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When I cough the mucus tastes like chlorine/bleach, any ideas?

When I cough the mucus tastes like chlorine/bleach, any ideas?

Possibly acid reflux: Or side efffect of meds u are taking. Discuss with your dr about it.
(or did u ingest chlorox?)
give us a feedback.
Discuss with your dr about this sx. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

Normal: It is normal for phlegm to have a salty taste. It will clear up on its own.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

Irritation: You likely irritated the mucosa of your respiratory system. Those are some harsh chemicals. You should always make sure the area is well ventilated and that you wear gloves, mask, and eye protection when using products like those. It should get better with time. If you feel you are getting worse and begin having difficulty breathing, then go directly to the Emergency room. ...Read more

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My troat hurts when I cough from breathing in a clr and bleach mix that I accidentally made what do I do? I am scared

My troat hurts when I cough from breathing in a clr and bleach mix that I accidentally made what do I do? I am scared

Get to ED!!: You need to be evaluated in an Emergency Department right away. This could be a dangerous situation that requires an evaluation right now. ...Read more

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I spent the day cleaning our basement. I found mold on the concrete and cleaned it with a lot of bleach. Now I have a deep cough, is it from the mold?

Mahek Shah Dr. Shah
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Mold and bleach: It's possible that it is from both... When cleaning, mold spores and some dust flew up into the air and the bleach may have splashed a bit. It's best to wear a simple mouth mask when cleaning to minimize inhaling these particles. But be sure to take breaks from the air environment by going upstairs or outside to balance out and prevent such cough or allergic / inflammatory rxns. ...Read more

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I accidently inhaled strong bleach and now I have a really sore cough and it hurts my chest and feels like it's burning?

I accidently inhaled strong bleach and now I have a really sore cough and it hurts my chest and feels like it's burning?

Seek help: Inhalation of strong bleach may cause damage to the airways, If you have problem breathing or you are getting worst please go to emergency room right away ...Read more

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Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Chlorine bleach: Fumes can be very irritating but a brief exposure will produce only transient symptoms! You should be fine in 24-48 hours!
Hope this is helpful
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After inhaling bleach, I am coughing a lot, and when I do cough, I cough up something, too. Is this bad?

After inhaling bleach, I am coughing a lot, and when I do cough, I cough up something, too. Is this bad?

Bleach: First of all, do not inhale bleach! It is very irritating to the respiratory tract and causes inflammation and constriction of the airways causing a cough. ...Read more

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After cleaning with bleach, my nose burned & I could smell a hint of bleach for rest of day, now phlegm cough?

After cleaning with bleach, my nose burned & I could smell a hint of bleach for rest of day, now phlegm cough?

Not recommended: Bleach is a toxic substance and should not be ingested or breath in. Use saline nasal irrigation instead. Go to urgent care if you are not feeling well. ...Read more

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Cleaned with bleach and from inhaling fumes felt dizzy and now have bit of a cough. In fresh air now. Will I be okay?

Do you still have: Symptoms - if so, you may need assessment. The areas you were working with will need to be ventilated. ...Read more

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Inhaled a bleach and toilet cleaner mix 5 hours ago, feel ok except chest still tight and hurts when breathe in with a chesty cough?

Inhaled a bleach and toilet cleaner mix 5 hours ago, feel ok except chest still tight and hurts when breathe in with a chesty cough?

Bleach a inhalation: If still tight go to ER for treatment as may have reactive condition and possible some fluid due to damage. Therefore go to ER now for breathing treatments, xray possible steroids ...Read more

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I cleaned with bleach at work. A lot of it. And now I feel like it's hard to breath and my chest really hurts. I already have a cold with a cough and after cleaning with so much bleach my chest is super sore and its almost hard to take a deep breath..

I cleaned with bleach at work. A lot of it. And now I feel like it's hard to breath and my chest really hurts. I already have a cold with a cough and after cleaning with so much bleach my chest is super sore and its almost hard to take a deep breath..

Tight airway: Would be ideal to see your doctor today for an evaluation. Will be difficult for the doc to determine cause of chest soreness after the sensation has passed (at a future visit). A peak flow measurement and full physical exam will help determine with you're having bronchoconstriction (similar to or because of asthma) secondary to infection and/or irritant exposure. Inhaler medication may help. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach and ammonia and I keep throwing up and feeling sick I was cleaning apartment and inhaled bleach and ammonia. Now I feel sick and won;t stop throwing up. What can I do and got a cough that hurt that won't stop

I inhaled bleach and ammonia and I keep throwing up and feeling sick I was cleaning apartment and inhaled bleach and ammonia. Now I feel sick and won;t stop throwing up. What can I do and got a cough that hurt that won't stop

Mixing: Mixing bleach and ammonia can create choramine vapor which is toxic. If you cleaned your own apartment and are still in it, you and who ever else lives in the apartment should exit it immediately and get to fresh air. Do not re-enter the area where the gases were mixed. If you cleaned someone else's apartment, you need to contact the police so that they can ensure they have not been impacted by toxic fumes. It is likely that you inhaled poisonous vapors.
Recommend that you call 911 for emergency assistance. Follow their advice. You need to be medically evaluated emergently.
Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 after you have been medically cleared. They can provide you on instructions on how to work with the area contaminated by toxic gas. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach fumes. I have a severe cough. What can I do to help with the coughing and throat soreness?

