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I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

Don't smoke: Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to decrease sputum production. Using anti-inflammatory medications such as advair or symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) can also help in some cases as can treating any and all infections early. ...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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Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Not COPD: There are a number of things that can cause the symptoms you describe. This winter here in the Midwest has been cold and dry, and those environmental factors can aggravate your upper airway.

At your age, you don't have COPD. My guess is you've had a tough winter season. Any other concerns, see your physician. ...Read more

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Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?

Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?

Unlikely: COPD takes years to develop so this is probably not that. This is probably combination of allergies and poorly controlled asthma. I suggest follow up with your doctor so that you get proper inhalers and perhaps pulmonary function tests to gauge severity of asthma. Congrats on stopping smoking! ...Read more

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Does a sore throat mean I possibly have copd?

Does a sore throat mean I possibly have copd?

Not usually....: A sore throat is not a typical symptom of copd. However, a sore throat that does not go away readily needs to be evaluated by a doctor, especially if you are a smoker, because some sore throats may be a sign of cancer, which smokers are also at risk to get. So, if you have a persistent sore throat, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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My husband cough a lot and spits up phlegm does he have copd?

My husband cough a lot and spits up phlegm does he have copd?

Many different cause: Though these care common symptoms of early COPD (chronic bronchitis) there are many other reasons for this. Smoking of course is a prime cause but work related causes are also suspect. If he works in a factory or other workplace where there is a lot of dust or other things (ie sawdust, chemicals, etc) you may want to start there. Either way, to make sure have him tested by a physician. ...Read more

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I have copd when I cough there is dark specks in the "phlegm" what is it?

I have copd when I cough there is dark specks in the "phlegm" what is it?

Dark specks might: Indicate the presence of blood. It is highly recommended you ask you doctor for a chest X-ray ...Read more

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Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Not likely: Chances are that you do not have COPD after three years of smoking, unless you smoke 4 packs a day or have other underlying conditions that could predispose you to copd. But if you are having new symptoms of shortness of breath then you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.

Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.

YES: Poorly controlled asthma is a chronic disorder of obstruction (copd). You should be on a long acting beta agonit, inhaled steroid and have frequent pulmonary f/u. Other therapy includes xolair, and thermal bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Had a bad cough with alot of phlegm/sputum about 2 months ago. Now I have it again. Can I already have COPD at age 25? Or just a common cold twice?

Had a bad cough with alot of phlegm/sputum about 2 months ago. Now I have it again. Can I already have COPD at age 25? Or just a common cold twice?

Likely Cold: Given your age, and common things being common, likely just a cold. Symptoms of COPD include airflow limitation that is progressive. Associated with chronic inflammation of the lungs to noxious particles or gases like smoking. Most important risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking. Amount/duration contribute to disease severity. If you have no smoking history and otherwise healthy, it's not COPD ...Read more

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My mom has COPD and is a former smoker. I have never been a smoker. How likely is it that I will develope copd? I cough and have a lot of phlegm in the morning.

My mom has COPD and is a former smoker. I have never been a smoker. How likely is it that I will develope copd? I cough and have a lot of phlegm in the morning.

Copd: Are you a smoker or exposed to second hand smoke? If so you may be at risk of developing copd. Already you have cough and phlegm. Other things you have to look for is Alpha trypsin deficiency which can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

Acute exacerbation: Either getting worse or just sudden worsening, what we call acute exacerbation. You didn't mention which inhalers but in general, you should be on three, two of which are preventive (spiriva or tudorza plus advair or symbicort), and third is rescue (albuterol). Could also consider Daliresp (roflumilast) pill. Go see your doctor for evaluation & adjustment of your regimen. ...Read more

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I am suffering from COPD and anxiety neurosis. Even if I am relaxed I still feel the lump in my throat due to anxiety neurosis. How to get rid of this?

