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problem with constant throat clearing

Hello, for about three years I have been experiancing the need to constantly clear my throat.This happens more days than not. My PCP presribes antibotics, my allergist prescibes, zyrtec and nasonex, my gastroenterlogists prescribes dexilant. Last week my ENT scoped my throat and nose and stated he could not find any problem, but suggested it could be non-acidic reflux. Last year I had the stomach endoscope and the gastroenterlogist said he did not find anything to cause these symptoms. Allergy test was postive for dust mites only. When I have these episodes of constant throat clearing the only relief I get is from Tussonex cough syrup and this helps for about six hours. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Thank you for your reply. I have an appt. next week with the gastroenterologists to explore the reflux issue. I think it could be more sinus related but I really don't know right now I take both zyrtec and singulair in the evening. I think I will also try the Mucinex to see if that helps. I do get some relief from taking Tussionex cough syrup. Kind of strange but opiates tend to thin the mucus production and it seems to numb my throat where I don't feel the PND or whatever it might be. Take care
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Check the side effects of your medications on Drugs.com look for interactions on this site also, some medications cause the sphincter muscle that is between the Esophagus and the entry to the stomache to relax and stay slightly open, when this happens, vapors of stomach acid will rise up through the esophagus and irritate the back of the throat, this irritation will cause a build up of phlem and in turn cause a feeling of something at the back of the throat, Prilosec OTC can reduce the stomache acid, although finding the cause of the relaxed muscle should be the first step, because it will eventually lead up to irritation and burning of the esophagus itself. Another cause could be a chronic sinus drip from the sinus down the back of the throat, and you should look into that, it could be related to allergies, try taking Benadryl Allergy, but take one at bedtime, as they might make you sleepy. One other Over the counter medication that was prescribved to me when I had the same issues was Mucinex 12hour, they are 600mg tablets, half of one worked for me, but try half first, then take a whole if not, they loosen up the sticky phlem in the throat and enable you to get rid of it. If your cough is very dry without phlem, then it could be just caused by the heat or dryness in the house, or as you stated the dust mites, which thrive in and dry conditions are inhaled easier. You can look up methods of getting rid of them from bedding on line. Also try a humidifier, Good Luck FTB4
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Thank you for your reply Caryopteris. I have heard of the dairy products contributing to problems like constant throat clearing and I think I will avoid milk for a while and see what happens. This is the first I heard about the Metamucil for reflux. It wouldn't hurt to try that as well. Have a great day.
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I used to have this until I stopped dairy, especially drinking milk.  There are so many substitutes now, such as almond milk, coconut milk, flax milk, it's easy to replace dairy.  

In case you have acid reflux, start taking Metamucil capsules every day.  It cures reflux for my boyfriend.  
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