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Dr. Angelina Postoev
922 Doctors shared insights

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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Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.

Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.

Mgt: If it is prolonged and lasts more than 3 weeks, please let your PCP know. A chest radiograph and sputum culture may be sent at that time. In the meantime, if there is no fever and you feel well, the illness should begin to subside. Stay rested and well hydrated. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia for 8 weeks last Fall. Took antibiotics; infection gone but still coughing up thick, green phlegm all day, every day. What is this???

I had pneumonia for 8 weeks last Fall. Took antibiotics; infection gone but still coughing up thick, green phlegm all day, every day. What is this???

Revisit your doctor: You need another look, may be not your lungs, rather your sinuses, or you may have some residual bronchitis. You didn't mention risk factors as smoking, active or passive. Meanwhile stay well hydrated, see your doctor for assessment, good luck ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

Infection: You may have a viral infection or a bacterial bronchitis. If the symptoms persist, you need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I haven't been feeling well last few days coughing up thick brown and green phlegm within the same hour something new for me all my life?

I haven't been feeling well last few days coughing up thick brown and green phlegm within the same hour something new for me all my life?

Bronchitis: Likely you have acute bronchitis an inflammatory airway disease in patietns who use tobacco. It is treated with antibiotics, cough suppression, inhaled therapy and cessation of smoking. Faiure to respond to therapy necessitates a cxr, possible pft and pulmonary evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should I be concerned?

I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should I be concerned?

Well, ...: Most commonly, a productive cough with discolored mucus, is a sign that you are developing an infection of some sort, so best to see your Doctor and get officially diagnosed so the best treatment can occur. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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Cough with thick green phlegm. No fever. Family history of hodgekins lymphoma.

Cough with thick green phlegm. No fever. Family history of hodgekins lymphoma.

Congestion.: In general this could represent allergies or infection, the latter usually being related to the throat, sinuses or lungs. An evaluation by a physician would be wise, as treatment may be necessary, or at least helpful. ...Read more

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Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?

Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?

See below: Acute viral bronchitis can give a productive cough with yellow/green sputum lasting several weeks. Pain on deep breath may be due to chest wall strain from coughing. However it can be a sign of pneumonia, particularly if you have fever or shortness of breath. You would have to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment if concerned. ...Read more

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No fever, nasal congestin subsiding, thick green phlegm coighing up, pain in back of neck by glands, no fever, rattle cough?

No fever, nasal congestin subsiding, thick green phlegm coighing up, pain in back of neck by glands, no fever, rattle cough?

Congestion: Green phlegm does not always mean an acute bacterial infection, i.e. the type in which you need antibiotics. Often smoldering viral infections end in this way. However, if it persists, recurs after symptoms are almost gone, or you begin developing a fever then definitely have it checked. In the meantime, treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

See a doctor: It sounds like you have seen doctors. How you can be sure you do not have an allergy is beyond me. Suggest that you try nasal saline rinses twice a day with a neti-pot (see your pharmacist), and perhaps combine that with a nasal steroid spray. If you are a smoker or around second hand smoke, stop. The material you bring up needs to be examined, and you need a face to face with a caring doctor. ...Read more

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I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

Mgt: Fatigue is common after a viral or bacterial illness. I would suggest rest, drinking fluids and checking your temperature. If there is fever, new or prolonged symptoms, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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Been sick, sore throat, sniffles, pressure when I bend head forward, dry cough at night, sometimes productive cough with thick green mucus?

Been sick, sore throat, sniffles, pressure when I bend head forward, dry cough at night, sometimes productive cough with thick green mucus?

Sinusitis: Depends on how long this has been going on, it is suggestive of a sinus infection. See your doctor and get checked. Use a saline nasal spray and Mucinex (guaifenesin) to alleviate your symptoms until then. ...Read more

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I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough. Is that normal?

I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough. Is that normal?

Normal: Yes, respiratory infections by some viruses might take longer to recuperate and cause cough for several weeks after acute infections. ...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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Does rice make phlegm thick? Should we avoid rice in cough n cold??

No: Neither rice nor milk causes phlegm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...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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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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I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

Why Coughing: This may be due to failure of your cilia to move bacteria out. Try stimulating cilia: Green tea with lemon, humming, drink extra water. Pulsed nasal irrigation is designed to stimulate nasal cilia - see www. Grossaninstittute. Com ...Read more

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I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick. Wat 2take

Cough duration: A cough from simple bronchitis can last anywhere from a few days to a couple months. Most last a week or so and resolve. Coughs lasting longer than 2 months need more evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a cough with green phlegm and hives. What is wrong with me?

I have a cough with green phlegm and hives. What is wrong with me?

Bronchitis: You may have bronchitis or even pneumonia and should be evaluated. Hives can occur with a variety of infections or treatment for infections due to antibiotic sensitivity. ...Read more

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Do I need an antibiotic for consistent cough with green phlegm?

Do I need an antibiotic for consistent cough with green phlegm?

Almost certainly: It's actually a controversial area. There's "are you going to die from it" and that's thankfully rare unless someone has a lot of other health problems or over age 70. Then, there's will I have a better life from taking antibiotics. Again, controversial. First, we tend to forget to give anti-inflammatory respiratory meds (monteluekast, maybe inhalers) ...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)

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