Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
164 Doctors are Online

45 years old. Spitting bright semi solid phlegm. Does this indicate any abnormality?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

ENT Specialist
Practicing since : 1991
Answered : 2547 Questions

45 yr old male non smoker. Fit, 200 lbs. I am periodically spitting up semi-solid, bright XXXXXXX meally tissue-like phlegm from the back of my throat. What is this?
Posted Fri, 15 Feb 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 1 hour later

Thank you for your query.

1. Briight XXXXXXX phlegm usually signifies an active bacterial or fungal infection or an allergy.

2. Semi-solid, chunky tissue like phlegm signifies stagnation and drying up of the mucus.

3. The possible sources of such phlegm include the para-nasal sinuses (as you have a history of an MVA with facial trauma), nasal allergy, bronchitis or acid reflux.

4. Do you have any symptoms related to these sites such as fever, sneezing, nasal discharge, cold, cough, breathlessness or heartburn? In addition imaging of the sinuses and lungs will help.

5. In the meantime you may try regular steam inhalation and as anti-allergic mucolytic medication.

6. You may also get a sample of this phlegm examined for three consecutive days. A routine blood test and a course of antibiotics and anti-fungal medication may be considered by your physician. Video endoscopy of the nose and throat may be done.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an ENT Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor