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I cannot cough up mucus in throat, what should I do?

I cannot cough up mucus in throat, what should I do?

Try drinking more: Take more fluids plus you may want to use an expectorant or even try the use of honey. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Every morning I wake up my throat hurts until I'm able to cough up mucus, sometimes is green and slimy but other is dark green and really dry why?

Every morning I wake up my throat hurts until I'm able to cough up mucus, sometimes is green and slimy but other is dark green and really dry why?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review the story to see if sinusitis or reflux might be a cause). ...Read more

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For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

Globus etc: Hi MelaniH~ you have REFLUX which is the central issue, because GE reflux while recumbent can cause gastric fluid to enter the esophagus and spill into the lungs. This will give you irritation in the esophagus and cause globus sensation and can cause irritable airways and lower respiratory obstruction witth asthma symptoms. See your doc. See a GI doc. Get lung functions done, start asthma meds thx ...Read more

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What is causing something in my throat to move up and down. That won't come up and it burns and its causing me to cough up mucus with blood in it?

Need exam to know: An ENT dr can do an exam including looking down your throat with a small fiberoptic camera and help identify the problem and its treatment rapidly. ...Read more

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I've had a coughand sore throat for a couple of weeks, but today I noticed that when I cough up mucus it is blue. Its been like this all day. Why?

I've had a coughand sore throat for a couple of weeks, but today I noticed that when I cough up mucus it is blue. Its been like this all day. Why?

Upper resp inf: I would recommend that if it I has gone on for a few weeks, that you be checked for need for antibiotics. The "blue" mucous could be viral or bacterial though and is just your body's way of fighting the infection. ...Read more

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I have a soar throat and cough up mucus. .. But to make things worse I am pooping just mucus. No fevers had been sick off and on for 10 weeks I am astma?

I have a soar throat and cough up mucus. .. But to make things worse I am pooping just mucus. No fevers had been sick off and on for 10 weeks I am astma?

Asthma: Your asthma is out of control, you should see your doctor to get a maintenance inhaler and see if you have an infection that needs to be treated. Ultimately you will need to see an allergist to determine your asthma triggers. ...Read more

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I have a question I have a fever sore throat and I sometimes cough up mucus what could this be and how can I treat it?

I have a question I have a fever sore throat and I sometimes cough up mucus what could this be and how can I treat it?

Cold/flu: Those are classic signs of a cold or flu. If so you can treat the symptoms with any cold/flu over the counter medicine and it should resolve within 1 to 2 weeks tops. If it has lasted longer than that then you should see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat that is causing me to cough up mucus and soon after, the inside of my chest and ears itch. Why is that and what can I do?

I have a sore throat that is causing me to cough up mucus and soon after, the inside of my chest and ears itch. Why is that and what can I do?

Sounds like a cold: The common cold causes mucus production, sore throat and cough. Itching is common as well. After coughing, your chest might feel irritated from the forceful air movement. The ears often get sensations referred from the throat. Doesn't sound worrisome. Unfortunately there are not any meds that are very effective for mucus or cough. Warm salt water gargle can soothe throat. You'll be well soon. ...Read more

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Persistent cough for about two weeks I had a sore throat before but the cough stayed. I often cough up mucus and start wheezing. What could it be?

Persistent cough for about two weeks I had a sore throat before but the cough stayed. I often cough up mucus and start wheezing. What could it be?

Possible: Asthmatic bronchitis. This should be treated by your doctor immediately to avoid complications such as
pneumonia or chronic airway disorders. ...Read more

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My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

Asthma: First stop smoking, this is not helping your asthma. A number of drug companies have patient assistance programs, you can look up your medication online, with a. Com after its name and see if the company offers such a program you can sign up for. Your doctor can also help you by contacting your insurance company to plead your case. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cough and cold problem before an year and after that I can't speak clearly as mucus in throat.?

What to do if I have cough and cold problem before an year and after that I can't speak clearly as mucus in throat.?

Have throat check: If I understand your question correctly, a cough/ cold one year ago has left you with a voice change? See an ENT to have voice box looked at ...Read more

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Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Consult physician: Although I agree that this may be early GERD, it also sounds very much like reflex coughing from post nasal drip and allergies. You can try a daily dose of generic Claritin (loratadine) for 1-2 weeks and see if the helps. Please stop using ibuprfofen, since this can aggravate GERD. ...Read more

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Have sharp pains in chest couples of excercise and always have mucus in throat and mild cough?

Have sharp pains in chest couples of excercise and always have mucus in throat and mild cough?

