Nurses General Nursing


Hi i have had a feeling of phlegm in my chest and throat now for about a month or so, our insurance hasnt kicked in yet, but i have been taking a cough med to break it up, my question is everytime i make myself cough to get it out, i feel something at the bottom of my throat like try to come up but then goes back down like i am not coughing hard enough, could this congestion be due to a nasal congestion with drip that i always have, i have never been checked for allergies but i am scared of this feeling of something trying to come up then goes back down....Sorry so long..Michelle

z's playa

2,056 Posts

I'm not a nurse yet but I'm thinking if you stand on your head....just kidding. I get that too sometimes and it'll come up eventually. In my experience it has.I'm sure that an x-ray later can put some worry to rest.

I'm hope you'll get a more experienced answer than this soon. :)

nurseygrrl, LPN

445 Posts

Specializes in HIV/AIDS, Dementia, Psych.

If you've had this for a month and it hasn't gotten worse, I would suspect allergies. I get that sometimes also and was told bu an ENT that post nasal drip causes irritation to your throat and makes it feel as if there's a lump in it. I don't think it sounds like something to worry too much about. I hope you feel better!

live4today, RN

5,099 Posts

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Try some honey and lemon full strenth. Also, drinking milk, drinking orange juice and/or eating ice cream might help you cough it up. Those remedies always work on me. Good luck! :)

Angela Mac

219 Posts

when you do cough it up? what is the color & consistency.......

I wrote a little jingle- hope it helps

If it is clear or its white, you are alright

If its yellow or green, you need to be seen

If its brown, put your cigarettes down

& if its red, you will need a hospital bed

And if you have a fever, or pain in your chest, or difficulty breathing, or being short of breath- see a Physician right away.

Farkinott, RN

581 Posts

Specializes in Renal, Haemo and Peritoneal.

If you are a smoker you may have killed the cilia which help bring phlegm and other crap up. I used to smoke but the cilia do come back. Just a thought.

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