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Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Bacteria versus viru: S. Without running a culture, it is impossible to tell. Certainly thick yellow mucous and a slight cough could be bacterial, but it could also be viral or less commonly parasitic. Best to get checked out if it doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Clear/white thick mucus discharge?

What?: From which body opening is the mucous coming from? ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...Read more

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Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works!' ...Read more

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Scratchy throat an thick green mucus ?

Scratchy  throat  an thick green mucus ?

Infection: You have a bacterial infection, possibly sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia. Please sek medical attention without further delay. ...Read more

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Tight chest coughing continuously and white thick phlegm ?

Tight chest coughing continuously and white thick phlegm ?

Cough: This is too little information. This can be because of an infection or asthma. Also depends if you smoke oor not Please discuss with Gp or call smart health for further discussion ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more

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Green sticky snot?

Not helpful: The stickiness or viscosity of nasal mucus is not a good predictor of the underlying problem. Other symptoms are better indicators, such as the presence or absence of fever, itchy eyes, sore throat and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Thick yellow sinus discharge?

Thick yellow sinus discharge?

Could also be viral: Acute sinusitis is usually viral. Consider bacterial if it persists more than two weeks. ...Read more

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Facial pain, fever up to 103 (fever has stopped), yellow watery nasal discharge, cough, greenish brown sputum. Sinus infection and/or bronchitis?

Facial pain, fever up to 103 (fever has stopped), yellow watery nasal discharge, cough, greenish brown sputum. Sinus infection and/or bronchitis?

Possibly: Or you may be getting over a cold. As a cold improves the nasal secretions get thicker and a little yellow. If you are coughing up thick brown sputum with a deep cough i would be more concerned about a bacterial pneumonia or possibly bronchitis. Most bronchitis is viral and happens as the last part of a cold .If not improving see your doctor. ...Read more

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Watery discharge with white flecks labor?

I am confused!: Sorry, but I don't understand your question. Are you pregnant and have a new discharge? If so, call your OB doc and ask what to do. If not, please ask your question again and clarify. ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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Chesty cough for week browny flem ?

Get in: If you are having fever, shortness of breath, or achiness with your cough then you should get in right away to be seen. A cough like this can be a viral illness that can clear on its own, but if you are very sick, get in to make sur you do not have a pneumonia. Try some honey with lemon for the cough. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could dry cough have phlem yellow or white phlems?

Let me think: Dry cough is dry. There may be occasional specks of phlegm that comes out, yellow, green, white or even a little blood. But there would be very scanty expectoration. ...Read more

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Slimy greenish yellowish thick mucus and discharge coming from vagina slight vaginal bleeding?

Slimy greenish yellowish thick mucus and discharge coming from vagina slight vaginal bleeding?

Get it checked out: This doesn't sound normal, and you should see a doctor to get checked out, especially if you are having fever or pelvic pain. Take care! ...Read more

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Sore throat dark yellow phlegm ?

Sore throat dark yellow phlegm ?

Fever? : By themselves those two symptoms are hard to parse out. Do you have these all the time? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have muscle aches? Anyone else around you been sick? Phlegm plus sore throat makes strep unlikely unless you always have phlegm.... Hot tea, rest, and if you have fevers see your doc. ...Read more

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White thick mucus stuff in stool?

White thick mucus stuff in stool?

Mucous in stool: Not normal, Best to see doctor and have this check out. Could be several things but without exam and tests not much to help you at this point. ...Read more

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Does coughing up yellow flem mean strep throat?

Does coughing up yellow flem mean strep throat?

No: A productive cough is not typically associated with strep pharyngitis. A viral upper respiratory tract infection is the most common cause of sputum. However, if you develop high fevers or shortness of breath you should be evaluated by your primary care provider. ...Read more