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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Persistent dull pain in frontneck area since start of feb. Also productive cough after eating (but not due to acid reflux or postnasal drip). Ideas?

Persistent dull pain in frontneck area since start of feb. Also productive cough after eating (but not due to acid reflux or postnasal drip). Ideas?

Depends how long you: Have been coughing, and 6 weeks is a long time to be coughing. You may be experiencing food allergies, if it's always after eating, and not due to gerd, or pnd. You could have a sinusitis that needs to be treated before it gets worse, or you may be reacting to environmental allergens inhaled. So, go to your doctor, and have her/him check you out, and get your diagnosis soon. ...Read more

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Horrible cough. Usually worse at night, but is getting horrible during day too. Starting to cough up flem (clear). Doc said it was acid reflux, nothing?

Yes, probably reflux: Chronic unexplained cough could be associaterd with acid reflux as well as bronchial asthma. You should ask your physician about a trial of medication for acid reflux and take for at least 4 weeks and see if improves. ...Read more

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Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. E?

Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. E?

A trial of: Lansoprazole 15 mg (over the counter med) 30mins before breakfast and dinner for 2 weeks. If it does or does not helps see your doctor ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

Talk with your doc: There are many possibilities, but a very concerning possibility is old blood from your gut like your stomach when it's irritated [gastritis] or an ulcer. Please talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Acid reflux with excess phlegm and saliva. What can I do?

Acid reflux with excess phlegm and saliva. What can I do?

Lifestyle changes: Excess saliva/mucus can be a symptom related to extra-esophageal reflux disease. This can be a silent symptom of gerd in about 50% of people suffering from reflux (meaning no heartburn). Other symptoms include chronic cough, hoarseness, throat mucus, feeling something sticking in your throat, or difficulty swallowing. Treatment with acid suppressors and lifestyle changes can help. See your doc! ...Read more

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I have a perpetual need to clear my throat (no acid reflux, no phlegm) that has lasted for multiple months. A huge annoyance, what do I do?

I have a perpetual need to clear my throat (no acid reflux, no phlegm) that has lasted for multiple months. A huge annoyance, what do I do?

Try antihistamine: It's possible that your symptoms are related to allergies. Try using a non-sedating antihistamine like claritin. If that doesn't help consider a nasal steroid inhaler though that will require a prescription. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, fatigue, cough (quality: with brown phlegm or mucus), chills and sore throat. I also suffer from acid reflux??

I am experiencing headache, fatigue, cough (quality: with brown phlegm or mucus), chills and sore throat. I also suffer from acid reflux??

Sounds like you: Have a viral illness. If your symptoms persist for another 48 hours or you run a fever it would be important to see a health care professional for an examination and lab work to exclude other infectious possibilities. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 3 months tried cogh meds didn't work got chest xrays came back fine its not from acid reflux either what else could I do to help.?

I've had a cough for 3 months tried cogh meds didn't work got chest xrays came back fine its not from acid reflux either what else could I do to help.?

Sinuses? Reflux?: Why do you say it's not reflux? Cough that comes from reflux can be silent without any abdominal symptoms. It is also much harder to treat relying on strict diet control avoiding all acids, coffee, tea, sodas, etc... As well as not eating or drinking anything for 3 hours prior to laying down. In addition to proton pump inhibitor. It also could be chronic sinusitis. Have you had an ENT evaluation? ...Read more

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What can I take for acid reflux cough?

What can I take for acid reflux cough?

Cough: First take a liquid antacid, then a pill to reduce acid production in stomach, and then there is a great cough suppressant named benzonatate. The first two are available OTC, the last by prescription. See your local doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can a cough last with acid reflux can it last for months?

How long can a cough last with acid reflux can it last for months?

Long time.: The cough will last as long as the acidity is rising high enough to trigger the cough. Treat the esophageal problem and the cough will go away after a week to a month. ...Read more

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I noticed that I cough quite a bit, is this normal with acid reflux?

I noticed that I cough quite a bit, is this normal with acid reflux?

Yes, esp in AM: Yes, a chronic cough is 1 of the signs of acid reflux. Also, post-nasal drip (allergies), asthma, & lung problems could cause similar symptoms. These conditions cd be excluded by a good doctor asking questions & perhaps some basic testing. Without knowing more, it's hard to say which condition is causing the cough. R u taking antacid medications? TTYD about ur Sx & see if something is being missed ...Read more

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Is the only way to treat a cough caused by acid reflux to treat the acid reflux itself?

Is the only way to treat a cough caused by acid reflux to treat the acid reflux itself?

Treat the root cause: If a cough is caused solely by acid reflux, treating the reflux is the best and only solution. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux. Is it common to cough up blood?

No: Coughing up blood is not typical from reflux. This could be a sign of something more serious if you really are coughing up the blood. You should consult with your physician and be evaluated for this. ...Read more

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How can I get a nagging acid reflux cough to go away? I am currently taking Prilosec 40mg, once a day, everyday.

How can I get a nagging acid reflux cough to go away? I am currently taking Prilosec 40mg, once a day, everyday.

