Posted by: Keith R | 2020/08/27


Excess phlegm

I have suffered badly from excess phlegm for some years now. It goes along of course, with excessive throat clearing and then battling to go to sleep. I have tried basically every medication including anti-allergy meds and mucus thinners. I also gave up most diary products and use lots of saline spray and Salex nose rinse. Then last year I was told that I have a type 3 hiatus hernia which is eating up my esophagus. An op to repair the hernia was recommended and I was told that this could lower the excess mucus. In the meantime, I was prescribed Pantocid and it helps the reflux but I am still stuck with the phlegm. My question is, would the operation cure the excess mucus and phlegm or is this going to still be a problem? I would not like to go through the operation and still be stuck with the same problem. Thanks very much!

Expert's Reply


Allergy expert
- 2020/09/13

The Hiatus Hernia with chronic reflux into the oesophagus and post nasal space could certainly cause excess phlegm and throat clearing as you experience. The fact that it doesn't respond to antihistamines and nose sprays also makes an allergy cause less likely. Ask the doctor to check for Nasal Polyps and Vasomotor Rhinitis before you have the Hiatus Hernia operation.

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