeatedly telling me that gluten was not an issue for me. So just wanted to stress that you don't need to be a diagnosed coeliac to experience these types of symptoms from gluten, something I only recently came to understand.

I am now 1 year on feeling so much better and would not even entertain the idea of eating gluten. Fortunately I now have an enlightened doctor who has seen the change in my health. I thought I would write about my experience, as it would be worth it even if it only helped one person find answers.

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Do I have Celiac disease
by: Gail

Your comments left a lot of research for me to do. I too have this throat irritation and by the end of the day clearing my throat and coughing all day leaves me exhausted!

I have been to so many doctors, had so many tests and doing another endoscopy next week, and still no relief. Now your comments leave me food for thought.

I have no problem at night or when I wake up in the am. It all starts after I eat breakfast. Stopped all dairy for the last 4 months but today I am going to stop eating food with flour. Maybe I do have celiac's disease!

All your comments were very interesting as I now know there are more people like me. Yes, it is very embarrassing when you go out to eat and all you do is clear your throat.

Going to research celiac and see what I come up with. You are all quite correct. All I have been given by doctors is more and more medication and nothing helps! Sick of all this.

Thank you everyone. Will keep on reading your comments, they are more helpful than all the doctors out there. Oh, by the way, I too now have asthma! Maybe I do, maybe I don't, but certainly going to give all your comments a try.

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Relief from excess mucus
by: Anonymous

I too have suffered with excess phlegm for years.

In the sinuses and particularly in the throat , where it seemed there was a permanent "gob" of phlegm stuck there and constant coughing. It was so severe it was really affecting my quality of life. Even resulted in having to have lungs cleared out by a lung specialist.

Was constantly seeking a solution, and read a book called the Autoimmune Solution one day and it was as if it was describing me. Decided that day to remove gluten from my diet 100% adherence.

It took 5 weeks, then one day I realised that I had little to no phlegm which continued every day until completely gone.

An unexpected bonus was brain fog had lifted and energy levels significantly improved. In short I felt great, something I had not felt in years.

It is not my intention to plug this book, merely to say that the knowledge gained was for me, totally life changing. Now I know how great it's possible to feel I am never ever tempted to stray, I never want to feel like that again. Many of the people who ask these questions on forums sound just like I once was.

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Confirm - constant coughing / throat phlegm -- from wheat / gluten intolerance
by: Anonymous

See the youtube WHEAT MURDER by the author of WHEAT BELLY. It will change your life. See also toxi dot com website.

Wheat allergy is probable cause of clear phlegm in throat / constant coughing after eating.

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Gluten Related
by: Anonymous

I spent years waking up and having to cough up a gritty, brown ball of mucus sitting in my throat. Since going GF, I don't have the problem anymore - for me, it was definitely related.

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PLEASE READ.
by: Me2016

Wow, I am amazed. Everyone on here seems to think that their problem is one thing related. Food you eat.

I have had the same problem for many years. Constant congestion phelgm in the back of my throat and above in my sinuses. I know and I can understand most of you. It's suffering.

NOW.... How did I resolve my problem?

Well after years of this Hell. When I went back home I went to ear, nose and throat specialist and you all will be surprised to hear what I will say.

He said to me that my nose shells (nose holes you breath through) are really narrow and that could be causing me this issue. So he suggested me surgery to widen my nose shells.

I had surgery and he told me not to drink any soft drinks, or anything that is fizzy. It took me few months to start feeling improvements. He gave me home work to learn breathing through my nose instead through my mouth.

I recovered slowly and my disease disappeared slowly. I still get phlegm but now I can cough it out and its nowhere close to what I had before in amount of phlegm or mucous.

Sometimes it can be that you are sensitive, or have an allergy to dust or dust mites. I have that. I think what was causing my problem is having pets (cats), so cat hairs and dust together, plus dairy, would just add to the problem.

I think widening my nose shells helps things pass through and clear bette. and dust not getting stuck in my nose shells. The ENT doctor told me before surgery, "I don't know if I will cure you but I am confident that this will reduce it and improve your quality of life."

I have not looked back since! I am grateful and Blessed. I still get some phlegm but very miniature.



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Excess phlegm
by: Guest29

Like all of you, I too am suffering from Excessive phlegm in the back of my throat. I have been to my regular ENT several times about this and nothing he prescribes works. I have been seeing this doctor for over 6 years for allergies which seems to be cured. He said it is not sinus related and is only in my throat. I am desperate for a cure, I am always having to clear my throat, the stuff barely moves. It is generally a clear mucus once n a while it has a slight green color but not often. I am always hacking trying to get it to move but with little result. When I lay down at night it seems to build up and get thick and I end up getting up for a couple hours coughing and hacking trying to clear it so I can sleep. Why is it so hard to diagnose, I am not the only person in the universe with this, seems like someone ought to have a fix for it.

