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Constantly having to clear throat

Patient: I have this constant need to clear my throat. It’s like I have this sticky phlegm in the back of my throat all the time.

 

 

Doctor: Your symptoms are related to your allergies. You most likely have a ‘postnasal drip’. This means that phlegm drains from the sinuses and nose down the throat causing irritation. The usual treatment is the use of an antihistamine such as the one you are already taking. You will need to speak with your doctor about adding other medications such as a corticosteroid to control your symptoms since it seems that the antihistamine alone is ineffective.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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