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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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Fluid on lungs after gb surgery.Has dementia and cannot walk around much or cough up phlegm. What is the treatment and outlook? Still in hospital.

Fluid on lungs after gb surgery.Has dementia and cannot walk around much or cough up phlegm. What is the treatment and outlook? Still in hospital.

Fluid around lungs: After gb surgery is not common. If the gallbladder was very infected it may be reactive fluid. Other causes, such as pneumonia, should be considered. If it is infection then appropriate antibiotics should be started. If there is a lot of fluid restricting breathing then a tube may be placed to remove the fluid. As long as oxygen levels are good and infection controlled it should get better. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer treatment and thinner for dvt. Now cough with bloody phlegm. Oncologist is aware, but didn't alter treatment. Is this an emergency?

Pancreatic cancer treatment and thinner for dvt. Now cough with bloody phlegm. Oncologist is aware, but didn't alter treatment. Is this an emergency?

It depends: When you take a blood thinner(which one are you taking??/), the doctors monitor the degree of effect on your blood. These tests guide us as to when to make dose adjustment to fine tune the blood thing to a safe yet effective level. Most likely your blood containing phlegm will clear up itself. But if it gets worse then you will need to get your blood checked even if it means going to ER(Emergency ...Read more

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Felt good for a week after treatment for acute bronchitis , w antibiotics . Now I have heavy cough no voice heavy gray flem , what happened? No smoke

Felt good for a week after treatment for acute bronchitis , w antibiotics . Now I have heavy cough no voice  heavy gray flem , what happened? No smoke

See your doctor: It could be that the infection has not cleared properly or that you have reactive airway disease that may benefit from an inhaler, you need to see your doctor again to figure it out. ...Read more

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My 3month old has a little cold/flem in her throat and nose. (shes to young to cough out) can I give her abuterol treatment?

My 3month old has a little cold/flem in her throat and nose. (shes to young to cough out) can I give her abuterol treatment?

Albuterol: Albuterol won't help her to clear her phlegm. You can use humidified air or just the saline in the nebulizer machine without the albuterolalbuterol (as blow by) . The best thing is probably the bulb suction with saline drops first. If shr has so much phlegm that she can't drink enough to keep hydrated you should bring her in to see her doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more