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What causes excessive phlegm production after eating?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: My husband now has excessive phlem - it starts as a "tickle" in his stomach within 15 - 30 minutes after eating and then he has to hock it up - several times a day - it has made him weak and tired. He had this about 4 years ago, it lasted about 6 to 8 months and suddenly stopped one day. It is now back. There doesn't seem to be any specific food that brings it on. He has a pacemaker and I am concerned that this is hard on his heart. Are there any tests that can be taken to get to the bottom of this?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Excess Phlegm

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Excess phlegm/ sputum with history of weight loss/ generalized weakness should prompt workup. Chest x ray , sputum for AFB and routine examination, blood counts, ESR can be advised. Based on the results of these investigations specific treatment can be advised.

In the meanwhile mucolytics such as n acetylcysteine and carbocysteine along with PPIs can be advised. If there is evidence of infection then antibiotics can be initiated after consulting your doctor.


Wishing you best of health

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below

http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107

Dr. M.S. Khalil

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What causes excessive phlegm production after eating?

Brief Answer: Excess Phlegm Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern Excess phlegm/ sputum with history of weight loss/ generalized weakness should prompt workup. Chest x ray , sputum for AFB and routine examination, blood counts, ESR can be advised. Based on the results of these investigations specific treatment can be advised. In the meanwhile mucolytics such as n acetylcysteine and carbocysteine along with PPIs can be advised. If there is evidence of infection then antibiotics can be initiated after consulting your doctor. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107 Dr. M.S. Khalil