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Cough when I eat wheat products
by: Anonymous

I cough night and day especially when I eat wheat or dairy products. I have been tested for celiac and was told I do not have it. Are there different levels of gluten intolerance. I have coughed for 20+ years - never smoked! I now have asthma and copd - all I get from the Dr. are rescue inhalers and antihistamines. Can wheat products cause coughing without showing up on the radar as celiac but still cause gluten intolerance - help!

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Renee
by: Renee

I have been living with constant throat clearing/phlegm for years too. nothing any of the doctors gave me has worked........so as a nutritionist, I asked myself how would I help a patient that came to me with this?

So.......I am trying grain free.......it is helping just a little, as I have only been doing this for one week.

I have been eating Boca burgers, thinking they were grain free, but they have wheat.......... so now I eat range free organic meat, and veggies. rice crackers with hummus for snacks. it is helping.

I have been thinking that a fungus may be causing my Candida and oral thrush symptoms. I am through with MD's as they put me through tests, give me scripts and I am still sick....they mean well but just have no idea how to help.

I also ordered some "sinus wars", homeopathic remedies, thinking it may be PND but they have not come yet.....thank you all for writing. Sharing seems to help. Renee

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Phlegm clearing throat
by: Lou

I too need help from always clearing throat and spitting. Jayah032 can you repeat your comment .

Boiling water, salt (how much) and exactly what to do with fingers in throat and then you said omit water.

I guess I am not understanding. Thanks


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constant hacking and spittinng phlegm
by: Anonymous


I was in bed, and had a thought - why don't I ask online about my having to constantly clear my throat, and hacking.

I have suffered with this a big part of my life. In the last 10 yrs, and just lately, I am actually becoming faint from hacking this throat. My neighbors heard me for the last several years - and I don't just mean my neighbors next door. I have neighbors a block away say they hear me in the dead of the night. I hope I have found a place I can get some help -I too have taken all the medications and lately have used gargling salt water, it is enough to drive you mad!!!

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Travel.
by: A friend.

IF you are suffering for long from cough and phlegm and it shows no signs going away after many kinds of treatment. The best advice would be to take a break and get away for a week to fifteen days in a different place ,where the climate is warmer or different from yours. That is the best remedy.

You may also try to inhale with a few drops of eucalyptus twice a day for seven consecutive days. Soon after doing this, please do not go outdoors for at least an hour. This is a very good remedy and should work well. At the same time keep having ginger, honey, lemon tea. All ingredients in one several times in a day. Try it out. It should work. Do not have cold drinks or any drinks after 6 p.m. excluding room temperature water. Good luck.

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Dry eyes
by: Anonymous

For dry eyes, take Udo oil or any other omega oil product, and you will notice a great improvement in a day or so. My eye doctor told me to do this and it works well. It essentially lubricates your body from the inside out. It also is great for dry skin.

I too produce phlegm when I eat wheat products. I tried make oatmeal bread as a substitute and adding gluten to it for texture hoping my problem was with other parts of the wheat kernel. Unfortunately not, I still produce phlegm.

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phlegm
by: Anonymous

I have this problem when I eat beef, but not all beef. Not it seems to be starting with chicken. How would relate to gluten?

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gluten allery
by: cindy

Yes its an allergic reaction to gluten.

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excessive phlegm and celiac disease
by: Anonymous

My daughter has been coughing up phlegm for 6 months. We tried acid reflux meds which didn't help. She was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. We started GF diet today. Thank-you for your post. Hopefully that will help.


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finally!
by: Wysteria

I am so glad I found this page and that I am not crazy. I love bread and all the gluten filled foods so much that this is going to be very difficult. Any advice on how to go about the "change"

Thank you very much!

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Thank You for your comments
by: Anonymous

After suffering from constant coughing and severe phlegm, day and night, it was nice to know I'm not alone. I just recently realized that gluten could be the cause of my problem. I am now on week one to see if the elimination of these foods can put me back on track. The constant headaches, coughing and joint aches actually might have a root cause. Your comments have greatly helped. Thank you.

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Throat clearing up
by: Anonymous

I am so grateful for the internet. There i spotted blogs about celiac disease.

