Here’s the causes of thick drainage in back of throat and trouble swallowing.

To find out what causes thick drainage in the back of the throat, along with trouble swallowing, I consulted with Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.

“Thick drainage in the throat is otherwise known as post-nasal drip,” says Dr. Silvers.

“This can be caused by excess mucous production from allergies, an upper respiratory infection or acid reflux.”

How does acid reflux cause thick drainage in the back of the throat and difficulty swallowing?

“Thick mucous is produced to coat the throat when stomach acid goes into the larynx area,” says Dr. Silvers.

“Acid is a pH of 2 and can be highly corrosive without this thick protective mucous.  The mucous can be annoying and causes chronic clearing of the throat.

“Once the reflux is treated, the mucous wont be required to protect the throat and will reduce.”

Dr. Silvers also points out that acid reflux can be caused by anxiety and/or stress. Exercise such as strength training or hiking will help soften the blow of stress and anxiety.

An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 

 

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