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I've had coughing up lots of phlegm, but i don't feel sick, advise?

I've had coughing up lots of phlegm, but i don't feel sick, advise?

Needs reason: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation. ...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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Trouble swallowing, weird gurgling in lower throat/chest, feels like something moving in my throat, hurts when i swallow, coughing up lots of phlegm?

Trouble swallowing, weird gurgling in lower throat/chest, feels like something moving in my throat, hurts when i swallow, coughing up lots of phlegm?

Swallowing trouble?: Swallowing trouble can reflect problems when moving food from mouth to upper esophagus (tranfer dysphagia) or when moving food down the esophagus (transit dysphagia). Partial obstruction of esophagus may "hang-up" dry solid foods but typically allow liquids to pass. Motility disorders may "hang-up" both solids as well as liquids. Consider gerd, spasm, as well as eosinophilic esophagitis here. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up a lot of phlegm and it keeps me up, is it ok to take robitussin and nywuil together to sleep better at night?

I've been coughing up a lot of phlegm and it keeps me up, is it ok to take robitussin and nywuil together to sleep better at night?

While not identical: there are a number of ingredients that would be duplicated if you used both of these products together. Some of these might be dextromethorphan, acetaminophen, doxylamine, pseudoephedrine, etc. So you would risk taking too much of these ingredients. I would stick to one product and follow package directions closely. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I am coughing up a lot of green phlegm and feel awful how should I treat that?

Timeline: If these symptoms are present for the last few days it is likely a viral infection. Rest, increased water intake, over the counter mucolytic agents (ie guafenesin) can all help. If the symptoms are present for longer then you may require antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Belief system: If you believe that a child can catch cold from cold weather, then she shouldn't swim. If she is having trouble breathing, then she shouldn't swim. If she is happy, running and playing and mobilizing her phlegm, swimming should not make her sick. Most mothers and certainly grandmothers would vote NO SWIMMING. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffocate if you have a lot of phlegm that you can not cough up?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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I get phlegm and cough when I laugh a lot. Why does this happen?

I get phlegm and cough when I laugh a lot. Why does this happen?

Chronic cough: I don't know why you have a chronic cough, but the cause of that is the cause of the phlegm. The most common causes of chronic cough (asthma, reflux, drugs) don't usually produce phlegm, but allergies with post nasal drip may. See your physician this week to see what is behind your cough. ...Read more

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I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms ?

I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms ?

Depends: If it was a one time bloody nose then you could observe your symptoms. If you are having persistent nose bleeds and severe pain a full ear, nose throat exam is indicated. See your doctor for more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?

What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?

Varies: Phlegm color can vary: sometimes it can be yellow, sometimes it can be white, sometimes it can be clear. "bad" color types, so to speak, are like brown, dark green, or even bloody. If anything like this comes up, especially with fever, you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf wont make be feel ok.Wat shod i do?

42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf wont make be feel ok.Wat shod i  do?

Check with doctor: You will need to check with your doctor re. The right dosing for you. For example, he could change the seretide dose to 50/125 instead of you using 1/2 the 50/250 dose since the latter will halve the bronchodilator dose as well. Your lung function test should be monitored to make sure that it is at its best since no one call predict what the lung function is without a measurement. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for 5 days, including phlegm. Today I coughed up phlegm with a lot of blood and my breathing is easier. No blood since. Am I okay?

I have had a cough for 5 days, including phlegm. Today I coughed up phlegm with a lot of blood and my breathing is easier. No blood since. Am I okay?

Likely ok: Usually a small amount of blood after several days of cough is caused by some mucosal damage due to infection and/or the physical trauma of a heavy cough. However, I ask all my patients to notify me immediately if blood occurs with cough because it can be a sign of something more sinister in uncommon cases. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more