What Your Sputum Indicates About Your Health

Some people have flu-like symptoms. There can be chills, body aches, fatigue and fever. Pulmonary and nasal passages may get involved with a sore throat, sneezing or coughing. It may be caused by a virus but it might also indicate a bacterial infection.
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Coughing is an automatic reflex that begins when nerves called cough recep­tors sense that some­thing has entered your airways that shouldn’t be there. The force behind a cough occurs because the opening to your windpipe (the glottis), located at the back of your throat, momen­tarily closes as you exhale. While the glottis is closed, extra pres­sure builds up in your lungs. Then, when the glottis finally opens, the air explodes out, helping to dislodge particles from your airways.

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