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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

How to spit up phlegm

01/14/2008

Question:

I do have a lot of phlegm when I cough but cannot bring it up. I know it`s important but try as I may I can`t. Could you please give me some help on how to do so?

Answer:

Drinking plenty of water is sometimes thought to be helpful in thinning the secretions and coughing up secretions easier. However, there are other respiratory devices such as the "Flutter Valve" or "Acapella" that are available for purchase with a prescription through the pharmacy. These are vibratory devices transmitting positive expiratory pressure that help clear the respiratory tract of mucus.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University