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Phlegm Tastes Like Metal
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
I have flu, coughing up a lot of phlegm at once without too much hassle but tastes awefully like metal. That normal?
Can be: Please consult with us to review other medicines you may be on which can cause such a taste. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?
Infection: If the phlegm is foul smelling or tasting it usually means there is infection. Coughing is away for your lungs to try and clear this material and help resolve the infection. Vast majority of infections are viral. Stay hydrated, using an expectorant like guaifenesin can be helpful in the mucus and make it easier to clear. If no improvement in 7 to 14 days, or worse, see your doctor ...Read more
Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.
About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?
It is normal for phlegm to have a salty taste. It will clear up on its own.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Coughing up pale green phlegm that tastes bad; burps taste like phlegm too. (Have had bronchitis twice before, is it related?)
Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?
Woke up this am, congested, coughing up clear phlegm (taste bad)& a vapor like when. Breathing out in the cold. Very hard to breathe.
Hi! I'm having what I assume is a bout of Bronchitis, it's been about 4 weeks, at first I was coughing up bloody phlegm and it seemed sometimes as if I was coughing up a blood clot covered in phlegm, with a very solid consistency. It tastes like rotting
I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever I clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! Its annoying.?
Postnasal drip: Mucus is normally present in our membranes but excess amounts can be produced by allergies, sinus problems, deviated nasal septum, excessively dry envirinment, irritants, certain foods, changes in temperature, etc. If the mucus is foul smelling, you may have a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out thick mucus. See an ENT specialist if necessary. ...Read more
What is this brown phlegm with solid stuff mean? I don't smoke but people around me do. It hard to spit out and taste is grose.
Phlegm: If you are coughing up brown phlegm then you have bronchitis. You can get bronchitis even without having chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoke (even second hand) can be act as an irritant which makes the bronchitis worse. As an aside, you can develop chronic lung disease from second hand smoke so be cautious about the company you keep. ...Read more
Is bad breath contagious? A girl I made out with 2 weeks ago's breath was. Not good. Now I have phlegm that tastes the exact same as her breath.
Infection: It may or may not be infection depending on the presence or absence of other symptoms ...Read more
I have had chest congestion for close to a week. My symptoms have gotten significantly better; however I am still coughing up deep brown / slightly red tint to the brown phlegm, specifically in mornings and evenings. I also have an odd "metallic" taste
Do not ignore: Discolored mucous may be blood. Metallic taste may be blood. Seek care ASAP. ...Read more
Throat phlegm: Throat phlegm is often ropey saliva. This is affected by dehydration, infection and certain foods. Easiest fix is to increase h2o intake by a liter a day. Non- alcoholic mouth washes are useuful as well. Brushing your teeth 3-4times a day is important. Any of the causes can create bad breath. Infection will become evident and needs treatment. ...Read more
Yesterday, I smoked a cigarette for the first time in months. I woke up with the taste still in my mouth and spitting bloody phlegm. What could it be?
Rejection: Your body telling you not to start again. Likely irritation response to the noxious chemicals and heat from the cigarette. Your body was happy without all the carcinogens. Good Luck at staying smoke-free. ...Read more
Metallic mouth taste:
There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved.
The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more
I've been having a really bad rotten taste in the back of my throat. I started producing thick, white phlegm/mucus. What could this be?
Infection: You could have an infection of the tonsil or sinus. Be checked by a doctor. ...Read more
I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?
Since your cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it needs to be evaluated. A physician should listen to your lungs with a stethescope and examine your ears and throat. A lung or bronchial infection, new onset asthma or sinus drainage are just three possible causes for a persistent cough. ...Read more
Nasty chemical taste when phlegm trickles into back of throat. Never had this before. It's not the usual taste of an infection.. on phenexmethypenic?
Post nasal drip: Bad taste associated with post nasal drip is not necessarily a sign of infection, although chronic sinus infection can present this way. Irritation of the throat may be causative for the unusual taste. Need to start by addressing the drip itself. Are there triggering factors for chronic rhinitis (allergy, irritant exposure, polyps etc.)? Chlorpheniramine may help, but read label carefully. ...Read more
Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?
I cough up alot of phlegm in the whenever I wake. At times when I clear my throat the taste is gross. Also when I eat I always feel sick afterwards.
I have a viral infection. Still have phlegm and cough. Two days now my mouth and tongue feel burnt. It hurts to eat and everything tastes different?
I have had a sore throat for a week now and a cough which green and yellow phlegm come up also my cough taste funny?
Be assessed: Determine the cause and if you need treatment. All the best. ...Read more
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