"Throat clearing is a very soft cough." - Dr. Miles Weinberger, MD.
Is your 'very soft cough' absent once asleep? See the diagnosis below.
Consult with your doctor to see if your, "... throat clearing [very soft cough]; absent once asleep, only to return once awake" could be a be a permanently curable variation of Habit Cough.
Simplified Habit Cough referral or your medical team HERE Special note: The most important component of The Weinberger Procedure by-proxy is the practice, practice, practice after the cure has occurred.
Dr. Weinberger has noted this many times, and reiterates this to his pediatric and adult patients all around the world.
Routinely, his recovering patients will note an increase in the time between their coughs. They will also note a decrease in the intensity of their coughs. This decrease in intensity can routinely present as "throat clearing" as recovery progresses.
As an example, Bethany (and numerous other recovering patients) noted that her cough became "throat clearing" before tapering off and ending fully & completely to what we called "Cough ZERO" days later.
From UK - One of Dr. Weinberger's most exciting cures was from a 32 year old gentleman in the suburbs of London, England. He began coughing as a 7 year old boy. He coughed non-stop 16 - 18 hours per day for over 25 years. He was instantly and permanently cured in minutes by watching Dr. Weinberger's peer reviewed and published cough cure documentary HERE
His recovery took a little longer than most, probably because he coughed for so many years. As of this writing, it has tapered off to just a few throat clears per day. These seem to slip by with little notice by the patient. Dr. Weinberger told him that this small number of throat clears is acceptable and told him that with constant attention he should have no problem achieving "Cough ZERO".
Dr. Weinberger stated this is a normal progression and to be expected. He says that the throat has been injured by so much coughing and now needs to heal.
Takeaway - "Throat clearing is a very soft cough." - Dr. Miles Weinberger, MD.
Habit Cough Diagnosis by Dr. Miles Weinberger, M.D. Updated to include "acute" cough (below) by Dr. Weinberger on March 19, 2020
"The repetitive [awake] barking cough that is not present once the patient is asleep is the diagnostic criteria." (It might take a while for the patient to fall asleep. It matters whether the cough is not present once asleep; only to return once awake. - Editor note.)
"The characteristics of the self-perpetuating [awake] Habit Cough is its repetitiveness and absence once asleep."
Once the patient meets the diagnostic criteria for [daytime] Habit Cough, even while the repetitive cough is still considered acute (less than 4 weeks), treatment with suggestion therapy [Weinberger Procedure HERE] is appropriate. There is no need to wait until the [awake] cough is considered to be chronic (4 weeks/ child & 8 weeks/adult)
Multiple patients report that knowledge of The Weinberger Procedure allows them to stop their future [awake] coughs during the acute period once diagnosis of Habit Cough has been met. Updated to include "acute" cough by Dr. Weinberger on March 19, 2020. Note: Dr. Weinberger is a big proponent of patient interaction with their doctors - as are we. Many adults and parents report that they have quite successfully utilized The Weinberger Procedure on themselves or their children with numerous instant cures in the first days of their new acute [awake] coughs - long before they become "chronic" in length. They report their cures to their amazed doctors. Please consult with your doctor. If you attempt to utilize The Weinberger Procedure on yourself or your child, you are doing this under your own volition.
HERE is a repository of Dr. Weinberger's most important Habit Cough peer reviewed and published manuscripts.