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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 feel like theres 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 feel like theres 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!?

Allergies possible: Allergic rhinitis or non allergic prenial rhinitis can both give a feeling of sticky mucus in the back of the throat. See you healthcare provider to determine which condition you may have. ...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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Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up ?

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

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How long does cough last after quitting smoking?Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

How long does cough last after quitting smoking?Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

First of all: Congratulations on quitting! the cough could certainly last a few weeks while your lungs start to clear. If the cough persists for longer and is accompanied by any other symptoms you should see your doctor. Stay healthy! ...Read more

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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?

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?

Irritated bronchi: Clear mucus generally indicates some inflammation (irritation) without infection. If you never smoked or had asthma, this might be allergic or due to an irritant, or might represent a response to a mild viral infection. If you get a fever, your mucus changes, or if the cough worsens or persists longer than another week or two, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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 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. ?

For how long?: Chronic cough can also be either due to reactive airway disease known as asthma, reflux diseases such as esophagitis. If your symptoms are > 1month, time to get this evaluated further with your doc. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Chesty cough>6wk,X-ray show lung well expanded no collapse/consolidation.licency of lung marking within both upper lobes.is it serious?clear phlegm.

Cough: Good question. If the xray is normal, it means you dont have a pneumonia. You could still have bronchitis or cough asthma as causes for the cough. You may need to see a pukmonologist ...Read more

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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


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