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Coughing Up Phelm
Serious symptom: If you are forty and have been a smoker of ten to twenty pack years and you don't have acute bacterial bronchitis and you know you coughed it up and are not blowing it out of your nose, you should get a chest x-ray. If there is any suggestion of lung cancer on chest x-ray you should get a ct chest and a bronchoscopy, if you have a bacterial bronchitis and you cough up blood 2 or 3 times and you. ...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
I keep coughing up phelm...Its been about 3mths...The doctor said its just an allergy but its very annoying...What can I do?
Possibilities...: You may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, especially if you have a smoking history. You need to be evaluated and have pulmonary function testing to determine the etiology of your chronic, productive cough. Then, it can be treated. Perhaps you need to get a second opinion so your cough can be investigated. If you do smoke, smoking cessation is necessary as well! good luck! ...Read more
I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?
Spasm: Cough has many causes but common reasons would be a bout of upper respiratory tract infection. Reported coughing can cause neck muscle spasms leading to neck pain and in your case the seeping of it one can be related to the rise in pressure inside the abdomen from coughing. You need to check for stress incontince with your doctor and manage the cough. ...Read more
Thurs. Got a 101 fever, sore throat, achy & cough. Sat. Fever broke but still have the rest. Coughing up thick phelm now. Is it pneumonia?
Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more
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