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Discomfort of facial sinuses 3-4 days. No temp, not feeling unwell. Pan subsided then 4-5 weeks of thick green phlegm back of throat. None from nose.

Discomfort of facial sinuses 3-4 days. No temp, not feeling unwell. Pan subsided then 4-5 weeks of thick green phlegm back of throat. None from nose.

Probable sinusitis: U probably have a sinus infection. Left untreated there may be residual inflammation and predisposition to relapses. U ought to be seen by an ENT MD for definitive examination and treatment; if no antibiotics warranted, consider non pharmacological cleansing such as netti pot /saline rinses. ...Read more

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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've been coughing for about 6 months. I feel itchiness down my throat, yellow and transparent phlegms. What can it be?

I've been coughing for about 6 months. I feel itchiness down my throat, yellow and transparent phlegms. What can it be?

Post nasal drip: Could be post nasal drip which is either allergic/infectious/inflammatory. Trial of nasal steroids/atihistamine/anticholinergic will help. Talk to your doctor about which of these would be best for you! ...Read more

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Whenever I drink or eat dairy products after a few hours, I get somewhat phlegm and smell it down my throat. What can it be?

Whenever I drink or eat dairy products after a few hours, I get somewhat phlegm and smell it down my throat. What can it be?

Reason: Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus that drips down the back of your throat when you have a cold. Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, milk doesn't cause your body to make more phlegm. In fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories when you otherwise may not eat. ...Read more

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Every night when I lay down to go to bed I have so much throat clearing with phlegm. This only happens at night. Why? What can I do? Thank you.

Every night when I lay down to go to bed I have so much throat clearing with phlegm. This only happens at night. Why? What can I do? Thank you.

Sinus problem: The most likely cause of your phlegm is where sinus content drips into your throat because when you lay down, it is easier for your sinus and nose content to drop down the back of your throat than out of your nose. This can be from allergy or infection and you describe frequent so likely allergic. The use of a nasal antihistamine or steroid would help. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having trouble getting hard phlegm out of my throat. The hard phlegm comes back up and down. I've tried gargling but to no avail. Help!

I've been having trouble getting hard phlegm out of my throat. The hard phlegm comes back up and down. I've tried gargling but to no avail. Help!

Hard Phlegm: The most important factor is hydration. Take plenty of clear water and use a humidifier next to you, you can also take decongestant but avoid cough suppressants Another type of medication that is helpful is an expectorant such as Guaifenesin that loosen phlegm. This medication is available in over-the-counter products. Also what may feel like phlegm may be localized swelling. ...Read more

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I've had a dry throat for 5 days now, some phlegm, no fever, no other symptoms. Is it normal for your throat to feel dry all the time for this long?

I've had a dry throat for 5 days now, some phlegm, no fever, no other symptoms. Is it normal for your throat to feel dry all the time for this long?

Allergies: Normal no, but is common to have scratchy dry throat if you have allergies, now you may have started having post nasal drip which is causing some phlegm. You may try Claritin or Zyrtec for few days, if not improving see your doctor. ...Read more

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Week ago or so I had a terrible sore throat and it eventually went away but now I'm currently coughing of phlegm a lot more than normal?

Week ago or so I had a terrible sore throat and it eventually went away but now I'm currently coughing of phlegm a lot more than normal?

Viral: This is a viral upper respiratory tract infection which has travelled to the trachea or bronchial tubes. Since over a week has transpired and you have a heavy, productive cough it no longer is a simple viral infection but now it seems bacterial and deserving of a course of antibiotics. I recommend that your physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment advice. Take adequate fluids, cough syrup ...Read more

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Trouble inhaling but exhale just fine. Sometimes tho it clears up and both in and out feel normal. Phlegm in back of throat always clearing throat.

Trouble inhaling but exhale just fine. Sometimes tho it clears up and both in and out feel normal. Phlegm in back of throat always clearing throat.

Nasal congestion: Could cause more trouble inhaling but then be less difficult to exhale because you can do that through your mouth. Could also account for phlegm. Try a nasal decongestant when this happens, and several times a day just use plain nasal spray to keep the phlegm and mucous thin and easy to get rid of. Drink lots of water also. ...Read more

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I have a cold I tried holding my sneeze and it kinda hurt my throat but blood is in my phlegm and nose a tiny bit is this normal?

I have a cold I tried holding my sneeze and it kinda hurt my throat but blood is in my phlegm and nose a tiny bit is this normal?

Do not hold it: Do not hold your sneeze it could cause damages inside so sneeze freely use saline nasal spray to dry it up and OTC medication for sinuses and stay well hydrated ...Read more

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Dx:strep throat 2x this month then chest congestion 1/2 thru meds. Is this normal and how do I combat it? Last lasted 5 months, lots phlegm.

