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What Does Thick White Phlegm Mean
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
Bronchitis: You may have a sinus, tracheal or bronchial bacterial infection. If you smoke, stop. You may need antibiotics. Please consult your doctor or use Healthtap Prime. ...Read more
Some infection: If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser. ...Read more
Dark phlegm: Very dark brown or black phlegm could be fungus, dust particles/ material from a worksite (grinding etc without a mask) or even blood that with exposure to air has become dark. Either way, an evaluation should include a sputum sample and a chest x-ray so your doctor can determine the cause and offer treatment. ...Read more
It likely means you are a smoker and this is a side effect of smoking.
Stop smoking and problem will disappear. ...Read more
Early: It sounds like the phlegm is building up in amount but is very thick. Need to loosen the phlegm but drinking lots of fluids and avoiding foods that increase phlegm, whole milk for example. Could be early infection to allergies. If it stays clear and no fever or chills, probably allergy. If fever, color change, sore throat, = infection. Either way, start with increased fluids, zinc, and vit c. ...Read more
Has been sick for about 5days, and started to have blood in phlegm. What does this mean and how can I stop it?
Bloody phlegm: Bloody discoloration in phlegm generally comes from small hemorrhages from blood vessels of the respiratory tract (from sinus to lungs) that are caused by inflammation, infection or trauma due to coughing or forceful blowing. Antibiotics are often used to treat infections that progress to this stage. ...Read more
I haven't been feeling well last few days coughing up thick brown and green phlegm within the same hour something new for me all my life?
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.
PND: What your describing could be several things. But the first thing that comes to mind is post nasal drip. It can become quite thick and cause a lot of clear phlegm expectoration. If you find yourself clearing your throat constantly. It may well be this. You should see your pcp in case its something more severe. ...Read more
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
I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should I be concerned?
I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?
Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more
I've had a phlegmy cough for 17 days now. No other symptoms. Feel good otherwise. Phlegm is normal light colour. How long is it meant to last?
It could last 2-4: Weeks. If it continues, see your Dr.. ...Read more
I've had a cough for over a month now maybe since the first week of January and also coughing up a thick dark green phlegm with dark bits in it.
Cough: You should be seen in person by someone for an exam. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with bronchitis, I've blown snot that was a thick as toothpaste! And now I'm hacking up large amounts of phlegm is it a good thing?
I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick. Wat 2take
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