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Why does my phlegm taste salty?

Salty phlegm: Hello, your salty tasting phlegm is normal.

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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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.

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What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

Infection: If the phlegm is foul smelling or tasting it usually means there is infection. Coughing is away for your lungs to try and clear this material and help resolve the infection. Vast majority of infections are viral. Stay hydrated, using an expectorant like guaifenesin can be helpful in the mucus and make it easier to clear. If no improvement in 7 to 14 days, or worse, see your doctor

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Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.

Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.

Infection: That is a sign of your infection, either from a virus or from bacteria. It should get better. If not better in another week or so, or if it starts getting worse, talk to your doctor. You may need antibiotics.

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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesn't clear up quickly!

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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Side effect: The metallic taste may sometimes be a side effect of the antibiotics that are frequently used to treat the pneumonia. Hence the metallic taste may not have much to do with the phlegm itself.

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What is this brown phlegm with solid stuff mean? I don't smoke but people around me do. It hard to spit out and taste is grose.

Phlegm: If you are coughing up brown phlegm then you have bronchitis. You can get bronchitis even without having chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoke (even second hand) can be act as an irritant which makes the bronchitis worse. As an aside, you can develop chronic lung disease from second hand smoke so be cautious about the company you keep.

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About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

Normal: It is normal for phlegm to have a salty taste. It will clear up on its own. 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. Practice safe sex.

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Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Herpes simplex: Viruses are respiratory viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract and cause bronchitis. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so.

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Woke up this am, congested, coughing up clear phlegm (taste bad)& a vapor like when. Breathing out in the cold. Very hard to breathe.

URI: Call your doctor if your symptoms seem severe... If "hard to breath" means lungs, see someone right away. Pneumonia is still a dangerous disease that requires treatment even if it starts out as a virus.

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I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

Throat phlegm: Throat phlegm is often ropey saliva. This is affected by dehydration, infection and certain foods. Easiest fix is to increase h2o intake by a liter a day. Non- alcoholic mouth washes are useuful as well. Brushing your teeth 3-4times a day is important. Any of the causes can create bad breath. Infection will become evident and needs treatment.

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Yesterday, I smoked a cigarette for the first time in months. I woke up with the taste still in my mouth and spitting bloody phlegm. What could it be?

Yesterday, I smoked a cigarette for the first time in months. I woke up with the taste still in my mouth and spitting bloody phlegm. What could it be?

Rejection: Your body telling you not to start again. Likely irritation response to the noxious chemicals and heat from the cigarette. Your body was happy without all the carcinogens. Good Luck at staying smoke-free.

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