Mucus in the throat: when should you consult?

If the mucus is frequent, how do you know to go to a doctor? Dr. Céleste Rebours, ENT, informs us.

Muriel Kaiser

Muriel Kaiser

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The mucus is very frequent and benign most of the time
The mucus is very frequent and benign most of the time –

“Any recent symptom that persists over time should alert”, says Céleste Rebours immediately. This ENT in Le Vésinet naturally has many patients with phlegm. “It’s a big topic”, she says. Phlegm is actually very common and can be symptoms of an illness, but not always.

As a reminder, phlegm is the basis of phlegm, a thick and viscous liquid secreted by the lining of the nose. This mucus is useful because it moistens and warms the air we breathe. It filters the micro particles in the air to protect our lungs. When all is well, we swallow almost a liter a day without noticing!

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Consult in case of debilitating discomfort

The mucus in the throat can appear at several times. One of the most common causes is, of course, the common cold. “When you have a cold, nasal secretions run down your throat at night. In the morning you end up with phlegm”explains Dr. Céleste Rebours.

If the mucus is “frequent and mild most of the time”ENT highlights situations that should not be overlooked. “If, for example, the mucus is associated with pain, weight loss, nosebleeds, breathing difficulties… then it is absolutely necessary to consult”. As soon as the mucus is “disable”, Do not hesitate.

Symptoms of many diseases

In fact, mucus is a sign of a wide range of diseases. So if they keep in time, “they can be a symptom of allergies or gastric reflux”, explains Dr. Or, “chronic sinusitis”. In most cases, they have a yellowish-greenish color, but sometimes they remain transparent. Only a CT scan of the sinuses can therefore confirm chronic sinusitis. In the most serious cases, it can be cancer of the larynx, mouth or tongue.

“That’s why it’s important to describe the appearance of his mucus to his ENT”, advocates Dr. Refunds. In particular, this makes it possible to determine whether there is an infection. Very thick yellowish, greenish mucus is quite often revealing. Conversely, clear mucus suggests that there is no infection. If in doubt, do not hesitate to consult: “if the mucus is mostly benign, it is only by examining that we can reassure the patients”concludes Dr. Céleste Rebours.

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