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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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Hello,I have sore raised red areas on roof of mouth, sore throat, a Cough more so morning & night, green phlegm. but no fever or anything else?

Hello,I have sore raised red areas on roof of mouth, sore throat, a Cough more so morning & night, green phlegm. but no fever or anything else?

Upper Respiratory: All of those are symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Generally speaking this is viral and is treated with OTC medications for symptoms. If it persists past 10 days, you develop a fever over 101 or become short of breath then there may be involvement of your lungs. This usually clears on its own in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
Once
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I have a dry cough in the morning some green flem then dry cough during the day. My throat hurts a little and feels like something there infection?

I have a dry cough in the morning some green flem then dry cough during the day. My throat hurts a little and feels like something there infection?

Many things : Obviously a viral infection comes to mind first. Allergies can cause these symptoms too, and are very common. See your doctor to straighten this out. ...Read more

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I have the flu and cough up green phlem in the morning.Feels like its running down back of throat. Is this something to worry about. ?

I have the flu and cough up green phlem in the morning.Feels like its running down back of throat.  Is this something to worry about. ?

Possibilities...: The flu is due to a viral infection and it will run it's course without treatment. But, signs of a possible bacterial infection that may need antibiotics include fever, sputum that was clear or white and is now green, breathing difficulties, worsening cough, etc. If you are having these symptoms, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
Once
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Had the flu 3 weeks ago, lasted just over a week and since then have had a cough. Just recently I have been coughing up green phlegm. Is that bad?

Had the flu 3 weeks ago, lasted just over a week and since then have had a cough. Just recently I have been coughing up green phlegm. Is that bad?

Not necessarily: If you are feeling well otherwise this may simply be your body clearing out material from the inflammation. If, however, you have trouble breathing, fever, chest pain, or other symptoms, go and see a doctor asap. Good luck. ...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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