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Can't Cough Up Phlegm
I have end stage copd, my symptoms are worst. I can't cough up phlegm now, but hear gurgling every time I breath, worst at bed. Concerned....?
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 have been having bronchi for at least month. Ear infection, then cold appeared. On Medrol (methylprednisolone) and decongestants, proair inhaler, but can't cough up phlegm?
Thick: It is probably too thick. Try to drink a lot of water, spend some time in a steam room to help get it out. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...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
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
See doctor...: Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more
When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?
Stuff going up/down: Sounds like acid reflux to me. But upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc! ...Read more
You cannot: A 19 mo old child does not have enough coordination to cough, feel sputum and spit. They usually swallow, and may cause stomach irritation. If your son has a lot of runny nose and swallow it, and hi has rattle in the throat, you may use suction bulb to suck out the junk in the nose, so that he does not swallow it to begin with. ...Read more
Usually asthma: See a lung specialist for an appropriate diagnosis ...Read more
No: It is not uncommon to trigger the vomiting reflexes during coughing especially when they are prolonged. ...Read more
Whenever I finish an intensive cardio workout, I become congested beyond belief. I even cough up phlegm. What could be causing this?
Exercise allergy: Exercise in some people can cause increase release of histamines which can in turn trigger different symptoms such as itchy skin, nasal congestion or even asthma. You may try to take over the counter non-sedating antihistamines 1 hour prior to exercise or get evaluated by pulmonologist, otolaryngologist or allergist ...Read more
I never usually cough up phlegm with blood but today I coughed up phlegm with blood and it was thick im nervous and is wondering if its bronchitis?
I have had a cough for 2+ months. In morning shower I cough up phlegm. Cough and runny nose sometimes extends thru the day. I don't feel sick, and a non-smoker.
Chronic cough: A chronic cough with nasal symptoms and not feeling sick sounds like an allergic problem. Allergies are a chronic disease that often is annoying but not severe. When severe, allergy patients can have a worse average quality of life than cancer patients. A chronic cough for two months could be a viral bronchitis resolving slowly, or asthma, or a subacute sinus infection. Time to see an allergist. ...Read more
Clear nasal drainage: Positional cough with phlegm can be caused by several things. It could be postnasal drainage from allergies or could be a sign of more serious lung or heart issue. If it persists a doctor should examine you and listen to your heart and lungs. Clear nasal drainage could just be a sign of nasal allergies or nasal irritation. It could also be cerebrospinal fluid leaking but doubt this if no trauma ...Read more
Cough up phlegm from smoking marijuana? Am I already getting a smokers cough? I've been smoking mj past 3 months daily. Could this cause this?
If your gallbladder is not functioning right after a meal when you cough up phlegm if you eat fatty or spicy foods?
I have a stuffy nose, and I have a cough where it hurts my chest and I cough up phlegm. I need this gone by friday night please! Any remedies?
What causes a productive cough after eating? For the past few days, about 10 minutes after every meal, I cough up a large amount of phlegm from lungs
Acid reflux: Acid reflux, also known as gerd, which is very prevalent in overweight people especially (with 60% of americans being overweight, of course). Constant acid coming up from the stomach causes irritation that induces the formation of mucous, constantly trying to clear by coughing. Reflux is increased with smoking. See doctor for management of condition. ...Read more
I've had a cough for the past 3-4 wks. I cough up phlegm sometimes and feel like the cough is coming from my chest. Had sinus infection right b4 this?
When you cough up phlegm/mucus with bronchitis, is it bad to swallow it, or must you spit it out every time?
If your gallbladder is not functioning right after a meal when you cough a lot and cough up phlegm when you eat spicy or fatty foods?
GERD: When the gb is not functioning well, one gets dyspepsia which is the same symptoms as gerd. The acid that comes up can become gas and irritates the airways causing cough and the irritation causes mucous production. Spicy and fatty food are the triggers as the bile from the gb is used to neutralize them and improve their digestion. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years ago now. I'm fighting a lot of issues with it. But now I cough up phlegm after eating anything! Help?
Postnasal drip/GERD: The problem you are having has several possibilities depending on how long after eating this occurs, position you are in, and the color/consistency of the phlegm. Food increases acid reflux which with/or without diabetes can lead to the pipe from mouth to stomach getting scarred and uncoordinated which can lead to your problem. Do not lay down after eating, eat small portions, bland food. See md. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more