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Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu.  Phlegm is usually whitish clear.  Why?

Most common: cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis ( a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...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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Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.

Coughing up thick green phlegm.  No other symptoms.  I feel great.  Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up.  It's been about a week.

Mgt: If it is prolonged and lasts more than 3 weeks, please let your PCP know. A chest radiograph and sputum culture may be sent at that time. In the meantime, if there is no fever and you feel well, the illness should begin to subside. Stay rested and well hydrated. ...Read more

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I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat.  What could it be a symptom of?

Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep 4 days ago and began taking penicillin. Today when i woke up i was coughing up bloody phlegm--- is this a usual symptom?

I was diagnosed with strep 4 days ago and began taking penicillin. Today when i woke up i was coughing up bloody phlegm--- is this a usual symptom?

No: But can occur with severe infection due to rupture of small blood vessels with coughing, or due to disruption of tissues by the toxins produced by this nasty organism. If it continues would go back to see the doctor. ...Read more

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I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms. What could it be?

I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms.  What could it be?

Virus? Allergies?: A cough is a symptom that can appear with several diseases: A cold, bronchitis, drainage from sinusitis, all which can be viral or bacterial. Allergies with post nasal drip can cause a cough. So do some meds and smoking.. If you have no other symptoms, a cold can make you cough up to a month. If it is still present and the mucus is clear see doc. If mucus has color to it, see doc this week. ...Read more

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Blood in phlegm and from one nostril(left) since last 8 days.. And from other nostril (right)normal phlegm... No other symptoms.. Reason?

Blood in phlegm and from one nostril(left)   since last  8 days.. And  from other nostril (right)normal  phlegm... No other symptoms.. Reason?

Blood in nasal mucus: This is relatively common and usually due to a dry nose. It could be due to dry heat outside or dry A/C air indoors. Is there any reason for you to be dehydrated? Do you drink water. You should strive to increase hydration, use nasal saline mist in the nose to moisturize it, avoid rubbing or forcefully blowing the nose and see ENT MD if it persists. ...Read more