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Clearing throat cough and breathing difficulties

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  • Posted By: ubgang@bigpond.com
  • October 13, 2006
  • 02:56 AM

We have had a near life-long quest to solve our sons
severe mucous (alergy to dust-mite and restricts near all dairy), breathing,
throat-clearing/mild cough, severe snoring problem.

We took him to a variety of doctors and an Ear, nose and throat
(enterologist). He has also been to see sports medicine doctors.

The ENT was a lovely fellow, but concluded the guy is stressed. Joke. Most
relaxed person.

All others want to treat him for excercise induced asthma - none of which
has helped.

He is a very bright lad, tutors a girl with the same symptomotology and lack
of successful treatment.

I give him idodine drops and that helps - a little, but the best to date.

He is 23. When his breathing is better he can drop 3 to 6 shots in golf -
already at "+2 handicap". He is currently in very humid conditions and the humidity is restricting his breathing/chest/throat.

Any suggestions you can make would be appreciated - we have to tell doctors
here what to do to go the next step, which we do not like to do.

Hope you can advise please.

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  • We have had a near life-long quest to solve our sons severe mucous (alergy to dust-mite and restricts near all dairy), breathing, throat-clearing/mild cough, severe snoring problem. We took him to a variety of doctors and an Ear, nose and throat (enterologist). He has also been to see sports medicine doctors. The ENT was a lovely fellow, but concluded the guy is stressed. Joke. Most relaxed person. All others want to treat him for excercise induced asthma - none of which has helped. He is a very bright lad, tutors a girl with the same symptomotology and lack of successful treatment. I give him idodine drops and that helps - a little, but the best to date. He is 23. When his breathing is better he can drop 3 to 6 shots in golf - already at "+2 handicap". He is currently in very humid conditions and the humidity is restricting his breathing/chest/throat. Any suggestions you can make would be appreciated - we have to tell doctors here what to do to go the next step, which we do not like to do. Hope you can advise please. Your sons symptoms sound alot like mine. Constant throat clearing, feels like sinus drip or there's something stuck in there. On bad days the wheezing and shortness of breath appear.I've been to 5 Doc's so far, and they all think it's allergies and sinus drip even though I've tried every modern allergy med, and I'm not congested. That's when I sought out the Gastro guy in hopes that it's GERD, although he's doubtful 'cause I don't have heartburn. I suppose it could be a food allergy so I'm stopping dairy. I'm at the point where I'll try anything. Maybe between us we can discover some common causes?Best of luck...Ohhbob
    ohhbob 7 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 00:34 PM
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  • Just a thought here but many people have trouble digesting food, particularly proteins. When that happens, you can have the constant throat clearing that you mentioned. You might want to try giving your son digestive aides with his foods such as those containing betaine hydrochloride and perhaps some mult-targeted enzymes as well to see if this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 01:14 PM
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  • Ok, I had the same thing all my life as well and here's what I have done:1. Take magnesium to relax smooth muscle tissue for lungs. Drink hot water with honey to loosen mucus. Drink 1 or 2 GALLONS of water per day if there is sticky mucus in the lungs.2. Eliminate all allergens in your own house (new pillows every year!) and don't visit relatives or friends. Invite everyone to your house but only if they don't have cats at home if you are allergic to cats. Stay in new hotels only. Wash all clothing and bedding in drawers and closets at the same time every year. Wipe down everything with bleach water. Get a new mattress and cover it. Only put fresh from the wash linens on the bed that have been washed in hot bleach water and dried in the drier. Put a little bleach in each load of laundry, at least a tablespoon. Use HEPA filtered vacuum bags only. Take 24 inch box fans and tape 24 inch furnace filters to the back of them and run them in several rooms (cheap air filters)!3. For the throat, I saw an ENT who was good. He told me to take Guaifenesin (Mucinex or plain Robitussin). Do not take decongestants ever! Also with the Guaifenesin, take Rantinidine which is used for acid reflux. He said it is actually an antihistamine for the throat. This worked; no more stuff in throat! Both of these medicines are cheap and safe. 4. Avoid eating white bread, the glutens are not good for the esophagus. Especially if he has acid reflux symptoms. Avoid caffeine. My Dr. said it is the #1 cause of junk in the throat. Also avoiding all white flour and sugar would help him lose weight which is probably causing the snoring.Good luck, hope this helps him get better!
    delakande 10 Replies
    • October 28, 2006
    • 03:57 PM
