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Doctor insights on: How To Loosen Mucus Phlegm In A Dry Cough

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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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I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

More info: Sorry, there is no question associated with your problem. Fyi the questions you submit are not connected and thus if you had another question regarding this issue we can't see it. Please resubmit :). ...Read more

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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more

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Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Cough: The productive nature of the cough is related to the cause. The status of your HIV can increase the likelihood that your cough is due to an opportunistic infection and not just to you having hiv. ...Read more

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For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

? Sinusitis: Can start as viral, then bacteria would kick in later causing secondary infection and lingering symptoms as what you described, you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or seek a second opnion, it's your right, as you may need antibiotics ...Read more

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I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

Could be allergies: Depending on any other symptoms, could be allergies. You might try over-the-counter Flonase and/or Zyrtec (cetirizine). If it does not improve, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

Possibilities...: If this has been going on for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. If it has been going on for less than that, it is likely acute bronchitis. Your doctor needs to evaluate you so treatment can be initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit immediately and your doctor can also help with this goal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Dry coughs are just as common as wet coughs. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

I'm not sure but is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Sounds normal: Sounds pretty normal to me. You could treat the cough with some over the counter cough medicines. Lots of fluids, lots of rest. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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Hi am having a dry cough with itching and mucus but when I cough it does not come up. What could it be?

Hi am having a dry cough with itching and mucus but when I cough it does not come up. What could it be?

Cough: Could be having airway irritation from post nasal drip which often causes cough-nonproductive and productive. Could be developing a respiratory tract infection and just not test able to expectorate/cough anything up. ...Read more

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Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing.
If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A
virtual consult is available by appt. For further management. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

Requires exam: And evaluation. Possibilities include lung infection/inflammation allergies, reflux of stomach acid, low grade viral infection etc. And requires exam, x-ray and possible pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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Smoker. I have green mucus and a deep dry cough. How to get rid of it?

Smoker. I have green mucus and a deep dry cough. How to get rid of it?

Needs Eval...: Possible etiologies for your symptoms include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. The most important thing for you to do is to quit smoking today! See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment since all of these possibilities have different treatments. ...Read more

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42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf won't make be feel ok. Wat shod I do?

42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf won't make be feel ok. Wat shod I do?

Check with doctor: You will need to check with your doctor re. The right dosing for you. For example, he could change the seretide dose to 50/125 instead of you using 1/2 the 50/250 dose since the latter will halve the bronchodilator dose as well. Your lung function test should be monitored to make sure that it is at its best since no one call predict what the lung function is without a measurement. ...Read more

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Bronchitis resolve on its own? Took cheratussin, azithromacyn for one week feel better but still sick. 2 wks dry cough. What to help rid mucus? Tips?

Bronchitis resolve on its own? Took cheratussin, azithromacyn for one week feel better but still sick. 2 wks dry cough. What to help rid mucus? Tips?

U can try: Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM for a week. One can get a lingering cough for weeks after an upper respiratory viral infection. It is important to make sure this has not developed into pneumonia.Any fever, chills, sweats, shortness of breath, chest pain, change in sputum would prompt a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. Good luck ...Read more

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How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read more

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Has been coughing non stop for a week and it was mucus before now it dry cough. Now every single half a min non stop, sleeping is worse he cough a lot?

Has been coughing non stop for a week and it was mucus before now it dry cough. Now every single half a min non stop, sleeping is worse he cough a lot?

Need someone to: Examine your lungs for bronchitis. The weather is slowly changing and in lots of places the allergies have started. People develop cough at times when they have allergies and it starts either affecting their lungs or sinuses resulting in fluid dripping on the back of their throat.

You can try over the counter Loratidine 10 mg tab for a few days, but it would be better if you let a doctor examine. ...Read more

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For 4 days I have had a dry cough with a heavy feeling in my chest and a constant need to cough feels like my chest is full of mucus. Normal breathing?

For 4 days I have had a dry cough with a heavy feeling in my chest and a constant need to cough feels like my chest is full of mucus. Normal breathing?

Dry cough: This may be a viral upper respiratory tract infection involving the trachea (windpipe). If your home is too dry, get a humidifier, drink liquids, and try an expectorant cough syrup to try to loosen secretions. See a physician if symptoms persist, or if fever, breathlessness, chest pain, wheezing develop. ...Read more

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Coughing dry mucus, dry cough after, worst in the morning. 28 yrs old.

Coughing dry mucus, dry cough after, worst in the morning. 28 yrs old.

Cough: There are multiple causes of cough. You may have bronchitis, or post nasal drip from sinus/nasal congestion. Allergies to pollen, dust or mold may also cause cough. Also, stomach acid reflux sometimes causes cough. Check your temperature and consider an allergy medicine such as Zyrtec D, or a cough medicine like Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM. ...Read more

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Coughing constantly for a week. Worst at night or laying flat. Dry cough most of the time. Sometimes with mucus.?

Sounds like: You did not say for how long its going on, but sound like Acjd reflux (GERD) try sleepiing headend raised, 2 alkakline water, eat liuid food for dinner try zantec for 1-2 weeks, 1/2 tae spoon organic Vinegar in glass of warter helps. If still persists see primary m.d or Lung doctor ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more