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Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

See either ENT or: Get checked by either ENT or Lung specialist to check for the presence of some toxin, pathogen, or allergen present in the respiratory tissues. Presentation of exudate could vary. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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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 had a chronic cough now for about a year. My coughs are not triggered by anything in particular, and nearly always has phlegm/mucus/sputum.

I have had a chronic cough now for about a year. My coughs are not triggered by anything in particular, and nearly always has phlegm/mucus/sputum.

Cough: For a year certainly has a pathologic basis including allergies, chronic infection like TB or malignancy
I hope smoking is not a part of your life
you need to be checked and get an xray of your sinuses and chest ...Read more

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I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?

I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?

Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

See doctor: Since there are many causes for a chronic cough (lasting more than 3 monrh?) one needs to establish the cause before treating it. Antibiotic does not help a viral infection and its overuse has created MRSA. If you have a persistent fever, you may need to get a bronchoscopy. Since most chronic coughs are caused by more than a single factor, I suggest that you consult an allergist or pulmonologi ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough? I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath. Going on 1 week.

Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough? I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath. Going on 1 week.

YES!: And a "non-productive" bronchitis usually is "asking" for more FLUIDS both by mouth and via vaporizer to make it PRODUCTIVE (eg WET!) that's half the way to "curing"
the problem! WET IT! Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Bronchitis?: Could be allergic or other form of bronchitis by description. Likely no relation to thyroid. Needs good exam & likely pulmonary function tests by your Dr or a Pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community.
Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things. To mention few, postnasal drip, upper respiratory infection. If the symptom gets worse and become persistent, see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better, probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Allergies: Most likely nasal allergy followed by mouth breathing followed by a cough possibly productive of mucoid material.
Try allergy meds and a vaporizer at night. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

Superinfection: Ocassionally, illnesses that start out as viral actually require treatment for secondary infections (bacteria, ear infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.). Most viral infections in children resolve within a week. Asthma should be another consideration. ...Read more

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How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when I cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when I cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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5yr old has had persistent cough for a week. Had fever that's gone now. Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

5yr old has had persistent cough for a week. Had fever that's gone now. Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

Mgt: It may represent that her illness is resolving. If she does not improve in the next few days, or if she has a fever, please see your PCP. Most bronchitis infections are caused by viral illnesses. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillin work for an upper respiratory infection? Persistent cough over a week now with clear phlegm and wheezing. Take pro-air as needed.

Will amoxicillin work for an upper respiratory infection? Persistent cough over a week now with clear phlegm and wheezing. Take pro-air as needed.

Probably not: Antibiotics are to treat bacterial infections and do nothing for allergies or viruses If you are wheezing you should take the proair q 4 hours and see your doctor as you may need an ancillary agent such as an inhaled steroid to calm down the chest inflammation
Also some forms of chest infection are not associated with fever so close f/u with your doctor is essential ...Read more

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A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?

A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?

Virus &/or allergies: Viral upper respiratory infections can hang around for weeks, but may be compounded by allergies. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see a primary care provider at this point for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can you relieve a chronic cough?

How can you relieve a chronic cough?

Determine cause: There are many reasons for chronic cough including asthma, post nasal drip from sinus infection or allergies, pertussis (whooping cough), acid ge reflux and the list goes on. The treatment should be directed at the cause. A cough specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause and offering a treatment for relief. ...Read more

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What could isolated chronic cough mean?

What could isolated chronic cough mean?

Chronic assumes: 3 month duration or more. But the real answer to your question begs more information from you regarding at a minimum age, gender, physical location, medical history, medications, social habits, results of any recent tests and then more based upon the answers. There is no point providing a lengthy list of cough etiologies which won't be helpful and may just confuse you more. See your doctor ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a chronic cough?

What's the best way to treat a chronic cough?

Find the cause: A chronic cough has several potential causes, three of the most common being asthma, post nasal drip from rhinitis or sinusitis, and reflux. Unless you know the cause it is hard to treat a cough appropriately. ...Read more

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I am constantly having cold & chronic cough. What's wrong?

I am constantly having cold & chronic cough. What's wrong?

Multiple causes: A chronic cough may be caused by multiple conditions. A chest radiograph, analysis of your airway secretions and a TB test may be ordered. In addition, if you have sinus congestion or reflux these conditions may contribute or cause prolonged cough. Aspiration of food or other substances into the lung may be retained and cause a prolonged cough. In your age group, cfis less likely, but still possib. ...Read more

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How to differentiate if my cough is just a normal cough or chronic cough?

How to differentiate if my cough is just a normal cough or chronic cough?

3 months: A chronic cough is any cough that has lasted for at least 3 months. I recommend that you see your doctor if you have had a cough for several weeks that isn't improving. ...Read more

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How to get over a chronic cough?

How to get over a chronic cough?

Treatment...: First, the cause of the chronic cough needs to be identified. Common causes of chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these diagnoses have different treatments. So, see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Can this postnasal drip cause chronic cough?

Can this postnasal drip cause chronic cough?

Yes: The major causes of cough included post nasal drip, asthma and reflux. This probably accounts for 90% of the reasons for cough. ...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


Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more