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phlegm is very sticky and hard to get up.

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I have been struggling with phlegm build up for a long time (don't know exactly how long, definitely been several months at least). The area at the top of my chest always feels slightly clogged up.

I have mild allergies so in the past month this clogging has gotten much worse.

Finally, last week I woke up only able to take shallow breaths and since then I have been coughing all the time. It feels often as though I am drowning. Also, I have been coughing so much that my throat is raw and I have no voice. Aside from this I have no flu symptoms.

The phlegm is very sticky and hard to get up. Usually it is clear however it is sometimes (such as the first day last week) a green colour.

Aside from just allergies, what could be going on here?

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replied May 24th, 2012
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A35262

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Chronic cough with phelgm is usually due to chest infection. Pneumonitis,tonsillitis and tuberculosis are some common causes which need to be ruled out.Usually green cough is indicative of bacterial infection and can also signify post nasal drip due to sinus infection.It is impossible to know the cause without respiratory examination and investigations as Sputum test,Chest X ray,blood test etc.

If infection is detected then antibiotics are the main stay of treatment.
Meanwhile for symptomatic relief, follow these measures-

1. Avoid dust, excessive humidity, sudden change in temperatures and any known allergen.

2.Take steam inhalation twice daily - Take hot water in a vessel, put few drops of eucalyptus oil in it.

3.Use normal saline nasal drops for decongestion which encourages drainage.

4.Avoid dairy products,excessive meat and starchy food items as they can exacerbate the symptoms.

5.Drink plenty of water and take herbal teas.

Kindly visit a Physician for deteiled evaluation so that appropriate treatment can be started.

Take care!


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