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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...Read more

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


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Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Diagnosis first...: Before this cough can be treated, the cause needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include acute bronchitis from an infection of the airways, chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, bronchospasm with airway inflammation, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. The treatments for these are all different so you need to see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?

Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?

Bronchitis...: This is likely bronchitis and if you have no to minimal fever, it is likely due to a virus. It should run its course and you should begin to feel better in a few days to a week. If symptoms worsen or don't resolve, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get phlegm and cough when I laugh a lot. Why does this happen?

I get phlegm and cough when I laugh a lot. Why does this happen?

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

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Blood in my phlegm, no cough. Its started Nov 17 until now. what can i do? what medicine i take?

Blood in my phlegm, no cough. Its started Nov 17 until now. what can i do? what medicine i take?

Needs investigation: After this long you need to get this evaluated to determine the source and cause of the bleeding. It could be blood from the nose, the sinuses but also the lungs ...Read more

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I had a bad cold for about a week but i am now totally fine. But i feel like i still have a bit of phlegm to cough up and snot to blow out, but i cant?

I had a bad cold for about a week but i am now totally fine. But i feel like i still have a bit of phlegm to cough up and snot to blow out, but i cant?

Completely normal: That's completely normal. It often takes 10-20 days to completely recover from a cold. Drink plenty of warm fluids and get plenty of rest. Steam inhalation can help with loosening up the congestion. Wishing you a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of phlegm from cough in my 9month old baby?

How do I get rid of phlegm from cough in my 9month old baby?

Infant saline nose: drops followed by gentle suction of her nose with a bulb syringe help. Place a vaporizer across her bedroom, not close to her crib. If she has a rectal temperature of 100-4, laboredn breathing, decreased nursing &;/or decreased peeing, see her doctor. She'll swallow mucus & spit it up or pass it in her stool. As long as the mucus is loose & no other symptoms exist, give it about ...Read more

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Why can't you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you have a persistent, phlegm producing cough?

Why can't you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you have a persistent, phlegm producing cough?

Yes but: unlikely to help unless the cough is from post-nasal drips which however are however not associated with mucus production. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia 11 weeks ago and still have a very tight phlegm producing cough with shortness of brth at night Wat is this?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia 11 weeks ago and still have a very tight phlegm producing cough with shortness of brth at night Wat is this?

Residual infection: or bronchospasm- this requires further medical evaluation, therapy , xrays and pulmonary function testing.-You must follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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My phlegm type cough is kicking up again and I was wondering if it was safe to take my promethazine DM while on suboxone?

My phlegm type cough is kicking up again and I was wondering if it was safe to take my promethazine DM while on suboxone?

Talk to provider: antihistamines have significant interactions with opioids, including buprenorphine, and may cause excessive sedation. There is nothing magic about Promethazine as a cough suppressant, and you could probably get the same or similar effect just using plain Robitussin DM, and leaving antihistamines out of it, particularly phenergan, (promethazine) which really is a drug of abuse when combined with methadone. ...Read more

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Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, ,cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, ,cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Generally normal: It may take a few weeks for the cilia (lung hair cells) and edema (swelling) to subside. Over the counter cough suppressants may help. Increase water intake. If cough persists more than a few weeks or mucus becomes discolored it's time to see your physician. ...Read more

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My baby is on a ha formula which is causing him a lot if wind and smelly gas he was on a formla previously that causes him to have phlegm and cough?

My baby is on a ha formula which  is causing him a lot if wind and smelly gas he was on a formla previously that causes him to have phlegm and cough?

FORMULA INTOLERANCE,: You can try a 'whey protein' based formula if available in your country, e.g. Garber good start'. If baby is lactose intolerant, there will be more gas, abdominal distention, diarrhea, if 'cows milk protein allergy' baby will have colic, etc. Talk to the baby's pediatrician. Tip: there is no substitute of breast milk. Consider breast feeding for at least 6 months for your next one! ...Read more

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Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing ?

Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing ?

Cancer? See doc: I don't understand how you produce phlegm without coughing. Is this post-nasal drip which you spit out? In any case, that's a worrisome symptom, and cancer is on the list of possibilities. You should see a physician promptly. ...Read more

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I am a smoker, and i have always phlegm without cough,pain or fever.recently i felt a breathing problem ONLY after smoking .Exercise,night breath fine

I am a smoker, and i have always phlegm without cough,pain or fever.recently i felt a breathing problem ONLY after smoking .Exercise,night breath fine

What's The Message??: So what else will it take to get you to quit (or at least cut down) smoking? At 32 this should not be happening. Yeah, it might be a cold or flu but obviously it's affecting you enough to ask for advice. So here it is: stop smoking, or at least cut back (anyone can cut back to 5 a day). Many people end-up quitting when the lungs are more far-gone than yours might be. You'll heal fine. ...Read more

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Hi I have phlegm WITHOUT COUGH for 3 days already.I have colds and mucus coming out of my nose. Can I drink fluimuicil? Thanks for the answer!

Hi I have phlegm WITHOUT COUGH for 3 days already.I have colds and mucus coming out of my nose. Can I drink fluimuicil? Thanks for the answer!

Fluimucil is OK: Sure, you must have a bad bronchitis due to environmental causes,Fluimucil should do the job since is an effective mucolytic agent,but please check with your primary to check lungs and get sputum analysis ...Read more

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Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?

Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?

Impossible to say: You need a physical examination of your chest, and may need additional tests, such as a chest x-ray, to really give an answer. Often, some obstruction in the upper airway, like a polyp or an aspirated foreign body, can cause such sounds, but usually there will be cough, sputum, mucus etc. You need to be examined if it is bothering or worrying you. ...Read more

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The past two weeks I have had excessive phlegm. I cough loads of yellow phlegm and also have a blocked nose. I feel like I gasp for air sometimes too?

The past two weeks I have had excessive phlegm. I cough loads of yellow phlegm and also have a blocked nose. I feel like I gasp for air sometimes too?

Be checked: Your symptoms could be related to a sinus or chest infection. Gasping to breath after coughing is a symptom of whooping cough. Be assessed and managed. All the best. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more