Clear Phlegm When Asthma Recurs?
HealthReplies.com.rnDoc. My husband has a history of asthma since he was young, now he is 21 years old. His asthma often recurs when my husband works too hard and always produces clear and thick phlegm when his asthma flares up. What I ask is, what causes him to spit out phlegm like that when his asthma flares up? Meanwhile, even when you cough normally, the phlegm is not like that.rnThank you.
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Asthma (bronchial asthma) occurs when the lower airways, specifically the bronchi (airways leading to the lungs) are narrowed due to a hypersensitivity reaction. Triggers can be due to exposure to cold, smoke, dust, animal dander, flower pollen, mites, and various other allergens. Stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, or the consumption of certain medications and foods can also trigger recurrent asthma attacks.
Not only the bronchi are narrowed, the gland cells that line the walls of the airways will also be stimulated to produce excessive phlegm. Therefore, it is not uncommon for asthmatics to experience coughing or excessive phlegm from the respiratory tract. As long as your husband's phlegm is clear or whitish, and is not accompanied by fever, vomiting, or other complaints, this condition is generally not a dangerous thing. This phlegm usually subsides on its own after an asthma attack is resolved.
Therefore, you should not worry too much first. Focus on handling efforts by preventing asthma triggers. If your husband's asthma often recurs when tired, then get enough rest. Maintain stamina by exercising regularly, eating healthy and nutritious foods, avoiding stress, and also avoiding smoking. In addition, also avoid the possibility of other asthma triggers (as mentioned above), for example by using a mask when in a dirty and polluted environment. If you have a recurrent asthma attack, and the phlegm that comes out is very bothersome, consult a doctor immediately for further treatment. The doctor can prescribe to your husband several types of medication, including those that help loosen excess phlegm production.
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dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah