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Coughing thick and long sputum

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: February 25, 2021 11:15 AM
Anonymous 47 days

Good evening Dr , I have been experiencing this back when I was in mu secondary school but at that time it was not so frequent. However , I started to frequently having this kind of sputum when i coughed during my semester break last time (last year around August) . I realised that it comes along with difficulty to breath and I feel like something is stuck in mu throat so i keep coughing to get rid of that sputum. It doesnt look like the usual sputum that we have when we are sick but this one is thick , a bit jelly-like and seems like a string but a jelly-like string. It get worse when I consumed oily food where it will be more yellowish . I feel uncomfortable whenever I could breath fine. For now I tried to avoid oily food to reduce the sputum in my throat . May I know why do I get this ?

Thank you Dr

Dr Sri Viknarajan 47 days
General Practitioner

Hello, and thank you for contacting us

Blocked throat and difficulty breathing? Get a quick relief!

We truly understand your concern with regard to your current condition. However, our views would only reflect based on the description that you have brought forth into the forum.

A health condition portrayed by prolonged coughing & phlegm - which can also be followed by chest pain and shortness of breath - can be caused by:

  • Mild respiratory infection
  • Early symptoms of tonsilitis
  • Allergic reactions

Or even other more serious issues such as

In need of a second opinion? Our pulmonologist are here to help.

To know further with regards to your condition, or to be able to decide on which therapy best suited for your condition, an additional assessment must be done. With that being said we urged you to consult (other than your previous consultation place) with the nearest clinic or hospital in your area.

For the time being, I would advise you to

  • continue to avoid food or things that would exacerbate symptoms
  • stay vigilant on any new symptoms that arise
  • get professional help if symptoms persist

In addition, you can also talk directly to our doctors by using this link. (DoctorOnCall) Thank you.


Last Updated: Thu Feb 25 2021 11:15:27 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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