It could just be: Musculoskeletal strain, pleurisy, post nasal drip, asthma related etc. Go see your Dr for reassurance. Take care! ...Read more

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Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Respiratory illness: It definitely sounds like you have a respiratory illness with sputum production. If you have fevers, you should definitely go in to see the doctor. Flu season is starting to arrive and it is a good time to get a flu shot and have this issue addressed by visiting your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm be used for a person with asthma with mucus in throat...And a cough dry and productive?

Can Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm be used for a person with asthma with mucus in throat...And a cough dry and productive?

Not preferably: I never like to use medicine that has dm in it for my asthma patients. This suppresses cough and can have deleterious effects such as increased chance of lower airway infection by causing the mucus to get stuck there. I prefer an expectorant to keep the cough loose, giving you the ability to get it up and out of the airway. ...Read more

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Ok I'm getting scared. Has had mucus in throat for 2mths. Cough w/ mucus and sore throat evry once in a while. Hiv test was negative... What's wrong?

Ok I'm getting scared. Has had mucus in throat for 2mths. Cough w/ mucus and sore throat evry once in a while. Hiv test was negative... What's wrong?

Sinus or Allergy: It could be something as simple as sinusitis or allergies. I know my patients are suffering from tremendous sinus infections for months that come and go. If you have been evaluated and it's not a sinus infection or allergy, then you may need to go to the ENT to determine the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat, cough. And green phlegm mean throat cancer?

Not likely: These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't fully resolve with time or treatment you should consider bringing this possibility up with your provider, especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Stept throat: The most likely thing is that you did not have strept throat unless a culture was done. It is was a strept throat You probably have a viral problem that takes bout 2-3 weeks to get better if you take antibiotics or 13-21 days if you don't. Have others at your work/school had similar problems? Good discussion at Wikipedia for more info. Amox is not drug of choice in US. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

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Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). ...Read more

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I have woken up with my eyes sealed shut from green mucous along with an extremely sore throat, productive cough, red eyes, stuffy nose and exhaustion

Viral URI: The mucus lining of the eye and of the nose and throat can be simultaneously infected by a virus at the same time. The usual treatments you might take for a cold are in order here. Keep the eyes clean with warm moist cloths but unless the vision is significantly disturbed or the eyes start to become painful, you can probably let this run its course. ...Read more

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Sob. Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more

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Head congestion, cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache, chest pressure for 4 days now?

Head congestion, cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache, chest pressure for 4 days now?

URI: Those are symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and bronchitis that is likely caused by viruses. I would take OTC relief medications and if not improving or started to have fever see PCP ...Read more

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I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much. I cough up mucus with black streaks. Cough when can't breat?

I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much. I cough up mucus with black streaks. Cough when can't breat?

Mgt: If your inhaler is not as effective in controlling the cough, your respiratory plan needs to be adjusted. The black streaks may be dried blood or tar. If you are smoking, avoid all smoke exposure, including second hand smoke.
I would suggest a follow up with your PCP. ...Read more

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When you use nasal spray for post-nasal drip, is it supposed to make you cough up mucus?

When you use nasal spray for post-nasal drip, is it supposed to make you cough up mucus?

Usually not but: If your sinus openings have been obstructed, the fluid collected may drain after they open up ->draining with the nasal spray. If you aim the spray straight ahead instead of towards the lateral wall, some may get into your throat -> coughing. ...Read more

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I teach + I have been home w/ acute bronchitis for 2 days. I cough up mucus + have some shortness of breath, but feel better. Can I return tomorrow?

I teach + I have been home w/ acute bronchitis for 2 days. I cough up mucus + have some shortness of breath, but feel better. Can I return tomorrow?

Flu; talk to doctor: U should not return to work until u r absolutely free of symptoms, as their is a risk of transmitting bronchitis to ur students. I assume u were tested for the flu; most bronchitis is viral in origin, & most viruses have no effective treatment. Most viruses run their course in 7 to 14 days. All u can do is hydrate, rest, get the influenza vaccine, & wait. Good luck, thanx for asking HealthTap! ...Read more

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I cough up mucus after eating. It started whilst I was recovering from a flu but it has persisted for months now. Is it serious and how is it treated?

I cough up mucus after eating. It started whilst I was recovering from a flu but it has persisted for months now. Is it serious and how is it treated?

Asthma: The most common cause of persistent cough after a flu is asthma. Even if you are not known to have asthma you could have what we call reactive airway disease, which is asthma that manifests after a cold. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...Read more

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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


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more