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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.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Irritation: Something is irritating the back of your throat (pharynx) or your airways ... Could be infection (pharyngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia), could be inflammation (post-nasal drip, reflux, smoking, chemical exposure) ...

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