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Coughing Up Clear Sticky Phlegm
What meds should I take to clear my throat? It feels like there's a sticky phlegm I can't cough out. Thanks!
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 feel like there's a sticky phlegm that even I clear my throat and nose its still there and im having difficulty breathing. I don't have cough. Help!?
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
I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough I had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear
I have same like a thread jelly phlegm. Everytime I strted to cough it will continue onward for how many days or weeks. Like a slimy sticky thread like?
Sticky phlegm: Try irrigating your nose with 60 cc if saline to each side 4 -5 x a day. The saline is made by adding 1-2 tsp of salt to one quart of water with a pinch of baking soda. You can keep the mixture in the fridge and the cold will be soothing. It can be tap water if you have good water. Otherwise use bottled or boil the water. Ensure that the water is room temperature before putting jt in the nose. ...Read more
Depends: If symptoms have lasted less than 7days, use Ibuprofen 400 3 times a day for 3days, then as needed. Take 2 showers a day, as warm as you can tolerate, run the water right on your face to heat and and humidify the mucous, so you can cough it up and blow your nose more easily, then put mentholatum right under your nostrils. The eucalyptus in mentholatum works. If symptoms worse and > 10d, see doc. ...Read more
I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.
I have a phlegmy cough, and im not sick, and it doesn't hurt. Just bothersome. The phlegm is clear, and everytime I get it out, comes right back. Help?
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my airways are swollen. Had cough with phlegm. And everytime I cough it seems to clear a bit?
Bronchitis: Is an inflammation of the lining of the airways (bronchial tubes). The inflammation (swelling) of the inner wall of the bronchial tube, causes narrowing the of space for air exchange. The space is further increased by secretions. When you cough up thickened mucus, it allows more space for air exchange. Acute bronchitis is most commonly caused by viruses, and rarely requires antibiotics to clear ...Read more
I'm 68. I had acute bronchitis 7 months ago. This past month I bring up clear phlegm. I don't have a cough-I just cough when I feel congested?
Coughing: Post nasal drip from sinusitis or from allergies can cause cough (other allergic symptoms:sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, needing to blow nose). Exposure to an irritant and acid reflux from the stomach can also cause cough. If a smoker, chronic bronchitis or lung cancer can cause cough, but usually not clear phlegm. Other causes, also. If unclear reason, worthwhile seeing your doctor. ...Read more
Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?
How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm
Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.
If I have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean I could have bronchitis?
Hi 31 f with asthma. Had cold, now sob need to cough, can't always clear it. Lungs feel half full. Phlegm clear frothy pef is at 60%. What should I do?
Clear nasal drainage: Positional cough with phlegm can be caused by several things. It could be postnasal drainage from allergies or could be a sign of more serious lung or heart issue. If it persists a doctor should examine you and listen to your heart and lungs. Clear nasal drainage could just be a sign of nasal allergies or nasal irritation. It could also be cerebrospinal fluid leaking but doubt this if no trauma ...Read more
Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?
Highly unlikely: This does not sound like a bacterial infection. It is probably just "airway cleaning". But regular bronchodilators should help. Have them prescribed by your lung doc, after an examination. ...Read more
Chst infectn 4+ wks. Cough blood. 3x biotics + steroids. Doxycyline improved. Week since finish meds. Cough clear phlegm + small blood. What now?
Hemoptysis....: The most common reason for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. If you are still having hemoptysis after being treated for bronchitis, you need further work-up including a ct scan of the chest and a bronchoscopy, where a lighted scope is passed into the airways. You need to see a lung doctor asap to rule out malignancy, another cause of hemoptysis. ...Read more
I have a deep hacking cough night and day, also affecting my voice, tired all the time, nothing helps, cough up clear phlegm. Have tried everything.?
I cough up clear phlegm on and off all day especially after I eat. Doc put me on allergy meds but no improvement at all. What should I do next?
Thick phlegm globules (clear mostly, white sometimes), dry but deep cough, mild temperature, 4+ weeks. Doctor hears nothing in chest. What is it?
Atypical pneumonia: Atypical pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused my unusual bacteria like mycoplasma or legionella and where the symptoms differ from the classic ones. Therefore, it's often harder to diagnose. The antibiotics used are different and if it becomes severe it may require hospitalization. If you're not getting better, ask your physician what he /she thinks and if a chest x-ray is warranted. ...Read more
For the last couple weeks I wake up to spit brown phlegm. Small amount. After I spit it up it is clear. No cough or fever. What could this be. 38 f?
Do you smoke?: If you smoke and cough up brown phlegm, i'd say it's dried blood. That's why the phlegm's clear after you spit, cause it's not actively bleeding, it just has been. Thing is, if it happens repeatedly, something's going on in your lungs to make them bleed repeatedly. Makes me bothered to hear about brown phlegm when I can't listen to your chest or look into your throat. Hope I'm a worrywart! ...Read more
43, coughing>5wks in morning/night, after antibiotic phlegm change from green 2 clear but still thick&feel chest congested&tightnessOf breath. Cough wors?
My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days. Some phlegm. Md says no redness &clear lungs. Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?
See below:: He could be still recovering from a viral upper respiratory illness-at his age he is unable to clear & coordinate his post nasal drip mucus moving in the back of his throat. Other possibilities if similar symptoms, yet continuing for many weeks/mos: vasomotor rhinitis-not caused by an infection or allergy. Exact cause is unknown. ...Read more
Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?
Clear chest X-ray no clots or signs but constant cough with clear or white phlegm with blood tinged sometimes is this to worry about?
Sounds like: At least some form of bronchitis with inflammation of your airways, which can account for blood tinged sputum at times. Unfortunately without more history, better guidance is difficult. There could be many causes beyond a blood clot, to your symptoms. Did your doctor (s) give you an idea of what's going on and/or some treatment plan to address your symptoms? ...Read more
My 13 year old had a fever and a cough that is sometimes long and high pitched she is also coughing up white clear phlegm what is it? Doctor or not?
My 13 year old had fever 3 times in 2 days she has a barky cough and white/clear phlegm sometimes it's long and high pitched doctor or not. What is it?
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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