I inhaled bleach fumes. I have a severe cough. What can I do to help with the coughing and throat soreness?

See a doctor: You have chemical irritation of the lining or the bronchial tubes. I have used Medrol in tablet form, codeine for cough control and at times Singulair (montelukast) to help with this issue. There are some inhaled medications that might help too, but your cough might not tolerate them. ...Read more

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I inhaled to much bleach and now I have a sore throat and a cough. What do I do?

I inhaled to much bleach and now I have a sore throat and a cough. What do I do?

Chemical irritation: This is a chemical irritation to your respiratory tract from the bleach. Here's some things to try: use nasal saline spray every 3-4 hours, warms salt water gargles, throat lozenges, cough syrup, take ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoke. If this is not resolving or if you develop fever or shortness of breath see your doctor. ...Read more

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There was a bleach leak from the apt above me into my place through ceiling. I now have a dry cough and painful throat. Are there long term side affec?

There was a bleach leak from the apt above me into my place through ceiling. I now have a dry cough and painful throat. Are there long term side affec?

Depends: It depends on how long you were exposed, the level of exposure, and any contributing or systemic issues you may/may not have already. I see you smoke cigarettes, that doesn't help the overall situation. Take a break for a week, it will help. Make sure your apartment has been cleaned, professionally. Keep windows open as much as possible. That is a chemical spill. ...Read more

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My husband put bleach water in our toddlers humidifier. She has runny and stuffy nose with a cough and 1 side of my throat is sore. Is it the bleach?

My husband put bleach water in our toddlers humidifier. She has runny and stuffy nose with a cough and 1 side of my throat is sore. Is it the bleach?

Bleach in humidifier: It's possible but should not cause long term symptoms. I would run a cycle or two with distilled water before using it in the room again ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

Chlorine burn: Appears that you have sustained a chlorine irritation / burn to your naso-pharynx-tracheal-bronchial tissues. If external, the immediate remedyvis long ice cold water rinsing. You cannot do much of that, but prolonged mouthwashing, gargling, and nasal washing can help. Then, you need an inhaler. Saline breathing treatments may help but best is a metered dose steroid inhaler. So see a prescriber ...Read more

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If you smell a lot of bleach and start coughing what will happen?

If you smell a lot of bleach and start coughing what will happen?

Reactive Airways: If a person inhales a large amount of an irritant chemical such as bleach, this can trigger inflammation in the nose and lungs leading to symptoms just like asthma (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness). Usually this heals over time but in some it can take months. ...Read more

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I inhaled a lot of bleach while I was cleaning and I keep coughing, what do I do?

I inhaled a lot of bleach while I was cleaning and I keep coughing, what do I do?

Urgent medical care: Samantha, inhalation of chlorine irritates the lung tissue. Household exposure to chlorine vapors usually causes mild symptoms. I don't know how long ago you were exposed but since you continue to cough you may have had a more moderate exposure which can cause a chemical irritant induced asthma. it would be best to go to your nearest emergency department for evaluation and treatment right away. ...Read more

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I steam cleaned my carpet with a mixture of water, bleach and vinegar and now I can't stop coughing. What should I do?

I steam cleaned my carpet with a mixture of water, bleach and vinegar and now I can't stop coughing. What should I do?

Allow to Air: My guess is that the bleach was too strong and is releasing chlorine gas into the area. Open the windows to allow some ventillation and go back over the carpets with clear water to dilute and remove the bleach & vinegar from the carpet - or better call a professional to go over the carpets for you but let them know what you used. If coughing persists, go to er. ...Read more

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I used bleach and toilet cleaner together and now my chest feels heavy & I can't stop wheezing or coughing? Will I be okay? What should I do?

You have chemical: Inhalation toxicity. Please go to the nearest ER to be treated appropriately. In the future the use of a respirator mask is a must. Get well. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my bedroom and made a mixture of bleach and vinegar to do so. Now my thoat is scratchy and I coughing. What should I do?

I was cleaning my bedroom and made a mixture of bleach and vinegar to do so. Now my thoat is scratchy and I coughing. What should I do?

