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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. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
869 doctors shared insights

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more