Health

Ask Health Experts and Get Answers to Your Health Question ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Health
This answer was rated:

I have been having ontant salty phlem that is also a bit

I have been having...
I have been having ontant salty phlem that is also a bit foamy over the last 2 weeks. I have no cough or other issues. Not sure what it is
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Health Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/30/2013
kimo31
kimo31, Doctor (MD/DO)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 48
Experience: Family Practice resident.
Verified
kimo31 :

Hello and thank you for your question. I am happy to help you today.

kimo31 :

A couple questions that will help to answer this question.

Customer:

OK

kimo31 :

Do you have any other medical conditions? Have had a cough or shortness of breath associated with this phlegm?

Customer:

No other issues. But the phelgm is pretty contant

kimo31 :

Is the phlegm produced by coughing?

Customer:

No. Not coughing at all. It is more like constanly clearing my throat and It comes up

kimo31 :

Any other symptoms with the phlegm? Particularly, sore throat or fever?

Customer:

No fever or sore throat. Beside the Phlegm I feel fine

kimo31 :

Excellent. Well I am glad to hear that everything else seems to be going well.

kimo31 :

Have there been any changes to your appetite or diet?

Customer:

No changes on either

kimo31 :

The increased saltiness in one's mouth may be caused by dehydration. Given the information that we have reviewed here, this does not sound like COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, or infection are causing this symptom of salty phlegm at this time.

Customer:

Its also foamy or frothy like

kimo31 :

Again, I would consider increasing water in your diet to improve this type of symptom as a first-line approach. Typically this type of sputum or phlegm that originates in the lower respiratory tract of the lungs could be caused by an infection, COPD, or other respiratory ailment. In this particular situation you have described no indicators of a lower respiratory source and it is more likely that you may be dehydrated, which would respond to increased fluid and water intake.

kimo31 :

Fluids that can contribute to dehydration or caffeinated beverages, soda, coffee, and alcohol. If you smoke, then stopping smoking will also help. While stopping smoking it may seem to get worse initially but as your body recovers it will improve.

kimo31 :

Have you developed any changes to your urine, dark urine, or strong odor to your urine? Any white plaques in your mouth?

Customer: I haven't noticed any of that. I do try to drink a lot of water.
kimo31 :

Any congestion or sinus pressure, runny nose?

Customer: No . Before that phlem started I did have a little sinus congestion but not now
kimo31 :

OK good, I would recommend continuing to increase your water intake. If none of those are present then you may not have a clinically significant level of dehydration. I would consider the inflammation in your sinuses as a cause to your salty phlegm. This area does drain to your mouth and if you've recently had illness, it could still be inflammed and be causing your symptoms.

Customer: ok
kimo31 :

A great way to clear this is to use nasal saline rinse that can be purchase over the counter in most pharmacies. Doing this regularly may also help prevent the salty phlegm from recurring. If you notice a fever, congestion or any other symptoms, I would recommend presenting to your primary care physician for advice if nasal steroids would be of help with this or if there is any need to consider antibiotics at that time.

kimo31 :

I am happy to have helped you today! If I have answered your question, please rate these commentaries with positive feedback. Your rating reflects on my answering your question directly. I am available to you in the future, after you have tried saline irrigation or have been seen by your primary care physician.
If you have further questions on your return, I may be requested by listing your question through my profile or by requesting me in the stem of your question.

kimo31
kimo31, Doctor (MD/DO)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 48
Experience: Family Practice resident.
Verified
kimo31 and 87 other Health Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Hi Scott and thank you for the excellent feedback! I recently worked with you in regard to your concern about experiencing salty phlegm. I wanted to follow up with you and see how things have progressed.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me again. You can request me specifically when asking future questions by posting them from my profile. I look forward to providing you with the best experience possible!
Ask Your Own Health Question
Ask kimo31 Your Own Question
kimo31
kimo31
kimo31, Doctor (MD/DO)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 48
48 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Family Practice resident.

kimo31 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor (MD)

5,660 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse (RN)

4,051 satisfied customers

20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Doctor

102 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Doctor (MD)

5,095 satisfied customers

Practice Director

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor (MD)

19,749 satisfied customers

MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Dr. Chip

Dr. Chip

Doctor (MD)

14,036 satisfied customers

Over 20 yrs of Family Practice

Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark

Doctor (MD)

