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Can phlegm contain parasites?

Can phlegm contain parasites?

Sputum pathogens: Yes. Depending on what you mean by parasites. Sputum does contain bacteria, viruses & many other types of parasites (helminths) that are not common in this country. Sputum is contagious in many but not in all situations. Many diseases are transmitted through cough including common influenza. ...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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I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. Should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms?

I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. Should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms?

Depends: If it was a one time bloody nose then you could observe your symptoms. If you are having persistent nose bleeds and severe pain a full ear, nose throat exam is indicated. See your doctor for more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could crayfish contain a parasite?

Could crayfish contain a parasite?

Yup: Although rare, an american lung fluke called paragonimus kelligotti has been reported in the usa after eating raw crayfish in missouri. The classical lung fluke p. Westermanii is acquired by eating undercooked fresh water crabs. ...Read more

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Dry cough for 2 weeks then productive cough white sputum then vomiting after attacks of cough then after 1 month sputum contain blood?

Dry cough for 2 weeks then productive cough white sputum then vomiting after attacks of cough then after 1 month sputum contain blood?

Cough: Cough is one of the most common symptoms. One of the reasons could be adult whooping cough (cough with vomiting). The "whoop" is characteristic only to kids not adults. Other reasons can be chronic bronchitis for example. Eventually cough begets cough. I would highly recommend a pulmonolgist to check ur lungs, measure their capacity as well as test your phlegm in a culture to diagnose infections. ...Read more

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What causes black stuff in phlegm?

What causes black stuff in phlegm?

Smoke, old blood: Most common cause of black phlegm would be from smoke such as from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Coal miners used to have black phlegm but now they wear protective gear. Another cause would be old dried up blood from a bad sinus infection or bronchitis infection. Heavily polluted air such as from a recent fire is another possibility. ...Read more

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Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Neither: Phlegm or mucous is a natural body secretion and swallowing it is natural and not harmful. Blowing your nose and expectorating are also ways to get rid of excess mucous. ...Read more

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What do the worms in phlegm signify?

What do the worms in phlegm signify?

Ascaris: It is possible to cough up ascaris (a roundworm), since part of it's life cycle is in the lung. Best thing to do is bring a sample of the worm to your doctor so he can have it identified. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Phlegm: Many reasons. Drainage from sinuses is the most common cause. Others are, smokers lung, bronchiectasis, asthma ...Read more

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How to control phlegm whilst running?

How to control phlegm whilst running?

It's natural: When running your breathing rate increases, which can be very drying to the airways. Increased phlegm production is a completely natural way to counteract this drying, even though in the winter outside it can be really annoying. My advice (as gross as it is) is to get good at spitting and snot rockets. Or wash your gloves often - that's what I do! Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Thick Mucus: Greetings. Treating thick mucus first begins with hydration. Try a saline nasal wash like the NeilMed kits. Guifenessin commonly sold as Mucinex (guaifenesin) will also act as a mucolytic. Remember to drink plenty of water and even sleep with a humidifier. These actions should help resolve your thick mucus. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent phlegm build up?

Is there a way to prevent phlegm build up?

Yes: Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) along with avoiding dairy and perhaps going gluten free. Try this for 3 weeks and see how you do. ...Read more

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Brown spots in my phlegm?

Brown spots in my phlegm?

Need more info: Brown spots in phlegm could be due to bleeding in the respiratory system or from inhaled pollutants. The fact that you are bringing up phlegm warrants seeing a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of phlegm?

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Depends on cause: There are many causes of phlegm, some acute and some chronic. You need to have a diagnosis made first and then treat the cause. ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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What causes blood spot in phlegm?

What causes blood spot in phlegm?

Blood in phlegm: The most common origin of blood in phlegm is the nasal cavity including the sinuses. Dry, chaffed mucous membranes can bleed and this drips down the back of the throat and comes up with the phlegm. It can also come from bleeding gums or other sources in the mouth. Infrequently, it might arise from the stomach or lungs. If it persists, increases in frequency, duration or severity have it checked out. ...Read more

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I have phlegm how to get rid of it?

I have phlegm how to get rid of it?

3 steps Take an: Eexpectorant with guaifenisin and avoid drying medication such as antihistamines

set up a humidifier in the room you spend the most time such as your bedroom as an alternative sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running and breathe in the steam for 10 to 20 minutes

drink plenty of liquids such as decaffeinated hot tea fruit juice or water to increase fluid intake and help soothe the throat. ...Read more

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I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

Cough it up: The problem with coughing is the discomfort or pain some people feel. Loosen the secretion with lots of fluid or expectorant/mucolytic or even bronchodilator if needed to make coughing easier. Phlegm not coughed up can thicken and plug or close the airways and can become culture media for infection to grow. So I suggest cough it up. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

Depends: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How to have draing sinuses of phlegm?

How to have draing sinuses of phlegm?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

Phlegm: If you are referring to post nasal drip then I would recommend trying a nasal spray- steroid/ anticholinergic/ antihistimine. Talk to your doctor to see which is best for you! ...Read more

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Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm: This is something that should be evaluated by your doctor. It can be as minor as allergies or as severe as pneumonia. Your doctor can help you find the answer. ...Read more

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Why do I get phlegm from drinking milk?

Why do I get phlegm from drinking milk?

Phlegm: Some ppl are truly allergic to dairy and should avoid it but many have complained of it. It likely is more of the residue of dairy than anything else. We all make lots of mucous that we imperceptibly swallow. The dairy likely thickens it and makes it more noticeable. ...Read more

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How do I help my baby get rid of phlegm?

How do I help my baby get rid of phlegm?

Interesting?: Phlegm or mucous is a natural process of mucous production. If there are irritants or infections, more phlegm may be produced. Clearing this is usually by coughing or blowing. With a baby, excess mucous usually can only be coughed up by the babe. Otherwise you can use a suction bulb to help remove from the nose and back of the mouth. Usually nature will take the proper course & you do nothing. ...Read more

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Is have thick clear phlegm a sign of tb?

Is have thick clear phlegm a sign of tb?

Not really: Mostly TB presents with fever night sweats anoxia wt loss, thick clear phlegm could be due to bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Why is phlegm dark brown when you have tb?

There may be: Deoxygenated blood mixed in with phlegm. Are you getting active care right now for your tb? That is mandatory. Take care. ...Read more

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I have too much phlegm how to get rid of it?

Excess phlegm: Depends on the cause. Excess phlegm can be caused many things, such as upper & lower airway infection, allergies, post-nasal drip, exposure to irritants, etc. Knowing if associated with a cough would help be helpful. Trial of over-the-counter anti-histamines may help. Certain patients improve after being treated with antacids (ler) depending on the cause. Even some food allergies can cause it. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin be the cause of green phlegm?

Can amoxicillin be the cause of green phlegm?

No: Amoxacillin is an amino penicillin and is probably the most commonly used antibiotic used in the usa in a patient who is not allergic to penicillin. I have honestly never heard of this drug causing green phlegm. It is more likely that the antibiotic is being used to resolve the green phlegm. ...Read more

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I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin can help loosen phlegm and thin secretions, making them easier to expel with coughing or clearing of throat. ...Read more

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Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

What other symptoms?: There are various associated symptoms that can help determine the cause of your condition.
For instance, are there any of the following associated problems?
- fever
- cough
- runny nose
- allergies
- do you smoke? ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more