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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?

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?

Hmm: You can gargle with salt water or take a mucolytic like "mucinex". Also avoid dairy. If you have worsening chest symptoms see a doctor! ...Read more

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 I should use to help soothe my throat and break the phlegm so I can cough it out?

What I should use to help soothe my throat and break the phlegm so I can cough it out?

Guaifenesin : Ask the pharmacist at the pharmacy for guaifenesin.! It will thin the secretions and soothe the throat. You can also try chloroseptic for anesthetizing the throat. Cepacol lozenges also work well for soothing the throat. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I always experience phlegm sticking at my throat.

I always experience phlegm sticking at my throat.

May be too dry: Need to drink moe water and be adequately hydrated. If it persists, see an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What causes phlegm in throat and food stuck on it?

What causes phlegm in throat and food stuck on it?

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

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Is there a way to reduce discomfort of having phlegm on throat?

Is there a way to reduce discomfort of having phlegm on throat?

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

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Are there some effective ways to clear phlegm in child's throat?

Simple stuff: Cool mist humidifier, saline nasal spray and plenty of fluids, if persists or with fever see dr. ...Read more

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That feeling like you have phlegm stuck in your throat constantly?

That feeling like you have phlegm stuck in your throat constantly?

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

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My 9 month old has phlegms on his throat is there any way to get them out?

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

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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

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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; (?

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

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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!

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

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I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat.  What could it be a symptom of?

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

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I need a remedy for phlegm in my throat.

I need a remedy for phlegm in my throat.

Guifenesin: Hydration and Guaifenesin 1200 mg twice daily. Take with food and glass of water. ...Read more

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I've been getting a lot of phlegm in my throats while eating. What could this be?

I've been getting a lot of phlegm in my throats while eating. What could this be?

Phlegm : It is usually due to post nasal drip and maybe related to an allergic condition that you Katy have developed. I would try an anti histamine and see if that helps ...Read more

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What causes phlegm in the throat?

What causes phlegm in the throat?

Allergies/Infections: It can be caused by allergies and viral&bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Constant ball of phlegm in back of throat?

Post nasal drip: This can be from nasal allergies, an allergy can help you, you need a nasal spray. ...Read more

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I have chronic phlegm in my throat. What can I do?

I have chronic phlegm in my throat. What can I do?

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

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How do I cure cough with phlegm in throat urgently?

How do I cure cough with phlegm in throat urgently?

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

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How to clear phlegm from a 2-year-old child's throat?

How to clear phlegm from a 2-year-old child's throat?

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

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I have a soar throat and bloody phlegm, what should I do?

I have a soar throat and bloody phlegm, what should I do?

Get seen: The blood in your phlegm could be simply from the sore throat (that may have now become scratched and raw). But, blood in the phlegm is not really normal. How much blood is there? You should get seen by a doctor as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do every time I sing. Phlegm comes in my throat?

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

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What to do if I need remedies for phlegm stuck in my throat?

Hydrate well with : Water. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. ...Read more

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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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How come i always have phlegm build up in the back of my throat?

Lots of Causes: Your symptoms may be caused by allergies and sinusitis with post-nasal drip (the collection in the back of your throat) or an infection. Check with your doctor as there are several possibilities. ...Read more

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What causes thick phlegm in throat and chest which is chronic?

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

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I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

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

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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