NO BLEACH COMBO's: Do not combine bleach (hypochlorite) with ammonia or acids! Bleach combines with acids (e.g., vinegar, lemon juice) or certain bases (e.g., ammonia, drain cleaner) to release chlorine and chloramine vapors! These vapors can burn mucous membranes! You should be seen. ...Read more

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I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen with bleach 3 hours ago and I am now having trouble breathing without coughing. I need advice please.

I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen with bleach 3 hours ago and I am now having trouble breathing without coughing. I need advice please.

Go to emergency Room: Inhalation pneumonitis can be a life threatening issue. If you mixed bleach with ammonia this can also be much worse. Please call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I inhale bleach for 3 hours and my eyes red and coughing?

Can you tell me if I inhale bleach for 3 hours and my eyes red and coughing?

Burns eye and lung: Bleach is a base. This can cause burns to your corneas making eyes red and to your lungs causing coughing. For the eye irritation see eye doctor and for coughing if it persists see family doctor. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach fumes& I was coughing, vomitting&cldn't breath. I puffed clenil&felt better. Cld. Inhalation cause long term damage in me?

I inhaled bleach fumes& I was coughing, vomitting&cldn't breath. I puffed clenil&felt better. Cld. Inhalation cause long term damage in me?

Chemical burn: It is unlikely that you'll have permanent damage from inhaled bleach. The mucosa of your upper aerodigest tract will heal. ...Read more

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I beleive I have damaged my lungs by breathing in some cleaning chemicals. What can I do about this horrible coughing fit? I was clleaning my toilet and mixed some bleach with toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and went to wipe it out and inhaled the fume

I: I really wish I had seen your question earlier, so that I could have responded to it immediately. It sounds like you did damage your lungs. I do not know if the damage is temporary. Mixing bleach with some toilet bowl cleaners can produce chlorine gas. To get an idea of how dangerous chlorine is, it has been used as a chemical warfare agent. Bleach mixed with ammonia is especially dangerous because it can create monochloramine or dichloramine (chloramine gases). You won’t see the gases in the air and you might not smell them because of the aroma of the chemicals you are using.
It is usually unwise to mix cleaning chemicals because there could be chemical reactions that releases toxic gases. Anytime you are cleaning a toilet with a chemical product that can be toxic (yes that includes most cleaning products), the windows should be open and the fans should be on. If you come into contact with gases that cause you to cough or experience burning, get fresh air as quickly as possible. Depending on how severely you are impacted, do not hesitate to call 911. I do recommend that you be seen at your emergency room, especially if you have lingering symptoms. ...Read more

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I was cleaning with bleach all day now my throat hurts and I can't stop coughing?

I was cleaning with bleach all day now my throat hurts and I can't stop coughing?

Toxic fumes: You have irritated your airway with the fumes from the bleach that are very irritant to the airway. Depending on the amount of exposure, you can create various degrees of airway problems, from simple irritation, to full blown difficulty breathing. Please air put he area, get everybody out and have yourself checked asap. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach while cleaning walls. I have asthma from the start. Now im coughing, have a headache, eyes are ichy and watery what can I do?

I inhaled bleach while cleaning walls. I have asthma from the start. Now im coughing, have a headache, eyes are ichy and watery what can I do?

Fluids: Get a lot of fluids, take inhaled meds as albuterol, take an antihistaminic medication as loratadine & if available an inhaled steroid (pump/inhaler). If persist get oraL prednisone X 48h if not get assistance ...Read more

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I was cleaning and inhaled to much bleach fumes. I am coughing, short of breath, burning eyes. What should I do?

I was cleaning and inhaled to much bleach fumes. I am coughing, short of breath, burning eyes. What should I do?

Fumes only?: If it was just fumes, supportive care is all you need. Fluids and ibuprofen. If the liquid actually came in contact with your eyes and/or throat, a chemical burn to the mucous membrane of a severe nature could occur. ...Read more

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I just got done cleaning my bathroom & I think I may have inhaled to much bleach. Now my throat feel uncomfortable & im coughing. What should I do?

You may be OK: This will probably clear up. Get fresh air and left the bathroom air out. Theses a small risk that the chorine beach may have caused problems. If it persists see your physician. The risk would increase if you have underlying lung disease or have had reaction to chlorine in the past ...Read more

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Cleaned toilet with bleach and harpic. There was a very strong odour. My throat is soar, on deep inspiration coughing occurs. Rx? Long term effects?

Cleaned toilet with bleach and harpic. There was a very strong odour. My throat is soar, on deep inspiration coughing occurs. Rx? Long term effects?

Harpic, I learned,: Is not available in the US, but is widely sold in Europe and around the world. It is principally hydrochloric acid, a highly corrosive acid. Precautions including gloves, goggles, mask are advised. Fumes can cause respiratory tissue irritation. If not worsening and no bleeding/feeling short of breath, ok to observe. Should clear without long term affects. Call poison control or Doc with questions ...Read more