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Old 02-19-2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

I know this isn't the most attractive topic, so I apologize in advance.

I wake up, and deep in my throat it's very congested and sticky. I have to spend 10 minutes trying to cough it out over the bathroom sink. It takes that long because the crap in there is SUPER sticky and hard to dislodge. It's not discolored as far as I can tell. Once I cough it out in the morning, that's it for the day. Doesn't come back until the next morning.

So yeah, this has happened practically every morning for the past 2-3 years... and like a fool, it just occurred to me that it might not be normal.

-- I don't smoke
-- I drink a normal amount of water, I think (3 to 5 bottles of water/day)
-- Generally healthy. 6'2" 250. No medications.

My girlfriend thinks it's because I almost always end up tossing my pillow out from under my head at some point in the night, so I'm having drainage issues. Maybe I'll try strapping my pillow to my head tonight.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

6'2" 250? mix in a salad once in a while.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

lol drainage issues. i've been coughing up crap for the past month after i initially got sick. pretty annoying.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #4
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

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6'2" 250? mix in a salad once in a while.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

do you eat a lot of dairy?
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

allergies, chronic PND.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #7
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cause: not going to the doctor for treatment
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #8
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Allergies. Your sinuses are draining into your throat as you sleep.

Try sleeping on your side or stomach instead of your back.

Stay hydrated.

Try drinking a large glass of water BEFORE expressing the phlegm in the morning. And drink plenty of water the evening before.

Try an allergy medication.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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Try drinking a large glass of water BEFORE expressing the phlegm in the morning. And drink plenty of water the evening before.
How about a shot or two of whiskey to loosen that sucker up?
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:17 PM   #10
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Try drinking a large glass of water BEFORE expressing the phlegm in the morning. And drink plenty of water the evening before.
How about a shot or two of whiskey to loosen that sucker up?
Alcohol dehydrates you. So no.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:19 PM   #11
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

allergies...

get rid of all down pillows,blankets

get hypo allergenic pillow covers,

strip the room of dust catchers

get an air cleaner/purfier to run in your bedroom

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Old 02-19-2008, 01:21 PM   #12
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allergies...

get rid of all down pillows,blankets

get hypo allergenic pillow covers,

strip the room of dust catchers

get an air cleaner/purfier to run in your bedroom

see your Doctor
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You are a sleep-smoker.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:26 PM   #14
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allergies...

get rid of all down pillows,blankets

get hypo allergenic pillow covers,

strip the room of dust catchers

get an air cleaner/purfier to run in your bedroom

see your Doctor
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #15
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6'2" 250? mix in a salad once in a while.
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It could be mild allergy. Try claritin/related products for a few days to see if it clears up.
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allergies...

get rid of all down pillows,blankets

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strip the room of dust catchers

get an air cleaner/purfier to run in your bedroom

see your Doctor
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

Have you moved in those last 3 years or has your sleeping environment changed? Besides what's all been said already, try a cheap humidifier too, especially if other symptoms of a dry environment show up such as dry sinuses, throat, mouth, etc. Hard mucus comes from a lot of the above stated reasons, be aware very hard spherical mucus, malodorous (stinky), dark colored etc. Can be a sign of infection, tonsil/pharyngeal, upper respitory problems. Always good to see a doc before any self treatment or medication, OTC or not.

Oh btw about your pillow. I used to do that too. I got a memory foam pillow and problem solved. Get a high quality pillow. I got that one after I felt some of the cheaper ones were much less dense and uhh.. how do I describe this, not as good memory? lol Cheap ones felt more like egg crate foam and weighed a lot less = more susceptible to getting tossed around.
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Could be related to dry air. I tend to have a similar issue during the winter when the house is closed up. You stop drinking liquids when you are sleeping, and you are probably mouth-breathing when you sleep, so you are snoring and the mucus is drying out and getting lodged in your throat.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:09 PM   #19
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I've been doing that for years as well, though it's not quite as bad as your situation. I also have to clear my throat quite a number of times very soon after eating. I haven't really investigated it with my doctor, but I do have various food allergies. Might be a similar situation for you. It's possible to have mild reactions to common foods. I'm mildly allergic to peanuts, and I didn't know that for over 25 years.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:55 PM   #20
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You smoke too much. Cut back to less than a pack a day.

But first, you have to admit that you smoke.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:59 PM   #21
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dairy products and bad ac/vent/air conditions are my suspects
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:06 PM   #23
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Check the air quality and if you are allergic to something. Built up dust in vents can lead to some nasty stuff.

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You smoke too much. Cut back to less than a pack a day.

But first, you have to admit that you smoke.
Happens to me when I smoke more than 6 or 7 cigs in one day, or if I smoke one right before I go to sleep. During allergy season it happens every morning, regardless. Just cough it up and be a man.
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Default Anyone else have to cough up phlegm/mucus in the mornings, every morning?

I used to do that but it's calmed down a bit. Every mrning I'd take a hot shower and try to breathe through my nose to loosen things up. I'd also gargle hot water to try to help too. Then I'd hack it up in the shower.

Hasn't been too bad lately for whatever reason. Hopefully it goes away more when it warms up...
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