Constant Phlegm


Q: I am 16 years old and I live with a smoker and a chain smoker. I have chronic asthma on top of bronchitis. I do not smoke myself either. For the last 3 or 4 years I have started to cough up mucus and or phlegm for no reason. It began as me constantly clearing my throat with no mucus or phlegm being expelled, but has progressed to me constantly clearing my throat, hocking, and spitting up sticky material in moderate quantities. It gets to the point where my mouth is almost completely dried up, yet I still have to spit it up. It doesn't make me choke, it doesn't make me cough, it doesn't suffocate me, it is just very annoying and very troublesome in public situations where I can't spit it up without disturbing others. It is very powerful in the mornings, my mouth being completely dry, and I have to hock several times to clear it out of my throat and part of my mouth, sometimes causing me to vomit while trying to spit it up. My mouth also constantly has a bad taste. My breathing is normal for someone who has asthma, so it doesn't seem to hurt my breathing. I'm wanting to know what this could be. Is it treatable? Is it life threatening? Should I be worried?


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