Dx:strep throat 2x this month then chest congestion 1/2 thru meds. Is this normal and how do I combat it? Last lasted 5 months, lots phlegm.

Xray/CT: Of lungs and CT of sinuses. No infection should last 5 months. I suggest a full ENT examination and cultures of throat and sinuses. ...Read more

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My husband has post nasal drip with a lot of phlegm. He also uses adair twi ce a day. Is a camera down his throat the only way to examine him?

My husband has post nasal drip with a lot of phlegm. He also uses adair twi ce a day. Is a camera down his throat the only way to examine him?

Unclear question: I've heard nothing here that suggests he needs an endoscopy, so I guess the short answer is no. A camera down his throat is not the only way to examine him. But if there is some other reason to examine his throat or lower airway, then endoscopy is very safe and usually the only way to look for certain abnormalities. ...Read more

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Irritating dry cough for 7weeks after cold, tickly feeling in throat, wheezing, no blood or phlegm, worse when lay down. Dr said chest clear, is it bad?

Irritating dry cough for 7weeks after cold, tickly feeling in throat, wheezing, no blood or phlegm, worse when lay down. Dr said chest clear, is it bad?

Post viral symptoms: It is common to get post viral symptoms such as you described for up to 12 weeks after s viral infection. If your chest is clear and you are not producing phlegm then it is unlikely there is significant illness. Try some steam inhalation before bedtime or taking an antihistamine. It may help alleviate the symptoms ...Read more

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Throat is tight, I can breath, food doesn't go down easily, lots of phlegm, been to gp thinks im ok. Could this be als? I'm 26 can someone ALS throat too

Throat is tight, I can breath, food doesn't go down easily, lots of phlegm, been to gp thinks im ok. Could this be als? I'm 26 can someone ALS throat too

Probably not: Rule in medicine - common things are common, rare things are rare. Als is rare. It doesn't mean you don't have it, but the likelihood is really low.

Differential diagnosis includes reflux disease, post nasal drip, anxiety disorder, globus sensation. Stay with it - your doctor should be able to help figure this out. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old has had a temp between 100-101 for 4 days. Light phlegm, rare cough, no throat pain/redness. Appetite- energy near normal. Go to dr or?

My 7 yr old has had a temp between 100-101 for 4 days. Light phlegm, rare cough, no throat pain/redness. Appetite- energy near normal. Go to dr or?

Viral infections: Viral infections are common in childhood and are expected to occur several times per year in children under 12. Your chiild's school may have a fever policy, ask the school nurse. Viral infections typically last less than a week, for more than a week, see a doc. Or if fevers are associated with dehydration, ear pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, unusally severe headache, or behavior change, . ...Read more

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When I lie down to sleep I always feel like I’m drowning and have phlegm in my throat that make me breathless. I’ve done tonsillectomy and capso. Help?

When I lie down to sleep I always feel like I’m drowning and have phlegm in my throat that make me breathless. I’ve done tonsillectomy and capso. Help?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms may possibly due to achalasia, or other causes. One can see her primary care doctor, who can refer to a gastroenterology doctor if needed. Achalasia is when the lower end of the esophagus is too tight, and swallowed liquids and foods have a hard time getting into the stomach, and thus remain in the esophagus and flow back into the throat when a person lies down or bends over. ...Read more

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I started coming down with mild symptoms a few days ago, woke up today with bad sore throat, ears, sneezing, and producing brown phlegm.

I started coming down with mild symptoms a few days ago, woke up today with bad sore throat, ears, sneezing, and producing brown phlegm.

Mgt: I would suggest checking your temperature. Your PCP can check your throat and lymph nodes for swelling and pain. A virtual appointment can also be made. In the meantime, please drink fluids and rest. ...Read more

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My TSH 0.25 after eating transparent phlegm created in my throat it is worse to take breath normally, what I have to eat to get normal TSH.

My TSH 0.25 after eating transparent phlegm created in my throat it is worse to take breath normally, what I have to eat to get normal TSH.

TSH & levothyroxine: 1st, phlegm (regardless of color) has nothing to do w/your tsh. 2nd, what you eat (short of seaweed w/lots of iodine) won't really affect your tsh. So TSH was initially 27.95, then you were given levothyroxine (t4) 100mcg. You must've had another TSH which is why T4 was decreased to 7mcg after which point TSH is now 0.25 (3rd value), presumably higher than 2nd value. Your doc will decrease T4 more. ...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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Have phlegm (throat) since Feb. I don't have cough. X-ray normal. Allergic to dust mite. What to do Doctor?

Have phlegm (throat) since Feb. I don't have cough. X-ray normal. Allergic to dust mite. What to do Doctor?

