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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 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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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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Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Morning Phlegm: Think of gravity as your friend during the daytime when all the phlegm drains down but when you lay down at night, gravity is not your friend and those sinuses fill up with fluid. Then you wake up and gravity pulls everything down the back of your throat. ...Read more

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I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what i personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more

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I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

Consult your Doctor: You have had cough with green phlegm for over a month You should consult you Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.You may need antibiotics after diagnosis is established ...Read more

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I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when i lay on either side i hear like a whistling noise what is it?

I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when i lay on either side i hear like a whistling noise what is it?

Wheezes: Wheezes are high pitched sounds coming from mucus filled airway.The force of air through mucus creates the sound of wheeze, like a wind instrument.. ...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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