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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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Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Postnasal drip: It could be allergic postnasal drip that is causing your discomfort. There is usually no infection, but the tonsils and other tissues in the throat may swell. This can cause discomfort or a feeling that there is a lump in the throat. A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ENT examination. Successful treatment will usually clear up your throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Im a smoker. I feel like there is phlegm stucked in my throat. Is there something i need to worry about?

Im a smoker. I feel like there is phlegm stucked in my throat. Is there something i need to worry about?

Dry mouth stop smoke: Smoking can dry your mouth out and if you don't drink enough water (8glassesdaily) phlegm could form. If you drink hard alcohol it could irritate your throat and contribute to problem So STOP SMOKING ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Feels like I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I don't smoke.I also burp all lot not because of over indulging food. Should I be worried?

Feels like I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I don't smoke.I also burp all lot not because of over indulging food. Should I be worried?

Maybe you should...: When taken together, globus sensation & air swallowing with resulting belching are consistent with stress/anxiety, but from here we can't rule out GERD, dysmotility, or even atypical cardiac pain. You did not provide us your age relative to age-appropriate risk factors for the latter. If any doubt or you know yourself to be at risk, please get checked. ...Read more

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I feel like I have phlegm stuck in my throat rash sore neck pain in groin?

I feel like I have phlegm stuck in my throat rash sore neck pain in groin?

Be seen: Although these may be separate processes going on, a rash, groin pain and throat issues need to be seen. ...Read more

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Phlegm stuck in throat all the time and blood in saliva in morning?

Phlegm stuck in throat all the time and blood in saliva in morning?

Possible infection: Tough to say, could be a minor infection, ...Viral v. Bacterial. If not better soon, get eval. ...Read more

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Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like i always have phlegm stucked i my throat. Is there something i need to be worried about?

Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like i always have phlegm stucked i my throat. Is there something i need to be worried about?

Yes, there is: ANYBODY who is a smoker has something to worry about. If you are chronically producing mucus (phlegm) that is an indication that the smoking is causing inflammation in your air passages, which is the beginning of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. See your doctor and please quit smoking. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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