Post nasal drip: If you have a confirmed dust mite allergy would suggest proper avoidance measures: dust mite covers on mattress and pillows, wash sheets in hot water cycle once weekly. Treat nasal symptoms with daily intranasal corticosteroid spray (can get other-the-counter now). These measures should reduce symptoms from dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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I went down on a girl for about a minute three weeks ago. 5 days after the encounter my throat was sore and I had phlegm. Strep or std?? Sore to swall

I went down on a girl for about a minute three weeks ago. 5 days after the encounter my throat was sore and I had phlegm. Strep or std?? Sore to swall

STD: This probably is some type of STD. You should get tested and treated. If it is an STD and the girl also needs to be treated. It is much safer to use your penis instead of your tongue on the vaginal area. ...Read more

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I have phlegm white coming down back of my nose making my throat sore doctor has given me betnesol drops will this help?

I have phlegm white coming down back of my nose making my throat sore doctor has given me betnesol drops will this help?

Nasal steroids: This is betamethasone, a steroid which will diminish the inflammatory response, and if that is what is producing the post-nasal discharge it may well be effective. Frankly would use nasal saline irrigation with a Neti-pot daily before using steroids without a specific diagnosis. ...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 fever and below normal temperature, sore throat and I am coughing up blood tinged phlegm. Pain inside right upper chest.?

I have a fever and below normal temperature, sore throat and I am coughing up blood tinged phlegm. Pain inside right upper chest.?

Depends: An md consult would not be out of order at your age. It is likely pharyngitis or bronchial spasms secondary to a moderate respiratory infection or even allergies. If irritated enough by coughing, a small amount of blood could look more foreboding mixed in with phlegm or saliva. By the way fever= higher temperature. Feel better! ...Read more

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I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea. Hr. Hm treatment?

I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea. Hr. Hm treatment?

Nasal wash: At 7 weeks the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever. Hm treatment? When to call dr?

7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever. Hm treatment? When to call dr?

See your doctor: In an older infant or child these symptoms would fit the common cold. In the first 3 months, coughing is less common and a little more concerning. Conditions for your doc to "rule out" would include bronchiolitis (swelling of the small airways of the chest) and whooping cough. Signs of big trouble would include blueness around the lips, poor feeding, fever or listlessness. ...Read more

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I just realized I have an absess tooth...Thought it was my sinuses. The absess was released and now going down my throat and nose. Is that dangerous?

I just realized I have an absess tooth...Thought it was my sinuses. The absess was released and now going down my throat and nose. Is that dangerous?

Yes: Swallowing bacteria and pus is certainly not healthy and can be dangerous. Please go asap to your dentist. They will want to get you started on some antibiotics to fight the bacterial infection. If you are a holistic thinker, go to your holistic doctor or health store to take some probiotics to restore your flora after you finish your antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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My sinuses are drying out at night clear down my throat, makes it hard to swallow to the point it wakes me up. I use a humidifier not working. Help, ty

My sinuses are drying out at night clear down my throat, makes it hard to swallow to the point it wakes me up. I use a humidifier not working. Help, ty

Moisturize the nose: This is a dry time of year, and the nose can get really dry (sometimes so dry that it causes nose bleeds!). In addition to a humidifier, other options are using nasal saline spray (not decongestant sprays) and nasal saline gel. Also drinking a lot of water can help. ...Read more

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What would cause you to have a thick clear to white mucus in your throat if sinuses and chest x-rays are normal. Only happens after eating, laying dwn?

What would cause you to have a thick clear to white mucus in your throat if sinuses and chest x-rays are normal. Only happens after eating, laying dwn?

Look at diet: Certain foods in your diet can produce phlegm, which is basically mucus. Sweet foods, chocolates, desserts, breads, pasta, anything with gluten, can do this. So you may need a clinical nutritionist to intervene, and help you. Also, not having enough hydration can potentially cause it. Work with your doctor to address this, and you'll be satisfied. ...Read more

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I have had flem forming in the back of my throat & down my throat for a while now. I hack it up quite often & it is starting to worry/bother me.

I have had flem forming in the back of my throat & down my throat for a while now. I hack it up quite often & it is starting to worry/bother me.

Phlegm: May have post nasal drip for allergies or reflux. Recommend elevate head of bed, zyrtec before ed, try ranitidine one a day. Also keep a food diary and see if certain food cause congestion as that may be the cause. ...Read more

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I have what feels like plegm in back of throat for two months now I swallow and it just won't go down, could it be acid reflux? 40yr old female.

I have what feels like plegm in back of throat for two months now I swallow and it just won't go down, could it be acid reflux? 40yr old female.

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above ...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