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  • Wow! That's a tall order.Ok, I had the same thing all my life as well and here's what I have done:1. Take magnesium to relax smooth muscle tissue for lungs. Drink hot water with honey to loosen mucus. Drink 1 or 2 GALLONS of water per day if there is sticky mucus in the lungs.2. Eliminate all allergens in your own house (new pillows every year!) and don't visit relatives or friends. Invite everyone to your house but only if they don't have cats at home if you are allergic to cats. Stay in new hotels only. Wash all clothing and bedding in drawers and closets at the same time every year. Wipe down everything with bleach water. Get a new mattress and cover it. Only put fresh from the wash linens on the bed that have been washed in hot bleach water and dried in the drier. Put a little bleach in each load of laundry, at least a tablespoon. Use HEPA filtered vacuum bags only. Take 24 inch box fans and tape 24 inch furnace filters to the back of them and run them in several rooms (cheap air filters)!3. For the throat, I saw an ENT who was good. He told me to take Guaifenesin (Mucinex or plain Robitussin). Do not take decongestants ever! Also with the Guaifenesin, take Rantinidine which is used for acid reflux. He said it is actually an antihistamine for the throat. This worked; no more stuff in throat! Both of these medicines are cheap and safe. 4. Avoid eating white bread, the glutens are not good for the esophagus. Especially if he has acid reflux symptoms. Avoid caffeine. My Dr. said it is the #1 cause of junk in the throat. Also avoiding all white flour and sugar would help him lose weight which is probably causing the snoring.Good luck, hope this helps him get better!
    birdie 40 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 09:43 PM
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  • I just got the feeling he is smoking, is he? If he is, maybe try to get him on Bupropion. If all that stuff I wrote seems like too much, it might just work to use the mucinex and rantinidine like my ENT told me to use! :o
    delakande 10 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • I have had post nasal drip almost all my life and I have been living with the constant clearing of my throat, it wasnt that bad although there were times when it really borthered me. I do have allergy to penecillin and sulfa and suppose some family history of atopy and my son is ?asthmatic, he is only 3 and have been having this episodes of wheezing with shortness of breath most times he gets a cold and sometimes breaks out in hives,The allergist said he has some food & pollen allergies, i have tried my best to get my home as hypo alergic as i can, it is so hard and I really pray he out grows this, cos i cant afford most of the things i need to do constantly. my problem now is after a cold infection i developed this chronic cough for 2 months now, increased post nasal drip and associated shortness of breath relieved by taking albuterol(tried it and it gave some relieve breathing). I was never an asthmatic although never had a PFT cause there was no need for it. i have not lost weight and do not smoke, I pray it is not lung cancer as i havent had time to see my pcp again after my visit 6 months ago, but I am really worried about this new onset of symptoms, I do get relieve with dayquil sometimes when i use it, i once tried guafenesine and my clearing of throat was just worse. I have also wondered if post nasal drip is something you have to take meds for life? how long it takes to treat something like that. I think I really need to see my pcp fast, it is just that sometimes you take out time out of your tight schedule to get too see these doc and they make you wait for so long only to tell you it is nothing and that you continue what you were doing, but I guess i really have to see the dr. cos i dont know what this is.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 05:41 AM
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  • Laryngoesophageal reflux causes clearing of the throat. It does not burn in the throat like gastroesophageal reflux, so it does damage silently. See an ENT specialist and have him/her scope you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 04:13 AM
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  • Thank you Delakande, You have posted some very useful information. I been dealing with this annoying clearing of the throat cough for over some years now. At times it gets worse and it's embarrassing. Its good to know that I'm not alone. But never did I think that caffine might contribute to this cough. I've been drinking coffee alot since I've been retired and just staying home. But I'm willing to give it up for a month or two,just to see if it clears up and if it does well then that means no more COFFEE for me. But I wonder will decafe be as harmful? Anyways thanks, will check back in a couple of months.....A Desperate Housewife.
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  • I have the same thing ! I just started taking one Prilosec per day,to see if it is GERD. It helped me right away and stopped the congestion and postnasel drip. None of the other brands worked for me. Try it and if it helps,tell the DR and they may change thedrug.Hugs Shirley:)
    Shirley M 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've had the same symptoms most of my adult life (I'm 39 now). I looked back and realized that it started when I was in college -- when I began drinking coffee. I've quit drinking coffee and caffeine altogether, and I feel great.Before that, I also tried taking 800mg of Ibuprophen, an ant-iinflammatory only at those high dosages (4x the 200mg dosage, at which level it only works as an analgesic). Ibuprohen helped (as did Prednisone at one point), so it was some kind of inflammatory response.There was a recent study that demonstrated how even moderate coffee drinking increased inflammatory agents in the body by 50%.Now I'm trying to understand whether the coffee caused some kind of reflux or whether it was a direct cause of the problem.
