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1 20th August 21:46
analystresearch2002
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I recently got over a summer allergy that produced a huge amount of
phlegm / sputum - to the point of creating eustachian tube blockage.

My ear, nose, and throat appear to be cleared up now through
decongestents, however, now I am experiencing a cough from what I
think are last bits of phlegm/sputum still stuck in my lungs.

What is most annoying is that the coughing only appears to manifest
itself at NIGHT. I am fine during the daytime but then magically
around 10PM, the coughing starts itself up (even before I have gone to
bed, so its not the position of my body). Then, I have a crappy night
of sleep, wake up, and the coughing stops itself at 9AM.

When I get up in the middle of the night, the coughing is definitely
producing a yellowish phlegm/sputum.

I was just curious why the coughing only manifests at nighttime
(irrespective of body position) and how I can go about speeding up the
removal of the excess phlegm / sputum from my lungs - should I use an
expectorant? Should I use an acid like lemon juice to cut through the
compound? Any suggestions? Thank you.
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2 21st August 11:50
amy caryn
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Here's what I learned from my doctor when I had the very same problem...

Coughing is a natural reflex produced when an allergy or other conditions
cause phlegm and other substances to become blocked in the Eustachian tube
and sinus passages thereby draining into the upper lung tissue, particularly
when lying in a prone position.

The coughing at night, even before you actually go to bed, is due to your
body relaxing enough to allow the natural coughing reflex to manifest
itself. You may not be aware of yourself relaxing enough even prior to your
actually going to bed, but if bed time is usually sometime near the hour of
10pm, then your body begins to relax by habit around that time frame for the
coughing to be produced prior to your going to sleep.

The best thing to do to help alleviate this problem is to continue taking
your allergy medication as prescribed by your doctor, drink plenty of WATER
during the day, and clear your nasal passages as often as you feel necessary
prior to bedtime. Consumption of large amounts of dairy products, such as
milk and yogurt, as well as smoking will exacerbate the problem; try to
avoid these substances until you are fully recovered. Likewise, prop
yourself up from about the mid-chest area when you sleep at night, instead
of sleeping in a prone position. This may help keep the drainage from your
sinuses to your esophagus, rather than to your lungs, and a better ability
to relieve your body of the substances causing your problem. You can take
an expectorant cough syrup prior to going to bed, and during the day, to
help the phlegm to be expelled from your body. Please, as always, speak
with your doctor about any drug interactions prior to self medication of
this kind.
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3 21st August 11:50
patty
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You might want to try some Guaifenesin to help loosen and bring up the
phlegm. Usually works for me when I have chest congestion with cough. As
for the night time occurrance...happens with me too, not sure why.
~Patty~
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4 21st August 11:50
steven d. litvintchouk
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I find that the best thing to do, by far, is to irrigate my sinuses
frequently to flush away those secretions before they even have a chance
to drip down into my larynx and cause the cough.

In fact, I have a mild sinus infection right now that is causing just
such a post nasal drip. So what I do is irrigate right at bedtime. And
if I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I will
irrigate again right then.

I find that an expectorant works well to thin the remaining secretions.


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5 21st August 11:50
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On 13 Jul 2004 07:27:56 -0700, ****ystresearch2002@yahoo.com (Andrew)


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Yellowish snot is a sign of a possible sinus infection. (Been there,
done that.)

Use saltwater spray to irrigate the inside of your nose. (Ayr brand
is best.) Use lots of spray so that you almost drown.

If the problem persists then see your doctor. Keep using the
saltwater spray while taking the prescribed antibiotics. Note that
some sinus infections are resistant to up to 5 different antibiotics,
so the first medicine may not work.

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6 21st August 11:50
neil
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On 13 Jul 2004 07:27:56 -0700, ****ystresearch2002@yahoo.com (Andrew)


Several possible reasons.

Pollen and other allergens have seasons and vary with time of day.

If you go to work and work in an air conditioned building then the air
may well be filtered ( operating theatre staff are well aware of this
especially orthopaedic theatres. Hence you are better by day

You might be reacting to specific local problem. ( Famously one
problem in the area of a dockyard only happened when a particular
cargo was unloaded and the wind was in the right direction.The cargo
was also seasonal to make it worse.)

Some plants release pollen at night ( wind pollinators) .

atmospheric conditions also play a part.

As others have said yellow sputum can mean infection but it can also
occur in asthma without infection.

N
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7 21st August 11:50
dave jones
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Starts at bedtime and clears up a couple hours after waking?

Dust mites in your bedding. Everyone's got them, you're sensitive to them.

Bleach your sheets/pillow cases, then go to the department store and buy a
"mite-proof" bed bag and pillowcases.


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8 21st August 11:50
fyfpoon
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Years ago i was suffering from persistent coughing for 8 months until
an Irish doctor asked me to inhale liquid menthod.

FP
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9 21st August 11:50
fyfpoon
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Try inhaling liquid menthod. It worked for me years ago after
suffering from persistent coughing for 8 months.

FP
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10 21st August 11:50
gunner
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Excellent suggestion. Dust mites are very common where I live and can
indeed cause such a reaction.

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