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Coughing Up Lots Of Phlegm
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
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
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
I have flu, coughing up a lot of phlegm at once without too much hassle but tastes awefully like metal. That normal?
Can be: Please consult with us to review other medicines you may be on which can cause such a taste. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been having movement and discomfort on my left rib coughing up a lot of phlegm and one swollen tonsil no pain?
Can a very sore throat combined with coughing up a lot of green phlegm & loss of voice be caused by allergies? I also have no appetite & some aches.
Yes. But: Yes however if your symptom have been going on for a while it is best to be checked by a doctorv ...Read more
I have been coughing up lots of green and yellow phlegm and I have pain in my chest when I take a deep breath in and my shoulders hurt as well ?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been coughing for almost three weeks and it has not gone away, I have a lot of phlegm and my chest is starting to hurt when i cough?
Time to get help: It's time to see a physician to get evaluated as your symptoms have been going on longer than would be expected. ...Read more
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
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 ?
What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?
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
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
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