Expectorants

Expectorants are chemical or natural mucoactive agents that help clear the mucus-clogged respiratory pathway. They loosen the mucus by thinning their texture and reducing their stickiness. Guaifenesin and Potassium Iodide are chemical expectorants. Honey, ivy leaf, and peppermint act as natural expectorants. Steam inhalation, sipping on hot tea and taking a hot shower also cause expectorant effects.

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While coughing, I find it hard to breathe and gag. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been sick for about two weeks. Every time I cough it gets hard to breathe feel¬†like something is stuck in my throat and makes me gag. Do you know what is wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Your symptoms might be because of throat congestion and excessive mucus production. I suggest you do gargles with warm water and a little salt added in it three times daily. You can take some antihista...  Read Full »

What does cough with phlegm in a person recovered from COVID signify?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old female. I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago, and I still cough with phlegm despite taking tablet Mucovisc for two weeks. There is no abnormality in the chest x-ray (PA view). Is this something I should be concerned? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your presenting complaint of cough with phlegm for two weeks indicates that you might have a lower respiratory tract infection, which is of concern. Having a cough itself says that something is abnormal. Taking tablet Mucovisc (Acetylcysteine) alone cannot help in y...  Read Full »

Why is Z-pak not working for a sinus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41 year old female. I have been sick for almost a month now. I went to my doctor and he gave me Z-pak antibiotic for sinus infection. Normally, Z-pak makes me feel 100% better in a day or two after taking them. Instead of feeling better, I felt worse. I have completed all the Z-pak...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you are experiencing can be due to any of the following. Superadded bacterial infection that will require again an antibiotic, which is better to do a culture of the mucus to detect which antibiotic is suitable. The ongoing viral infection, which is usually s...  Read Full »

Why am I coughing up green phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been coughing up green phlegm for a few days. Now, it started to hurt my chest. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand very well the symptoms you describe above in your query. Productive cough, especially when mucus turns gray, yellow or brown indicates a bacterial infection of your respiratory tract. In too many cases, high temperature is also found. You have chest pain too...  Read Full »

Whenever it is cold, I cough. Can you tell me what the problem is?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26. I had dry cough from the 10th of last month and it did not go away completely. I was a smoker until the 2nd of last month and then gave up. I smoked for five years. Within the last few weeks, I must have smoked 10 cigarettes. My issue is whenever the temperature is cold, I co...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said that you have been smoking for five years and now have cough with clear mucus expectoration, it is most likely due to bronchitis. It is very common to have cough if you smoke more than five cigarettes per day. Also, because of cold weather, it gets aggra...  Read Full »

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