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What could cause me to cough up strange phlegm since throat surgery?

What could cause me to cough up strange phlegm since throat surgery?

Tell your Surgeon: Post-op, you're gonna have some strange swelling and phlegm in your throat, and your surgeon will have told you about a lot of it. If you're having symptoms that you didn't get told about, then your surgeon needs to be told, to make sure you are healing and everything is alright. Call and let them know. ...Read more

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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Can a breathing tube from surgery two weeks ago cause a deep congested cough with yellow phlegm?

Can a breathing tube from surgery two weeks ago cause a deep congested cough with yellow phlegm?

Upper Airway : A breathing tube can definitely be traumatic to the tissue leading to swelling or inflammation. Secondarily getting infection in this tissue is possible. If the phlegm is worsening or the cough is worse please contact your physician. ...Read more

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I am having tennis elbow surgery tomorrowand have a very slight chest congestion no phlegm just mild dry cough.

I am having tennis elbow surgery tomorrowand have a very slight chest congestion no phlegm just mild dry cough.

Tell anesthesia doc: It should be ok for most doctors, but mention it to your anesthesia so they are ready or can give you breathing treatment ...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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How long will i be coughing up phlegm after surgery?

How long will i be coughing up phlegm after surgery?

Post-op phlegm: Hello, post op productive cough depends on the surgery and type of anesthesia. Hard to determine. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi dear doctor my father bothered from sccof the tongue. He had surgery.After that he bothers from phlegm alot. How can he reduce this type of phlegm?

Hi dear doctor
my father bothered from sccof the tongue. He had surgery.After that he bothers from phlegm alot. How can he reduce this type of phlegm?

Increase fluids: I'm sorry to hear about your father's cancer. Radiation therapy frequently causes a dry mouth and thick phlegm. It improves somewhat over time. Many patients carry a water bottle with them, constantly wetting their whistle for this problem. Artificial saliva exists for this, but is really no better. There are medications that are sometimes used to increase saliva. Ask your ENT or radiation d. ...Read more

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Had sinus surgery 5 days ago now bloody phlegm running drown throat after using nasal spray? Normal? Quick answer please

Had sinus surgery 5 days ago now bloody phlegm running drown throat after using nasal spray? Normal? Quick answer please

Yes: A little of blood tinged stuff or small blood clots can be expected in the 1st couple of weeks. But if you suffer from profuse bleeding, contact the surgeon immediately. Unless the nasal spray is prescribed by the surgeon, it may be a good idea to stop using it for a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm from mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works

Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm from mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works

Post nasal drip: Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works, ANS: would worry U have a rebound from 2 much pseudoepi. I assume Dr. knows how much & how often you use? If not tell them. Then stop COMPLETELY and use heating pad over sinuses at night to see if that loosens things up. Use only saline nasal spray. ...Read more

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I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Can you have a cough and still have surgery?

Can you have a cough and still have surgery?

Cough and surgery: Hello, it depends on the cough itself and the surgery you are scheduled for. For example, if you are scheduled for tube placement in your ears, this surgery takes 5minutes for both ears and can be done with IV sedation. But an open-heart surgery requires general anesthesia and hours of surgery. If the cough is productive, associated with a fever, in a smoker/copd pt, then anesthesia will cancel. ...Read more

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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?

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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Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Belief system: If you believe that a child can catch cold from cold weather, then she shouldn't swim. If she is having trouble breathing, then she shouldn't swim. If she is happy, running and playing and mobilizing her phlegm, swimming should not make her sick. Most mothers and certainly grandmothers would vote NO SWIMMING. ...Read more

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

Why do 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

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Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Diagnosis first...: Before this cough can be treated, the cause needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include acute bronchitis from an infection of the airways, chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, bronchospasm with airway inflammation, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. The treatments for these are all different so you need to see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...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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Hi, i have been coughing for a few days, full of phlegm inside but I couldn't cough them out, what can I do?

Hi, i have been coughing for a few days, full of phlegm inside but I couldn't cough them out, what can I do?

Steam inhalation: Try steam inhalation to loosen up the phlegm. You may also try an over the counter medication like Mucinex (guaifenesin).
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I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what i personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more

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I've been having phlegm issues for the past few months but I have not been sick. No cold or cough, just phlegm. What is the issue?

Drainage: Phlegm is a general term for drainage in your throat. Often it is from your nose or sinuses draining into your throat but can also be refluxed from your food pipe or lungs. Allergic rhinitis is probably the most common cause ...Read more

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I have had a consistent cough on and off for 3 months. Phlegm is clear and the cough is not severe however it is persistent. Any suggestion?

Need to see a doctor: More information is needed and you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis, asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip due to allergic rhinitis, are the main causes of a chronic cough in a young person, in addition to a history and an exam performed by the doctor, chest x-ray, pulmonary function tests, blood work might be needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello I have a bad cough since january 3rd and its not going away with anything and I got it about 2weeks after surgery anyone can help me?

Hello I have a bad cough since january 3rd and its not going away with anything and I got it about 2weeks after surgery anyone can help me?

Exam: You need to be examined and have a full physical as this has hung on too long. Your doctor will listen to your lungs, possibly get a chest x-ray and blood work. Antibiotics without an examination are rarely the right answer. ...Read more

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Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild.  I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more