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Dalton, GA
A 18-year-old female asked:

Is it okay to swallow mucus during a cold? (chest congestion) sometimes i have no choice because i'm in a public place

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Okay: Swallowing mucus will not do any harm.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Agreed. Please do not spit. The stomach digests whatever mucus comes its way.
Oct 27, 2015
Last updated Jun 5, 2017


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