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A 27-year-old female asked:

if you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

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Dr. Ronald Li
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 41 years experience
Viral: Colored mucous can be produced by either a viral or a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections are viral and will get better with time and rest. If there is no improvement within 7 days or if the symptoms are very severe then medical attention should be obtained.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

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Dr. Jeffrey Simons
Pulmonology 55 years experience
Probable Bronchitis: Yellow or green sputum in the morning may indicate a bronchitis. When sputum is in a dark moist space for several hours, it becomes more viscid and changes color from a clear or white to yellow and a green. If one coughs up this type of sputum continuous during the day, it probably means that an active infection is going on and it would be wise to ask a physician to examine you

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