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  • You know folks, I've been browsing through here 'cause I haven't found much relief from my family doctor on my similar symptoms. I'm 33 and have had allergies all my life. When I was young, airborn dusts and pollens really caused problem for me with lung conjestion and such. For the last several years, tho, no lung problems, but I could pretty much tell you what the pollen count was according to how stuffed up my sinuses were. The last six months I have had an annoying, dry cough, light chest conjestion and sore glands under my jaw, but no fever. I've never had anything like this caused by allergies that just held on. I've been through a mild antibiotic treatment, Nexium (I haven't had heartburn symptoms tho), Advair 200mg, Advair 500mg (seemed to help a little), and Singular, and still have a durn cough. Just starting a couple of days ago, I have a very sore throat, that is almost entirely releived with 1600mg Ibuprofen per day. It just dawned on me, after reading this thread that I do, in fact, have more throat clearing than usual, also. What really bothers me though is that my doc seems to dismiss my swollen, sore glands. They are swollen enough that, if I raise my chin and turn my head side to side, it makes me cough...feeling like someone's poking me in the Adam's Apple. After 5 visits, he wants me to see a pulminologist, 75 miles away. Next week, I'll be seeing a new family doc who is part of a medical group with a lot more resources at her disposal. Hopefully, she steers me in the right direction! It's hard to get on top of this, especially since the symptoms aren't debilitating and I will typically only visit a doc once a year for work related physicals. Thanks for any help y'all can send me.
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  • You know folks, I've been browsing through here 'cause I haven't found much relief from my family doctor on my similar symptoms. I'm 33 and have had allergies all my life. When I was young, airborn dusts and pollens really caused problem for me with lung conjestion and such. For the last several years, tho, no lung problems, but I could pretty much tell you what the pollen count was according to how stuffed up my sinuses were. The last six months I have had an annoying, dry cough, light chest conjestion and sore glands under my jaw, but no fever. I've never had anything like this caused by allergies that just held on. I've been through a mild antibiotic treatment, Nexium (I haven't had heartburn symptoms tho), Advair 200mg, Advair 500mg (seemed to help a little), and Singular, and still have a durn cough. Just starting a couple of days ago, I have a very sore throat, that is almost entirely releived with 1600mg Ibuprofen per day. It just dawned on me, after reading this thread that I do, in fact, have more throat clearing than usual, also. What really bothers me though is that my doc seems to dismiss my swollen, sore glands. They are swollen enough that, if I raise my chin and turn my head side to side, it makes me cough...feeling like someone's poking me in the Adam's Apple. After 5 visits, he wants me to see a pulminologist, 75 miles away. Next week, I'll be seeing a new family doc who is part of a medical group with a lot more resources at her disposal. Hopefully, she steers me in the right direction! It's hard to get on top of this, especially since the symptoms aren't debilitating and I will typically only visit a doc once a year for work related physicals. Thanks for any help y'all can send me.
    ohchevy 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've had this for three months running now, with no end in sight. First the GP thought it was bronchitis, asthma and allergies. When I went to an allergist I tested a very strong positive for molds and dust and a slight positive for pets (I have two dogs). I took asthma drugs (pumps and pills), allergy pills, nasal sprays, but the cough won't go away. I also ripped up all the rugs in my house and replaced with wood floors, and we put this anti allergy stuff on my dogs weekly, and we're washing all the laundry in hot water. Still coughing. I wonder if others are similar to me:I cough much more indoors than out.I have had reflux for years, with digestive issues, never really coughing like this until the last two summers (and then this summer, but it's not stopping)I've always taken prilosec, now i've doubled it and added gaviscon (magnesium) Still coughingI'm going to a new GI as soon as he'll let me see him. My previous GI cut my esophogus during an endoscopy. I'm thinking maybe this has given me this never ending cough. Thanks all for your suggestions. I will continue to try different things until this ***n thing stops.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 05:21 PM
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  • Grandson constantly clears his throat, give him Mucinex mini-melts, throat clearing goes away within 30 minutes, it works everytime.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
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  • Well, I hesitate to mention this as many people just don't think it is helpful, but I have found NAET to be a godsend. I have been getting NAET (NAmbudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) treatments and have not used my albuterol in over 6 months! I no longer have food intolerances to dairy/eggs/others. My allergy symptoms have 85% improved. NAET is not a miracle cure, and takes a commitment to see results, but I have found it incredibly helpful. It is the ONLY treatment out there that can actually reverse an allergy and desensitizes you to an allergen. www.naet.com for more info. Aside from that I recommend getting a neti pot or Dr. NeilMed's SinusRinse. Use this just like brushing your teeth, twice a day if you can. This can work wonders for chronic sinus congestion. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
