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Phlegm is a natural part of the body, an important element in your passive immune system. The passive immune system is everything in your body that exists to protect your insides from outside irritants such as dust, smoke, bacteria and viruses 24/7.
A flutter valve is a one-way valve used in respiratory medicine to prevent air from travelling back along a chest tube.
A flutter valve device, on the other hand, is a device used by individuals to mobilize mucus and expand airways.
When exhaling into the device, a steel ball resting on a cone begins to vibrate, causing oscillation through the whole airway, which in turn mobilizes sticky mucus.
An Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device helps open up clogged airways and expel mucus. OPEP devices are a subtype of Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Devices. This device utilizes a flutter mechanism (not present in some PEP devices) to provide resistance and vibration during exhalation.
Mucus Clearance Devices relate to tools that help dislodge your airway of mucus. These devices are used in respiratory therapy procedures with the goal of easing the expulsion of mucus. Examples of Mucus Clearance Devices include PEP Devices, OPEP Devices and HFCWO.
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