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Why Am I Coughing Up So Much Phlegm
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
Phlegm: First: congratulation on quitting smoking! now, a decrease in mucus production could be related to the overall improved environment in your lungs now that they don't have to cope with the stress of smoking. None the less, former smokers should pay close attention to their respiratory tracts and report any real changes to their primary doctor in addition to getting routine exams. Good luck! ...Read more
I am currently having a really bad cough.. little phlegm is coming out but i cough when i exhale. If i dont cough, its like phelgm build up.
Cough and phlegm: Please go to a nearby Pharmacy and they should be able to recommend a medicine for you. Almost certainly you will pay for your medicine -not expensive, and won't need a prescription. Hope it goes well! ...Read more
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
Recovering: Smoking damages the cilia of the lung lining which clear out the mucous. If they are damaged then coughing clears the mucous. That you are not coughing indicates the cilia have recovered and the lungs are less irritated so that they make less mucous. Congratulations and keep up the good work! ...Read more
Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
After inhaling bleach, I am coughing a lot, and when I do cough, i cough up something, too. Is this bad?
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
See a doctor: Sore throat and bleeding needs to be seen by a doctor. An otolaryngologist (ENT) can easily look in your throat to see where it might be coming from. The flexible scope is very easy to tolerate with local anesthetic. I have had it done many times to teach med students how to do it. It is usually nothing serious--bronchitis, nose bleed, etc. But you need to be sure. ...Read more
Dehydration: I like the dental response you have also gotten to this question. In medicine the first and most common problem we would check for would be diabetes. If you have not been to see your family physician you may need a visit with blood testing to rule out diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chest wall: Coughing involves contraction of the chest wall muscles. After a while this can take its toll on the joints, ligaments and muscles which then cause pain when you cough. If there is pain without coughing, such as when you take a deep breath, then the membranes of the lungs might be inflamed. In any case talk to your physician if this persists. ...Read more
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I've been coughing for 3 weeks now and whenever i lay down or cough a lot i throw up green stuff. Is it just because i'm coughing to much i throw up?
Post-tussive emesis: What you are describing is called post-tussive emesis (=after coughing vomiting). It is a common phenomenon where you cough so much you trigger your gag reflex which then causes you to throw up. If you have vomiting when you lie down, most likely you are having some intense post-nasal drip running down your throat causing you to vomit. I would see a doc if things aren't getting better for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi i cannot stop coughing and it is so much that i cough up very salty tasting what looks like water, i have had this cough for 2 weeks, I have asthma?
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
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