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How long does it take to get rid of phlegm in your throat?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Viral infection?: The nasal mucosa produces about a quart of mucus daily and this mucus (phlegm) is swallowed and to the patient can feel like mucus in the throat. The buccal (cheek) mucosa, the pharyngeal mucosa also contains glands which secrete mucus into the throat. You either are aware of normal mucus production or you may have a viral uri. If the latter, 10-14 days is the usual duration of a viral infection.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the best way to get rid of phlegm in your throat?

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Expectorants: Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) as an expectorant or tea with lemon. If the phlegm is behind your soft palate, you may do better by rinsing out your nose with saline solution. Use a neil-med sinus rinse bottle or netty pot with warm saline solution. Regularly.
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How can I get rid of long sort throat? What should I do?

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Various treatments.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, but here is some good general information. Bacterial infection(strep throat) is helped by antibiotics. Allergic, viral, traumatic or other irritations won't be helped by them. Cold foods, soothing foods and/or anti-inflammatories can help in those other cases. (think smoothies).
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A 28-year-old male asked:

I am having phlegm in throat since last year and I want to get rid of it?

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Post nasal drip: Use otc medications such as afrin nasal spray and claritin-D tablets. Your pharmacist can help you. Follow the instructions on the labels. If does not improve after a week see an ENT specialist who can do an endoscopy to find out if you have sinus infection.
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Does saline solution help get rid of phlegm in your throat?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Throat Mucus: Greetings. The fastest way to rid of the mucus in your throat is to gargle with salt water. Also make sure you are drinking enough liquids, sleep with a humidifier and consider Mucinex (guaifenesin). Finally nasal saline rinse like NeilMed. This works to rid the thick mucus in the throat.
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A 47-year-old female asked:

I have phlegm in my throat that I cannot get rid of - 6 days now, no other symptoms?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Phlegm: Hydrate well. Is phlegm clear or colored? Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher with at least 2 of these sx’s: temp of at least 99.6, Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
Dr. William Wilson
Family Medicine 47 years experience
You might try N-acetyl cysteine 600 mg 2x daily. This is called Mucomyst when given by neb treatments in the hospital. It is cheap and safe.
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