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Allergies

Emphysema

12/28/2009

Question:

do you have chronic clearing of the throat,and very dry cough.so muchmy throat feels raw from clearing it much so on clearing my throat it gets raw.

Answer:

I would initially see an ear, nose and throat doctor to make sure there is nothing structurally going on contributing to this problem.  If this examination is normal then you need to be evaluated by an allergist to determine if allergic and/or non-allergic triggers are causing upper respiratory symptoms such as nasal congestion with post-nasal drainage that can cause the symptoms you are describing.  Depending on your evaluation results,  different treatment(s) can be recommended to alleviate these symptoms.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati