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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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Will regular cough medicine help me to loosen up phlegm due to asthma? Please help me docs!

Will regular cough medicine help me to loosen up phlegm due to asthma? Please help me docs!

Maybe: It may help a bit, but does nothing to address the problem of asthma, so it just hides the cause. Proper medication should help you address the cough and the phlegm without using cough medicine. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Is it safe to make eucalyptus tea when taking antibiotics for bronchitis ? I'm stopping promethazine with codeine-it's doesn't loosen my phlegm.

Is it safe to make eucalyptus tea when taking antibiotics for bronchitis ?  I'm stopping promethazine with codeine-it's doesn't loosen my phlegm.

Yes: Eucalyptus tea should not interfere with antibiotic therapy. On the other hand it is rare that bronchitis, if acute, is due to bacterial infection, and you might want to reconsider the antibiotics. Ask your friendly pharmacist for a mucolytic to loosen your phlegm. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Laryngitis, what can I take or do from home to get my voice back and loosen flem/mucus. Loosing voice?

Laryngitis, what can I take or do from home to get my voice back and loosen flem/mucus. Loosing voice?

See below: Rest your voice, drinking plenty of fluid---tea with honey is great, mucinex sometimes helps with mucus. If no improvement, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Heston
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Hi doc how u? My mother has a lot of flem in her neck has tried every bottle u can think of over de chemist counter. Has tryed steaming 2 loosen it up.

Hi doc how u? My mother has a lot of flem in her neck has tried every bottle u can think of over de chemist counter. Has tryed steaming 2 loosen it up.

Fluids: Some people with similar symptoms can benefit from an antibiotic, bronchodilator such as albuterol, or antiinflammatory such as prednisone. Symptoms like these are best evaluated in person by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Home remedies for Coughing with phlegm.

Home remedies for Coughing with phlegm.

Cough: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. Hydrate well. Humidifier can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

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

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Dr. Luis Taylor
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Why do i have phlegm when I wake up in the morning?

Why do i have phlegm when I wake up in the morning?

Phlegm builds up: at night from your nose and chest. Sleep may not allow you to cough and clear phlegm out normally compared to when you're awake. Your family doctor and Healthtap can suggest ways you can treat this condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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How can I reduce phlegm in my baby?

How can I reduce phlegm in my baby?

Suction suction: Suction! use a qualified baby suction to clear secretions in the nose and the mouth (don't go back into the throat). You may thin the secretions using a humidifier or small saline nasal drops. ...Read more

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Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Neither: Phlegm or mucous is a natural body secretion and swallowing it is natural and not harmful. Blowing your nose and expectorating are also ways to get rid of excess mucous. ...Read more

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