Vomiting phegm

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  1. Maggie42

    Maggie42 Registered User

    Mar 7, 2011
    120
    East Midlands
    #1 Maggie42, Jul 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016
    Vomiting phlegm

    My husband wasn't really eating yesterday, He has had swallowing difficulties for some time now and pneumonia in the past. He had a few teaspoons of a dessert and then vomited, nearly all phlegm. Is this usual and how can it be best managed? This is such a heartbreaking stage.....
    Regards
    Mags
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    70,111
    Kent
    I haven`t heard of this before Maggie and would certainly consult your GP.
     
  3. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
    8,516
    leicester
    If you are worried think about calling 111 for advice.

    I hope you get some answers soon
     
  4. Onlyme

    Onlyme Registered User

    Apr 5, 2010
    4,995
    UK
    I'm not medically trained so please ring 111.

    I have seen this before when some food became stuck. The body seemed to produce phlegm as a way to try to remove the object.
     
  5. Maggie42

    Maggie42 Registered User

    Mar 7, 2011
    120
    East Midlands
    Thanks for all your replies. Fortunately he hasn't vomited today, although only ate 1/4 weetabix for breakfast. Will get own GP to review tomorrow. This stage is just so hard for everyone.
    Best wishes to all.
    Mags
     
  6. CJinUSA

    CJinUSA Registered User

    Jan 20, 2014
    1,125
    eastern USA
    Hello. This happened to my mother. I would sometimes take a tissue, and, using a glove on my hand, wrap the tissue around my index finger and use it to remove the excess saliva from her mouth. At the end stages, respiratory issues occur where the phlegm can be overwhelming to them. This is what happened to my mother. They eventually suggested a nebulizer, but my mother had an allergic reaction to that. It was very painful to watch her go through that last stage. I'd have given anything to have done it for her than see her go like that. I hope your GP has some good suggestions for you. Having a doctor's input is so helpful. Good wishes to you.
     

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