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After having a cold and blowing clear mucus out of my nose for about three weeks, I now have phlegm on my vocal cords and am clearing my throat every five minutes. Four years ago, I had the same problem and was convinced to have a laproscopic Nissen fundiplication (the side effects of which has just about ruined my life!) to alleviate reflux, which they said was causing the mucus on my vocal cords. My doctors said that having the respiratory infection had absolutely nothing to do with the phlegm notwithstanding that it started exactly when I had the cold. What can I do to clear out the mucus.

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replied April 26th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11572
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You probably seem concerned by the post nasal drip as you clear mucus every 5 minutes for last 3 weeks indicating excessive mucus formation which started after a cold.
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. As you have had Nissen fundoplication for the correction of laryngopharyngeal acid reflux, the chances of that contributing to your symptoms is minimal.
As you have history of allergies as well, you must see allergist and otolaryngologist for definitive diagnosis and management as the same cannot be made online.
Don't worry it is largely manageable with antibiotics, nasal irrigation, allergy medication like antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, nasal cromolyn, or combinations of these, and/or minor surgery.
Hope this helps. Take care.

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