Throat Mucus and Constant Phlegm in the Throat – What You Need to Know

What is Throat Mucus?

Gross isn't it? That yellowish-greenish stuff that always seems to clog up your throat on a regular basis is none other than mucus in your throat. Nose and throat mucus in general is made by the cells lining the sinus passages/ Its function is to trap tiny particles such as dust, etc., and stop them from filtering into out breathing systems. That is why it is thick and sticky. (Though this doesn't explain why it's yellow or green does it?)

The glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus (1-2 quarts per day). It moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifes air, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter, and fights infection. (Geez, those glands sure do a lot more than produce nose and throat mucus!) Although mucus is normally swallowed unconsciously, the feeling that you have a "constant phlegm in throat" issue is caused by the same throat mucus that causes post nasal drip.

Excess throat mucus can occasionally cause irritation and even slight bleeding. It can also cause bad breath as it is high in proteins and is an excellent food source for anaerobic bacteria. Once this throat mucus settles on your nasal and throat lining, it can irritate, causing that constant phlegm in throat feeling, and can trick you into thinking that you may be coming down with a cold.

More detailed information about nose and throat mucus can be found here


Symptoms:

Symptoms of excess throat mucus can be many and varied. In fact, many people who have bad breath issues do not even realize that they have this problem. Some of the most common symptoms are listed below.

1. The need to clear your throat on a regular basis.

This is probably the most common symptom of excess throat mucus. When the mucous drains from your sinuses it will commonly collect at the top of the throat area.

2. Constantly swallowing or feel that you have something trapped in the back of your throat.

This is that "constant phlegm in throat" feeling again. Also if you have the sensation of a lump in your throat, then once again this is most likely a collection of throat mucus.

Treatment of Nose and Throat Mucus and the Constant Phlegm in Throat Feeling:

It is essential to flush the excess throat mucus from the nasal passages and throat area. Mucous left in this area will stagnate and cause infections which worsen the problem. I've found an excellent product

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Crusty old mucus left in the nasal and sinus passages also stops the intended proper drainage of the sinus cavities. Once these areas are cleaned of nose and throat mucus, it is important to maintain the area.

Where can I find more information about throat mucus and the constant phlegm in throat feeling?

If you are someone who suffers excess throat mucus on a regular basis, this article will provide additional information on how you can put a stop to your bad breath, while you are working on your post nasal drip and excess mucous issues.

Meanwhile, this free e-book is a fantastic resource that covers all aspects of bad breath, including it's relationship to the constant phlegm in throat feeling and throat mucus.

Also, take time to check out these links, which lead to other articles on Post Nasal Drip, Sinusitus and Tonsil Stones - issues that are all related to bad breath.