I've seen many posts about people suffering from excessive or thick sticky phlegm and sinus issues; I'm also aware of the the standard self help advice such as drinking more water and avoiding dairy. But I've struggled to find any scientific research that has been done on people suffering from this condition. Are you aware of any institutions or specialists that specialise in this area, and of any research that has been or is being done? Considering that this is such a common problem, I would have thought research should be taking place to identify
- causes of sinus infection
- causes of excessive phlegm
- causes of phlegm turning thick
- causes of phlegm turning sticky
- how to alleviate/cure the above
- is it connected with thyroid problems?
I have tried various approaches without too much success; saline rinse, limiting milk and cheese, more fluid intake, apple cider vinegar with honey, NAC... Am currently trying out olive leaf extract capsules. My problem is that this difficult to dislodge phlegm in the throat has started to act as a trigger for anxiety. If only I could get the phlegm to become thin and flow through the normal channels...
Any links to places / people doing research would be appreciated. Perhaps if there are enough people out there we could even lobby for research into this neglected (it seems to me) problem.