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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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Chesty cough and phlegm what are the best home remedies to get rid of the chest burning?

Chesty cough and phlegm what are the best home remedies to get rid of the chest burning?

Insuff information: Is burning from reflux or constant cough or sore throat? Home, some hot tea w Honey, breathe in the steam. At pharmacy can try cough remedy like Robitussen(aval generic), esp if it has dextromethorphan good to quiet cough. Also taking fairly warm shower & breathing in warm moisture in the air for a while will help inflamed tissues. ...Read more

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I have never been able to cough up phlegm I gag and then vomit. I currently have a chest cold and I can not get rid of the phlegm. Any suggestions?

I have never been able to cough up phlegm I gag and then vomit. I currently have a chest cold and I can not get rid of the phlegm. Any suggestions?

Congestion: I don't think it is typically necessary to cough up phlegm. Try thinning it out by taking something like Guaifenesin and drinking lots of water. Don't just take the med without the water. Also try nasal saline rinse kit or neti pot if you have nasal congestion. The thinner phlegm should be absorbed by your body or swallowed and exit through the GI tract. See doctor if fever or not improving ...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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How can I get rid of phlegm?

Depends on cause: There are many causes of phlegm, some acute and some chronic. You need to have a diagnosis made first and then treat the cause. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of phlegm from cough in my 9month old baby?

How do I get rid of phlegm from cough in my 9month old baby?

Infant saline nose: drops followed by gentle suction of her nose with a bulb syringe help. Place a vaporizer across her bedroom, not close to her crib. If she has a rectal temperature of 100-4, laboredn breathing, decreased nursing &;/or decreased peeing, see her doctor. She'll swallow mucus & spit it up or pass it in her stool. As long as the mucus is loose & no other symptoms exist, give it about ...Read more

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How can I help get rid of phlegm in my infant?

How can I help get rid of phlegm in my infant?

See below: In infants, due to the proportional size of their airways as compared to ours, mucous sounds a lot worse but is not necessarily bad. When kids cough, cry, scream, vomit up mucous, they are naturally protecting their lungs. Only if respiratory distress and high fevers are occurring with this should you be concerned and get the child seen. Otherwise, suction nose, sit child up and humidy the air. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get rid of phlegm in your throat?

What's the best way to get rid of phlegm in your throat?

Expectorants: Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) as an expectorant or tea with lemon. If the phlegm is behind your soft palate, you may do better by rinsing out your nose with saline solution. Use a neil-med sinus rinse bottle or netty pot with warm saline solution. Regularly. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of phlegm in my throat?

How can I get rid of phlegm in my throat?

Salt water: Try gargling with warm salty water. Use a teaspoon in 8 oz of warm water and gargle and spit. ...Read more

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How do I help my baby get rid of phlegm?

How do I help my baby get rid of phlegm?

Interesting?: Phlegm or mucous is a natural process of mucous production. If there are irritants or infections, more phlegm may be produced. Clearing this is usually by coughing or blowing. With a baby, excess mucous usually can only be coughed up by the babe. Otherwise you can use a suction bulb to help remove from the nose and back of the mouth. Usually nature will take the proper course & you do nothing. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of phlegm if you can't get it out?

How do you get rid of phlegm if you can't get it out?

Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin can help loosen phlegm and thin secretions, making them easier to expel with coughing or clearing of throat. ...Read more

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What is the most effective thing for a cold/to get rid of phlegm?

What is the most effective thing for a cold/to get rid of phlegm?

Tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

Blow your nose.: The best way to get rid of this is to blow your nose and get it out. Sometimes your nose can be swollen from the flu, so nasal decongestants and cough medicine may be needed. Allergies can cause this, like hay-fever in the spring and summer, so a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. All these things help depending on why your nose is stuffed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of phlegm in your throat?

Viral infection?: The nasal mucosa produces about a quart of mucus daily and this mucus (phlegm) is swallowed and to the patient can feel like mucus in the throat. The buccal (cheek) mucosa, the pharyngeal mucosa also contains glands which secrete mucus into the throat. You either are aware of normal mucus production or you may have a viral uri. If the latter, 10-14 days is the usual duration of a viral infection. ...Read more

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How to get rid of phlegm mucus I have been having problems with a lot of phlegm thick mucus I have been to doctors they do not now what it is how do I get rid of this, I have tries cough and cold, an nothing is working, it is very hard to swollow an it fe

If : If you haven't already done so, i would seek out a good local ENT in your area for a thorough history and exam that could include nasal endoscopy to evaluate for possible sinus origin, indirect mirror or flexible scope exam of your throat, etc. Depending on findings, you may need ct imaging of your sinuses, in the mean time, if your mucous is thick and sticky, Mucinex (guaifenesin) (otc) is a safe medication that can help thin the mucous so it is more easily transported through your upper nasal and sinus passages. Try to drink enough water to stay well hydrated.Gargling with salt water also may help break up some of the phlegm. If you are a smoker this is counterproductive as it incites an inflammatory mucosal response and stimulates more mucous production. ...Read more

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Does saline solution help get rid of phlegm in your throat?

Does saline solution help get rid of phlegm in your throat?

Throat Mucus: Greetings. The fastest way to rid of the mucus in your throat is to gargle with salt water. Also make sure you are drinking enough liquids, sleep with a humidifier and consider Mucinex (guaifenesin). Finally nasal saline rinse like NeilMed. This works to rid the thick mucus in the throat. ...Read more

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


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