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I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

Don't smoke: Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to decrease sputum production. Using anti-inflammatory medications such as advair or symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) can also help in some cases as can treating any and all infections early. ...Read more

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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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What may be the best way to clear any flem from vocal chords from damages of second hand smoke?

What may be the best way to clear any flem from vocal chords from damages of second hand smoke?

Inflammed vocal cord: Prolonged exposure to smoking can cause inflammation to the vocal cords, irritation and productive cough.If your phlegm is frothy or bubbly you might be having asthmatic attacks, if colored you need antibiotics.Consult your md for further evaluation.Thanks! ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove the phlegm caught in my throat ?

What is the best way to remove the phlegm caught in my throat ?

Plegm stuck in throa: Drink lot of fluids and try guifenesin orally, available over the counter. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Do u believe the color of phlegm in the morning is BEST way to tell if you sick or not? Cough on/off during day. White to brown. I smoke. Stuffy nose

Do u believe the color of phlegm in the morning is BEST way to tell if you sick or not? Cough on/off during day. White to brown. I smoke. Stuffy nose

Not generally: Color of phlegm can change to green or yellow in the absence of bacterial infection, and brown is generally just associated with the continued smoking. It sounds like you have chronic bronchitis, and continued smoking is going to cause more harm, including emphysema/COPD. You need to stop. Please talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking and improve your cough and your health. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

Blow your nose.: The best way to get rid of this is to blow your nose and get it out. Sometimes your nose can be swollen from the flu, so nasal decongestants and cough medicine may be needed. Allergies can cause this, like hay-fever in the spring and summer, so a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. All these things help depending on why your nose is stuffed. ...Read more

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Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

No: Nothing about the symptoms you describe are specific for anything concerning. All the best. ...Read more

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Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything ?

Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything ?

Possible: Clear phlegm is often indicative of simple allergies that can cause mucus production. You should be fine. If it persists, see a dr. And there may be some medications that can help the mucus production. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Phlegm throughout the day, gets worse when I smoke, usually clear, been green once. What could this be?

Phlegm throughout the day, gets worse when I smoke, usually clear, been green once. What could this be?

This could be...: Time to stop smoking. All smokers need to quit smoking. However, the nicotine is extremely addictive, which is why the tobacco industry is able to keep selling so much of their products. One can work with his primary care doctor on quitting. There are ways the doctor can help. Smoke damages the lining of everything it touches, from the nostrils to the distant parts of the lungs. ...Read more