Excessive mucus without cough

Posted by hishamhussain @hishamhussain, Dec 8, 2016

Dear kind community group
I am Hisham Hussain. 40 years
I have been suffering with excessive mucus coming from lungs with out coughing 3 months ago.
I find difficulty to expel continually accumulating phlegm coming from my lungs to throat
my case get worsen day by day and i feel recently short-breathing.
what make my case get worse is that i have not cough to help in expelling mucus out so it go to accumulate into lungs and airways.
I took montelukast and xyzal medicines for 2 weeks but i did not feel any better

have you found anything that helps ?

@merpreb

@nylrehs79– There can be many, many reasons to have phlegm buildup without a cough. I have it. My mother's side all said that they had the …. drip! Have you been tested to see if you have any infections or other problems that could be causing this? Do you plan to see a doctor?
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321134#how-to-get-rid-of-phlegm-and-mucus

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Thanks, @merpreb, for this excellent link! With chronic bronchitis diagnosed by my pulmonologist and the excessive mucus that often comes with it, I've followed most of the recommendations listed in the medicalnewstoday article.

Using a Neti-Pot nasal saline solution along with Alkalol Solution Original Nasal Wash, has provided great relief. The one thing I hadn't considered was that certain foods, in addition to dairy, might trigger more congestion. Just wondering if there are other food groups that might produce more mucus production for some?

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@fiesty76

Thanks, @merpreb, for this excellent link! With chronic bronchitis diagnosed by my pulmonologist and the excessive mucus that often comes with it, I've followed most of the recommendations listed in the medicalnewstoday article.

Using a Neti-Pot nasal saline solution along with Alkalol Solution Original Nasal Wash, has provided great relief. The one thing I hadn't considered was that certain foods, in addition to dairy, might trigger more congestion. Just wondering if there are other food groups that might produce more mucus production for some?

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@fiesty76– Good morning! It's been a bit since we've talked. One thing to keep in mind, for all of us, is to make sure that any foods that you introduce or eliminate must be in accordance with the medicines that you have to take. This is especially true if you have an infection that is causing excessive mucus. A lot of this puzzle is solved on a trial and error basses. What works for you might not for someone else. It's always a good idea to talk with your doctor or consult with a dietician.

Additionally, if my voice is hoarse or sounds thick I know that I haven't had enough fluids to drink, mainly water. I have to force myself to drink sometimes.

Here are some ideas for foods to eliminate. It looks like the list incorporates everything someone might enjoy, lol. However, I'm sure that by trying things out you'll be able to figure out what works for you.
https://lunginstitute.com/blog/21-foods-trigger-mucus-production-21-foods-reduce/
Are there any foods that you have eliminated already and have positive results?

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@mayohealing

Hello,

I seen a natural pathetic specialist on this same issue. Started drinking Muelin Tea twice a day and taking Cordyceps. NAC supplements will help with breathing.
It was also suggested I do Omega 3, vitamin D and E.

Leave cokes, ice cream out of diet. Try to have a good diet.

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@mayohealing Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

I'm assuming you have lung issues. In order to try and connect you with members like you, may I ask what specifically brings you to Connect?

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gag on the mucus in throat restricts breathing

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Hello @jo4716 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I understand from your post that you are experiencing breathing issues as a result of the mucus in your throat.

You will notice that I have moved your post into an existing discussion on excessive mucus where I believe you may be able to connect to other members who can relate. Members like @merpreb @fiesty76 and @sueinmn are all recent contributors to this conversation and also have significant background due to their respiratory illnesses.

Can you share if there are times when you notice this more or if this is ever present?

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@jo4716
Hi Jo – I have had atelectasis in the past (lungs sticking together because of mucus) and bronchiectasis (my lower lungs are scarred and thickened) and have had bad trouble with cough and a lot of mucus. For the last couple of years I have been using The Vest thumping system twice a day to keep airways open and also used a lot of cough drops and was taking Mucinex (but the Mucinex smelled and tasted terrible and was made up by chemicals so stopped that). Just a few months ago I found an article on NAC (n-acetyl cystine) and started using that once a day. The mucus has gone down exponentially and I don't have much coughing anymore. I used to go through ab out 2 family size Riccola cough drops a month. I'm listing one web site on this, but do the research before you try it and also run it by your doctor as well to make sure it won't cause a problem. I did notice the first day I blew my nose and s sticky slimy kept coming out – oh my gosh – got cleared out. Sometimes I take it twice a day. I also notice after I take it I might have a little drippy nose but not bad.
https://nutritionw.com/nac-n-acetyl-cysteine-natural-lung-health-support/

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@jo4716

gag on the mucus in throat restricts breathing

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@jo4716– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Connect. When mucus accumulates in your lower throat it can make you gag. The first thing that I do is increase my water intake. What lung issues do you have? Have you seen any physicians for this?

