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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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Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Most common: Cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis (a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps
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Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?

Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?

Mgt: An inbox consultation to review would be helpful. You should consult with your PCP. For assessment for viral or bacterial infection, imaging and cultures. It may be due to a viral illness, but I think you should be seen. ...Read more

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Cant stop coughing bringing up green phlegm & snot also got diarhea& dizzyness & body ache what can I do?

Cant stop coughing bringing up green phlegm & snot also got diarhea& dizzyness & body ache what can I do?

See your doctor: You have some sort of infection, probably viral to begin with, but the green mucus in large quantities may be a symptom of a bacterial sinus infection. You might improve more quickly if you take prescribed antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more

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When bringing up phlegm there is sometimes bright red blood in it, especially in the mornings. Chest xray shows no reasons for this.?

When bringing up phlegm there is sometimes bright red blood in it, especially in the mornings. Chest xray shows no reasons for this.?

Hemoptysis: Hi, a forceful cough can rupture small blood vessels and cause hemoptysis (blood in sputum), so the most common cause is a Bronchitis (therefore X-ray would be normal), other causes Bronchiectasis (a chronic dilatation of small airways leading to infection), Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and cancer. If your X-ray is normal then Allergy, Bronchitis, bleeding from ur gum could be the reasons. ...Read more

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Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today there's a rumble is this pneumonia?

Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today there's a rumble is this pneumonia?

Could be: It certainly sounds suspiciously like pneumonia. The best way to find out is see your doctor and have a chest X-ray. And don't delay. Untreated this could be dangerous. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Can you have acid regurgitate without heart burn with GERD flare up. No signs of a cold, just bringing up white sour phlegm. Diagnosed with GERD 4 years ago, tried Nexium but never helped. Reflux left on its own. Now had anxiety, got pantazol?

Can you have acid regurgitate without heart burn with GERD flare up. No signs of a cold, just bringing up white sour phlegm. Diagnosed with GERD 4 years ago, tried Nexium but never helped. Reflux left on its own. Now had anxiety, got pantazol?

Yes you can...: You can definitely have acid reflux or regurgitation without heartburn symptoms. Medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) may or may not work depending on the strength and frequency that you are taking. Certain foods can cause these symptoms (i.e. caffeine, spicy foods, fatty foods, large meals, alcohol) as well as smoking tobacco. The other issue may be a hiatal hernia which you may discuss with your primary doc ...Read more

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Dry mouth/lips keep bringing up light green phlegm? Started with sore throat

Dry mouth/lips keep bringing up light green phlegm? Started with sore throat

May be viral: A viral illness or strep infection can do this, allergies can do this, mononucleosis can do this, so you have a variety of possible issues. You need to see your physician to make sure this is not a strep infection, and also give you a clear diagnosis ...Read more

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Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Bronchitis: Blood tinged mucus or sputum is often due to an infection in sinus or lungs. Many of us treat, unless bloody nose from blowing too much. Most of us will treat with antibiotics if it happens for more than 3 days. There are other causes, too, but it's a GREAT idea to get checked soon. In the meantime, avoid otc cough and cold meds, and fragrances and aerosols (which don't help, can make worse) ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and I am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and I am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

Pneumonia?: This sounds like a standard respiratory viral infection that might have progressed to bronchitis or pneumonia. "Red/brown" suggest your sputum (phlegm from the bronchi or lungs) contains blood. See a doctor to be checked for bronchitis or pneumonia and possible need for an antibiotic prescription. Do it immediately if you have fever, chest pain of shortness of breath, or cough up obvious blood. ...Read more

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What would cause you to have constant phlegm and difficult to bring up?

What would cause you to have constant phlegm and difficult to bring up?

Inflammation....: Your symptoms typically mean there is inflammation in the airways and maybe bronchospasm. This can be treated with inhalers-steroid for the inflammation and bronchodilator for bronchospasm. If the sputum is discolored and you have other symptoms of infection, you could have acute bronchitis. If not, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP! See your doc ...Read more

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Hi, what does having constant phlegm mean and is it contagious?

Hi, what does having constant phlegm mean and is it contagious?

Phlegm: Need more info to clearly respond, but contagion is not an issue unless the phlegm is due to some infectious agent. It may be due to allergies, irritation of the sinuses by something, acid reflux and others. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

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

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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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Why am I having constant coughing attacks with phlegm and chest pain?

Why am I having constant coughing attacks with phlegm and chest pain?

Lung infection: The symptoms you describe suggest a combination of infection with airway irritation. Productive cough with discolored phlegm especially when associated with fever is suggestive of lung infection requiring prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotic therapy. The cough can be due to airway inflammation treated with stepwise asthma treatment. A chest xray and medical evaluation/prompt treatment. ...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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I don't have a cough but I constantly have phlegm deep in my throat?

I don't have a cough but I constantly have phlegm deep in my throat?

Possibilities.....: Your symptoms may be due to post-nasal drip, resulting in phlegm in the throat. The post-nasal drip could be due to sinus infection, allergies, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis since there are very effective prescription nasal sprays to treat this problem. ...Read more

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I constantly keep hacking up phlegm. What can I do to get rid of my sinuses?

Allergist: Lets go to the root cause of the problem to find out what's irritating the mucous membranes of nose and sinuses, get ct of sinuses too, and then work on the problem, Mucinex (guaifenesin) might help, steam inhalation helps too. ...Read more

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Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!

Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!

Extensive work-up: Is needed to treat your condition.
I suggest you schedule a visit with the pulmonologist
near you. Please make sure you copy all previous records so as to not repeat them.
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When I cough I feel it all over My chest and back and the right side of my head. I have a constant flow of phlegm. I think it must be a virus..

When I cough I feel it all over My chest and back and the right side of my head. I have a constant flow of phlegm. I think it must be a virus..

Viral bronchitis: I'm really sorry that you are having this difficulty. At the age of 70 with a severe cough and a lot of phlegm it is best that you see it physician. In the meantime drink plenty of liquids and take your ibuprofen and a cough suppressant. You are correct it's probably a virus but pneumonia after the age of 50 is a very dangerous situation. ...Read more

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I have cought and yellow phlegm with blood at mornings and nights I'm very constipated constantly and the cought starts maybe one month ago, thanks?

I have cought and yellow phlegm with blood at mornings and nights I'm very constipated constantly and the cought starts maybe one month ago, thanks?

Get examined: Yellow mucous can signify a bacterial infection. The blood may be due to trauma to lining of your bronchi from the coughing. The constipation may or may not be related. If you're using cough medication it can cause constipation. Best advice-get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have constant yellow phlegm, don't feel off or anything but have high allergies to pollen, cats and Dustmite, is this all normal?

I have constant yellow phlegm, don't feel off or anything but have high allergies to pollen, cats and Dustmite, is this all normal?

No: This is likely from post-nasal drips due to your allergies. However people suffering from hay fever are more likely to get sinus infections as well. Have you following the avoidance measures for dust mites and cat? If not, it's time to do them. If yes, consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.

Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.

YES: Poorly controlled asthma is a chronic disorder of obstruction (copd). You should be on a long acting beta agonit, inhaled steroid and have frequent pulmonary f/u. Other therapy includes xolair, and thermal bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Productive Cough (Definition)

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