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chronic phlegm

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  • Posted By: ribbans1980
  • November 4, 2008
  • 10:50 AM

can anyone please advise?
I caught a really bad cough and cold back in may '08. Since then I have developed a vast amount of phlegm and cannot seem to shift it.
I cough it up all the time but don't have a cough. It varies in colour all the time from being brown, green and clear. It isn't particularly worse at any time of day, it's constant. I can sometimes feel it on my chest if i take a deep breath and can feel a slight rattle on my chest which tells me i need to get rid of it. If I really laugh i develop a mild coughing fit and have to excuse myself to cough it up.
I have asked two of my doctors about this twice now and they dont seem to think i have a problem. They have checked my chest by stethascope and told me that it is clear. I have been a smoker for 15 years and never had any chest problems and the doctors never mentioned this as being a factor.
PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP/ADVISE AS THIS ISN'T PARTICULARY PLEASANT- ESPECIALLY FOR A LADY

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  • Have they checked your sinuses? It sounds like sinuso-bronchial syndrome.
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 10:35 PM
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  • hello felson, No they haven't checked my sinuses. In fact they haven't checked anything or ran any tests. All they have done is listen to my chest.This obviously isn't the norm for a relatively fit, healthy young person.I was pregnant when I caught the cough and cold back in May and since had the baby. It's not very pleasant either to keep having to leave the room for the urge to 'cough-up' and clear my throat.I have to go back to the docs in a months time for a repeat cholesteral test as my last test came back on the high side so I will be questioning a different doctor about this problem with the helpful answers that kind people like yourself offers!Any more advice etc would be greatly appreciated. thank you:(
    ribbans1980 2 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 10:01 AM
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  • Ribbans, This syndrome means that if you have a bacterial infection in your maxillary sinus (can be ever so small and "quiet"), the bacteria spread down to your lungs and give symptoms there. Even if they would treat your cough, it won't help, until the cause is treated. This is what happened to me. For six months I had a horribble phlegm-cough and no treatment helped. Finally a wise ENT doctor explained to me what the cause could be. I had my sinuses rinsed and only a small pus clot came out. The next day the phlegm and the cough was gone. Hope you'll find a wise ENT doctor and get better. Best of luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 03:42 PM
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  • Thank you very much felson! I'm hoping this is the answer.I'll be sure to mention this to the doc!:D
    ribbans1980 2 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 09:48 PM
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