Re: Is swallowing phlegm ok?
Interesting question for sure....
If you have infection in your lungs or sinuses, it would be best to spit it out, why would you want to swallow infection if you don't have to.
I get nauseated when I have post nasal drip in buckets full ;-) and am constantly swallowing it because I can't blow it out. If I can spit it out when it's convenient (at home) I do...but most times I don't have the opportunity.
When it's "stuck" in my throat and won't go down when it's kind of cleared out, I try to cough it up and spit. That mostly bothers me when I'm trying to get to sleep.
Our whole digestive system is coated with protective mucous. I think digesting the stuff from our lungs and nose is fairly easy when it's just phlegm. But with infection..I would much rather spit most of it out when I can.
Making sure we have enough liquids can help loosen them up..as well as steaming the nasal/bronchial passages. Guafenesine (sp?) helps as well to make phlegm somewhat looser and easier to cough up.
Hope this perspective helps.
It's all a matter of perspective!