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A 38-year-old male asked:

i don't have the flu but wake up every morning feeling like i do and coughing up lots of thick mucus?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
GERD?: Gerd can cause lots of coughing with thick mucus. Moreover, many folks with gerd also have sleep apnea, which can cause lots of sleep problems. You should definitely see your doc about this as both can have a serious impact on your health.
Dr. Richard Ramos
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Color of mucus?: If it is clear then would not worry too much. However, we still cannot rule out a viral versus bacterial infection based on the color of the mucous. If things don't get better in a week then we start to worry about bacterial infection. Then you need to seek phsyician input.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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