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@jo4716

gag on the mucus in throat restricts breathing

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@jo4716– I'm wondering if you can let me know how you are feeling and if any of our posts have been helpful?

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@katemn

@hishamhussain, I am very concerned that you NOT give up until you feel you have received a diagnosis YOU are comfortable with! I always say that you are given but one body in this lifetime .. and if you do not take good care of it .. IT CANNOT take good care of you!

What does this mean? YOU must be your OWN best advocate! Nobody cares about your body as much as you do. That you MUST continue to research .. GET COPIES of any/all records of EACH/EVERY doctor you see for YOURSELF to keep in your possession-only allow a new doctor to take copies .. continue to seek out doctors until YOU feel you have been given a definitive diagnosis. TOO MANY of us have been misdiagnosed prior to finally receiving our correct diagnosis. Remember: “If it is to be .. it is up to YOU!” Keep plugging along .. keep asking questions .. keep researching .. until you find your answers.

I have said that I read an article years ago about a woman who went to SEVENTEEN doctors before she received a correct diagnosis! I kept this in mind as I raised my children .. never giving up if I felt I was not getting the correct answers!

WHEN you feel you have received the accurate diagnosis .. do what you are told .. follow the instructions .. THEN just live your life as happily and serenely as you possibly can. Our diseases are NOT “Who” we are .. they are merely a “Piece” of who we are! Sending you a hug in this difficult time! Katherine

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What great advice. For being an avid researcher, this helps assure me all the time I’ve spent researching my own symptoms and CT chest images has not been in vain – especially since I have not felt the first Pulmonologist I saw so far (at a hospital in my city) has taken me seriously enough to really listen instead of coming to her own quick conclusions from the first visit.

When you discern from your first visit that the doctor you’re seeing is not on the same page and see consistencies to prove this at follow up visits, it is a good indication to continue to do one’s own research and get a second opinion. The journey continues…. 😊

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@hishamhussain

THANKS of all of you kind people for your concern
Thank you @jms7
Thank you @colleenyoung
I want to say that I started to suffer with having excess of mucus 3 months ago and it last for 2 months WITHOUT anther any symptom. after that I began to find difficulty in breath and i feel that my lung could not do its function because of i feel mucus get accumulating in airways.
I do not have anther symptoms like fever or cold . just continually excess of mucus in which i find difficulty in throw it out and recently problem in breathing.
I did swab throat and it found diplococci and candida and also did x -ray for chest
I sent those tests to the doctor and give me medicine;azithromycine 500 mg antibiotic for 3 days and montelukast and levocetirizine.
I take these medicines for 2 weeks but I could not get better.

I want to add if it is safe to use Expectorant medicine like mucosolvan to help in expelling phlegm But i am afraid if this can give bad impact because i do not have coughing to push mucus out SO may using expectorant medicine would not be right choice in my case.

thanks for your kindness gentle people

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Dear Hisham,

I too suffer from thick mucous which causes trouble breathing. Here is a rundown of the situation: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/throat-radiation-after-effects-aspiration-suffocating-mucous/

Have you tried a nebulizer? A 7% Saline solution in a nebulizer really helps break it up. My problems started with radiation though, and antibiotics do help me…which is a problem now. This is because whenever I quit taking them, the mucous becomes so thick that it becomes life-threatening.

Recently, and after much researching, I discovered an increasing condition called, "nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease," or NTM. Please research this, as this is the next step for me. Although after having a bronchoscopy there were many bacteria the lab tested for, this bacteria was not one of them. If this is what is causing my problem, it would explain much. According to the site for NTM, this condition is increasing by 8% per YEAR!

Hoping you get better!

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