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Coughing Up White Frothy Phlegm
Had cough 3 weeks, high temp & diag bronchitis in 3rd week. Penicillin. Now coughing up white frothy phlegm. Is this normal or should I go back to gp?
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
Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works! ' ...Read more
Hi 31 f with asthma. Had cold, now sob need to cough, can't always clear it. Lungs feel half full. Phlegm clear frothy pef is at 60%. What should I do?
12 hours of dyspnea, wheezing and productive cough with white frothy phlegm. Relieved without any medication. Next day same, took citrazine and relieved?
I've had a chesty cough for 3 weeks, clear frothy phlegm. Can hear noises when my mouth is open. Feel generally unwel and tired. Haven't got a fever.
Dose silent reflux in a baby cause a cough and phlegm in throat with frothy texture in a 4.5 month old baby he's on losec (omeprazole) but I can't get rid of cough?
It can: Reflux in infants is a common trigger for a cough. The Prilosec decreases stomach acid and may decrease irritation, but it does not stop the reflux, it just makes it less painful. With time and gradual assumption of an upright posture for more hours/day, the reflux and related cough decreases. It iften peaks around the 4-5 month period. ...Read more
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
Diagnosis first...: Before this cough can be treated, the cause needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include acute bronchitis from an infection of the airways, chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, bronchospasm with airway inflammation, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. The treatments for these are all different so you need to see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?
Hi, I have been coughing for a few days, full of phlegm inside but I couldn't cough them out, what can I do?
Try steam inhalation to loosen up the phlegm. You may also try an over the counter medication like Mucinex (guaifenesin).
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, 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.
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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?
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
I've been having phlegm issues for the past few months but I have not been sick. No cold or cough, just phlegm. What is the issue?
I have had a consistent cough on and off for 3 months. Phlegm is clear and the cough is not severe however it is persistent. Any suggestion?
Need to see a doctor: More information is needed and you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis, asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip due to allergic rhinitis, are the main causes of a chronic cough in a young person, in addition to a history and an exam performed by the doctor, chest x ray, pulmonary function tests, blood work might be needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
When I wake up I have to hack up some phlegm. (very little) it is brown in color. I am 38 f. Former smoker. I don't have a cough. Is this normal?
Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...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