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why does my phlegm taste salty?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Salty phlegm: Hello, your salty tasting phlegm is normal.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some infection: If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

For the last year I've been spitting all the time. No other symptoms, just the phlem. What can I do?

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Dr. David Rosen
Dr. David Rosen answered
Medical Oncology 30 years experience
Mucous: This can be a difficult problem. You need to find out why so that you can better treat. It could be allergic, then and antihistamine and/or nasal spray may be helpful.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes black stuff in phlegm?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 38 years experience
Smoke, old blood: Most common cause of black phlegm would be from smoke such as from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Coal miners used to have black phlegm but now they wear protective gear. Another cause would be old dried up blood from a bad sinus infection or bronchitis infection. Heavily polluted air such as from a recent fire is another possibility.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of black phlem?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Several: Old blood, carbon from dust, carbon from smoke are all possible causes.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it worrying if phlegm tastes salty?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Phlegm: Hello, this salty taste is normal.

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