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Throat radiation: horrible mucus

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. - Jer 29:11

Looking for suggestions to clear mucus. Eating anything soft with same texture makes me nauseous and I’ve lost over 10 lbs. Taking protein drinks but all have similar thick consistency. Gargling with salt water helps – tried salt water with baking soda but it burned my mouth.

Does gum chewing help?

I know I can’t use mouthwash.

Tried mucinex tho I didn’t have other symptoms. It didn’t loosen anything.

I just finished my 4 1/2 weeks radiation. Have been sleeping a lot with a vaporizer to help. The constant mucus is the worst and makes me lose any appetite i would have.

  • Post #1
  • Sat May 23, 2020
Hi, I'm Betti

Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it? That’s where I would start.

  • Post #2
  • Sat May 23, 2020
Hi, I'm Connie N.

I had 9 hours of surgery for the cancer in my throat. I too have all that mucus. I use 2 pills of glycopyrrolate 2mg usually in the afternoon and at bedtime. It helps dry up some of that mucus. I also spray my throat with warm water if the mucus is stuck in my throat. I found a small spray bottle in the dollar bin at Walmart. Works good for this. I hope I’ve helped a little.

  • Post #3
  • Mon May 25, 2020
I'm dorcas smith, and I'm a healthcare professional

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  • Post #4
  • Wed May 27, 2020
Hi, I'm SRWells

I had mouth/throat radiation a year ago after a 10+ hour surgery and partial glossectomy for Stage III oral cancer. The radiation caused excessive mucus and swelling. I tried drinking lots of water and that seemed to help thin the mucus out some. I also took Claritan and used a nasal spray (both recommended by my oncologist/ENT) to help with the symptoms. I’d start by contacting your oncologist/ENT and get recommendations from them. I’ve lost 25+ pounds, but have stabilized and am not losing weight now. Eating is still not an enjoyable experience, but a necessity. Praying your condition improves and you continue to heal.

  • Post #5
  • Wed May 27, 2020
Hi, I'm Ross N.

My husband has Stage 4 esophagus cancer. He has a feeding tube and so much mucus. Any suggestions what to do??

  • Post #6
  • Wed May 27, 2020
Hi, I'm henry

I had esophagectomy on April 10th still tons of mucus…Ask for drug called robinul. it will dry him up. I take one pill 3 times a day…really helps

  • Post #7
  • Thu May 28, 2020
Hi, I'm John M M.

My immediate thought is Aspirating with an aspirator. There is Postural Drainage. It uses gravity to help move mucus from the lungs up to the throat. Lying on a wedge shaped pillow on your stomach can achieve this. You can also lie or sit in various positions so the part of the lung to be drained is as high as possible. That part of the lung is then drained using percussion, vibration and gravity. One of these methods should give you relief and help manage your discomfort. Stay strong!

  • Post #8
  • Fri May 29, 2020
Hi, I'm Jean B.

I am having chemotherapy and radiation for cancer of the tounge all of my teeth are being pulled and dentures put in. Can anyone please tell me what to expect? I have a feeding tube and a port all of this being done in one week. Please be honest I weigh 93 lbs I have lost 10lbs in 2 months

  • Post #9
  • Sun May 31, 2020

I am having radiation in my neck throat chest areas. The throat and neck side effects are beginning to scare me! Its all starting to scare me and ive had treatmemt before. Radiation was in a different area but i dont know how much more i can do..

  • Post #10
  • Mon Jun 1, 2020

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