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What causes mucus plugs in asthma? I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) in am & pm proactively. I also have ob. Sleep apnea/acid reflux. Other treatment options for mucus?

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Dr. Robert Ramirez
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Asthma itself

Mucus production is one of the main symptoms of asthma.
It is just a sign of airway inflammation generally from an allergen or even an infection. The latter is usually easier to recognize by the discoloration and other symptoms like fever and malaise. Make sure you are treating the asthma. You likely need a daily controller inhaler. Keep in mind, other problems like COPD can present similarly.

In brief: Asthma itself

Mucus production is one of the main symptoms of asthma.
It is just a sign of airway inflammation generally from an allergen or even an infection. The latter is usually easier to recognize by the discoloration and other symptoms like fever and malaise. Make sure you are treating the asthma. You likely need a daily controller inhaler. Keep in mind, other problems like COPD can present similarly.
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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Inflammation

Causes increased mucous secretions in airway, which consequently leads to "plugs" of mucous.
Mucinex (guaifenesin) 1200mg with adequate hydration is a good start, you may also consider nebulized atrovent treatments as well as inhaled steroids to reduce the inflammation. These options should be discussed with your asthma specialist.

In brief: Inflammation

Causes increased mucous secretions in airway, which consequently leads to "plugs" of mucous.
Mucinex (guaifenesin) 1200mg with adequate hydration is a good start, you may also consider nebulized atrovent treatments as well as inhaled steroids to reduce the inflammation. These options should be discussed with your asthma specialist.
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Vitamin therapy

Asthma is due to an imbalance of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system.The commonest cause is poor diet (yes--- honest!) and you need to see a physician who is conversant with the elements of good diet and appropriate vitamin therapy.

In brief: Vitamin therapy

Asthma is due to an imbalance of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system.The commonest cause is poor diet (yes--- honest!) and you need to see a physician who is conversant with the elements of good diet and appropriate vitamin therapy.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways of the lungs which can narrow the caliber of the airway, and bronchoconstriction, that results from tightening of the muscles that surround the airway. Although a diet that provides adequate vitamins is important, asthma is not treatable by diet or vitamin therapy.
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