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Dr. Jane Lykins
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Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold? It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold?  It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Could be allergies: Swollen nasal passages often occur with allergies, and drainage can go down the back of your throat causing you to cough up phlegm. Try a steroid nasal spray like Flonase (now available over the counter) plus an antihistamine like loratadine. If still no improvement in 3-4 days, get checked out! ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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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


Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
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Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Throat problems: Your problems sound as if you need to see a ENT physician. You need to have your throat, lower esophagus, vocal cords and sinuses evaluated to see if a cause for your symptoms can be found and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Ronald Widman
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I cough up black phlegm, i quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

I cough up black phlegm,  i quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

Pulmonary: Chances are it will especially since your are young. However if you have not had a chest xray recently it would be a good idea to get one. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

Mgt: Usually viral illnesses resolve by day 10-11. I would advise rest and hydration. If you continue to have symptoms at around day 21, a follow up appt for possible sinusitis. If you develop high fever, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Maritza Baez
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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Phlegm buildup so much that its hard to breathe. Won't come up with forced cough. Dizzy/tired too. Had bad phlegm for year now. What can I do?

Phlegm buildup so much that its hard to breathe. Won't come up with forced cough. Dizzy/tired too. Had bad phlegm for year now. What can I do?

Bad phelgm: It is time to make an appointment with your doctor for a check up to see what is causing your problem. Meanwhile be sure you are not smoking as this can cause all your problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Derek Skinner
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Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Drainage : Having a small amount of blood is normal in the winter months. Increased drainage can be irritating to the throat. You might try using a humidifier in your room. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Cold/Flu 2mo ago & heavy cough hasn't gone away. Dr. Put me on meds and it didn't help. Green phlegm, throat irritat. Cough til I get red. Xray ok?

Cold/Flu 2mo ago & heavy cough hasn't gone away. Dr. Put me on meds and it didn't help. Green phlegm, throat irritat. Cough til I get red. Xray ok?

Cough: Xray ok means was it normal or getting chest xray us ok? I guess snyibiotic trial at this point should be appropriate if you have tried over the counter medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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