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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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I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

Hard to tell: Perhaps seeing a doctor to listen to your lungs , check you head, ears , eyes, nose throat and vital signs will determine if you have a virus or pneumonia. Good luck ...Read more

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I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick.wat 2take

I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick.wat 2take

Cough duration: a cough from simple bronchitis can last anywhere from a few days to a couple months. Most last a week or so and resolve. Coughs lasting longer than 2 months need more evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have phlegm in my throat/chest. i have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when i laugh i cough up phelgm ?

I have phlegm in my throat/chest. i have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when i laugh i cough up phelgm ?

Multiple causes: This can be due to a post nasal drip pooling the secretions in the throat that you cough out. Since yo don't mention feeling ill or having fevers. Its likely secondary to the season change and allergy ...Read more

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Hello, I was just wondering what is going on. I have had a cough with phlegm for maybe over 4 weeks, occasionally blood-streaked phlegm.

Hello, I was just wondering what is going on. I have had a cough with phlegm for maybe over 4 weeks, occasionally blood-streaked phlegm.

Bronchitis?: This may be bronchitis, but since it has lasted so long you need to be checked to see if you have something more serious, like pneumonia or tuberculosis. See a doctor about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a phlegm cough for 4 weeks, major pain in back ribs on right side, also frequintly needing to pee, but difficulty in doing so, very worried?

I have had a phlegm cough for 4 weeks, major pain in back ribs on right side, also frequintly needing to pee, but difficulty in doing so, very worried?

Here are some...: Productive cough of 4 weeks needs active attention ASAP. The pain in the back part of rib cage (right) may be related with neuromuscular irritation or pleurisy on coughing. As to voiding difficulty, at times, some OTC anti-coughing drugs may contain the ingredients like pseudoephedrine or / & antihistamines which may affect urinary sphincter or bladder muscles so leading to voiding difficulty... ...Read more

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Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Sounds like: "asthmatic" bronchitis! Are you wheezing??? You may require an antibiotic so best bet is to call your Primary Care Provider! BTW the shower is a GIANT VAPORIZER , that's why its helping!!! Run a Vaporizer in your bedroom if possible....during the day and during sleep! Hope these "tips" help! Dr Z ...Read more

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My son has been coughing & has phlegm for about 3 weeks. Could it be he is allergic to my sister in laws cat? Is that why he hasn't gotten better?

My son has been coughing & has phlegm for about 3 weeks. Could it be he is allergic to my sister in laws cat? Is that why he hasn't gotten better?

Maybe: Kids with minor respiratory viruses may cough for a few weeks. This can be aggravated by any of many irritants/allergens. Dust/smoke/fragrance/ cleaning fumes/aroma from laundered linens can all act as non-specific triggers. If the kid functions fine otherwise,eating and playing well without fever, you can monitor these issues at home.If he is acting sick, have him seen. ...Read more

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Is it bad that i've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Is it bad that i've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Needs Eval: A persistent cough that is productive needs to be evaluated. You may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm of any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. It needs evaluation so proper treatment can be rendered. If you smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms. What could it be?

I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms.  What could it be?

Virus? Allergies?: A cough is a symptom that can appear with several diseases: A cold, bronchitis, drainage from sinusitis, all which can be viral or bacterial. Allergies with post nasal drip can cause a cough. So do some meds and smoking.. If you have no other symptoms, a cold can make you cough up to a month. If it is still present and the mucus is clear see doc. If mucus has color to it, see doc this week. ...Read more

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Hi I have been coughing up brown phlegm for a few weeks I am a smoker aged 27. Chest xray clear. No fever. Any ideas?

Hi I have been coughing up brown phlegm for a few weeks I am a smoker aged 27. Chest xray clear. No fever. Any ideas?

Coughing smoker: Stop smoking. Am sure you have been told that many times. Cigarette smoke paralyzes the cilia (tiny hairs) on the surface of cells lining the trachea and bronchi and other areas of the upper respiratory tract. This inhibits normal defense mechanisms to infection which would help to clear those airways, and so inflammatory materials accumulate and must be coughed out. And there are greater risks. ...Read more

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Ive been coughing for a week, phlegm.. been given steroids, and antibiotics haven't helped.

Ive been coughing for a week, phlegm.. been given steroids, and antibiotics haven't helped.

May need an inhaler: You may have bronchitis, which is caused by a viral process. Sometimes, I prescribed an inhaler with a steroid and another medication to reduce coughing (LABA). Another possibility is that the antibiotic used was not effective for the bacterial cause. My suspicion is it may be more the former, but you have to work with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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What is best for cough with phlegm.

What is best for cough with phlegm.

Robitussin: I would recommend doing a sinus wash so that you get rid of the mucous, maybe using mucinex or robitussin. ...Read more

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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...Read more

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Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Morning Phlegm: Think of gravity as your friend during the daytime when all the phlegm drains down but when you lay down at night, gravity is not your friend and those sinuses fill up with fluid. Then you wake up and gravity pulls everything down the back of your throat. ...Read more

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I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

Normal: Yes, respiratory infections by some viruses might take longer to recuperate and cause cough for several weeks after acute infections. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more