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Phlegm After Laughing
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
When I laugh hard, I develop phlegm in my throat. I had a sinus infection and been using nasal spray till now. Why does phlegm occur after laughed?
It moves around/out!: I'm speaking from personal experience only. Any big movement in the upper respiratory tract - laugh, cough, nose blow, big gasp, etc. Moves the existing mucus and can break off sections of it allowing it to be expectorated (good!). It doesn't develop at that time - it becomes free to get out. ...Read more
Chronic cough: I don't know why you have a chronic cough, but the cause of that is the cause of the phlegm. The most common causes of chronic cough (asthma, reflux, drugs) don't usually produce phlegm, but allergies with post nasal drip may. See your physician this week to see what is behind your cough. ...Read more
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
Whenever I laugh hard I develop little phlegm and congestion. But it goes after 1 hr. Is it normal? What is the remedy for this?
No worries: Totally normal. I experience the same. Keep on laughing!!! ...Read more
Whenever I laugh hard, phlegm always start to gather at my thoat. Is it bcoz I have a history of asthma since I was a kid? It's not active for years now.
Laughing much n louder causes wet cough with release of phlegm or white mucus for sometime. Any idea what problem?
I was laughing while drinking and probably absorped some or juice into my lugs. I started to cough. Now after 1 hour I'm still coughing and have phlegm?
Normal: Your lung is trying to get rid of all the ingredients in what you ingested. The build up of mucous is from the juice irritating the cells lining the lungs and some white blood cells involved in the process. If it persists for more than 24 hours, see your doctor. ...Read more
When I laugh a lot, I get phlegm in my throat and have to caugh to get it out. It goes away after an hour or so. Is this normal?
I have phlegm in my throat/chest. I have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when I laugh I cough up phelgm?
I had history of asthma. Doormant for 20yrs now. But everytime I laugh, phlegm rose to my throat making me cough. Is there no solution? I love laughing : (
I hav a weird problem. I'll hav wet cough for sometime whenever I laugh much n louder. Also sticky phlegm releases from throat. What's treatment?
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
It's natural: When running your breathing rate increases, which can be very drying to the airways. Increased phlegm production is a completely natural way to counteract this drying, even though in the winter outside it can be really annoying. My advice (as gross as it is) is to get good at spitting and snot rockets. Or wash your gloves often - that's what I do! Good luck. ...Read more
Thick Mucus: Greetings. Treating thick mucus first begins with hydration. Try a saline nasal wash like the NeilMed kits. Guifenessin commonly sold as Mucinex (guaifenesin) will also act as a mucolytic. Remember to drink plenty of water and even sleep with a humidifier. These actions should help resolve your thick mucus. ...Read more
Blood in phlegm: The most common origin of blood in phlegm is the nasal cavity including the sinuses. Dry, chaffed mucous membranes can bleed and this drips down the back of the throat and comes up with the phlegm. It can also come from bleeding gums or other sources in the mouth. Infrequently, it might arise from the stomach or lungs. If it persists, increases in frequency, duration or severity have it checked out. ...Read more
3 steps Take an:
Eexpectorant with guaifenisin and avoid drying medication such as antihistamines
set up a humidifier in the room you spend the most time such as your bedroom as an alternative sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running and breathe in the steam for 10 to 20 minutes
drink plenty of liquids such as decaffeinated hot tea fruit juice or water to increase fluid intake and help soothe the throat. ...Read more
Excess phlegm: Depends on the cause. Excess phlegm can be caused many things, such as upper & lower airway infection, allergies, post-nasal drip, exposure to irritants, etc. Knowing if associated with a cough would help be helpful. Trial of over-the-counter anti-histamines may help. Certain patients improve after being treated with antacids (ler) depending on the cause. Even some food allergies can cause it. ...Read more
Stuff going up/down: Sounds like acid reflux to me. But upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc! ...Read more
Lymph node and phelg: Assuming the lymph node is in the neck or head area with phlegm is sounds like you have some sort of upper respiratory tract infection. If the phlegm isn't discolored - probably not bronchitis. I would monitor the situation - a high fever or worsening cough or badly discolored mucus may be a sign of a worsening infection. ...Read more
Depends: Dark specs may be blood but may be other. If blood can be coming from back of nose or sinuses, but may be coming from lungs. Blood is concerning when not where it should be, although there is less genral concern when from sinuses. The specifics of the dark spots and their origin needs to be determined. Strongly recommend evaluation by phsyician. ...Read more
See doctor.....: Coughing will sometimes result in vocal cord inflammation which will make your voice hoarse. Discolored sputum is a sign of airway inflammation usually due to bronchitis, either acute or chronic. See your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. If you are smoking, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more