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Choking on phlegm ball with blood no coughing?

Choking on phlegm ball with blood no coughing?

Follow up/more info: You should see your physician if you have sputum with blood. If it is more than a scant amount, the Emergency room can evaluate. I would suggest a TB test and a close exam of your nose. Sometimes nasal bleeding can result in blood tinged phlegm. A virtual consult appt is available.

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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2yrs had g.Bladder problems. Semi urgent list at local hospital. Now vomiting each day. Today fever, no voice very sore throat. Near on choke frm phlegm?

2yrs had g.Bladder problems. Semi urgent list at local hospital. Now vomiting each day. Today fever, no voice very sore throat. Near on choke frm phlegm?

Infection?: It sounds like you are having a fever, sore throat and vomiting? Based on your symptoms it sounds like you have an infection. It is best to see your doctor for a proper history and physical examination.

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My 3 month old has a nasty cold (was tested for the flu 4 days ago it was neg) but she is not getting better. She keeps choking on the phlegm.?

My 3 month old has a nasty cold (was tested for the flu 4 days ago it was neg) but she is not getting better. She keeps choking on the phlegm.?

Saline: Babies sleep on their backs and if the nose is full of phlegm then it is going to drip backwards causing the baby to cough. It is very helpful to use Normal Saline to irrigate the nose of the mucus. It the wet cough lasts more than 10 days or she develops new fevers or seems to have any difficulty breathing she should be reevaluated by her physician.

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My 14 mnth old has excess phlegm in her upper resp. She keeps choking on it what can we do to help her rid of it?

My 14 mnth old has excess phlegm in her upper resp. She keeps choking on it what can we do to help her rid of it?

Go to ER: Do *not* give her adult medicine. If you buy anything over-the-counter, don't buy combination medicines. Take her to the ER now because she sounds like she is having problems with her airway protection. She needs a full exam, possibly even a chest x-ray. Go now.

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I have excess phlegm causing choking...I am a diabetic and have several cysts on my thyroid. Some are 4 CM some are 1.7 mm. Is this causing phlegm?

I have excess phlegm causing choking...I am a diabetic and have several cysts on my thyroid. Some are 4 CM some are 1.7 mm. Is this causing phlegm?

Well...: I doubt that it is your thyroid causing this suddenly, and it is possible. You could have a respiratory infection as well. Given that you have Diabetes you need prompt attention.

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I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! I've had heartburn for 5 years too.

I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! I've had heartburn for 5 years too.

Sounds like GERD: You are on Omeprazole for heartburn. It is clear that this is inadequate for your symptoms. The symptoms you describe above are all associated with gerd. Please return to your doctor and obtain a different medication for the treatment of gerd since Omeprazole is not currently working well enough for you. Best wishes.

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Hi for the past 4 years I have had this feeling in my throat as if someone is choking me constantly, and when I swallow I feel I'm swallowing phlegm?

Hi for the past 4 years I have had this feeling in my throat as if someone is choking me constantly, and when I swallow I feel I'm swallowing phlegm?

Sure?: You having these symptoms for 4 years, since 12 years old? Are you sure? Do you have a parents? Have you been seen by doctor within 4 years?
Please, ask parents to bring you to the doctor to resolve these symptoms. We can not do it on line.

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Started choking on food when eating/swallowing. Throat full of phlegm. Constant lump in throat feeling always swallowing. Afraid to eat-there've been 2 times I almost didn't get food out of mouth/throat in time. Cough, rib/chest pain. Ideas/Help please?

Be seen: What you are describing medically would be called dysphagia, there are multiple causes. Among the more common is chronic reflux disease leading to constrict ute of the esophagus. Consider being seen. Work up would likely include a swallowing study and an egd.

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Inhaled a tiny bit of pastina into lungs tiny star pasta spoonful was too hot gasped didn't choke coughing feeling of phlegm in lung mild asthma symp?

Inhaled a tiny bit of pastina into lungs tiny star pasta spoonful was too hot gasped didn't choke coughing feeling of phlegm in lung mild asthma symp?

If you are certain: That you aspirated the pasta you should be followed closely for a foreign body aspiration pneumonitis. The lungs don't like much of anything except air. See your doctor if things don't subside in 48 hours or if you worsen at any time.

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The last time I had bronchitis I was trying to cough up phlem and I suddenly couldn"t breath the phlem was choking me what happened? Is that asthma?

The last time I had bronchitis I was trying to cough up phlem and I suddenly couldn"t breath the phlem was choking me what happened? Is that asthma?

No not asthma!: Postnasal drainage from your allergy. Take a decongestant/ expectorant and drink plenty of fluids to help thin out your mucus and expectorate. Take your allergy medications as usual.

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I have a cold and have so much flem in my throat that it feels like someone us choking me. How do I get rid of that?

I have a cold and have so much flem in my throat that it feels like someone us choking me. How do I get rid of that?

Depends: If you have post nasal drip and that is causing you to bring up phlegm then you need to try otc remedies (mucomyst etc, nose spray and allergy meds to name a few) to help with sinus congestion and if they don't work need to see your physician and may need prescription medicines. If you have acute bronchitis and don't think post nasal drip is a problem then definitely see ur physician.

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How can you die from choking?

No breathing: If any object (food, large nut, etc.) gets stuck in the throat to the point that no air can come into the lungs the person will not be able to get oxygen. If the object causing the obstruction is not removed as soon as possible the person can have serious problems from lack of oxygen to the brain or may die.

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What foods are choking hazards?

Potentially anything: Virtually anything that can be swallowed can be choked upon. In small children we worry about grapes, hot dog bites, gum and balloons, to name a few.

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Choking occurs as a result of what?

See below: Choking is the result co compromise of the upper airway such that insufficient air can be taken into the lungs.

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What should I do if someone is choking?

Can they breathe?: If the person can still breathe, wait and let them clear it. If not and can't talk, call 911 and call for help if you are with other people, unless you can do a Heimlich maneuver which is the immediate treatment for someone who cannot breathe and is choking. Take CPR classes so you are always ready to help in this circumstance. See http://www. Wikihow. Com/Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver

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Cough feels like I am choking on water.

See a doctor: It sounds like this could be fairly serious bronchitis or even pneumonia. Don't mess around with these symptoms: see your doctor.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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