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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

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


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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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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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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

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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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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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?

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?

Herpes simplex: viruses are respiratory viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract and cause bronchitis. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so. ...Read more

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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?

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

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