Dr Oz: Yellow Phlegm vs Green Phlegm vs Red Phlegm

By on October 14, 2010

Dr Oz did a segment on what your phlegm says about your health. Could it be the sign of a viral infection? Or your first warning sign of lung cancer? Do you know what the color of your phlegm says about your health? Doctor Oz showed how mucus normally looks (a little thick and white / clear in color). He said that we usually produce about one big spoonful each day. The phlegm has three places to go: you can spit it out, you can blow it out your nose or you can swallow it. dr oz what your phlegm says about your health

What Does Yellow Phlegm Mean?

Dr Oz said that if you have yellow phlegm, it means that you likely have a cold or Bronchitis, and your phlegm can stay yellow-ish for up to 10 days.  Yellow phlegm generally indicates a viral infection.  Dr Oz said that you can help to break up phlegm by humming, because the vibrations move your phlegm back and forth.  Also, you can try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a vaporizer or humidifier.

What Does Green Phlegm Mean?

Dr Oz said that green phlegm is one of the first signs that you might need antibiotics, especially if it is thick like molasses, which can even mean Pneumonia.  Green sticky phlegm sticks to your throat, so you need to help mobilize it to remove it.  If you have green phlegm, it is likely a bacterial infection and you can try an over-the-counter expectorant with Guaifenesin, or call your doctor to see if you need antibiotics.

What Does Red Phlegm Mean?

Dr Oz said that red phlegm could be one of the first warning signs of Lung Cancer, which can make you cough constantly.  There are no quick solutions to Lung Cancer, so if you cough up red phlegm, call your doctor right away.

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