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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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Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like i always have phlegm stucked i my throat. Is there something i need to be worried about?

Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like i always have phlegm stucked i my throat. Is there something i need to be worried about?

Yes, there is: ANYBODY who is a smoker has something to worry about. If you are chronically producing mucus (phlegm) that is an indication that the smoking is causing inflammation in your air passages, which is the beginning of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. See your doctor and please quit smoking. ...Read more

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Feels like I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I don't smoke.I also burp all lot not because of over indulging food. Should I be worried?

Feels like I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I don't smoke.I also burp all lot not because of over indulging food. Should I be worried?

Maybe you should...: When taken together, globus sensation & air swallowing with resulting belching are consistent with stress/anxiety, but from here we can't rule out GERD, dysmotility, or even atypical cardiac pain. You did not provide us your age relative to age-appropriate risk factors for the latter. If any doubt or you know yourself to be at risk, please get checked. ...Read more

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I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat.  What could it be a symptom of?

Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more

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What to do if i need remedies for phlegm stuck in my throat?

What to do if i need remedies for phlegm stuck in my throat?

Hydrate well with : Water. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. ...Read more

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I keep getting this constant phlegm stuck in my throat and I feel like I keep needing to swallow all the time, what could be the cause of it?

I keep getting this constant phlegm stuck in my throat and I feel like I keep needing to swallow all the time, what could be the cause of it?

Post nasal drip: It probably is due to post nasal drip due to usually sinus problems. Take a non sedating antihistamine like Loratadine for few days. If problem persists see a doctor so your throat can be inspected. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Phlegm: You and 31 million other persons have this. Fancy name is mucociliary clearance - look that up. Your nasal cilia are not doing their job of moving bacteria out of the nose/sinuses. try Humming - low tone like "ooommmm" and songs Drink green tea warm, not too hot Increase fluid intake if not clear, consider pulsed nasal/sinus irrigation to restore good cilia movement. (see Hydro Pulse™) ...Read more

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I keep feeling like I've got phlegm stuck in my throat on the right and a mucus build up in my nose but can't blow it out can only sniff and swallow?

Nasal saline: Try using some nasal saline. This can loosen up the nasal mucous and help with this feeling of it being stuck. There are many brands and types but try to find one that only as sterile saline in it and not medications. You can buy these at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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There is phlegm stuck in my throat.It formed in my throat at the end of 2009 during a cold. How do I get rid of it. I have been to the doc but no help?

There is phlegm stuck in my throat.It formed in my throat at the end of 2009 during a cold. How do I get rid of it. I have been to the doc but no help?

Globus: Globus (lump sensation) which persists should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist with a small in office flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy (small scope). There are multiple causes including: allergies, reflux, cysts, tumors, neurologic causes, external (thyroid) compression. The treatment will be contingent on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My TSH is 0.25(l)after eating my throat get irritating &phlegm stuck in my throat.Wat I have to eat to get normal.I could'nt sleep feel heavy breath?

My TSH is 0.25(l)after eating my throat get irritating &phlegm stuck in my throat.Wat I have to eat to get normal.I could'nt sleep feel heavy breath?

Not related: I'm not sure if your throat issue has anything to do with your thyroid. Your TSH is low, but looks as if you just changed dose from 100-->75mcg. I bet your throat issue has more to do with allergies or asthma or some other condition. I see you are on prednisone, maybe related to that condition? See a doctor for throat and neck exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Sore throat when swallowing for 3+ weeks. Phlegm stuck in my throat. Bumps down the back of my throat. Could this be throat cancer?

Sore throat when swallowing for 3+ weeks. Phlegm stuck in my throat. Bumps down the back of my throat. Could this be throat cancer?

Phelgm in throat: You are young for throat cancer unless you chewed a lot of betel nuts. More likely you have sinusitis, allergies with phelgm could try Zyrtec (cetirizine) and see if it helps . May be indolent infection/ sinusitis like mycoplasma for whihc you need antibiotics .Since it is 3 weeks would get it checked out by urgent care/ doctor this week. ...Read more

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I have a constant cough and phlegm. It feels like I constantly have hair stuck in my throat. I now have had it a few weeks?

I have a constant cough and phlegm. It feels like I constantly have hair stuck in my throat. I now have had it a few weeks?

Acid reflux: often thats a sign of silent acid relax or less commonly cough asthma. You should see an net to look down your throat to see if there are signs of acid reflux ...Read more

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Sometimes its like something is stuck in my throat and I have been coughing up clear phlegm for a month. On occasion I have some pain when I swallow.

Sometimes its like something is stuck in my throat and I have been coughing up clear phlegm for a month. On occasion I have some pain when I swallow.

Virus or: Most often this is due to a virus which can take a couple of months to resolve in some patients. See PCP to be sure no Foreign body present (unlikely). Likely time & plenty of water (& possible different food choices may help: see eyedoc2020@blogspot.com: food) ...Read more

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I just got rid of my phlegm with cough recently.but now im having sore throat.it feels like something is stuck in my throat and still have lit cough?

I just got rid of my phlegm with cough recently.but now im having sore throat.it feels like something is stuck in my throat and still have lit cough?

..: To answer this question properly, I'm going to have to review all of your systems. The best thing to do would be to book an appt with me and we can find out what the right answer is and how to get you better fast. ...Read more

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Feels like phlegm or saliva stuck in my throat. Also on and off rapid heart beat and difficulty in breathing for 3 days now. What can be the cause?

Feels like phlegm or saliva stuck in my throat. Also on and off rapid heart beat and difficulty in breathing for 3 days now. What can be the cause?

Rapid heart beet: I would strongly advise that you have someone take you to the nearest emergency facility to evaluate and manage your throat and heart issues. Hope all goes well! Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Postnasal drip: It could be allergic postnasal drip that is causing your discomfort. There is usually no infection, but the tonsils and other tissues in the throat may swell. This can cause discomfort or a feeling that there is a lump in the throat. A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ENT examination. Successful treatment will usually clear up your throat symptoms. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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