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Dr. PHILLIP J. KIM answered:

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?

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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.
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How come I cough up phlegm?

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If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well.
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I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

Cough it up

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the problem with coughing is the discomfort or pain some people feel. Loosen the secretion with lots of fluid or expectorant/mucolytic or even bronchodilator if needed to make coughing easier. Phlegm not coughed up can thicken and plug or close the airways and can become culture media for infection to grow. So I suggest cough it up.
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What causes me to cough up phlegm when I dont have even a cold?

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Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered:

Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Blood

Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste
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Dr. Susumu Inoue answered:

How can I get my 19 month- old son to cough up phlegm?

You cannot

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A 19 mo old child does not have enough coordination to cough, feel sputum and spit. They usually swallow, and may cause stomach irritation. If your son has a lot of runny nose and swallow it, and hi has rattle in the throat, you may use suction bulb to suck out the junk in the nose, so that he does not swallow it to begin with.
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Is it possible to suffocate if you have a lot of phlegm that you can not cough up?

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Technically, yes. In people who are intubated (having a tube in their throat) and cannot cough effectively, excessive secretions are suctioned via a special device. If you have normal lung function, you should be able to cough up, unless you are terminally weak or a small child who cannot do it because he doesn't know how.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

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Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, GERD, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today!
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What could cause me to cough up strange phlegm since throat surgery?

Tell your Surgeon

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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.
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Dr. Nick Debnath answered:

I cough up phlegm after every meal?

Stuff going up/down

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Sounds like acid reflux to me. But Upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc!
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