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Had a heavy cold last week, no fever or real cough. Worst gone. Now have sore throat, producing brown/red phlegm, slight tiredness, shivers, no cough.

Had a heavy cold last week, no fever or real cough. Worst gone. Now have sore throat, producing brown/red phlegm, slight tiredness, shivers, no cough.

See your doctor: It is common to develop a bacterial infection like pneumonia after a viral respiratory tract infection. (I.e. A cold) This usually occurs shortly after the viral illness begins to improve and requires antibiotics. Symptoms vary but include fever, chills, chest pain, productive cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, tiredness, loss of appetite, etc... You need to have a doctor examine you. ...Read more

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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and i am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and i am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

Pneumonia?: This sounds like a standard respiratory viral infection that might have progressed to bronchitis or pneumonia. "Red/brown" suggest your sputum (phlegm from the bronchi or lungs) contains blood. See a doctor to be checked for bronchitis or pneumonia and possible need for an antibiotic prescription. Do it immediately if you have fever, chest pain of shortness of breath, or cough up obvious blood. ...Read more

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My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days.Some phlegm.Md says no redness &clear lungs.Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days.Some phlegm.Md says no redness &clear lungs.Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

See below:: He could be still recovering from a viral upper respiratory illness-at his age he is unable to clear & coordinate his post nasal drip mucus moving in the back of his throat. Other possibilities if similar symptoms, yet continuing for many weeks/mos: vasomotor rhinitis-not caused by an infection or allergy. Exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old has had a temp between 100-101 for 4 days. Light phlegm, rare cough, no throat pain/redness. Appetite- energy near normal. Go to dr or?

Viral infections: Viral infections are common in childhood and are expected to occur several times per year in children under 12. Your chiild's school may have a fever policy, ask the school nurse. Viral infections typically last less than a week, for more than a week, see a doc. Or if fevers are associated with dehydration, ear pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, unusally severe headache, or behavior change, . ...Read more

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I have coil usually have regular brown red periods every month but this month imissed a period,?

I have coil usually have regular brown red periods every month but this month imissed a period,?

Hormonal imbalance: If you had sex since your last period, do a home pregnancy test. Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. ...Read more