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I get what feels like pin pricks in my throat and begin with this symptom which keeps growing until I have to cough. When I do cough I usually will cough up clear phlegm that I spit out. I will cough all throughout the day and this becomes worse if I am in an airconditioned room. I have been like this for the past 3 months and I work in a call center so it is very irritating to myself and others. I have never smoked and I am not around smokers either. I did have pneumonia when I was 23 years old and find that when I get a throat infection this quickly turns into a post nasal drip. However, when the PND is gone I still find myself coughing up clear phlegm for weeks. It really affects my blood pressure because I am taking HBP medication already (novasc 10 mg). I am 40 years old and I just don't know what to do. I also take 10 mg of claritin and this helps a bit. However since I have been taking both of the above medications my feet are now swelling. Help!

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replied April 8th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11155
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the cough with clear phlegm and post nasal drip for the last 3 months.
You need a thorough assessment with CBC and a chest x-ray for the cough of such a long duration. You might be suffering from pneumonia of low severity that has been persisting untreated for such a long time. This may be caused by atypical organisms like Mycoplasma pneumoniae, the appropriate treatment of which might settle your problem. Ankle swelling is a common side effect of Norvasc (amlodipine), antihypertensive drug that you have been taking but it might also be due to underlying heart disease in your case for which consultation with your doctor can help you find the real cause.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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