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Hi, my name is Dr. Ana Lamas, and I'm in the practice of allergy and clinical immunology with two offices here in Miami, Florida. The treatment for mucus in the throat is variable, depending on the cause of the mucus in the throat. It's a very common symptom that's very troublesome to many people. It doesn't allow people to sleep. So you lay down, you become supine, and all of a sudden, you think you have a blob in the back of your throat that doesn't let you sleep. You try to cough, it won't come up. You try to swallow, it won't come down. And it stays stuck in the back of the throat and is very, very disturbing. The causes of mucus in the throat, which will, of course, lead us to the treatment for it, can be variable. Usually, it is a post-nasal drip, so it is a drip coming from the nose, dripping down the posterior oropharynx, getting stuck in the back of the throat. And that usually is due to allergies. Unless the person, at that moment when they're having the symptoms, is having an acute or chronic sinus infection, it's usually due to allergies. If we're going to treat the mucus in the throat due to allergies, then we would consider treating it with antihistamines, trying to block the histamine that causes the production of the mucus, and we're also most likely going to have to use some prescription nasal sprays. In general, antihistamines are not enough for most people. The other common cause of mucus in the throat is gastroesophageal reflux disease. In this case, the esophagus is being burned by contents from the stomach bubbling up, even if the patient does not feel heartburn, and that harmed or burned esophagus is causing the airway, which is right next to it, to make mucus. And that mucus gives a sensation of something stuck in the throat, and we need to treat the reflux with antacids. And again, some are over-the-counter, many are prescription.