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Is it ok to swallow your phlegm

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Rarely: Phlegm goes to your stomach, some get absorbed and then eventually excreted when you have a bowel movement. It can irritate your stomach though, espec ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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No: Mucus is formed by cells that line the bronchial tubes. It is cleared into the throat where it typically is swallowed unconsciously.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: It goes into your stomach when you swallow it.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No Harm: When you swallow the phlegm, it simply goes in the stomach. The stomach acid will kill whatever is in the phlegm. There is no harm whatsoever. It may ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
URI: Please start with your primary care doctor for exam, lung auscultation and antibiotic treatment.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Irritation: Phlegm goes to your stomach, some get absorbed and then eventually excreted when you have a bowel movement. It can irritate your stomach though, espec ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Anti allergic meds: Be your own detective & find out what things you are probably allergic to. See a doctor.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: The mucosa in your throat may be inflamed or irritable.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Coughing: You might have some reflux coming up to your throat. Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of lpr, or laryngopharyngeal reflux. I would have y ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffry Gill
28 years experience Pediatrics
You both got sick!: Not unusual for mom & baby to catch the same germs at the same time. But you never REALLY know where the germs came from (don't blame yourself!). ... Read More
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Dr. Zoltan Erdos
24 years experience Family Medicine
Not certain: Depends on some things. Much more info needed. But must consider this as a response of the body to exposure of a possible chemical or poison such as ... Read More
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