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Old 05-13-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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Question It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

Is the reason why its soo hard to cough up mucus b/c its in your lungs and not in your throat? some people are lucky to have loose coughs to clear the mucus but i dont it sucks, WHY?

I had bad thick PND from my sinus surgery also have asthma.

my throat feels tight. 90% of the time why i cough its dry BUT i feel gobs of mucus in there, b/c if im lucky i am able to draw it up.

 
Old 05-13-2005, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

Some people have a really hard time coughing up mucus from their lungs. I don't if its at all loose. However, I have had bronchitis and been so tight it has taken a course of steroids to break it up. Usually though its a productive cough. Buy Mucinex at the drug store. It is really good to loosem phlegm and mucus. Also drink lots of water, hot tea, any clear liquid will help

 
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Old 05-13-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

does pnd drip into lungs? my ent said no wont shouldnt, only ppl with lung trouble. but he still doesnt make sense as to why mine is so thick. is it b/c my pnd is very thick?

 
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Re: It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

I think it can get into the lungs, but I'm not sure. I will ask my doctor that one. I have asthma also and I consider that a lung problem.

 
Old 05-13-2005, 07:06 PM   #5
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Re: It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

i agree with you, and thank you for the reply. my ent said no, not in the lungs. i consider asthma a lung condition, so i dunno. hopefully ur doc agrees.

 
Old 05-16-2005, 06:52 PM   #6
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Re: It thick it's a simple question; why can I never get an answer?

Well, I can't say for certain it gets into your lungs, but it does irritate your airway. PND can cause a chronic cough because it "tickles" the airway. So knowing that, I would say yes it does enter atleast the airway.

There are many reasons why someone is unable to cough up mucus. First being the inablility to produce an effective cough, but by your post that doesn't sound like that is the issue. If the mucus is thick it is harder to become mobile. It is good to stay hydrated but in some cases like chronic bronchitis if you become over hydrated it can cause the mucus to "swell" up causing more of a problem.

There are different coughing techniques out there and one used most often is the huff cough. Breath in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth a couple of times. After you breathed in deeply do a cough that resembles you saying "HUFF" "HUFF" "HUFF". It has been shown to cause increased vibrations and help mobilize mucus. The huff, huff, huff should be done with one exhalation with 3-4 huffs a few times. The huffs should be forceful but not "barking".

Another technique is quite often used with cystic fibrosis, it's called autogenic breathing. It is a series of breathing, diaphragm breathing, coughing that has been shown to be VERY effective at removing secretions. It is used quite often over seas but unfortunately it is often time consuming and the US doesn't use it as much. Go figure right.... I know you didnt say you had cystic fibrosis, but if you do a little research on autogenic breathing on the net you might find some techniques that may help you up getting that mucus up.

Also, there is a device called a flutter valve or acapella that causes vibrations in the lungs when you exhale. They are fairly inexpensive and have shown to help a lot getting those secretions mobile.

Definately talk to your doctor as he/she may be able to get one prescribed for you, if not, they are very inexpensive.

Hope this helps.

 
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