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  • I know this is pretty drastic but I know of people that have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at your age. If u do choose to get tested it needs to be gene testing and not just a sweet test. My son has Cystic fibrosis, it can present in mny ways.Monique
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
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  • my problem now is after a cold infection i developed this chronic cough for 2 months now, increased post nasal drip and associated shortness of breath relieved by taking albuterol(tried it and it gave some relieve breathing). .ME TOO! i used to cough a little back then when i was still a smoker, but after a I recovered from a flu, the cough, however, did not leave! Nowadays i have to clear my throat almost once every few mins and sometimes it iritate my throat and i will cough even worse! During night, sometimes i feel so hard to breath, its like my throat is blocked by tons of flems!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
    • 00:34 PM
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  • I have had post nasal drip almost all my life and I have been living with the constant clearing of my throat, it wasnt that bad although there were times when it really borthered me. I do have allergy to penecillin and sulfa and suppose some family history of atopy and my son is ?asthmatic, he is only 3 and have been having this episodes of wheezing with shortness of breath most times he gets a cold and sometimes breaks out in hives,The allergist said he has some food & pollen allergies...my problem now is after a cold infection i developed this chronic cough for 2 months now, increased post nasal drip and associated shortness of breath relieved by taking albuterol(tried it and it gave some relieve breathing). I was never an asthmatic although never had a PFT cause there was no need for it...I pray it is not lung cancer as i havent had time to see my pcp again after my visit 6 months ago, but I am really worried about this new onset of symptoms. I have also wondered if post nasal drip is something you have to take meds for life? How long it takes to treat something like that. I think I really need to see my pcp fast, it is just that sometimes you take out time out of your tight schedule to get too see these doc and they make you wait for so long only to tell you it is nothing and that you continue what you were doing, but I guess i really have to see the dr. cos i dont know what this is.FIRST, there is a real increase of previously undiagnosed asthmatics in the US right now. Also, before the 70's it was believed "infant asthma" was out-grown, so many parents (including my own) never mentioned it to the child. It's been decided that the asthma MAY go into a remission in the teen years but usually "reappears" in the late 20 to mid 30s. So you may check into if you had infant asthma or had a lot of respiratory colds as a child.SECOND, do you have any heart-burn problems? I know it sounds silly, but it's being found that over 85% of persons with PND also have Reflux (aka: GERD). Theory is the PND makes epiglottis weak (so does peppermint - so don't eat it!), and when you sleep the stomach acids come up your throat causing a sore throat.THIRD, this sounds gross - but what color is your mucus? Yellow/Green indicates an infection, clear is allergic non-infectious, any redness (blood) needs brought to your doctors attention immediately, white/foamy also needs brought to the doctors attention (possible tuberculosis).This is a lot, and I have no answers except to study it all - that's what I am attempting to do as well. Good Luck and post what happens - you may help a lot of us out here evidently suffering along with you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
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  • I thought I was unusual. Two years ago it began and has persisted with varying degree. Poor air quality seems to make it worse; ie, local fires, temperature inversions, etc. Excessive throat clearing irritates the throat causing mild cough and more, deeper clearing, but no unusual color to the sputum. I am a heavy coffee drinker, so I guess that is off the list for a few weeks. I'd give that up to live with myself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
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  • I'm 37. My coughing, choking, and gagging experienced over the past two years is probably a large result of dust, my dog, and pollens where I live. But I do not experience nearly the problem when I stop drinking coffee. I LOVE coffee -- though I've only been drinking it for the past 2 years or so (about the time I started having problems!). But if I go a few weeks without it and begin feeling terrific, I think: "Maybe I can try just one cup." I try it -- and it's a disaster. I cough up phlegm, gag, choke -- terrible. Without coffee I can go off the expensive nasal spray my doctor prescribed. I mean, it's dramatic. I'll go days without coughing -- then drink half a cup of coffee and feel terrible. I'm going to lay off coffee for at least 6 months and then try another cup, just to see of the other allergins in my body have diminished to the point it's safe again.
    ericlarson 1 Replies
    • November 24, 2007
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