A member asked:

I have never been able to cough up phlegm i gag and then vomit. i currently have a chest cold and i can not get rid of the phlegm. any suggestions?

3 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. John Gaffney answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

There are a few treatments that can be utilized to clear up phlegm from a cough. If it's a result of post-nasal drip, for instance, an intranasal steroid (like Flonase) would help. An inhaler bronchodilator (steroid) might also be helpful or even a cough syrup to help with these symptoms. So, it depends on where the phlegm is coming from. Hope that helps & feel better soon!

Answered Sep 23, 2015



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Dr. David Lipkin answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Vomiting mucus usually results from thick nasal mucus from a post nasal drip collecting in the back of the throat and in the stomach>>the coughing can trigger the gag reflex. Reducing the drip with OTC nasal decongestants will help. Elevate the head of bed to reduce any reflux from the stomach. Stay well hydrated. Steam or vaporizer inhalation. More advice> http://bit.ly/1MEX8kh

Answered Feb 27, 2015


Dr. Susan Madonna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

I don't think it is typically necessary to cough up phlegm. Try thinning it out by taking something like Guaifenesin and drinking lots of water. Don't just take the med without the water. Also try nasal saline rinse kit or neti pot if you have nasal congestion. The thinner phlegm should be absorbed by your body or swallowed and exit through the GI tract. See doctor if fever or not improving

Answered Jan 5, 2018



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