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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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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I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

Cough it up: The problem with coughing is the discomfort or pain some people feel. Loosen the secretion with lots of fluid or expectorant/mucolytic or even bronchodilator if needed to make coughing easier. Phlegm not coughed up can thicken and plug or close the airways and can become culture media for infection to grow. So i suggest cough it up. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Blood: Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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Why can't i cough up phlegm when it feels like i need to?

Why can't i cough up phlegm when it feels like i need to?

Thick: It is probably too thick. Try to drink a lot of water, spend some time in a steam room to help get it out. ...Read more

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What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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When i cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad? 

When i cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad? 

No: If you cogh up geen, brown, or bloody plegm seeks medical attn. Especially if you have a fever. STOP SMOKING IF APPLICABLE IT INCREASES MUCOUS PRODUCTION ...Read more

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I cough up phlegm every time I eat. What causes this and should I be concerned?

I cough up phlegm every time I eat. What causes this and should I be concerned?

Reflux?: acid reflux can cause asthma and coughing. If you are coughing every time you eat, you may be having reflux due to either expansion of your stomach or the foods that you are eating. Spicy foods, alcohol, mints and chocolate are some of the foods that can cause reflux. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

Why Coughing: This may be due to failure of your cilia to move bacteria out. Try stimulating cilia: Green tea with lemon, humming, drink extra water. Pulsed nasal irrigation is designed to stimulate nasal cilia - see www.grossaninstittute.com ...Read more

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I cough up phlegm after every meal?

I cough up phlegm after every meal?

Stuff going up/down: Sounds like acid reflux to me. But upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be ...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