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I have asthma and always have phlegm in my throat. Should I be worried?

I have asthma and always have phlegm in my throat. Should I be worried?

Depends: The phlegm may be from the asthma, or from sinus disease, or from your smoking (if this applies to you). It could be an infection, or just bronchitis without an infection.

If this is a constant problem, would go see your doctor or even a lung specialist. ...Read more

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 am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

I am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

Allergy: Do check with an allergologist to find out what you are allergic to. This allergen is something that you are exposed to constantly; ex detergent in your clothes, beddings etc
once the cause if known, you ocan get rid of it
temporary relief with antihistaminic and decongestant can help you while the cause is being determined. ...Read more

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Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like I always have phlegm stucked I my throat. Is there something I need to be worried about?

Hi! I am a smoker. I feel like I always have phlegm stucked I my throat. Is there something I need to be worried about?

Yes, there is: ANYBODY who is a smoker has something to worry about. If you are chronically producing mucus (phlegm) that is an indication that the smoking is causing inflammation in your air passages, which is the beginning of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. See your doctor and please quit smoking. ...Read more

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I have chronic phlegm in my throat. What can I do?

I have chronic phlegm in my throat. What can I do?

Salt water cleanout: Chronic phlegm is often a result of postnasal drip. My first suggestion be to try to wash out the postnasal drip. A salt water wash out of your nasal passageways on a daily basis can be useful. There are many nasal rinse kits available over-the-counter for this. If this is not adequate, then prescription nose sprays can be helpful. But there may be other issues, so see you doctor. ...Read more

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How come I always have phlegm build up in the back of my throat?

How come I always have phlegm build up in the back of my throat?

Lots of Causes: Your symptoms may be caused by allergies and sinusitis with post-nasal drip (the collection in the back of your throat) or an infection. Check with your doctor as there are several possibilities. ...Read more

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I am to much worried about phlegm in my throat. Please suggest me any medicine.?

I am to much worried about phlegm in my throat. Please suggest me any medicine.?

Need: First to determine the likely etiology prior to treatment. Your local doctor will be the first step ...Read more

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I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more

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It feels that I constantly have phlegm in my throat and I can never get it out. It's constant what do you think it is?

Thick mucous: Thickened mucous can be from over drying the normal mucous in the throat with medication. Drainage from your sinuses or even reflux problems such as lprd. ...Read more

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I need a remedy for phlegm in my throat.

I need a remedy for phlegm in my throat.

Guifenesin: Hydration and Guaifenesin 1200 mg twice daily. Take with food and glass of water. ...Read more

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How can I treat this mucus/phlegm in my throat?

Sinus or Reflux?: Thick mucus in the throat is due to irritation to the mucosa. Generally this means either 1)irritation due to postnasal drip from allergies or chronic sinus infection, or 2)irritation from acid reflux (laryngopharyngeal, "silent" reflux). The former is treated with a nasal steroid spray and saline sinus rinses. The latter with acid suppressing meds. Your doctor can help pin down a specific cause. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of phlegm in my throat?

How can I get rid of phlegm in my throat?

Salt water: Try gargling with warm salty water. Use a teaspoon in 8 oz of warm water and gargle and spit. ...Read more

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Have had phlegm in my throat for about a month. Why? No cough or anything..

Have had phlegm in my throat for about a month. Why? No cough or anything..

Need more info: Do you have symptoms of allergies like sneezing or post nasal drip? Do you have this phlegm mostly at night or during the day? Also, did you have a cold a month ago? And do you smoke? If it is following a cold, it should go away with time. ...Read more

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Lately, after I eat I have phlegm in my throat. I don't think I am alergic to anything. Could this be a alergic reaction or just anxiety related?

Lately, after I eat I have phlegm in my throat. I don't think I am alergic to anything. Could this be a alergic reaction or just anxiety related?

Possibly: Sometimes eating triggers a sympathetic reaction in the bronchial tubes causing excessive phlegm production. Cold beverages and food can trigger asthma like symptoms with cough and phlegm production or even wheezing. A food allergy could cause these symptoms rarely. I don't think this is likely to be caused by anxiety. ...Read more

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Why is it after I eat I have to keep clearing my throat? There is nothing there but it feels like there is phlegm in my throat and it's after I wat

This represents GERD: A constant clearing of the throat after eating represents an atypical manifestation of acid reflux disease. The medical term is known as globus which represents a fullness in the back of throat which is worst after eating. The first and most important step in managing reflux is to eat properly by avoiding caffeine, alchohol, fatty foods and tobacco. Another key point is avoid eating late at nite. ...Read more

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How do I spit out the phlegm in my throat?

