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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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I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

I'm not sick but I have a scratchy throat with phlegm and cough for a long period only other symptom was one day of a plugged ear what could this be?

Rhinosinusitis: Chronic inflammation of the nose and sinuses can cause post-nasal drip with irritating drainage. This can cause a sore throat and cough. Try rinsing your nose thoroughly with saline solution. There are several devices like the neil-med sinus rinse bottle which are very effective. ...Read more

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A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when i bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when i bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

Viral: If you have had a throat swab and it was negative for both the quick id and throw culture then this is most likely a viral illness. It even could be the flu. ...Read more

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Coughing with phlegm for 2mos. Wheeze for 1 month once in the morning, mid day and 2x in the day. Sometimes, a severe scratchy throat. What do I have?

Coughing with phlegm for 2mos. Wheeze for 1 month once in the morning, mid day and 2x in the day. Sometimes, a severe scratchy throat. What do I have?

Sinus & allergies: Allergies can cause post nasal drips & suffice enough develop airway hyper reactivity & wheezing but asthma can be present. Get check by a lung doctor ...Read more

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Scratchy throat and ears 5 days ago, now I have body aches, chills, coughing yellow phlem and woke up with a mild fever. Been taking OTC meds.

Scratchy throat and ears 5 days ago, now I have body aches, chills, coughing yellow phlem and woke up with a mild fever. Been taking OTC meds.

Need to see your MD: , it can still be a viral disease, but at times secondary bacterial infection kicks in, that's why you need see your doctor if no improvement within a week of start of symptoms, ...Read more

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What causes your throat, when swallowing, to feel like a lump is in it and hoarseness, and a scratchy throat with a lot of phlegm?

What causes your throat, when swallowing, to feel like a lump is in it and hoarseness, and a scratchy throat with a lot of phlegm?

See your doctor: although that could have started as a viral upper respiratory infection, from you description there could be a secondary bacterial infection on top needing an antibiotic prescription ...Read more

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I have a chronic scratchy throat with light phlegm (8+ months). Not thrush, not acid (tried ppis / changing diet), tonsils swell every 4-6 weeks.

I have a chronic scratchy throat with light phlegm (8+ months). Not thrush, not acid (tried ppis / changing diet), tonsils swell every 4-6 weeks.

Scratchy throat: You may have a postnasal drip or you could have an allergic nose that is responsible for your symptoms. Try an antihistamine like allegra, Claritin (loratadine) or xyterc and also make an appointment with an allergist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a sore/scratchy throat with green/yellow phlegm. Its not bad just annoying. I get this same thing every month or two for a few days. Any idea?

I have a sore/scratchy throat with green/yellow phlegm.  Its not bad just annoying. I get this same thing every month or two for a few days. Any idea?

Sore Throat: Sinus drainage can cause a sore throat. For it to be recurrent it is likely due to some environmental cause such as pollution or allergies. You need an evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sore/scratchy throat with green/yellow phlegm. Its not bad just annoying. I get this same thing every month or two for a few days. Any idea?

I have a sore/scratchy throat with green/yellow phlegm.  Its not bad just annoying. I get this same thing every month or two for a few days. Any idea?

Viral: It sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection but you shouldn't be getting them so often. Perhaps excessive dryness in your environment makes you prone to these infections or irritations. Take extra vit c and use a humidifier if necessary to improve your resistance. If symptoms persist an exam by an otolaryngologist and a throat culture are advised. ...Read more

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Ive had an itchy, scratchy throat for a couple days. This morning i noticed little bumps on the dangly thing inmy throat. Could this be strep or somet?

Ive had an itchy, scratchy throat for a couple days. This morning i noticed little bumps on the dangly thing inmy throat. Could this be strep or somet?

Doctor can evaluate: Throat symptoms can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more