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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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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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What should I do for a strong congested cough with lots of phlegm sometimes green and yellow. Post nasal drip non stop. Worse at night no fever?

Depends: If the symptoms outlined have been going on for longer than 10-14 days, then this could be consistent with a sinus infection and likely benefit from antibiotics. If symptom duration is less than 10 days, then rest, fluids, chicken soup, etc until the illness runs its course. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood.. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

I am experiencing  cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus)  and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood..  Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

Take as prescribed: This sounds like a potentially serious infection, maybe even pneumonia. "Afraid to take" azithromycin (Zpak) is not rational; it is a very safe antibiotic with few side effects. Not treating your infection is MUCH riskier than any potential problem from the antibiotic. Take it as prescribed; if you remain concerned, discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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I have lost voice, sore throat, sore right calf, yellow/green phlegm, cough. Any idea what i have?

I have lost voice, sore throat, sore right calf, yellow/green phlegm, cough. Any idea what i have?

Sounds like a virus: But your sore right calf does not fit into a viral uri. That may need to be looked at separately. Did you have trauma? Is the leg swollen? If it keeps up, see a doctor and get this looked at. ...Read more

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I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?

I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?

Mgt: I would suggest drinking fluids, rest and if you have a fever for more than one day, seeing your PCP. You may have bronchitis, Most bronchitic infections are viral but some should be treated with a course of antibiotics. If you have lung disease, smoke, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please see your ED right away. ...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)

cough which ...Read more