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How to get rid of phlegm in toddler? My 2 yr old son has constant phelgm and severe runny nose and cough. Please help us. No sleep in our house.

How to get rid of phlegm in toddler? My 2 yr old son has constant phelgm and severe runny nose and  cough. Please help us. No sleep in our house.

He may need abx: If your son has been sick for only a few days it's probably a viral upper respiratory tract infection there's not much to do about it. If he's been sick for a week or more most likely he now has a bacterial infection and should be on antibiotics. Contact your pediatrician and have him evaluated and hopefully placed on a course of antibiotics for at least 10 days. ...Read more

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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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My child has a productive cough for 3 days now- we are on vacay- no fever, feels great, diminished appetite but fluid intake is high- runny nose but i?

My child has a productive cough for 3 days now- we are on vacay- no fever, feels great, diminished appetite but fluid intake is high- runny nose but i?

Supportive measures.: The question is unclear but cough is only of 3 days duration and your child sounds well. Several issues to consider overtime if cough persists are; the nature of the sputum, associated difficulty breathing, are symptoms more at night or with activity, is appetite still suppressed etc. I will be very glad to follow up with your daughter if cough does not respond to your supportive measures . ...Read more

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How do I get rid of excess mucus and phlegm from a toddler who has suffered for 12 months?

How do I  get rid of excess mucus and phlegm from a toddler who has suffered for 12 months?

See a pediatrician: This should not be going on continuously for this length of time. If this has been intermittent it may be at least in part due to teething, but this is just a guess. Most pediatricians will have a good idea quickly of what the problems are. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of mucus and phlegm for a toddler who has suffered continuously for the past 12 months?

How do I get rid of mucus and phlegm for a toddler who has suffered continuously for the past 12 months?

See an allergist: Chances are , he may have an allergy that causing the problem. This especially true if either you or your husband allergies. Have your toddler checked by an allergist. ...Read more

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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

Cough it up: The problem with coughing is the discomfort or pain some people feel. Loosen the secretion with lots of fluid or expectorant/mucolytic or even bronchodilator if needed to make coughing easier. Phlegm not coughed up can thicken and plug or close the airways and can become culture media for infection to grow. So i suggest cough it up. ...Read more

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How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

Phlegm: If you are referring to post nasal drip then i would recommend trying a nasal spray- steroid/ anticholinergic/ antihistimine. Talk to your doctor to see which is best for you! ...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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Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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Why can't i cough up phlegm when it feels like i need to?

Why can't i cough up phlegm when it feels like i need to?

Thick: It is probably too thick. Try to drink a lot of water, spend some time in a steam room to help get it out. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

Infection: You may have a viral infection or a bacterial bronchitis. If the symptoms persist, you need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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No hard cough but there is blood in the phlegm, is this serious?

No hard cough but there is blood in the phlegm, is this serious?

Hemoptysis: Hemoptysis (http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/coughing-up-blood/my01064) is common ; usually benign if small volumes in a non-smoker. But it's always a good idea to go see your family doc for an evaluation as there are too many causes to review ; consider w/more information ; examination. ...Read more

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What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up ?

Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up ?

Depends: If symptoms have lasted less than 7days, use Ibuprofen 400 3 times a day for 3days, then as needed. Take 2 showers a day, as warm as you can tolerate, run the water right on your face to heat and and humidify the mucous, so you can cough it up and blow your nose more easily, then put mentholatum right under your nostrils. The eucalyptus in mentholatum works. If symptoms worse and > 10d, see doc. ...Read more

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Does rice make phlegm thick? should we avoid rice in cough n cold??

Does rice make phlegm thick? should we  avoid rice in cough n cold??

No: Neither rice nor milk causes phlegm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more