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Doctor insights on: Getting Rid Of Phlegm In Lungs

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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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My baby is 4 months old he has a lot of flem how can I get rid of it. The dr said it's not in his lungs?

My baby is 4 months old he has a lot of flem how can I get rid of it. The dr said it's not in his lungs?

Probably allergies: Phlegm is usually produced by the upper respiratory tract (nose) -- post nasal drip. If present more than two weeks it is likely allergies. Yes, even babies can be sensitive to environmental allergens (pollens, cigarette smoke, cat dander, dust mites). Clean up the environment. Use the graco nasal suction device to remove the mucous. Btw a 4 month old infant should not be getting advil. ...Read more

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Is a loose cough enough or do you need to spit out the flem to rid our lungs of fluid? I can't get the flem out.

Is a loose cough enough or do you need to spit out the flem to rid our lungs of fluid? I can't get the flem out.

Clearing: Your lungs is good, expectorating perhaps best, but what you don't you swallow. Thick, tenacious mucus can clog and cling to bronchi, and ultimately if successful, block them leading to pneumonia or lobar collapse. Expectorants help liquefy and loosen. Vigorous cooughing can hurt and even fracture your ribs. But, better than pneumomia. ...Read more

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Fluid on lungs after gb surgery.Has dementia and cannot walk around much or cough up phlegm. What is the treatment and outlook? Still in hospital.

Fluid around lungs: After gb surgery is not common. If the gallbladder was very infected it may be reactive fluid. Other causes, such as pneumonia, should be considered. If it is infection then appropriate antibiotics should be started. If there is a lot of fluid restricting breathing then a tube may be placed to remove the fluid. As long as oxygen levels are good and infection controlled it should get better. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focused on removal or chemotherapy and /or radiation if not removable. Cure is generally based on the stage of the cancer at presentation. You can live with one lung quite well. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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