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A 39-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 49 years experience
The desription of: Phlegm points to infection when yellow, orange or blood tinged, and clear can mean you have cleared a mucus plug. But these are primitive. Allergy, cold and bronchitis can do this, as well as pneumonia...Or cancer. Persistent productive cought needs to be evaluated.
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Typical : Phlegm can change from yellow to white. Many times, infection can look dark yellow, dark green, dark brown. If you have drastic worsening of phlegm or even blood, you should definitely see a doctor.
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3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

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Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better!
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Please explain what does coughing up yellow phlegm mean?

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Sputum: any lung inflammation due to infection, ittitation, allergy and smoking can cause yellowish sputum production.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What does coughing up yellow phlegm mean if you're not sick?

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Yellow sputum: Well, different reason, it could be due to smoking, exposure to irrtants, chronic sinusitis, Posterior nasal discharge due to allergy or sinusitis.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What does coughing up yellow phlegm indicate?

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Dr. Robert Stachler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 33 years experience
Yellow phlegm: Yellow phlegm may indicate infection of the upper respiratory tract. Of course some slightly tinged yellow phlegm may be normal when you fist wake up. When it is persistent or when there is associated fevers and chills, it may signify a bacterial or viral infection. Most infections will clear on their own and do not always require antibiotics. If these symptoms last longer than 5-7 d see doc
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Last updated Jul 12, 2020

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