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Constant Spitting Up Mucus
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
Some possibilities: Some people spit because they picked up the habit and haven't stopped it. In other cases, there is a medical problem such as post-nasal drip mucus from the nose and sinuses. In more worrisome cases, there is a throat problem or lung problem, such as infection or cancer. It may take visits to one's primary care doctor plus an ENT doctor to figure out if there is a medical problem needing attention. ...Read more
Cough and mucus: Persistent coughing with mucus for 2 months is not good. This usually implies something in the lungs - you should see a pulmonologist. ...Read more
Why I keep spitting up mucus and phlegm, it had every day from 1-6 times I spitting up and it's from clear-light-dark yellow rarely some blood on it?
Spitting up blood: There are many reasons for your symptoms but without getting more information and talking to you and examining you I cannot help except to go to a walk in clinic if u do not have a reg doctor, some of the reasons are not good and some are no worries. See someone. Some BP MEDS cause cough. So need more info. Happy to do second opinion. ...Read more
When you cough up phlegm/mucus with bronchitis, is it bad to swallow it, or must you spit it out every time?
Not bad at all: It is totally harmless to swallow the phlegm (although it may sound gross). The stomach acid will kill whatever is in the phlegm. You don't have to kill yourself trying to spit it out. As long as it gets out of your lungs, that is most important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non smoker no coughing, every morning spitting up mucus lasting about 1/2 to 45min. Rest of the day great, no lung problem. Age 72?
Sounds like: You might have aspiration. Get an opinion from ENT or pulmonary specialist. ...Read more
I have excessive phlegm/mucus coming from my throat that I spit out a couple times an hour. Happening for about 5 years now. Any OTC meds I can take?
Need exam: You need to go for a full exam with a physician. A physician needs to know your full medical history, medications, allergies, family and social history, and ask other questions before they do a physical exam and possibly refer you to specialists. You need to have this problem diagnosed. Do you smoke? If you do, stop smoking immediately. It helps us here on healthtap if you list history. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been coughing, chest congestion,and spitting up mucus for 2 weeks no other symptoms can allergies be the cause ,I have thm evry year but difrnt?
See doctor: If you have had similar symptoms at about the same months every year, then allergy is a likely trigger for your symptoms. Talk to your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more
What can cause spitting up mucus in morning when not sick, only other symptom is fatigue from not good sleep? Also, not consistent, pinprick of blood.
Inflammation: Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils w white exudates; small red dots on roof of mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. Complications :infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin, blood as well as scarlet fever, inflammation of kidney (glomerulonephritis) ; eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
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