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Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Phlegm: Many reasons. Drainage from sinuses is the most common cause. Others are, smokers lung, bronchiectasis,asthma ...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


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I am coughing up phlegm and i don't have a cold?

I am coughing up phlegm and i don't have a cold?

Allergies: Most common cause of phlegm production is allergies. Consider drinking more water to thin the mucus, try otc antihistamines and use nasal saline rinses. If symptoms persist, see and ENT doctor or allergist. ...Read more

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What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

See MD: Probably bronchitis or pneumonia. See your md. Probably x-rays and antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am currently having a really bad cough.. little phlegm is coming out but i cough when i exhale. If i dont cough, its like phelgm build up.

I am currently having a really bad cough.. little phlegm is coming out but i cough when i exhale. If i dont cough, its like phelgm build up.

Cough and phlegm: Please go to a nearby Pharmacy and they should be able to recommend a medicine for you. Almost certainly you will pay for your medicine -not expensive, and won't need a prescription. Hope it goes well! ...Read more

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Why do I cough up mucus

Why do I cough up mucus

Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

Spasm: Cough has many causes but common reasons would be a bout of upper respiratory tract infection. Reported coughing can cause neck muscle spasms leading to neck pain and in your case the seeping of it one can be related to the rise in pressure inside the abdomen from coughing. You need to check for stress incontince with your doctor and manage the cough. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up mucus?

I have been coughing up mucus?

How long?: Acute bronchitis is due to a viral or bacterial infection and typically lasts for a few days to a week or two. If your productive cough is present for 3 weeks or longer, then it could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

Acute bronchitis: Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive coughing. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough with mucus. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication. However, pneumonia can have symptoms like acute bronchitis. Rec. See your pcp to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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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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I am a smoker and I am coughing up brown phlegm. Whatshould i do?

I am a smoker and I am coughing up brown phlegm. Whatshould i do?

True, true, and...: ... Probably related. Smokers cough is very common, and though i can't confirm that this is related to "smokers cough", you should see your doctor and get tested for chronic bronchitis and a emphysema. Also, every smoker with a cough should get at least a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Why am i spitting up blood and phlegm if i only have sore throat?

Why am i spitting up blood and phlegm if i only have sore throat?

See a doctor: Sore throat and bleeding needs to be seen by a doctor. An otolaryngologist (ENT) can easily look in your throat to see where it might be coming from. The flexible scope is very easy to tolerate with local anesthetic. I have had it done many times to teach med students how to do it. It is usually nothing serious--bronchitis, nose bleed, etc. But you need to be sure. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up extremely thick mucus. Why is this?

I have been coughing up extremely thick mucus. Why is this?

Multiple : Infections-pneumonia, bronchitis, smoking, dehydration, allergies are among the most common reasons. If you are short of breath, have a fever, are wheezing, or if it lasts for more than a few days, see you doctor. ...Read more

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I am coughing up bad tasting mucous, what can I do?

I am coughing up bad tasting mucous, what can I do?

Check with your MD : You may have sinusitis or bronchitis. Most likely viral. Antibiotic is not indicated for 7-10 days after onset, use netti pot to wash the sinus area and take Mucinex (guaifenesin) tab 3x a day. Drink up to 2 qtr. Of ciear liquids a day. ...Read more

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I am coughing up brown phlem, what does that mean?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I wake up feeling like throat is closed i start coughing for no reason i feel like i can't breath after a few coughs i cough up clear phlem?

I wake up feeling like throat is closed i start coughing for no reason i feel like i can't breath after a few coughs i cough up clear phlem?

Cough : Respiratory symptoms that occur at night or in the morning are commonly seen with allergies and asthma. Post nasal drip into the throat can lead to coughing and even shortness of breath. To identify the trigger, an allergist can perform tests and find a specific treatment to give relief. ...Read more

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Coughing up foamy mucus, when I cough I can hear the mucus bubbling in my lungs. Have been on antibiotics for 5 days. Should I be concerned?

Coughing up foamy mucus, when I cough I can hear the mucus bubbling in my lungs. Have been on antibiotics for 5 days. Should I be concerned?

Mgt: Mucus may thin and change color at the end of a lower respiratory tract infection, but the foaminess of the secretions is of concern. One possible cause is a build up of fluid in the lungs. Please check with your PCP. ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up blood?

Why am i coughing up blood?

I don't know but: I don't know without more information but coughing up blood is one of those symptoms that requires immediate attention by a doctor. Do not wait or hesitate go to your doctor now. ...Read more

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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