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Sticky Phlegm

I was recently diagnosed with moderate persistent adult onset Asthma by a very reputable pulmonologist here is Atlanta. Symbicort and Singulair have improved my symptoms greatly ... cough, shortness of breath gone. Lung function has improved and I’m exercising again and sleep like a rock. However, I still have nagging and frequent clear sticky phlegm that seemingly works it’s way up and gets stuck in my throat. It’s a real challenge to get it out at times (I have to “huff” it up). Any ideas, thoughts or comments? I’ve come so far in the last 45-days ... this seems to be the lingering issue.

  1. Hi !

    Many members have struggled with managing their mucus and phlegm, so you are definitely not alone! It's super irritating. We have an article written about mucus management and a few ways to provide relief from mucus build-up in the throat: https://asthma.net/living/mucus-management/ You may find some of the home remedies helpful!

    Members have also said Mucinex, a hot shower, drinking apple cider vinegar (8 oz and 1 teaspoon with honey).

    Please let us know how you're doing and if you've tried any of these remedies! Sending positive and healthy wishes your way.

    Warmly,
    Sidney

    1. Hi , and thanks for your post. I see my colleague, Sidney, has already replied to your comment. I will echo her comments and hope that you have an opportunity to look over the article for which she provided a link.

      Since you asked for suggestions when it comes to clearing your airway and throat from mucus, I thought this article, on that very topic, might provide you with some additional insight: https://copd.net/living/strategies-improving-cough/. It is from our sister site, COPD.net but the strategies can easily be applied to asthma as well. I do hope you find it to be helpful in a practical way.

      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

      1. If you are taking 10mg of Singulair - Try taking 5mg in the AM and 5mg in the PM. Check with your Dr. first of course but that helps me a lot with the mucus.

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