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Doctor insights on: Yellow Phlegm Lungs

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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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3 months after flu: excess sticky clear mucus -no blood, am only yellow phlegm, sleep: lungs dry out w/ rib aches, no fevers, some fatigue. Pneumonia?

3 months after flu: excess sticky clear mucus -no blood, am only yellow phlegm, sleep: lungs dry out w/ rib aches, no fevers, some fatigue. Pneumonia?

Probably not....: With pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, there is usually discolored sputum that is coughed up consistently and there may even be some blood. Typically, there is a fever with pneumonia as well. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor since it is possible to have pneumonia with less severe symptoms but it is atypical. A chest x-ray can diagnose pneumonia if there is any doubt. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. 

Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. anorexia, expectorating pure blood. chronic spasmodic coughing,etc. this is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm: This is something that should be evaluated by your doctor. It can be as minor as allergies or as severe as pneumonia. Your doctor can help you find the answer. ...Read more

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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 doesnt clear up quickly! ...Read more

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Is it true that phlegm really gets into our lungs when we swallow it?

Is it true that phlegm really gets into our lungs when we swallow it?

No: Mucus is formed by cells that line the bronchial tubes. It is cleared into the throat where it typically is swallowed unconsciously. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more