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Excessive Phlegm In Lungs
Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?
Parenchymal density: Is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture. ...Read more
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
Wheezing in my lungs, when try to cough only white saltytasting substance comes out. Could it be excessive phlegm in my lungs asthma?
3 months after flu: excess sticky clear mucus -no blood, am only yellow phlegm, sleep: lungs dry out w/ rib aches, no fevers, some fatigue. Pneumonia?
Probably not....: With pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, there is usually discolored sputum that is coughed up consistently and there may even be some blood. Typically, there is a fever with pneumonia as well. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor since it is possible to have pneumonia with less severe symptoms but it is atypical. A chest x-ray can diagnose pneumonia if there is any doubt. ...Read more
I've had a productive cough since September and have seen my primary 4 times and and am following up with a chest MRI. In the mean time, my mouth seems to be producing excessive salvia which I personally feel is causing the phlegm. As I was coughing at th
I have excessive phlegm caused by LPR. This causes me to swallow often, Which results in air getting trapped in my GI. Its very hard to belch And it causes pressure and pain in my throat and chest. Why is belching so difficult for me?
LPR: Unfortunately laryngopharyngoreflux is not often successfully treated, but a trial of the usual antireflux medications is worthwhile. Forcing yourself to belch only leads to more air swallowing. Instead try drinking hot (not too hot) water to break down the gas bubbles so that they pass down the intestinal tract. ...Read more
I've lost 15 pounds since march, have a cough, excess phlegm in throat. I've had pelvic and and ult, chest x-ray, echo, blood work, CT of head. What now?
Weight loss: Those tests are a good start at screening for causes of weight loss. Assuming blood tests have looked for thyroid disease, diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, it would be reasonable to obtain ct scans of the chest (due to your chronic cough), abdomen and pelvis. Additionally, if those tests are unremarkable upper endoscopy then colonoscopy could be considered. ...Read more
My lungs have phlegm I think. Noticeable when I exercise. It even vibrates deep & low in my lungs, but I feel great & can breathe perfectly. Cause?
Have it checked:
Your friendly lung doc can do a thorough history and physical examination. He/she can determine if additional testing such as PFTs, CXR or CT are useful.
Good luck and all the best. ...Read more
No: Mucus is formed by cells that line the bronchial tubes. It is cleared into the throat where it typically is swallowed unconsciously. ...Read more
No: It goes into your stomach when you swallow it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Sputum production can come from postnasal dripwhich normally results from allergies. Also, some patients with sputum have gastroesophageal reflux disease. From a pulmonary standpoint, many patients with a variety of respiratory disorders complain of sputum production. To be sure what's causing the sputum, I would recommend a full history by a physician. ...Read more
I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?
If I have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean I could have bronchitis?
Sometimes I 'feel' the sensation of air suddenly leaving my lungs. I have consistently had lots of phlegm cause by something asthma related, any ideas?
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?
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
Ihave a deep cough w/ white foamy phlegm for 2 weeks and crackling sounds in my lungs when I lay down at night and almost takes my breath away?
I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?
Yes! Your lung cilia: Is trying to return to normal and 'brush' all that debris out of your lungs into your throat to cough or swallow to get it out of there! It is going to take time to do depending on how serious a smoker you were, or how many packs per day for how many years that you smoked. So, do hydrate and drink liquids to reduce the viscosity of phlegm. Cool mist humidifier & a HEPA air filter may help too. ...Read more
Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?
Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower
"asthmatic" bronchitis! Are you wheezing??? You may require an antibiotic so best bet is to call your Primary Care Provider! BTW the shower is a GIANT VAPORIZER, that's why its helping!!! Run a Vaporizer in your bedroom if possible....during the day and during sleep!
Hope these "tips" help!
Dr Z ...Read more
I cough wheni eat. Been happening for 6ish years. Sometimes after I cough, icant breath. After eating istill cough a bit and I have phlegm in my lungs?
My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days. Some phlegm. Md says no redness &clear lungs. Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?
See below:: He could be still recovering from a viral upper respiratory illness-at his age he is unable to clear & coordinate his post nasal drip mucus moving in the back of his throat. Other possibilities if similar symptoms, yet continuing for many weeks/mos: vasomotor rhinitis-not caused by an infection or allergy. Exact cause is unknown. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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