Phlegm

Phlegm

My body is drowning itself in phlegm and I'm constantly coughing up foamy white phlegm. My stomach hurts and is big and bloated. My cough I've had so long I can't remember when it started.i breath shallow and heavy. Can't breath through my nose when im walking. .but open mouth. .and I wease constantly.

Does anyone else get this?? Any treatment? I do walk dogs everyday so I'm not too unfit.

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  • Hi Sharonleane, my son has gastric reflux GERD and before it was treated/diagnosed he had your symptoms- a constant cough and coughing up a white foamy stuff. He also had stomach problems and lost a lot of weight. It might be worth googling GERD ( gastro oesophageal reflux disease).

    Sorry if this is wrong idea and hope you get it sorted out. X

  • Sounds like asthma/hayfever I have these symptoms and use inhalers. They help me to breathe better. It's worse after laying down as phlegm collects on my chest but within a few minutes it starts to clear. see your doctor as I get chest infections regularly.

  • Was also going to suggest gastric reflux so easy to treat would be worth giving medication a try x

  • I also have this coughing (pulmonary fibrosis) and gastric reflux (also muscles of my oesophagus are weakened) by Lupus MCTD. I am now using ambulatory oxygen.

  • Was just going to ask about this yesterday, but never got to it. Sometimes I wake up and coughing for awhile and phlegm comes up. I was thinking it could be allergies or something. Was a little worried it was something not working right. Better after I exercised and better today. Sorry I could not help with a diagnosis, I haven't figured it out yet myself what causes it. Good luck and take care...

  • I think I have similar symptoms and mine are due to asthma - the feeling of lungs full of fluid and although I can breathe deeply, I don't seem to get enough oxygen. I use inhalers and they help a lot. I also swim regularly - the swimming in warm water and breathing moist air seems to help. I am allergic to dogs (among other things) and currently house and dog sitting for friends(!) and my symptoms are much worse so I'm coming to the conclusion that I will not agree to do this again. We don't have a dog of our own at the moment and may need to make a decision to not get another. However, what helps is to sweep (their floors are all tiles) and mop everyday and not have the dogs indoors. I also wash my hands after handling them.

  • Could be cardiac overload or even CHF. Nothing to play with. Please go have chest X-ray! Are you swollen in hands and legs/ankles. Frothy sputum is a symptom of CHF. Are your neck veins distended?

  • My sister had symptoms like what you describe,she was on a drug metotraxate,one of the doctors she attends reckons it was the drug that causes the symtoms.Along with the above suggestions I would look at side effects of drugs you are on.Hope it improves!

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