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Hack my hacking!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 28, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Every morning when I wake up and hydrate in any way (usually just water), all this phlegm starts coming out (the "hacking" refers to "hocking a loogie"). Seems to have built up overnight. This happens much more so when I have been eating carbohydrates and dairy, but even when I'm not eating them, this happens. I feel like I detox each morning, and sometimes later in the day, too, when I hydrate. Why is this? It's been like this for like 4 years. Has anyone else experienced something similar? My nose is almost always clear and I'm not sick with a cold or anything like that...

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:23 PM

@Dan W, despite your denigration, @Lazza's advice is reasonable. Most phlegm, or mucus, in your throat comes from your nasal passages, sinuses and pharynx--not your lungs (unless you have lung disease). Also, the reason that mucus is not acidic is because it's a reaction to irritation from the acid, not the acid itself. The acid is re-swallowed while you sleep. For more information, just google "laryngopharyngeal reflux" or "LPR."

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I think this is poor advice. The phlegm would be there no matter what. It's not acidic flegm. If I propped my head up at night, the phlegm would just stay in my lungs.

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I live in one of the moldiest and most consistently humid areas on this planet: The Catskill mountains in upstate NY. It's so gross here. I'll try the hot ginger water (ginger tea?) at night and see where that gets me. I do drink a hot beverage before I go to bed anyway, though: 2 packets of gelatin dissolved in water. This problem preceded that routine, FYI.

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on August 28, 2012
at 07:14 AM

What is the air conditions of the environment you live and work in? If you live in a city with high density pollution or live in a house with high moisture content this may be your bodies way of cleaning itself. My philosophy with things like this is that while it may be annoying, its better out than in. Try drinking hot water at night (ie tea without the tea) and in the morning for a week or two and see if that works. A little bit of freshly sliced ginger in the hot water may also help as this may reduce any inflammation associated with the phlegm build-up.

Let us know if this helps:)

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on August 28, 2012
at 01:05 PM

I live in one of the moldiest and most consistently humid areas on this planet: The Catskill mountains in upstate NY. It's so gross here. I'll try the hot ginger water (ginger tea?) at night and see where that gets me. I do drink a hot beverage before I go to bed anyway, though: 2 packets of gelatin dissolved in water. This problem preceded that routine, FYI.

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on November 03, 2012
at 12:03 PM

You might have acid reflux. One way to check is to use an extra pillow to prop yourself up. If your hacking improves when you awake I would say you have acid reflux. I thought I was having some weird allergy when I would wake with a clogged throat in the morning. Just going to two pillows when I sleep made a tremendous difference.

Of course if you do have acid reflux it then takes some detective work to find out the cause in order to fully remedy the situation.

_Lazza

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I think this is poor advice. The phlegm would be there no matter what. It's not acidic flegm. If I propped my head up at night, the phlegm would just stay in my lungs.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:23 PM

@Dan W, despite your denigration, @Lazza's advice is reasonable. Most phlegm, or mucus, in your throat comes from your nasal passages, sinuses and pharynx--not your lungs (unless you have lung disease). Also, the reason that mucus is not acidic is because it's a reaction to irritation from the acid, not the acid itself. The acid is re-swallowed while you sleep. For more information, just google "laryngopharyngeal reflux" or "LPR."

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