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How can you stop coughing up mucus ?

How can you stop coughing up mucus ?

Postnasal drip: Coughing up mucous is most commonly a result of postnasal drip. Talk to your doctor to try to ascertain the cause, as well as get treated. Feel better. ...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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How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

Treatment...: If you have symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, decreased appetite, body aches, cold symptoms, etc., then you most likely have acute bronchitis which is treated w/ antibiotics. If you have no other symptoms, then it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up mucus

Why do I cough up mucus

Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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How can I help bring up mucous when I cough?

How can I help bring up mucous when I cough?

Mucolytics: Mucolytics are medications which "thin" mucus and make it easier to expectorate (cough up). Guaifenesin is the classic example of such a medication. It is available in a short-acting syrup (robutussin) and a long-acting tablet (mucinex). Additionally, when there are other pulmonary conditions such as asthma and copd, medications which help treat these conditions will help in bringing up mucus. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

The desription of: Phlegm points to infection when yellow, orange or blood tinged, and clear can mean you have cleared a mucus plug. But these are primitive. Allergy, cold and bronchitis can do this, as well as pneumonia...Or cancer. Persistent productive cought needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How do I stop coughing up blood-streaked mucus, and is it dangerous?

How do I stop coughing up blood-streaked mucus, and is it dangerous?

It must be worked ul: Persistent cough associated with blood needs to be worked up esp in a smoker or if associated with constitutional symptoms like fever , night sweats or weight loss. ...Read more

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What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

Mucus: Simplest thing is a mucus thinner called 'mucolytic' such as regular Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin). Active ingredient is Guaifenesin which is very safe. Also drink plenty of fluids (water) to thin secretions while taking Guaifenesin and making it easier to cough out. Ask yourself why you are having a productive cough, and address the cause itself if possible. For example, quit smoking. ...Read more

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Does it help or hurt to work/ sweat outside when coughing up brown phlegm?

Does it help or hurt to work/ sweat outside when coughing up brown phlegm?

Depends...: It really depends on any associated symptoms. For example, if you also have a fever and shortness of breath, then you need to see your doctor asap to be diagnosed and treated. Possible etiologies include acute bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection with post-nasal drip. In order to get a diagnosis and treatment, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I wake up in the morning and start to profusely cough until i cough up and spit out phlegm. If i don't spit it put it triggers me to vomit .?

I wake up in the morning and start to profusely cough until i cough up and spit out phlegm. If i don't spit it put it triggers me to vomit .?

Cough needs eval: If you're having daily cough it's important to be eval by your doctor. May be post nasal drainage which is treated with anthistamines. Or even acid reflux which is treated by otc meds like Prevacid or prilosec. Also need to r/o infection. More concerning would be the possibility of asthma if this is chronic. It is not unusual for cough to lead to vomiting reflex. Chest x-ray or pft may help. ...Read more

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Cough from bronchitis. Phlegm trying to break up but cough is straining and makes me dizzy/short of breath/too much phlegm. Can this hurt me? How?

Cough from bronchitis. Phlegm trying to break up but cough is straining and makes me dizzy/short of breath/too much phlegm. Can this hurt me? How?

Usely not: This is typical but there are inhalers that help to loosen and expectorate it easier. You want to see your lung doc. ...Read more

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Coughing up brown plegm but not much, what to do?

Testing: If you have brown phlegm, it may be related to an infection and/or mild bleeding. Your physician may order a chest x ray, TB test and send the phlegm for cultures and also rule out a malignancy. If you smoke or are exposed to smoke, it is important to avoid smoke. ...Read more

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My nose is clear, but I have a wall of green mucus that wont allow me to breathe thru nose. Coughing green thick mucus. Any OTC meds i can take?

My nose is clear, but I have a wall of green mucus that wont allow me to breathe thru nose. Coughing green thick mucus. Any OTC meds i can take?

Nasal Congestion: Call your doctor... He may be able to prescribe something or refer you to an ENT specialist for further help. You may have sinusitis, bronchitis which sometimes need antibiotics and other medications to clear up. ...Read more

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I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

Constant mucus: Mucus is a thick fluid secreted by glands that helps protect areas of the body exposed to the environment. It filters away particles and organisms that stick to it; it also contains antiseptic substances that prevent infection. Mucus production in the lungs increases in response to allergens (pollen, molds) & irritants (smoke). A chronic cough producing mucus should be evaluated medically. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a cough is coming from ur lungs or throat? Can hear congestion when cough, but not bring up much, but chest burns when I cough, hel

Location of phlegm : Hard to tell often where the cough is coming from but some generalities do exist. If it is coming from the nose and throat, you might feel post nasal drip and this would respond to Flonase and or clarispray over the counter. You can also take cough syrup , delsym over the counter. It works well. Take Tylenol or Motrin for the pain with the cough. Good luck and feel better: ...Read more

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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...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


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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more