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Is it allergy or something else? A common misperception.

Kristin M. Loker, CNP – BreatheAmerica Albuquerque Your constant throat clearing may have nothing to do with allergies. Throat clearing, cough and copious mucus in the throat may be a sign that you may have a condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR. This is a common ailment in which backflow of stomach acid goes all the way up to the voice box and throat, and causes irritation to these delicate tissues. It can happen day or night and can occur without symptoms of heartburn. In fact, most people don’t have heartburn at all and therefore the condition is also called “silent reflux.” Other symptoms of LPR include hoarseness, cough, asthma-like symptoms, or a lump in the throat. Our ENT specialists can easily diagnose this condition with a quick in-office procedure called laryngoscopy. Treatment consists of dietary modifications and reflux medications.

Learn more with Dr. Jamie Koufman, Reflux Director from the Voice Institute of New York: