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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

Salty phlegm: Hello, your salty tasting phlegm is normal. ...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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Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?

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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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

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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

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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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.

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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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

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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What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

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