I have always had a small battle with allergies and found clearing my throat more often after dairy products. After seeing an allergist, I found that ragweed was the killer. However, that's only in the fall. I caught the horrible flu that was going around. Fever, sinus drainage...you name it. It started February 2nd, 2008 and even today (Aug 6th) I am clearing my throat constantly...mostly after I eat. My allergist said a prolonged drainage of phlegm can cause acid reflux. She prescribed Prilosec. I haven't tried it because my only symptom is clearing my throat after I eat and when I cough, I can definitely bring up clear mucous. However, I don't have heartburn or pain or any of the other symptoms. I know blowing my nose helps after I eat but doesn't prevent the coughing/clearing my throat.
I also started using a sinus irrigation system (salt water). That has done wonders for me. I haven't had to spray my nose with Afrin (the only other thing I found to work at night and my dr said no no no). However, I noticed after I use the irrigation system, my left sinus cavity holds the water. I can blow my nose after I irrigate but it's not until 5 minutes later that I lay down or bend over that the water will drain. Again, only on the left side.
OH! And my friends think I'm crazy when I tell them I get sores in my mouth from eating acidic foods (oranges etc). I haven't had too much problems until this constant clearing. Now I can almost guarantee that it's going to happen.
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