• Has anyone dealt with mucus in the throat from chemo or radiation?

    Asked by Catiejay on Friday, December 23, 2011

    Has anyone dealt with mucus in the throat from chemo or radiation?

    I have had mucus in my throat from previous chemo treatments but I just finished radiation and the mucus is very thick in my throat & causing me to gag & vomit. The Drs say it is just apart of the process but I know this but I want to alleviate it. Am I asking for too much?! Anyone has any remedies they can offer?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • susie81610's Avatar

      Try sucking on sour candies they make more saliva which should help some. The Dr also gave me nose spray try using just saline in your nose at night and morning that should also loosen it up.I use the sugar free ones but either or will work. (candies)
      Good luck

      over 10 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had trouble after surgery in my throat, and during radiation. and even now, I have mucous in my throat that makes me gag and throw up. I use mucinex. Ask your dr. if it would work for you. Good luck in your treatments, I hope they are easy and pass quickly for you.

      over 10 years ago
    • lovemyhusband's Avatar

      Sour candies is an excellent suggestion and warm tea with lemon really helped my husband and even with chemo thru a port he liked the cinnamon candies too.

      over 10 years ago
    • Magnolia's Avatar

      I'm late to join the party but I will never forget the mucus. It signaled the beginning of the sores. It was so easily controlled after I finally paid attention to those around me who knew the answers. Consistent and frequent gargling with salt water. It was that simple, but it wasn't until the second time around of chemo that I followed the advice. What a difference! It broke up the mucus and literally prevented those awful sores from getting a hold on me.
      Good luck to you & I'm sure one of the suggestions (or more) will provide a lot of relief for you.

      about 10 years ago
    • LMW's Avatar

      Baking soda and water rinse/gargle helped tremendously, as well as mucinex to thin the mucus and help it move. Good luck

      almost 10 years ago
    • JoLoaretti's Avatar

      my husband had that while still in the hospital, it was actually burned like his skin was from the radiation, it was really bad for days and finally he was using that suction device attached to the wall & honestly the entire lining if his throat came out, like a big slimey loogie, and then he felt great, he was sucking on clotrimizole 10 mg 3x a day, bioteen mathwash very often, and then there is a regemine of swish & spit & then swish & swallow med that helped a lot, I think just kinda numbing it so you dont GAG, it gets better~!~

      over 9 years ago
    • arleneclifford's Avatar

      I had radiation to my throat, the only help I got was to use mucinex. It really does thin it out.
      Good luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • patchez0's Avatar

      John...I understand....and sometimes the hacking and illness is bad....but if you're cancer free it's all worth it! It will get better, eventually but your body takes a lot of time to heal...just don't try to push it. I'm laughing here cause I remember how frustrated I was saying "how bad it is etc ..." just like you and today 4 years (yes I said 4 years it really isn't that long for a better life) I look back and see how much better it really is. I had small goals like eating a big mac...then maybe a s teak.....and now it's pepperoni...still cant do spicy too well...I used a netti pot for the nose...that helped loads with the mucus...and Al Koal...and a Oral Jel mouth wash....when I sucked candies I choked and coughed.... so I learned to drink water too.... eating did get loads better today... I can now go out and eat in public certain things somethings such as steak I still reserve for eating home.... I was very damaged from radiation still have many many scars.....and I'm tired...but every day I grow stronger. I think John the secret is try and see your improvements not what you call your loss...Oh yes, my hearing too is not the best, but it comes and goes so i just try harder....They call this the "new normal" for us survivors but I believe with positive outlook and constant reminder of where I was (near death) when cancer found me....I am A OK....today...and you will be too....good luck to you... Jan

      over 5 years ago

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