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Throat clearing after eating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Sometimes I find myself having to clear my throat a lot after eating. I haven't yet figured out if a specific food is responsible but I'm working on it.

In the meantime just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and solved it?

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on June 15, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Great answer! Wish I could sing better.

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:23 AM

Excuse my typos. I'm writing on a smartphone.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on June 15, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I was a vocal performance major and we were taught to ignore the urge to clear the throat. Usually it's a response to excess mucus on the vocal folds (aka chords... Which is a misnomer.) The problem is that the mucus is in response to inflammation; either from an irritating food, environmental toxin, or over singing/talking and clearing the throat not only knocks off the protective fluid but also causes the delicate tissues of the vocal folds to knock against each other and can cause hoarseness, swelling and in the long term Vocal nodules (kind of like blisters or calluses on the vocal cords.) The urge to clear the throat even after the mucus has been knocked off continues because of the irritation you've now caused so it feels like you still have something on your vocal cords even if you don't.

You don't necessarily have to have a food allergen cause it. Overly acidic foods Can do it. Obviously mucus forming foods like dairy will do it.
In the mean time, one of the bed ways to get the mucus off the cords in a gentle way is to hum, lip trill, or gently sing and drink lots of water to thin it out, though, again, too much water can thin it out too much.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:23 AM

Excuse my typos. I'm writing on a smartphone.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on June 15, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Great answer! Wish I could sing better.

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on June 15, 2011
at 08:10 PM

I have a similar problem, but dairy doesn't seem to be it. Even after dropping dairy I still have issues :(

I HAVE started to link breads to a soar feeling in my nasopharyngeal region though.

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on June 15, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I had the same problem. For me it was dairy. Once I eliminated dairy it disappeared.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:41 AM

I dealt with this for YEARS!! Like 10 or so before I found out that it was set of by dairy which I drank at least 6-8L of a week without question.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Primal or Paleo?

I get this from dairy, and to a lesser extent from certain veggies. Lately I've been a carnivore so YMMV...

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I do it everytime I eat or drink something I wake up in the morbing and my throat is dry why is this happening?

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on March 12, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I go to school and clear my throat ALL the time. it interrupts constantly. i drank tea this morning. and i still clear my throat.

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