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mucous and throat clearing
Mar 3, 2006

I almost constantly have to clear my throat, sometimes so violently I think I'm probably damaging my tissues. It's not a nervous habit, there is seemingly constant mucous there. I've seen ENT doctors and initial observations indicate I have no evident problems that would cause this. I've been poz since 1984. I'm currently using ipatropium bromide nasal spray BID; at first I thought this was helping but it doesn't seem to be after all. The problem doesn't seem to affect me at night when I am laying down, and is not related to food, dairy or anything else I can think of, because there are days I don't eat at all until dinner time and the problem is still there. I am currently on the following meds: Ziagen, Reyataz, Norvir, Pravachol, Viread, .81 aspirin, fish oil capsules, and once-nightly Ambien. I have been on the above regimen for 2-3 years (but have been on various regimens since 1988 or so). This has been a big problem for about 5 years. I don't smoke and very rarely drink alcohol. Does anybody have anything new I can try to reduce this problem? It's misery to even sit through a movie now, because I have to consciously force myself NOT to clear my throat.

Response from Dr. Henry

Have you been evaluated for gastric reflux disease or for any form of chronic allergic rhinitis/sinusitis. Trying various antihistamines and or a trial of topical nasal steroid might help some patients. KH

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