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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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Salty phlegm: Hello, your salty tasting phlegm is normal. ...Read more

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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. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
1M people helped
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Is it worrying if phlegm tastes salty?

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
1M people helped

Phlegm: Hello, this salty taste is normal.

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?

Variety of causes: Salty taste is rarely a sign of a serious problem. Most common reasons are: dehydration, meds side effects, salivary glands dysfunction or sinus infection. Rec. : see your dentist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
17 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
17 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Aaron Cregger
Board Certified, Dentistry
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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Dr. Aaron Cregger
Board Certified, Dentistry
10 years in practice
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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesnt clear up quickly! ...Read more

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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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.

Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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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.

Infection: That is a sign of your infection, either from a virus or from bacteria. It should get better. If not better in another week or so, or if it starts getting worse, talk to your doctor. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Sander White
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
45 years in practice
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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Dr. Sander White
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Not dental but: This can be the result of an infection. Get a proper diagnosis from your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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Blood: Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste. ...Read more

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Dr. David Ziring
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
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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.

Dr. David Ziring
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
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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.

Not contagious: Bad breath is not contagious. The phlegm that tastes like this girl's breath may just be a manifestation of that unpleasant memory. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradford Romans
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Coughing up pale green phlegm that tastes bad; burps taste like phlegm too. (Have had bronchitis twice before, is it related?)

Dr. Bradford Romans
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Coughing up pale green phlegm that tastes bad; burps taste like phlegm too. (Have had bronchitis twice before, is it related?)

This could be: another bout of bronchitis or pneumonia.C ur doc for an exam and possible chest x ray/antibiotics/etc ...Read more

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