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Phlegm is catarrh (mucus with saliva) found in the respiratory system. It is brought up to the mouth by singing, excessive talking or exertion. What is good to know about phlegm? 1. It is mostly absorbed into the system naturally. 2. Phlegm (or mucous that is more balanced and not thick) is important for the body. 3. So it is not recommended to ask the physician for prescriptions to dry up the phlegm because in the long run the results will not necessarily be beneficial. 4. Phlegm/mucous is important for several bodily systems- the respiratory system, voice production, ambulatory/movement, the blood and digestive systems. 5. When the phlegm is too thick and or in undesirable amounts it can pile up and cause blockage in any of the systems that were mentioned. 6. Phlegm is one of the factors that changes the color of the voice and will cause difficulty in voice production. How does it happen- what influences the production of too much phlegm?