Suddenly things became clear. That was me. To go with many associated manifestations. Now 72 year old female, and how many years celiac, i do not know, before I got a skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.

Well, this is the initiating story. In 2005 i had a snoring operation, and following that my throat became full of phlegm. Constantly, i had to clear my throat, day and night. Went to 3 doctors. They all told me some 10 % of snoring surgery went that way, there was notting to do. I had signed a paper before the surgery so i could not sue.

But now, after gluten free for about one month, my throat is so much clearer, much better, but not fully healed, perhaps 70 % better. And I understood the connection to celiac disease and eating gluten free.

I was wondering how this new knowledge of mine, could benefit others. Then i spotted this blog. Thanks to what I read here, I am sure to be on the right course. And that course is headed for health and well-being. Thank to you all. My English is not perfect. It is not my mothers tongue. Good luck to you all.

Greetings Norwegian grandmother

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Excess phlegm
by: Anonymous

As a Celiac. I can eat a fresh canned salmon GF sandwich the first day. On 2nd day after a bite or two my throat fills with phlegm and I choke and I have to spit and hurl till it is all gone. I can't swallow or drink. The same thing happened in a restaurant with a white fish (It might have be old). Since I can eat it on day one, no problem the doctor said it was probably a bacteria. I forgot which one. I have been GF 5yrs. This has happened in the last few years. Scary

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Little Clearing of Throat After Gluten Free
by: Bill

I have celiac disease and I have only known for nearly 2 weeks. Before being gluten free I was embarrassed by always clearing my throat, and it was worse when I had chocolate or other sweet food or drink.

Now I clear my throat occasionally, but I would say it's 70-90% better. I've only been GF for not quite 2 weeks so I hope the trend continues, but so far it has made a huge difference and I no longer wake up congested and with facial pressure (sinus) or have sinus headaches.

Of note, about 4 days into going GF I also stopped needing daily Ibuprofen for headaches. I get migraines and the regular headaches sometimes become migraine if not treated. For several days I have had zero headache or head pressure. I also gave up coffee and sweet tea, my only drinks before going GF. Lots of fluids, good food and no gluten has so far meant no headaches.

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Yes, it was my only symptom for 10 years
by: cherie

I had excessive throat clearing and mucous daily for 10 years before being diagnosed with celiac.

I had been scoped twice, done ph testing, been on nexium, flonaise, claritin, told I needed fundoplication surgery which thankfully I did not elect to do, told it was habit and anti-depressent might help, and my favorite is that it was tourette's syndrome.

Two years ago I suddenly developed dry eye, extremely painful throat pain from gerd, so much mucous I was nearly passing out trying to clear, headache, tmj, dry mouth, body tingles, and fatigue.

Only at this point was I scoped again and diagnosed with celiac.

I've been gluten free for almost 2 years and the mucous problem is 90% gone, but it took at least 6 months before it started to show any signs of improvement. It keeps getting better even after two years.

All other symptoms resolved with the exception of dry eye. So YES, excessive throat clearing and mucous can be a symptom of celiac.

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mucus remedy
by: Anonymous

Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with your favorite juice up to three times a day. It really helps to cut the mucus in my boyfriend, who is celiac by the way. We found this remedy on a gluten free website and it makes all the difference in the world for him.

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gluten > phlegm
by: MCuevas

Before going GF, I would wake up congested and stuffy every day. Only after coughing up huge amounts of clear/white phlegm (and gagging constantly while doing it), would I get any sense of relief. Also, I was constantly clearing my throat and coughing up small bits of phlegm during the day. It was sinus drainage that would never stop. I also could not handle any dairy, because it was cause the same type of reaction.
I?ve been GF for a few months now, but when I ingest any gluten, I get the same way all over again within a day or two. Coughing and spitting up phlegm. I can now drink milk but choose not to do so very frequently. If I stick to my GF diet, I don?t have any phlegm or incessant coughing/spitting up.
Good luck!!


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don't worry
by: jayesh032

Buddy you need to have no worry ....one of my teacher who was suffering the same as us told me to drink a glass full boiled water, with appropriate salt, in the morning and put your first two finger in your throat and omit all water.

This will clear all stomach and food pipes and wind pipes ...no phlegm any more...!just try it once.

I too came up with good health and now I am able to study with my full concentration.

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Throat problems
by: MARILYN

Hi

I looked online to see if the problem of having to clear my throat all the time might be linked to ceoliac disease and found this post.

I would like to know if you find any answers as it is driving me mad.

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