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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
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
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 ?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My girlfriend keeps coughing up phlegm and she’s not sick or anything, this has been like this for couple months if not years
Please advise :) ?
Chronic cough: The causes of chronic cough include postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, heart failure, infections, genetic conditions, environmental and occupational exposures, drug side effects, and cancer. For personalized attention to a specific health concern, see a doctor or have a consultation with one here on HealthTap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does milk/dairy really thickens mucus? Reports say it’s a myth that it causes more phlegm but I find contradictory info about thickening it.
Probably a myth: My patients who normally have no problems drinking milk, haven't confirmed getting thicker mucus or getting more mucus when they are ill with colds, coughs, or asthma, JUST BECAUSE they drank milk or ate other dairy foods while they were ill. Maybe it happens to a few people out there... but I haven't noticed it. Realize that the amount of mucus changes anyway, during the course of one's illness. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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