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Increased Chest Phlegm
Chest phlegm: Warm steamy showers work well. Warm tea is very soothing. Try some vitamin c and take a multivitamin. Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of sleep. If this does not work. 1600 to 2400 mg of Mucinex (guaifenesin) works well. This is greater than the recommended dose. Feel better. ...Read more
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
It started from flu, then my chest felt stuffy and I couldnt get the phlegm out, what should I do?
Options: Chest congestion can be a big issue for patients getting over the flu. I would recommend increasing your water intake which will thin mucous. You should also try delsym/mucinex or any over the counter guafenesin. If you have fever you should get an x-ray to rule out pneumonia which can be a complication that occurs with influenza. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have bronchitis. Is it better for phlegm to be loose and me coughing or is it better for my chest to be dry?
I have a cough and i observed that I dont produce that much phlegm now after 6 days but I feel some heaviness in my chest.. What is it?
Chest "heaviness": The only way in which this can be answered is for you to be examined, your chest auscultated with a stethoscope and possibly undergoing a chest x-ray if felt necessary by the diagnosing doctor. If this continues or you have any trouble breathing see somebody ASAP. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I have been coughing for almost three weeks and it has not gone away, I have a lot of phlegm and my chest is starting to hurt when i cough?
Time to get help: It's time to see a physician to get evaluated as your symptoms have been going on longer than would be expected. ...Read more
I've been coughing on and off phlegm for over a month, it's clear but the weird thing my chest feels like air pockets are in there.. What could this b?
Clarify...: Do you mean you can feel air pockets under your skin on your chest? Does the skin on your chest feel kind of like bubble wrap that you can pop? If so, you need to go to the ER for evaluation ASAP! If this description is right, that is called subcutaneous emphysema and the cause of this needs to be diagnosed. For example, you may have blebs in the lungs which burst with coughing. Good luck!! ...Read more
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