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Yes, it is perfectly healthy to swallow your phlegm.
Spit the phlegm out; don't swallow it. Among the many components that make up phlegm are substances like immunoglobulins and glycoproteins that help your body fight off an infection. When these substances get killed (together with the bacteria and virus they were fighting), they become part of what makes up phlegm. When phlegm gets coughed out, it means that they have served their purpose - remnants and refuse of the battle, so to speak - and are no longer necessary in the proper functioning of the body. They have to be expelled. Therefore, spit them out and don't swallow them back. Aside from the fact that swallowing phlegm is gross and unsanitary, it sometimes gets reintroduced to your pulmonary system, worsening your situation.
Nope! Acidity of the stomach is sure to destroy the bacteria. On the contrary, spitting the phlegm out is gross, even though into a napkin. As to the substances like immunoglobulins and glycoproteins, they are played out yes, however, it is very well known that they cannot be absorbed from the intestines as whole. Instead, the aminoacids and other monomers that constitute them are absorbed and re-used. Consider that we intake the proteins of someone else (an animal's). We use them after digesting them.
It may be healthy, but swallowing too much phlegm may cause it to clog up in your throat and turn into a nasty cough.
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If you have a chest cold and bad cough with a stuffy nose and you cough up green yellowish phlegm is that a sign of infection?
Sign of Infection Yea, you should get to the doctor to get that cleared up. Here is more from WikiAnswers contributors: * That's a pretty clear sign of infect…ion, but the good news is that your body coughing up the phlegm means it's fighting and ridding itself of the infection. Be patient, pamper yourself, and be careful about taking medications that suppress symptoms -- they may help you feel better but those symptoms are your body fighting the infection, so you don't want to get too much in its way. * Don't assume you need antibiotics. Antibiotics are overused, and you could develop a resistance to them. Then when you really need one, it could be ineffective. Check out the Web MD link for a New England Journail article on antibiotics for a chest cold. It sounds like bronchitis, get to the doctor =))
Answer Phlegm is the mucus which we can cough up from the lungs. In the mouth it mixes with http://www.answers.com/topic/saliva (spit) to become sputum, which is then …expectorated: phlegm plus saliva equals sputum, which is commonly studied by doctors to give signs of what is happening in the lungs. In health the output of phlegm is too small to be measured accurately, but estimates give values of 15-50 ml/day, a minute amount. This is carried up to the larynx by the ‘ciliary escalator’, the wave-like movement of the hairs on the cells lining the trachea and bronchi. Once in the larynx, the phlegm is either coughed out, or more usually swallowed with, at the most, a throat-clearing ‘huff’. In disease, excessive production of mucus in the airways is characteristic of illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, usually diagnosed by the large production of phlegm; the mucus stimulates nerve receptors in the lining of the airways, which excite http://www.answers.com/topic/cough, and this leads to the removal of the phlegm. The commonest causes of phlegm production are airways infections, such as influenza, and cigarette http://www.answers.com/topic/smoking. Smokers' cough is due to the irritation of smoke stimulating mucus output from the glands in the trachea and bronchi. At night this mucus stays in the lungs, and when the smoker gets up in the morning the accumulated mucus is coughed up. The greatest output of phlegm is seen in a rare condition, bronchorrhoea, in which as much as two litres/day of sputum may be produced.
>No it is not. it just goes to your stomach. It could make you feel sick to your stomach though. I came asking the same question but found elsewhere that apparently …when swallowed it can find its way back into the lungs, so i'd consider this incompletely answered.
Answer ALWAYS SWALLOW. Noone likes a spitter!
sounds like an infection!
Not necessarily. You will just digest it like everything else, and no, you cannot get pregnant from it either.
It could be due to some really serious diseases or disorders, so you should go to the doctor to find out what is causing yours. Old blood turns from red to black-looking, so i…f you have had a really bad infection like bronchitis, it could be that you have had some minor bleeding from the infection in your lungs or bronchitis. Blood from your nose and sinuses can also mix with your nasal mucus, run down the back of your throat with post nasal drip and look black when you cough it up. There are many much more serious problems that can cause it, so it should not be ignored as a warning sign, have the doctor examine you. Black-looking phlegm you cough up can be residue from smoking that is stuck in your respiratory tract. It includes the tar from the burning process and can be caused by both marijuana and cigarettes. Smoking both is the ultimate bad choice. I've been coughing up black phlegm for about a month or two now and am quitting cigarettes and marijuana for good. Face it, burning and inhaling smoke from anything can't be good for you, so get the will power to stop. The doctor can help you find help to stop. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. Waiting until later will cause you to become more addicted and have much more difficulty stopping. Smoking isn't cool anymore... It is either old blood, dead tissue, a substance from out of your body or a black mold infection. Black mold infection is a dangerous disease that should be treated immediately. If you want to inhale substances without getting tar and other filth in your lungs, use a vaporizer or e-sigarette instead.
Use an expectorant cough preparation available over the counter. Ask your pharmacist for recommendations for your symptoms. My favorite ones contain the active ingredient …of guaifenesin (Robitussin and generic versions).
It usually will mean you have a respiratory system infection (like bronchitis). Check your temperature so you can tell your health care professional if you have had any fever.… They should be contacted because it could be something that will need immediate treatment.
usually by exerting air in your laranex at a angle which pushes on phlegm as you cough.
Yes get the poor child some cold medicine. If it gets worse or doesn't get better in a day or two go to the doctor.
Ask the pharmacist at the drugstore what she suggests. Expectorant cough preparations that are over the counter medications can help, as well as drinking more fluids (water) t…hat will help thin the secretions. One of the best choices is a cough medicine that includes the active ingredient guaifenesin. Many famous national brands contain this medicine that is made from the guaiac tree that was discovered long ago by Native Americans. Look for the generic copy cat medicines on the shelves nearby to save costs. Guaifenesin is also the active ingredient in Mucinex if you want to take a tablet instead of syrup (although there is sugar free cough medicine, too). To loosen the phlegm you will do better with products that say "expectorant" and not those that include "decongestants". If you are not able to cough the phlegm up with the guifenesin, taken as directed on the label or by the pharmacist, in a day or two, or if you have a fever, contact your doctor.
Spit it out, it's not good for you to keep it in your body
It just mixes with the contents of your stomach and passes through the digestive system. Some of it is digested and taken up into the body while some of it passes through to b…e eliminated from the body with stool.
This is not normal although it affects many people. Depending on how much you cough up could be the result of some other underlying issue. Consult your doctor and note if it h…as gotten worse, how long, and what foods drinks (if any) make it worse.
I believe coughing up purple phlegm relates to a heart problem.