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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...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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When i cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad? 

When i cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad? 

No: If you cogh up geen, brown, or bloody plegm seeks medical attn. Especially if you have a fever. STOP SMOKING IF APPLICABLE IT INCREASES MUCOUS PRODUCTION ...Read more

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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...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

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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When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

Bronchitis: This cough producing discolored and also clearer sputum could be due to a bronchial infection which often follows a head cold. It could be due to allergies or postnatal drip. Your doctor could diagnose it after an exam. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

Requires exam: and evaluation. Possibilities include lung infection/inflammation allergies, reflux of stomach acid, low grade viral infection etc. and requires exam , x-ray and possible pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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I have cough and sometimes the phlegm is transparent,foamy and if u pinch it sounds like popping..what kind of disease i have?thank you

Frothy phlegm: I would be concerned about tuberculosis given your location although just about any lung and some heart disease can cause this. You should probably have someone listen to your lungs and consider a CXR. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

Typical : Phlegm can change from yellow to white. Many times, infection can look dark yellow, dark green, dark brown. If you have drastic worsening of phlegm or even blood, you should definitely see a doctor. ...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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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