PPI Rx: It appears that the Omeprazole is ineffective for you unless youare not taking it appropriately. It must be taken before anything is eaten in the morning or it losese 1/2 its effectiveness. If the symptoms still do not improve, I would recommend EGD be performed by a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Cough spams and when I cough it takes my breath and hurts in my left side of my chest. Acid reflux was told to me and I do get it sometimes.

Cough spams and when I cough it takes my breath and hurts in my left side of my chest. Acid reflux was told to me and I do get it sometimes.

Cough and chest pain: acid reflux can cause both cough and chest pain but there are other conditions that can cause these symptoms such as Emphysema, asthma, cardiac disease or valvular heart problems. Given that you are over 50 yrs old, I would see your doctor about your symptoms to try to determine the cause ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and feel very gaggy like I could get sick, morning is the worst time. I have acid reflux & low function gallbladder. What is thecause?

I have a dry cough and feel very gaggy like I could get sick, morning is the worst time. I have acid reflux & low function gallbladder. What is thecause?

Hiatal hernia/colic: Biliary colic, hiatal hernia are possible diagnosis. The low functioning gallbladder by tech hida may be contributor to nausea. You are outpatient, so you have choice about next step in care. Take a friend with you to doc, ask questions about risk/benefit of ongoing medical care, further testing, adding surgical removal of gallbladder, nissan wrap. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

Wheezing: Sounds like chocking and wheezing
as a matter of fact the acid injury can cause lung irritation and asthma ...Read more

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I have anxious burping habit & acid reflux. Recently, getting over cold, have cough. Will burping & coughing at the same time be harmful to me? Tips?

I have anxious burping habit & acid reflux. Recently, getting over cold, have cough. Will burping & coughing at the same time be harmful to me? Tips?

Burping: Most often people who are burping often are swallowing air and creating more belching and the cycle goes on. Coughing simultaneously is probably not additive. Try not to force yourself to belch. If you have excessive gas, drink hot (not too hot) water to break down the gas bubbles. You can also take simethicone after meals to prevent gas build up. ...Read more

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How can I fix chronic cough from gerd/acid reflux?

Antiacid: Take an antiacid from the "ppi" family (proton pump inhibitor), such as omeprazole, pantoprazole, etc. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can fix chronic cough from gerd/acid reflux?

Can I tell me how I can fix chronic cough from gerd/acid reflux?

Meds and lifestyle: Chronic cough from reflux happens because a little stomch acid gets into your lungs at night. This sets up a cycle of inflammation. Try putting the head of your bed up on blocks so you're not totally flat. Avoid drinking liquids for an hour before bed. Avoid chocolate, alcohol, peppermint, spicy foods and tobacco. They relax the lower sphincter of your esophagus. You may need a ppi (med); ask doc. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural remedy to stop a cough due to acid reflux?

Can there be a natural remedy to stop a cough due to acid reflux?

Non-medicinal....: Some patients with gerd are helped by placing bricks under the foot of the bed so that they are sleeping somewhat upright. This lessens the amount of reflux by using gravity to their advantage. ...Read more

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How does aspiration occur when eating, drinking,? I'm worried cause I cough sometimes after I eat. 23 yrs and I do have acid reflux

How does aspiration occur when eating, drinking,? I'm worried cause I cough sometimes after I eat. 23 yrs and I do have acid reflux

Aspiration: Your windpipe and you've gut go together and when you swallow the food is directed into the gut but sometimes a little gets into your trachea or windpipe and cause you to cough it is not of any importance the fact that you have reflux may cause a little increase in that happening ...Read more

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Can a cough irritate the stomach causing it to feel raw or kick off acid reflux? I had a cough but now that's gone my stomach feels so raw

Can a cough irritate the stomach causing it to feel raw or kick off acid reflux? I had a cough but now that's gone my stomach feels so raw

Possible: You could have nausea and upset stomach with a cold virus. Another possibility is if you've been taking much ibuprofen or other NSAIDS the could have irritated your stomach, Try Tums (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec for a few days, if still getting upset stomach see you doctor. Avoid carbonated beverages, NSAIDS, alcohol until it feels better. If NSAIDS were the problem you may not be able to take them. ...Read more

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Took him to the ER when it first started was told it wasn't RSV or whoopn cough... But its not gettn any better they said mayb acid reflux...?

Took him to the ER when it first started was told it wasn't RSV or whoopn cough... But its not gettn any better they said mayb acid reflux...?

Hard to say: The pattern of onset, duration and present treatments allow more accurate comment. Many infants with respiratory viruses (there are many more than just rsv) will remain symptomatic for weeks as the process runs its course. Many get worse for a while before improving.Reflux can trigger cough as well as other factors. If the kid is not feeding well a recheck by his doc is in order. ...Read more

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Had cough for a month which is now better but I still have a dry cough after eating. What could it be. Don't smoke and I don't feel acid reflux?

Had cough for a month which is now better but I still have a dry cough after eating. What could it be. Don't smoke and I don't feel acid reflux?

Could be reflux: Common cause of chronic cough is gastroesophageal reflux. The relationship of the cough to eating would put this at the top of the differential. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more