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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Constant throat clearing a sign of problem?

01/06/2010

Question:

My son has developed a habit of clearing his throat constantly- several times a minute. Our doctor has prescribed claritin and flonase but the medications haven`t helped. Is this a sign of a problem that needs to be looked at by an ENT?

Answer:

This sounds like a tic behavior but an ENT exam would be appropriate to rule out other causes. Psychological evaluation/management would be useful if this is behavioral.

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Response by:

Charles Monroe Myer III, MD Charles Monroe Myer III, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati