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Buda, TX
A 42-year-old female asked:

Started with chest/nasal congestion and sore throat when swallowing 2 days ago. started mucinex/claritin. woke up this a.m. with a lot of phlegm being coughed up and it tastes extremely foul and bitter. what causes terrible tasting phlegm? infection?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen)can temporarily decrease pain.
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