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I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

Be seen: It could be several things, from an infection to more chronic lung diseases. If pneumonia, it sounded atypical at first, but you may be getting an infection on top of it. Emphysema (COPD) can act this way, as can asthma. Drug reactions can cause cough. Lung cancer also has to be considered. Shortness of breath is a serious problem and needs more evaluation. ...Read more

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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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I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

Try Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out mucus and makes it easier to cough up. You would also need to increase your fluids to help the medication work better. It also sounds like you may be allergic to something. Taking an antihistamine, like zyrtec or Claritin before bed, should stop the mucus production completely... ...Read more

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I have had mucus in lungs and cough for the past 4-5 weeks. Cough and sputum has reduced much over this time but continues nevertheless. Any inputs?

I have had mucus in lungs and cough for the past 4-5 weeks. Cough and sputum has reduced much over this time but continues nevertheless. Any inputs?

Post nasal drip: Viral sinus infections often lead to a reactive hyperemia with post nasal drip for weeks to months after infection. Nasal washes plus nasal steroids might help shortness the course. These episodes tend to go away on their own. ...Read more

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Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoking: Smokers are prone to lung irritations and infections like bronchitis, which produces mucus and coughing. Hoping your Chantix helps you quit smoking -- your lungs are likely to be healthier when you do. ...Read more

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Is there any fruit or food that can reduce production of mucus in lungs or any food which helps to remove mucus from lung?

Is there any fruit or food that can reduce production of mucus in lungs or any food which helps to remove mucus from lung?

Food not a factor: Foods are not a factor in production of mucus in the lungs nor do foods help in removing it. Steam inhalation may help loosen the mucus and make it easier to come out. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of wheezing, and mucus in lungs/chest?

Is there a good way to get rid of wheezing, and mucus in lungs/chest?

See allergist: You need to see your doctor or allergist to find out the cause for these symptoms. It appears that you do have asthma. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Brown mucus: The brown colored mucus could be attributed to blood being mixed with phlegm.A small blood vessel could be broken in the lung tissue due to excessive pressoure. ...Read more

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For many years, sometimes when I lie flat/sleep I have very small amount of mucus in lungs/throat. When I get up I am instantly fine. Normal? Causes?

Lungs: Sounds like you may have some fluid in your lungs be it mucus or other fluid. When lying flat, the surface area involved in your lungs increases making you more short of breath. Causes are several including but not limited to chf, pleuritis, rad, asthma variant, mild copd, bronchitis, etc. Etc... Get eval, best wishes. ...Read more

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Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Yes: CHF is likely at young age also but your symptoms probably are not related to chf. Please check with your pcp and get evaluated. It may be just sinusitis. ...Read more

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I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help I also have asthma?

I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help I also have asthma?

Don't delay: Asthma is not a disease to take lightly or ignore. If night time symptoms occur more than twice a month or day symptoms more than twice a week, asthma is not controlled. There are many triggers that should be evaluated for and with nasal congestion, consideration to allergies and sinus issues is high. There are many excellent medications available to treat asthma and allergies. Relief is there. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

Don't know: How can you see the constant sticky clear mucus, forming on the surface of your lungs everyday for 3 months? This is medically impossible. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It: It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Not usually: It is highly unlikely that the mucus would end up in your lungs. Typically it is swallowed. ...Read more

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I have a constant mucus producing cough and get out of breath easily & I feel like I can't fill my lungs with enough air to breathe. What could it be?

Bronchitis: These symptoms are consistent with chronic bronchitis with features of possible emphysema or asthma even in the absence of wheezing. Of course you must avoid smoking and other causes of pollution. I recommend that you see a pulmonologist for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate testing will be done. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more