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Coughing Up Bubbly Phlegm
Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?
Unlikely: COPD takes years to develop so this is probably not that. This is probably combination of allergies and poorly controlled asthma. I suggest follow up with your doctor so that you get proper inhalers and perhaps pulmonary function tests to gauge severity of asthma. Congrats on stopping smoking! ...Read more
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
I have asthma and allergies but notice i've been coughing up different cloudy and bubbly phlegm. Could this be related or something different?
I smoke a lot of wax (weed concentrate) and i am coughing up brown and clear bubbly phlegm. Chest xray was clear week ago. Now having shortness of br-?
Hi..im a 37yr old female..smoker for 12mth. I had a chest infection 3/4 weeks ago with persistent cough..I was given amoxicillin and predisonalone.
However I'm now coughing up salty clear bubbly phlem 4/5 times a day?
My left loung hurts when I breathe im coughing up clear bubbly phlem with strieks of green mucus I do smoke?
Need exam: Smoking puts you at risk for many illnesses so you need a chest CXR. Your symptoms suggest infection that involves the lining of your lung named the pleura which has nerve endings that cause pain with breathing. Smoking damages your lungs and can cause other chronic diseases such as bronchitis and chronic obstructive lung disease. Hope you feel better soon. Ask your doctor smoking cessation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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