What are some causes of excessive phlegm?


The causes of excessive phlegm are related to health problems in the body. Even though phlegm is a type of mucus, it is not as harmless as mucus. Phlegm only occurs when there is inflammation or disease in the body's airways. The inflammation can be caused by overuse or misuse of the vocal cords, such as when one yells or screams, or clears the throat too often. The excessive phlegm may be caused by smoking. Many people feel their greatest discomfort from excessive phlegm when it is produced by illnesses such as colds, the flu, or bronchitis.
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