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Mucus in throat after tonsillectomy

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Hi, I underwent tonsillectomy on end of June 2010. I didn't feel much pain after the surgery in fact, I can take in solid food on the 3rd day.

But, I'm having problem with mucus behind my throat. I feel mucus stucking behind it but I just couldn't get rid of it. I can' split it out.

This do occur before I went for the surgery and I do thought that the surgery will help to improve but seems like it doesn't.

And, sometimes, I do feel the condition become worsen. I even vomited while brushing teeth as I felt irritated.

Why will this happen? How to cure it?


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replied August 12th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A15220
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the sticky feeling in the throat.
You seem to be having post nasal drip or known as PND for short. The causes of PND are different and tonsillectomy is not a cure for PND symptoms. Post-nasal drip (PND) occurs when excessive mucus is produced by the sinuses. The excess mucus accumulates in the throat or back of the nose. It can be caused by rhinitis (allergic or non-allergic), sinusitis (acute or chronic), laryngopharyngeal acid reflux (with or without heartburn), or by a disorder of swallowing (such as an esophageal motility disorder). It is frequently caused by allergies, which may be seasonal or persistent through the year, depending on the allergen(s) involved. Mucus feeling in the back of the throat, congestion in the nasal and sinus passages, snorting to clear mucus from the sinuses that cannot otherwise be cleared by blowing one's nose and vomiting due to excessive mucus in stomach are the common complaints of the patient who suffers from the post nasal drip. Treatment may include antibiotics, nasal irrigation, acid control medication, allergy medication, and/or minor surgery. Allergy medications include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, nasal crolom, or combinations of these. Reduced contact with allergens is important when possible. Allergy injections may be used for long term relief when allergy is the cause.
You must consult ENT doctor for the definitive diagnosis and treatment as the same cannot be made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.





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