A 4-year-old male asked:
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my son has ongoing phlegm/mucus in the chest. he has had this since birth and i hear this can cause asthma at a later stage. can it be drained out?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Asthma is a condition heavily influenced by heredity & often appears in symptomatic patients by age 4. Affected patients do have mucous problems in their lifetime but the mucous does not cause the asthma. You don't "drain" the mucous out. Most kids with recurrent congestion, mucous are dealing with respiratory viruses.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018

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