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What is phlegm?

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Mucus, also known as “phlegm” when it’s made by your respiratory system, lines the tissues of your body (such as your nose, mouth, throat, and lungs), and it helps protect you from infection.

SOURCES:

Asthma UK: “Phlegm, mucus and asthma.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mucus and Phlegm: What To Do If You Have Too Much,”  “Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR),” “Survival Guide for Allergy Season,” “Do Any Bronchitis Home Remedies Actually Work?”

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease,” Jul-Sept 2009.

CDC: “Chest Cold (Acute Bronchitis),” “Trends in Tuberculosis, 2018.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),”  “Cough: When to see a doctor.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Bronchitis,” “COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

MedlinePlus: “Chronic Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms and Diagnosis,” “Tuberculosis Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Stanford Children’s Health: “The Genetics of Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Asthma UK: “Phlegm, mucus and asthma.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mucus and Phlegm: What To Do If You Have Too Much,”  “Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR),” “Survival Guide for Allergy Season,” “Do Any Bronchitis Home Remedies Actually Work?”

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease,” Jul-Sept 2009.

CDC: “Chest Cold (Acute Bronchitis),” “Trends in Tuberculosis, 2018.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),”  “Cough: When to see a doctor.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Bronchitis,” “COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

MedlinePlus: “Chronic Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms and Diagnosis,” “Tuberculosis Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Stanford Children’s Health: “The Genetics of Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 30, 2020

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