Orkney on anxiety: A gloobus sensation or "lump in the throat" is common in people who suffer from anxiety. Make sure it is well controlled. Another common cause of this is acid reflux, known as laryngopharyngeal reflux. You might want to get checked or this. ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis, and regularly suffer with sore throats, is there a link or is sore throat caused by bronciectasis? Also, am I a COPD patient now

I ve bronciectasis, and regularly suffer with sore throats, is there a link or is sore throat caused by bronciectasis? Also, am I a COPD patient now

See a pulmonologist: Your sore throat may be of many possible causes. You may be having acid reflux, may have infection extending from the tracheobronchial tree, or one of multiple other causes. Go and get this diagnosed and treated appropriately, and hope you do not smoke. ...Read more

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Is it possible to 16 years old have copd. I smoke e cigaret 7 months maybe 20-40 puffs a day. Ihave asthma and allergy. I have sore throat I hav quit?

Is it possible to 16 years old have copd. I smoke e cigaret 7 months maybe 20-40 puffs a day. Ihave asthma and allergy. I have sore throat I hav quit?

Quitting is wise.: Yes, even a 16-year-old rarely can have COPD. One possible cause is alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, which also causes liver problems. However, your allergies and asthma seem to be enough to explain your COPD-like symptoms. Quitting tobacco (even e-cigarettes) is wise. Do not smoke or use vape. See a doctor for your allergies and asthma. There are good treatments available for allergies and asthma. ...Read more

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Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Many things: COPD should not cause "focal airspace disease" on any films. Typically when we report "focal airspace disease" it implies, but by no means exclusively, that you have pneumonia. There are nearly countless things that can cause these findings. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have COPD coughing up milky phlegm im on a 69 50 40 30 20 10 prednisone taper along woth azithromycin 250x ten days. Maybe this isn't bacterial?

I have COPD coughing up milky phlegm im on a 69 50 40 30 20 10 prednisone taper along woth azithromycin 250x ten days. Maybe this isn't bacterial?

See your doctor: COPD causes sputum production and cough even in the absence of bacterial infection. This is called chronic bronchitis, and there are inhalers and other medicines which can reduce cough and sputum production. I suggest that you consult your doctor to see what else he/she can offer for symptom control. ...Read more

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I have COPD lately I have ben coughong up yellow, green, dk green mucus I have a runny nose had sore throat but its gone but very hoarse. What can I do?

I have COPD lately I have ben coughong up yellow, green, dk green mucus I have a runny nose had sore throat but its gone but very hoarse. What can I do?

Antibiotic/nasonex: You do not say what you are on or have taken. You need to take antibiotic such as z-pak / levaquin (levofloxacin). Also, should be on anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator i.e. Albuterol or combavent plus spiriva or the newer pressair. May need a course of steroids. As for the horseness, this has many causes but try cough drops first. If you have been on treatment, you could have thrush. Tip-see doc. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to remove the phlegm caught in my throat?

Plegm stuck in throa: Drink lot of fluids and try guifenesin orally, available over the counter. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an itchy throat that also induces phlegm?

What is the best treatment for an itchy throat that also induces phlegm?

ANTIHISTAMIN//DECONG: Most of the time itchy throat and phlegm are due to allergy and antihistamines and decongestants may help the sumptoms. ...Read more

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What's the best home remedy for sore throat? And excess phlegm also? Alwhat to avoid in food?

What's the best home remedy for sore throat? And excess phlegm also? Alwhat to avoid in food?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I have chronic phlegm. I have also hiatal hernia and frecuente sore throat. What condition do you think I have? And what woul be the best treatment?

I have chronic phlegm. I have also hiatal hernia and frecuente sore throat. What condition do you think I have? And what woul be the best treatment?

GERD: I think that gastro-esophageal reflux (gerd) has to be ruled out. High reflux of acid from the stomach now called laryngeal-pharyngeal reflux (lpr) can be associated with a hiatal hernia and frequent sore throats. See GI specialist. ...Read more

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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...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