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feels like hair in the back of my throat, what should i do about it?

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replied March 12th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A10639
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be concerned by the hair like feeling in the back of throat.
You certainly could have a hair or a foreign body in your throat. It would be unusual for it to stay in one place for long(you have not mentioned the duration of your symptoms).The possibilities to consider in your case- First would be a diagnosis of acid reflux. This is a condition where stomach acid refluxes up into your throat causing irritation to the throat tissues. This tends to cause a sensation of a lump in the throat often associated with frequent throat clearing, mucus accumulation in the throat (some people believe this to be sinus drainage into the throat), occasional or chronic cough and occasional hoarseness. This condition can be made worse by smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, drinking lots of caffeine beverages or eating spicy foods. The treatment is avoidance of the offending foods and medication directed at reducing or blocking the secretion of stomach acid. Another potential diagnosis is a tumor on the back of your tongue or in your throat. Tumors generally do not cause significant pain until they get to be a certain size or grow into sensitive structures nearby. A thorough examination by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist should put this issue to rest. Of course, tumors can be benign or malignant. A biopsy is often needed to make this determination. Lastly, some people can get enlargement of the taste buds on the back of the tongue or the tonsil tissue that sits on the back of your tongue. These conditions do not necessarily cause pain. Again, an examination by an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor could determine if these conditions are the cause. I recommend that you start with you family physician and ask him or her to refer you to an ENT specialist.
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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