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Break Up Phlegm In Throat
What to do if I lost my voice--it's so annoying! What can I do to break up the phlegm in my chest/throat?
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
My 4 month old baby has so much mucus in his throat dr prescribed ventolin syrup but he said it may not work to break up his phlem as it's so thick?
Reflux: Phlegm in the throat associated with food may be from acid reflux. When acid reflux makes it to the level of your throat it is called lpr. In some instances chronic inflammation in the tonsils may cause similar symptoms. I rare cases, a pouch like space called a diverticulum(zenker's) can occur in the upper esophagus which can produce mucous and debris. ...Read more
Find the cause. : There are ways to reduce the discomfort of having phlegm in your throat, yes. But, we'd need to know why it's there in the first place. Allergies? Sinus infection? Throat infection? Once the cause is elucidated, your treatment becomes properly directed. Please consult with a local doctor, or with me or one of us on HealthTap and find the reason for your symptom. ...Read more
Gargle: Try gargling with salt water.Get a more detailed answer ›
Phlegm that is stuck: A "tickle" cough can be a sign of post nasal drainage. Mucous specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the phlegm build up is related to sinus drainage. Also consider trying to sleep with an elevated head or with a bedside humidifier. All the best! ...Read more
Not really: Young babies do not yet know how to clear their throat or blow their nose so all they can reasonably do is sneeze and cough. You can help clear the nose by using a bulb syringe those most 9 month olds hate it. Most important is to keep them healthy by avoiding ill people, hand washing and (above all) diligence in avoiding cigarette smoke. ...Read more
Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like i always have phlegm stucked i my throat. Is there something I need to be worried about?
Yes, there is: ANYBODY who is a smoker has something to worry about. If you are chronically producing mucus (phlegm) that is an indication that the smoking is causing inflammation in your air passages, which is the beginning of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. See your doctor and please quit smoking. ...Read more
Incredibly irritating tickly throat, causing short violent coughing fits. Phlegm only seems to be a problem at night/first thing in morning.
It feels like there is phlegm build up all around my throat for the last 6 – 8 months. It's extremely sticky and dry as well. Please help; (?
See a doctor: How long were you going to suffer with this? I would suggest going directly to an ear nose and throat doctor. In the meantime aggressive hydration with water or tea might be helpful. OTC meds such as mucinex (guaifenesin) may decrease the tenacity of the secretions. Antihistamines like Claritin may be of some benefit as well if allergy plays a role. But you deserve answers! I hope you feel better soon ...Read more
I've been having trouble getting hard phlegm out of my throat. The hard phlegm comes back up and down. I've tried gargling but to no avail. Help!
Hard Phlegm: The most important factor is hydration. Take plenty of clear water and use a humidifier next to you, you can also take decongestant but avoid cough suppressants Another type of medication that is helpful is an expectorant such as Guaifenesin that loosen phlegm. This medication is available in over-the-counter products. Also, what may feel like phlegm may be localized swelling. ...Read more
Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more
I have a really sore throats and there was a reasonable amount of blood in my phlegm this morning?
Sore throats: May need antibiotics and a throats swab. Pl see GP for the same. ...Read more
Salt water cleanout: Chronic phlegm is often a result of postnasal drip. My first suggestion be to try to wash out the postnasal drip. A salt water wash out of your nasal passageways on a daily basis can be useful. There are many nasal rinse kits available over-the-counter for this. If this is not adequate, then prescription nose sprays can be helpful. But there may be other issues, so see you doctor. ...Read more
Time ; patience: Unfortunately, most cough +/- phlegm are due to viruses for which there are no antibiotic cures. Recent study concluded average duration of cough illness is 18 days. Phlegm color doesn't help determine need for antibiotics. Go see your family doc if you're getting worse, feel short of breath, have a fever, etc. But for most cases, it's a matter of time ; patience. Sorry! ...Read more
Post-nasal drip.: It's difficult once it's in the back of the throat, because most toddlers can't cough and spit phlegm out like older kids and adults can. It's best to get it at the source, which is usually a post-nasal drip; using saline nose drops to loosen the mucus, then bulb suctioning or having the child blow the nose (and repeating until mucus is gone) helps the most. ...Read more
Check with your doc: Could be from the lung or stomach or sinuses. Probably from the lung. Therefore, check with your lung doc. ...Read more
Plegm stuck in throa: Drink lot of fluids and try guifenesin orally, available over the counter. ...Read more
PND: What you're describing could be several things. But the first thing that comes to mind is post nasal drip. It can become quite thick and cause a lot of clear phlegm expectoration. If you find yourself clearing your throat constantly. It may well be this. You should see your pcp in case its something more severe. ...Read more
Throat phlegm: Throat phlegm is often ropey saliva. This is affected by dehydration, infection and certain foods. The Easiest fix is to increase h2o intake by a liter a day. Non- alcoholic mouth washes are useuful as well. Brushing your teeth 3-4times a day is important. Any of the causes can create bad breath. Infection will become evident and needs treatment. ...Read more