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Feeling very tired and coughing up gray phlegm. No fever but feeling quite swollen. Is this a normal viral infection?

Feeling very tired and coughing up gray phlegm. No fever but feeling quite swollen. Is this a normal viral infection?

Virus: Could be a virus, but anyone who has a cough that has lasted longer than a week, I recommend an exam to make certain they are OK. ...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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Two days ago i was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should i go back to the doctor?

Two days ago i was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should i go back to the doctor?

No...you: Showed up with "laryngo" and now manifest the "tracheobronchitis" associated with viruses. Fluids, Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) expectorants. Ifyou develop blood in sputum, temperature greated than 37 c/101f, report to your doc or the er for a cxr. ...Read more

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When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

Bronchitis: This cough producing discolored and also clearer sputum could be due to a bronchial infection which often follows a head cold. It could be due to allergies or postnatal drip. Your doctor could diagnose it after an exam. ...Read more

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I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

Possible Pneumonia: Your symptoms are indicative of a bacterial infections. It could be viral. Is there fever? I would recommend you be seen urgently in urgent care center, your doctor's office if you can or go to the er. A lot depends on your state of health, any chronic diseases such as pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease and any medications you are taking. Get seen asap. ...Read more

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Hi! i have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. i smoke light cigarettes. what should do to get rid of 'em?

Hi! i have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. i smoke light cigarettes. what should do to get rid of 'em?

Bronchitis: I understand your concern. Grey phlem is likely due to cigarette smoking and air pollution , it can also be due to or Marijuana smoking. See the Physician if coughing affects your sleep and day time functioning, difficulty in swallowing or fever. See Therapist to understand and resolve your feelings of worry, fear, sadness, hurt, resentment for which you may be smoking; plan to decrease smoking ...Read more

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I coughed up chunks of phlegm (kind of grayish in color), should I be concerned?

Yes: You could have an infection in the upper or lower respiratory tract, or laryngopharyngeal reflux. You need a proper evaluation with fiberoptic laryngoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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