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How do I become un-phlegmy?

Asked by ezraglenn (3497points) October 7th, 2007

I am having some serious issues with phlegm lately. I don’t drink much dairy or juice, I don’t really know what’s causing it, and I want it to go away. I take zyrtec for seasonal allergies.

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artificialard's avatar

I’m not a doctor. But I used to watch ER.

Many anti-histamines (including Zyrtec) can cause dryness of the sinuses. I’ve noticed when I’m a little dehydrated that I tend to have have phlegm.

Drink more water (as you should anyways) as you should have 8 glasses of water a day. Substitute drying substances such as caffeinated beverages, sodas for water. Beyond the hopefully anti-phlegm effect it’s saves money and makes you feel better.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s officially called Post Nasal Drip.


OTC saline nasal sprays such as OCEAN and AYRE help, as does Nasalchrom – Sodium chromolyn -spray (which used to be available only as RX and now is OTC. These must all be used regularly.)

@artificial’s advice about drinking lots of water wll help but not cure.

emilybanx's avatar

you should get a dog.

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