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Can drinking water actually cause excess phlegm rather than thin mucus? Seems to be happening to me.

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology

In brief: Sputum

This would depend on whether the water is contaminated.
This issue can be addressed with an internist and the public health department if necessary.

In brief: Sputum

This would depend on whether the water is contaminated.
This issue can be addressed with an internist and the public health department if necessary.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Can get more of both

If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser.

In brief: Can get more of both

If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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