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Hi, I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we're going to talk about how to get rid of mucus in the throat and the first question is how does mucus get in the throat? Well, it's probably coming from the sinuses or the nasal passages. It's probably associated with one of the three common things that cause runny noses. One, and most commonly is a viral rhinosinusitis or just a cold in the common terms. This is going to last seven to ten days and then it's going to go away and there is not going to be a ton that you can do about it. If you want, you might be able to use a neti pot. For an adult that's this thing that looks like a Genie's lantern and you can use it to introduce a little bit of saline, salt water into the nasal passages to help rinse them out. Do it several times a day if you must but don't overdo it, don't go doing it every five minutes, that may make things worse, not better. Likewise if you have allergies, the best treatments are available, well there are some decent over-the-counter treatments. You can use Cetirizine or Zyrtec. You can use Loratadine or Claritin, probably the two most popular and most available. However, if your allergies are severe, you might talk to your doctor about a prescription medicine like Fluticasone nasal spray for example which is a steroid that can open up the nasal passages and decrease the allergy symptoms. Sometimes you even need to combine two or three kinds of medicine to take care of allergies. Now if you're having a sinus infection, that may need to be treated with antibiotics. In children, antibiotics help sinus infections, in adults it's not clear necessarily that they have a powerful role. How do you know it's a sinus infection? Well you might have cold symptoms that have gone on longer than ten to fourteen days, a cold should be done by then. You might have a sinus headache in an older child or an adult but not in a younger child mostly that occurs here, here, here or here sometimes on both sides with a sense of pressure and discomfort. You might have a fever that has gone on more than three days, is over 104 degrees or has occurred toward the end of your illness after you've been sick for close to a week as opposed to the beginning of your illness. So, talking about things that you can do to get rid of that nasty mucus in your throat, I'm Dr. David Hill.