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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Overview)

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 by the respiratory tract.


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Wake up with brown phlegm?

Wake up with brown phlegm?

Phlegm: The color doesn't always mean its a bacterial infection. Can still be a viral infection and when mucous sits in any orifice in the body for a prolonged period of time, it can change color.

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Overview)

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 by the respiratory tract.


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What helps to remove phlegm?

What helps to remove phlegm?

Yes: Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) along with avoiding dairy and perhaps going gluten free. Try this for 3 weeks and see how you do.

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What does black phlegm mean?

Question: Are you a smoker? Do you work or live in a dusty or dirty environment. Might this be old blood. Take an early morning sample in a clean cup to your doc.

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What does green phlegm means?

What does green phlegm means?

Green phlegm: Phlegm can vary in color and character. Yellow, green, rust colored, or a combination of colors can be indicative of a bacterial infection, but not always.

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What causes excessive phlegm?

What causes excessive phlegm?

Phlegm: Phlegm is the response to an irritant, allergen or inflammatory response which affects the mucus membranes of the nose, throat, lungs and sinuses resulting in the over production of mucus.

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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

Salty phlegm: Hello, your salty tasting phlegm is normal.

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Food to avoid when having phlegm?

Eat what you wish: Reading the internet, you'd get the idea that diet choices have a tremendous power to affect our day-to-day illnesses and recovery. They don't. Drink plenty of water, maintain your usual sensible diet, and if your chest infection seems to hang on for more than two weeks, get with your physician. Best wishes.

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What causes black stuff in phlegm?

What causes black stuff in phlegm?

Smoke, old blood: Most common cause of black phlegm would be from smoke such as from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Coal miners used to have black phlegm but now they wear protective gear. Another cause would be old dried up blood from a bad sinus infection or bronchitis infection. Heavily polluted air such as from a recent fire is another possibility.

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What does white foamy phlegm mean?

What does white foamy phlegm mean?

White phlegm: Do you have heartburn or any other symptoms? I usually associate foamy phlegm with reflux as opposed to nasal mucous secretions which are thicker and more viscous. If it is white you don't have to worry about an infection. Good luck and feel better!

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How can I reduce phlegm in my baby?

How can I reduce phlegm in my baby?

Suction suction: Suction! Use a qualified baby suction to clear secretions in the nose and the mouth (don't go back into the throat). You may thin the secretions using a humidifier or small saline nasal drops.

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Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Neither: Phlegm or mucous is a natural body secretion and swallowing it is natural and not harmful. Blowing your nose and expectorating are also ways to get rid of excess mucous.

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Home remedies for Coughing with phlegm.

Home remedies for Coughing with phlegm.

Cough: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. Hydrate well. Humidifier can help.

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What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

Some infection: If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser.

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Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

No: Nothing about the symptoms you describe are specific for anything concerning. All the best.

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Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything?

Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything?

Possible: Clear phlegm is often indicative of simple allergies that can cause mucus production. You should be fine. If it persists, see a dr. And there may be some medications that can help the mucus production. Best wishes.

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What to do if I have pinkish phlegm what is it?

What to do if I have pinkish phlegm what is it?

Pink Phlegm: That pink color suggests the presence of blood, so you should really be evaluated by your doctor to make sure we get this figured out for you.

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Why do I have really lumpy green phlegm comin up?

Why do I have really lumpy green phlegm comin up?

Infection: Green discolored phlegm usually denotes a bacterial infection. Increase fluids, take guaifenesin and see your physician who will most likely recommend and antibiotic depending on the duration of symptoms.

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What does it mean if you have sour tasting phlegm?

What does it mean if you have sour tasting phlegm?

Sour phlegm: Can be a sign of gastric acid reflux. You are young to suspect a lung cancer but that or other lung disease like cystic fibrosis (you are little old for this) are other potential causes.

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