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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?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ronald Li
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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 56 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
A 44-year-old female asked:

I need help I have a cough Im coughing up green mucus ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Green mucus: If you have had a head cold a week or so ago and are now coughing up significant amounts of discolored sputum, a bacterial bronchial infection is likely and a course of an appropriate antibiotic would be advisable. Contact your physician for instructions.In the meantime drink adequate fluids and take an expectorant cough syrup to continue to raise secretions.
Last updated Jan 5, 2017


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