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Why do I develop mucous/phlegm when i laugh or shout? What is the condition called?

Why do I develop mucous/phlegm when i laugh or shout? What is the condition called?

Vasomotor: Vasomotor rhinitis is the chronic development of post nasal dripping, nasal congestion, runny nose, or sneezing and can be triggered by many things such as weather changes, chemical irritants, or foods. There are treatments out there, speak with your doctor about your specific condition. ...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 quit smoking 10 days ago and still have a lot if phlegm and mucous, what can I do about it?

Patience: The effects of smoking will not go away right away. Cough and phlegm may persist for months and even years. But, don't get disappointed as long term, you are better off not smoking! ...Read more

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I have a cold and lots of phlegm and mucous. And I noticed I have white stuff on my tonsils. No sore throat just a headache and drainage. What is it?

Viral: Gretchen, this sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection. It will likely go away on its own in 3-5 days. If it doesn't, see your doctor, as you may need antibiotics if it turns out to be a bacterial infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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A few times this past month ive had spots of blood in my snot. Ive heard bloody phlegm/sputum is bad, and since snot is also mucous is that bad too?

A few times this past month ive had spots of blood in my snot. Ive heard bloody phlegm/sputum is bad, and since snot is also mucous is that bad too?

Sinusitis?: you could have inflammation and/or infection of your sinuses. See your primary care provider to determine if a referral to an ENT specialist is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Phlegm in throat all the time post nasal drip and coughing up clear mucous. Worse when eating. allergy tested all negative. What could this be?

Gustatory rhinitis: Non-allergic causes of rhinitis (which often causes persistent postnasal mucus drip and cough) are many. One is an autonomic nerve response after eating (gustatory rhinitis). Onset often occurs in the mid 40s-50s. Treatment is available and I would suggest starting with a Allergy consult. ...Read more

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My throat has phlegm and the doctor says thst I've mucous leaking and it makes my throat itchy. How can I get rid of the cough?

My throat has phlegm and the doctor says thst I've mucous leaking and it makes my throat itchy. How can I get rid of the cough?

Sounds like allergy: Lots of mucous, itchy throat, and cough---sounds like allergies to me! tis the season, as the pollen counts are soaring. There are 3 over the counter antihistamines that you may try---claritin, allegra, (fexofenadine) and zyrtec. They all have generics which are fine. Try one of these. If ineffective, see your doctor again. ...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