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Coughing excess phlegm after surgery with general anesthesia. Normal?

I had general anesthesia yesterday for a surgical procedure and now I keep coughing up excess phlegm . Is this normal and how many days will this take to go away? I started to use my netipot to try to relieve the problem. It is worse while lying flat. So now I propped myself under a bunch of pillows. I hope this will help. Carolyn S YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sun, 11 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
Thanks for writing to hcm.
Post general anesthesia cough can be troubledome for a week or two.
It can be due to vocal cord swelling or gastritis or reflux.
You are rightly doing by propping pillows, you can also try gargling with antiseptic mouth wash or betadine garbled. Antacids might help to decrease gastritis and reflux.
Dr Arun
Answered: Tue, 3 Sep 2013
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