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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does coughing up of green phlegm indicate?

I having green phleglm for more than 2 months. I managed to clear our most of my muscus by bending in my both shoulder inwards and both hands place near the tap on each side and managed to cough out easier.
Just check does this help to remove the greenish phlegm?
Wed, 21 Feb 2018
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
Thanks for contacting with your health concern

1. with symptoms of green phlegm, cough for more than 2 months now. it probably could be a bacterial infection, seasonal allergy or bronchitis, thus following should be your approach:

i. check with a Chest specialist [pulmonologist] for necessary examination and investigations like
. Hb%, WBC for eosinophilia
. X-ray chest for TB, Pneumonia
. If other investigations are normal, HIV test [as routine]

ii. The choice of antibiotic will vary from doctor to doctor, and from locality to locality, till then

- maintain good oral hygiene, rinse your mouth after every meal, avoid smoking, tobacco chewing.
- Take mainly soft diet - rice, chapati, or phulka, with nonspicy vegetables.
- Avoid fried foods like wada, samosa, dosa, pakodas, papad,namkeen and potato chips, avoid hotel food.
. Do not take any cold drinks, cold water, ice cream, chilled food from the refrigerator.
. Avoid sour fruits like citrus fruits, grapes, take sweet fruits- bananas, papaya
. Steam Inhalation and warm salt water gargles.
. Cover the mouth while coughing (using hand or handkerchief) to prevent the spread of infection to other family members.

PS. Consult an ENT specialist [for quick visual examination of the throat] and for any necessary investigation(s)
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