How do I spit out the phlegm in my throat?

Hydrate really well.: Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. Don't be afraid to let your spit fly. ...Read more

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I fell phlegm in my throat No other symptoms When should I see doctor?

I fell phlegm in my throat No other symptoms When should I see doctor?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat symptoms can be from a 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 the doctor if throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A few days of throat lozenges may help. Allergies may cause throat mucus. ...Read more

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In the morning I wake up not being able to breath or swallow due to build up of phlegm in my throat, I don't know what to do about this issue.

In the morning I wake up not being able to breath or swallow due to build up of phlegm in my throat, I don't know what to do about this issue.

Checkup: It sound like you may have a post nasal drip, pooling into the back of your throat. I suggest an examination and also, ask about the possibility of acid reflux while you sleep. Definitely get a medical opinion. ...Read more

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Past couple months I have been feeling sick but not sick. There is a lot of phlegm in my throat and I am starting to cough a lot. What is this?

Past couple months I have been feeling sick but not sick. There is a lot of phlegm in my throat and I am starting to cough a lot. What is this?

Valuation is best: It is best to see your doctor as they can do exam, evaluate and treat you properly. Coughing and phlegm don't always mean infection, could be allergy or if infection is mostly viral. But if it is getting worse, it is best to be evaluated for other things including asthma. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with waves up nausea, dry heaving, and excess phlegm in my throat. Some mornings it's once or twice while others it's ongoing.

I wake up every morning with waves up nausea, dry heaving, and excess phlegm in my throat. Some mornings it's once or twice while others it's ongoing.

Could be: Post nasal drip. Drains at night. Then in am body tries to mobilize it. Cough. Vomit etc to get rid of it. Call your doc. Try some allergy meds may help. Elevate head of bed. All may help. Increase water. May help this the secretions. ...Read more

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I am currently suffering with lots of white phlegm in my throat constantly. I am suffering with anxiety I'm on 10mg citalopram. I think it may be acid?

I am currently suffering with lots of white phlegm in my throat constantly. I am suffering with anxiety I'm on 10mg citalopram. I think it may be acid?

Anxiety: I understand your discomfort about white phlegm and Anxiety.
Citalopram is primarily a medication for Depression, not Anxiety.
It can have side effect of Coughing, and upper respiratory tract infection, see a Physician for that
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy for stresses in life, improving your well-being, medication as needed, Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery. ...Read more

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I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever I clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! Its annoying.?

I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever I clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! Its annoying.?

Postnasal drip: Mucus is normally present in our membranes but excess amounts can be produced by allergies, sinus problems, deviated nasal septum, excessively dry envirinment, irritants, certain foods, changes in temperature, etc. If the mucus is foul smelling, you may have a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out thick mucus. See an ENT specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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Sticky, smelly lump of phlegm in my throat causing chronic bad breath. Why is it always there?

Sticky, smelly lump of phlegm in my throat causing chronic bad breath. Why is it always there?

You need to see ENT: You may have sinus infection or some other infection causing bad breath and lump of phlegm
consult yoor doctor or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Every time I drink wine (red in particular) I get terrible phlegm in my throat for the next few days.?

Every time I drink wine (red in particular) I get terrible phlegm in my throat for the next few days.?

Wine and phlegm: I am thinking you may be drinking bad Australian wine. Which ones do you drink? Recommend Grange Hermitage if you can afford it. Or switch to whites to see if it is the reds. If so your body is telling you not to drink reds. Good on ya! ...Read more

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I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! I've had heartburn for 5 years too.

I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! I've had heartburn for 5 years too.

Sounds like GERD: You are on Omeprazole for heartburn. It is clear that this is inadequate for your symptoms. The symptoms you describe above are all associated with gerd. Please return to your doctor and obtain a different medication for the treatment of gerd since Omeprazole is not currently working well enough for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of thick phlegm in my throat that is quite difficult to cough up as it is so thick, it is a chronic persistent problem?

Mucinex, (guaifenesin) MD: Thick phlegm can be thinned out with something like a mucinex, (guaifenesin) which can be found at most drug stores. However, if this is a chronic problem, you should visit an md to determine what the root cause of the phlegm is: reflux, allergies, post-nasal drip, or lung issues. Productive cough is a particular symptom that is concerning. Long term treatment of the originating problem will help you long-term. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more