Is there any effective way to control phlegm passing down the throat?

Q. I have constant cold problem with phlegm passing down the throat. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 26, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 23, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am 29 years old. I am having constant cold problems, not a runny nose but I always can feel phlegm passing down in the back of the throat throughout the year. When certain conditions like prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, symptoms like dry cough, heaviness all over the face especially in cheeks, eyebrows, sneezing, congestion in nasal passages, snoring, etc, happen. After following remedies like steam inhaling, and drinking warm water situations usually comes back to normal but the feeling of phlegm passing down in the back of the throat remains all the time. Is there any permanent solution to this? Or any effective ways to deal with it?

I am not using any medication regarding this, otherwise using Thyronorm 25 mcg for a thyroid issue. Please help.



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Is there any throat pain? Any long term nose block? Any decreased sense of smell? Can you please take a picture of the back of the throat with open mouth showing details of the affected area and send it to me?

Thank you doctor,

There is no throat pain. No long term nose block. As mentioned, when exposed to cold temperatures, I get nose congestion for one or two days and get relieved. But this feeling of mucus or phlegm passing down the throat is constant irrespective of severe cold. I am attaching the throat pictures.



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I would suggest an antiallergic like Allegra M and some steroid nasal spray like Fluticone FT (Fluticasone furoate). Take the antiallergic once in the evenings and the spray in the mornings. Take two puffs in each nostril after breakfast. Try this for two weeks and let us know if the problem resolves.

Avoid exposure to dust, smoke, and pollution. Avoid cold water drinks and soda. Avoid excess of coffee, tea, and spices. Avoid carbonated drinks. Wear a mask when you venture outdoors. Take special care to avoid vehicular dust. Do not let the aircon blow directly on the face.

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