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How to get rid of stubborn phlegm

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Aklanswered
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
Depends on cause: There are many causes of phlegm, some acute and some chronic. You need to have a diagnosis made first and then treat the cause.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
3 steps Take an : Eexpectorant with guaifenisin and avoid drying medication such as antihistamines set up a humidifier in the room you spend the most time such as yo... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Interesting?: Phlegm or mucous is a natural process of mucous production. If there are irritants or infections, more phlegm may be produced. Clearing this is usua... Read More
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Humification: Sit with your baby in the bathroom with the shower running hot water- this will steam up the bathroom and loosen the excess mucus. This will make it ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Phlegm color?: Phlegm can be due to allergens, viruses, irritation from smoke. Chest pt (someone pounds on your back gently to not hurt you but repeatedly& firmly) c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
It is best to follow: The advise of your pediatrician. It is not possible to know in this forum whether this is a serious problem or just a runny nose draining into the thr... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin can help loosen phlegm and thin secretions, making them easier to expel with coughing or clearing of throat.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tahira Bokhari
Pediatric Allergy 47 years experience
Gargling and bland d: The most imp step is to find the target organ producing excess mucus, and options are nose, sinuses, lung and stomach. The expertise of an allergist/ ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For ant... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Thick Mucus: Greetings. Treating thick mucus first begins with hydration. Try a saline nasal wash like the NeilMed kits. Guifenessin commonly sold as Mucinex (guai... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: In infants, due to the proportional size of their airways as compared to ours, mucous sounds a lot worse but is not necessarily bad. When kids cough,... Read More

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