6,234 satisfied customers

U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Health Questions
I was bitten by a cat yesterday. I am taking Augmentin and a
I was bitten by a cat yesterday. I am taking Augmentin and a Medrol Dose pack, which I started yesterday. I was also given Percocet for pain. I take Klonopin 2mg every night. I took Percocet at 6 PM a… read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,074 satisfied customers
Arun A while back I pulled my hamstring (muscle behind the
Hello doctor Arun A while back I pulled my hamstring (muscle behind the knee, bellow knee) so I started wearing brace all summer long in a day time only of course, I do not wear it any longer as of 4 … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
Every night I wake up dizzy, bathed in sweat and then throw
Every night I wake up dizzy, bathed in sweat and then throw up. My dr thinks I have gastroparasis. Could what I experience at night be part of gastroparasis? … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
Well i forgot to mention that im of on my holidays to New
Hi doc..well i forgot to mention that im of on my holidays to New York on Monday doc.and im looking forward to it big time... yesterday was a good day.. today untill lunch Time ok.but then i started f… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
Doctor (MD)
M.D.
14,036 satisfied customers
I was preparing macaroni salad and had all the ingredients
Hi. I was preparing macaroni salad and had all the ingredients on my table. I left for literally 20 seconds max to check my phone. When I got back to the kitchen, my cat was nibbling on a portion of t… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,383 satisfied customers
1) Is it healthy to eat grilled chicken when it's grilled
Hello,1) Is it healthy to eat grilled chicken when it's grilled with charcoal? Some people say it's not healthy.2) In general, what's the healthiest option to prepare chicken?… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
1,026 satisfied customers
I had unprotected oral sex with a man I do not know well. He
Hello. I had unprotected oral sex with a man I do not know well. He assured me that he was negative for STD' s and that he gets tested regularly. He came in my mouth a little bit but I pulled away and… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
I have had a numbing chill like feeling on my legs for about
I have had a numbing chill like feeling on my legs for about two weeks now. It's constant and when it happens I get a strong urge to urine and bowel movement but can't seem to go very much … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
796 satisfied customers
What do different AB igG levels mean when testing for
What do different AB igG levels mean when testing for Herpes? My test came back 14.00 IV … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
796 satisfied customers
I have been feeling sick for a week and a half now. Last
Hi. I have been feeling sick for a week and a half now. Last Tuesday it started, I felt weak, fatigues, had chills and fever, nausea, acid reflux with a burning feeling in the stomach, and loose light… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
I'm not having bowel movements and I don't feel hungry, but
I'm not having bowel movements and I don't feel hungry , but I eat anyway. … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
796 satisfied customers
I was prescribed Prednisone for an upper respiratory
I was prescribed Prednisone for an upper respiratory infection. I took 40 mg yesterday and 20 today. I cannot stand the side effects. Can I stop taking it after 2 days ? I did cut the dose in half tod… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
1,026 satisfied customers
My 14 year old son has been sick since, 11/10/17. He had
My 14 year old son has been sick since, 11/10/17. He had random fevers and sore throat and ear aches and overall not feeling well. On 12/6/17, he was diagnosed the first time with strep and put on a 7 day course of antibiotics. When I saw that he was still not feeling well, I took him back to the family doctor who on 12/15/17 diagnosed him with strep again and placed him on a 10 day course ion Penicillin. … read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
7,277 satisfied customers
My blood test came back Imm grand, Not sure, Had diarrhoea
My blood test came back Imm grand JA: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing? Customer: Not sure JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should k… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
My creatinine level is 1.4 and my bun creatinine is 35.
My creatinine level is 1.4 and my bun creatinine is 35. I'm In advanced Addison Disease. My liver is severe NAFLD, damage to the left side of my heart, gastreoperisis, and now my kidneys in just one y… read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
796 satisfied customers
Please help me, No i just took the oraquick hiv test and
No i just took the oraquick hiv test and tested negative but I drank a few sips of iced tea and directions say no eating or drinking within 30 minutes of taking the test I'm crying and losing my mind . The test checks the antibodies in the saliva do u know if this test is not accurate because I drank 15 before … read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,074 satisfied customers
I had hcg blood test stating <2mIU. What does that mean.
hi JA: Hello. How can I help? Customer: I had hcg blood test stating <2mIU JA: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing? Customer: what does that mean JA: Anything els… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
7,277 satisfied customers
I have a question about Xanax. I took .25 mg of Xanax at
I took .25 mg of Xanax at bedtime only for about 2 years. I stopped taking it at night about 2 weeks ago & now I am experiencing insomnia. Maybe sleeping 2 hours at the most. Could the insomnia be a result of stopping the Xanax even though I took such a low dose? I did/do not take it any other time. … read more
Dr. Rahman
Dr. Rahman
Fellow Physician in Child Neurology
Doctorate of Medicine
4 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x