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Dr. Angelina Postoev
869 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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My kids & I have cough with & without phlegm. We have body aches, chest burning & cold but no chills. Should we go to the doc or not? 4 of 5 kids sick

My kids & I have cough with & without phlegm. We have body aches, chest burning & cold but no chills. Should we go to the doc or not? 4 of 5 kids sick

Possible flu: Depending on length of time of illness, start with supportive care- fluids, humidifier, vapor rub, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. If it has been a few days or if symptoms are worsening, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Been eating a banana everyday for th past 1year w/o fail. Been experiencing cough without pain and phlegm lately for abt 3 mths. Any concerns?

Been eating a banana everyday for th past 1year w/o fail. Been experiencing cough without pain and phlegm lately for abt 3 mths. Any concerns?

Confusing: Why are you eating a banana every single day? I fail to recognize the significance. It is certainly not related to cough. Cough for 3 months deserves to be investigated and treated. The internet will not help you. See a Dr. Do not smoke. ...Read more

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Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm?.

Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm?.

Lungs: Good question. You can. Sometimes the only symptom is a cough or shortness of breath. See a pulmonologist for a check up and breathing tests ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

For how long?: You have acute bronchitis. Most likely viral but sometimes bacterial. Pneumonia is also a possibility. Do you have fever? You should see your doc if you're not getting better. ...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

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