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Excessive Phlegm


Three years ago I had a cordotomy to give some flexibility to one vocal cord. The other is totally paralyzed; the second is approximately 70% paralyzed. (Doctors suspect a viral infection.) I
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It may be that the phlegm is originating in your lungs.  Talk with your doctor to see if postural drainage, done several times a day, might help with your excessive phlegm.  Acid reflux can cause phlegm to build up on your vocal cords.

Postnasal drip is drainage from the nose and sinuses dripping down the back of the throat.  There could be several reasons for this drainage.  One reason is an allergy.  A second reason is a non-allergic, non-infectious inflammation in the sinuses that can linger after a cold.  A third reason is chronic sinusitis.  Postnasal drip can cause breathing difficulty as a result of building-up on your vocal cords.  You may experience the postnasal drip as a feeling of phlegm coating your vocal cords.

The fat content in dairy products can thicken phlegm.  Generally eating dairy products with less fat content is helpful.  As you know drinking plenty of water will help to thin the phlegm so that it moves more easily.  As long as you are not on a fluid restriction you should be drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of non-caffeine non-alcoholic fluid daily.  Clearing your throat can irritate your throat and make it sore.  When you feel the need to clear your throat sip some water to clear the phlegm.

An antihistamine can dry up the postnasal drip.  However, it may make the phlegm thicker and more difficult to move.  A decongestant like Sudafed
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N7AAG, How did you find out about your vocal chord problem? My experience is that for some time (maybe 5 years) I have excessive phlegm and it is bothering me in my vocal chords as well. To the point that right now it hurts to even talk. Is there a remedy for this??? I am really concerned because I used to sing in choirs and right now I can't even sing. I also lost the ability to talk in falssetto. The doctors only give me allergy medicine, and even though it makes me feel better while I'm taking the pill (Claritin D) it doesn't cure me and I want to find a cure once and for all. Any help will be appreciated.
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