Cough With Phlegm

Phlegm, a gelatinous white substance also known as mucus, may be coughed up when the lung is irritated. This is a condition known as a 'wet cough'. Respiratory illnesses, lung irritants like tobacco smoke, and vigorous exercise may also cause or aggravate this condition. It is rarely serious, but a persistent wet cough should be examined by a medical professional.

A cough with phlegm typically indicates respiratory irritation or infection, such as a common cold, bronchitis, or pneumonia. The presence of phlegm suggests the body's attempt to clear the airways of mucus and foreign substances. It is important to monitor other symptoms, such as fever, chest pain, or shortness of breath, and seek medical advice if the cough persists or worsens.

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