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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Mucolytic: Many patients have trouble coughing up phlegm and mucolytics such as a gaufinesin (mucinex) are definitely a good option. Other patients experience r ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Airway management: You need a complete evaluation and appropriate management. See a board certified allergist.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unlikely: At your age it is much more likely you have a recurrence of your prior illness or a new infection. Take measures to treat your symptoms and if not imp ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tonya Fordham
21 years experience Family Medicine
Bronchitis at least : I would advise that you see your doctor when possible for medication that can help you feel better sooner. I hope all works out and you feel better.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibilities.....: Coughing up clear sputum has many possible etiologies. This could be from inflammation in the lungs related to asthma, copd, chronic bronchitis, etc. ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be seen: Coughing up mucus can mean many things, including infections, heart failure, or other things.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Pneumonia : Or bronchitis. I would suggest that you visit your doctor to get treated
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physi ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Unfortunately no: It turns out that mucous colors have limited predictive value for distinguishing between viral vs bacterial infections!
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
From the sinus: Some individuals can have a bloody nasal discharge from a sinus infection, if some of it is swallowed it may be coughed up too. If the symptom persist ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bronchitis likely: You likely have bronchitis. Your OB or midwife likely has an answering service for night and weekend problems. I would call the office and speak to ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Cough: Cough with thick phlegm can be treated with medications like guafenecine. But you really need to find out the cause of the cough before you start mu ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Bad: Could be very serious, make sure to call and discuss with your doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Sputum....: Sputum is what is coughed up from the airways. If the sputum is discolored, like green, yellow, red, etc., it may mean you have acute bronchitis, an i ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Just once???: If this continues or you have difficulty breathing, then see a doctor. A complication of the flu is pneumonia which can lead to discolored sputum, sho ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Horlander
49 years experience Pulmonology
Sinus: When having sinus troubles, wether a cold or allergies or sinusitis, it is normal to have secretions come out of your nose. These can be clear or col ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Sounds like you: have a chronic infection. Consult with an ENT specialist.
A female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Bronchitis?: Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or ... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Need to go to ER : Or doc if open right away. Needs immediate evaluation. Please go.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theresa Henderson
40 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Upper respiratory infection: Probably a upper respiratory infection. The mucus you are producing is coming from the sinuses. For symptom relief you can use a saline nasal spray, a ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Already answered: See my last response
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. John McMahan
47 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
URI: Call your doctor if your symptoms seem severe... If "hard to breath" means lungs, see someone right away. Pneumonia is still a dangerous disease that ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Unknown: You need to be examined and worked up carefully for recurrent clots.

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