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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   can you develop symptoms of cystic fibrosis at age 21?
User :   or is it something you develop symptoms only as a child?
Doctor :   Ok May I ask you few questions about that?
User :   sure
Doctor :  
Was it diagnosed as cystic fibrosis?
User :   no. i just have had a very hard time explelling this thick mucus from my throat lately.
User :   it doesnt run in my family and i have never been diagnosed with it
Doctor :   So why do you really worry
User :   just wondering why my mucus is so thick and hard to expel
User :   im not sick.,
User :   so i dont know what would cause this
Doctor :  
Thick mucus could be part of many problems
Doctor :   Asthma, COPD, Chronic Bronchitis

Doctor :  
User :   ive never had any of these. i had asthma as a child but grew out of it... i dont have trouble breathing at all
Doctor :  
Then do not worry about it
Doctor :  
Thick sticky sputum can be for normal people too
Doctor :   Dehydration can cause thick sputum
User :   it is very annoying because i have a hard time getting rid of it... it takes forever to expel it out of my throat.
Doctor :  
If you are taking some medicines it causes thick sputum
Doctor :  
Do you smoke?
User :   yes.... :(
Doctor :   Smoking is the first important cause of thick sputum

User :   even if it comes on suddenly and never has before?
Doctor :   Yes

User :   besides quitting...which i am in the process of doing actually. what can help loosen or make my mucus not as thick?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
is the best thing
Doctor :  
Inhaling Menthol vapors
Doctor :  
User :   like that nasal vicks stuff?? where you just stick the chapstick looking thing and inhale once or twice?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
It can help you
Doctor :  
But it should be done more frequently at 5 times a day
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
as you feel good then it can melt down
Doctor :  
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Go through this link
Doctor :  
This is a prescription drug
Doctor :   It helps in breaking the bonds
Doctor :  
in the mucus helps in melting it
Doctor :  
For now you can use the Vicks stuff or menthol vapors
Doctor :  
DO steam inhalations
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