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I'm always spitting up mucus?

I'm always spitting up mucus?

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

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 keep coughing and spitting up mucus for like two months what is it?

I keep coughing and spitting up mucus for like two months what is it?

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

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My baby spit up a white mucus or phlegm is it normal?

Spit up: A little spitting up now and then is fine. If it appears to be more of a regular occurrence, discuss it with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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?

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

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When you cough up phlegm/mucus with bronchitis, is it bad to swallow it, or must you spit it out every time?

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 more

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Many things: Including reflux with micro aspiration, sinus infections, bronchitis, smoking, sleep obstructed breathing, dental or gum disease, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, and a host of other less common conditions. Please have a good physical exam. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Had pneumonia 3 wks ago. Took a zpak, still coughing and spitting up mucus. Now I have low grade fever. Is it possible I still have it? No chest pain.

Had pneumonia 3 wks ago. Took a zpak, still coughing and spitting up mucus. Now I have low grade fever. Is it possible I still have it? No chest pain.

Possibly: Either incompletely treated pneumonia versus a second infection. Would suggest a thorough history, clinical exam, chest x-Ray and treatment as needed. Let your doctor know as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why am I spitting up mucus stuff a lot with my strep throat?

Why am I spitting up mucus stuff a lot with my strep throat?

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

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How can you tell if you spitting up mucus from lungs or throat and nose?

How can you tell if you spitting up mucus from lungs or throat and nose?

Sputum: A sputum analysis can suggest the origin based on cell content, otherwise hard to tell.
It all be a combination most of the time. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby started spitting up mucus 3 days ago and has yellow loose stool. He hasn't ran a fever yet, should I be worried?

My 9 month old baby started spitting up mucus 3 days ago and has yellow loose stool. He hasn't ran a fever yet, should I be worried?

Mucus: Your child has symptoms of a viral illness. Use saline nose drops for the mucus coming from the nose. For the loose stools stay on a bland diet consisting of rice, bananas, jello, apple sauce, clear soup, dry toast reduce milk and milk products. Us electrolyte replacement fluids to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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It burns to breathe. I have been wheezing. I have chest tightness and coughing (sometimes spitting up mucus).On asthma meds will this improve on its own?

It burns to breathe. I have been wheezing. I have chest tightness and coughing (sometimes spitting up mucus).On asthma meds will this improve on its own?

No see a doctor: Your symptoms could be worsening asthma or a new lung problem aggravating your asthma. You should see your doctor and get checked. If you are smoking quite. Avoid fumes and gasses. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been feeling lethargic and lightheaded all day and it feels like I can't breathe right in my throat, been spitting up mucus, what could cause?

I've been feeling lethargic and lightheaded all day and it feels like I can't breathe right in my throat, been spitting up mucus, what could cause?

Upper resp infection: An upper respiratory infection from viral or bacterial cause or sinusitis can cause post-nasal drip and sputum production. If you have shortness of breath, you need to be seen in urgent care or ER, otherwise, you can rest, drink plenty of fluids, have chicken soup, warm salt water gargles for the throat, and treat your symptoms with OTC meds. If there is bloody sputum or rusty sputum, dr. ASAP ...Read more

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I have been spitting out phlegm with blood on it since fews days back. The blood is only come out if I spit out mucus from my sore throat.

I have been spitting out phlegm with blood on it since fews days back. The blood is only come out if I spit out mucus from my sore throat.

U need to b checked: For strep throat, which requires proper antibiotics for cure. Left untreated, one can have serious, long term adverse effects. Go c ur doc.☺️ ...Read more

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My tot have cough with phlegm when he wake up in the morning and after nap. Now he have colds clear mucus. Mouth Breathing. What do I need to do? =

My tot have cough with phlegm when he wake up in the morning and after nap. Now he have colds clear mucus. Mouth Breathing. What do I need to do? =

Mgt: I would suggest checking his temperature and treating any fever with tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. If he has nasal congestion, nasal saline spray and gentle suctioning can alleviate his mouth breathing/congestion.
If the cough persists, he should see your PCP. ...Read more

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I've had constant yellow mucus that I spit out a handful of times a day for the past 3 months. This started happening after I got bronchitis.

I've had constant yellow mucus that I spit out a handful of times a day for the past 3 months. This started happening after I got bronchitis.

Exam needed: This suggests chronic bronchitis at this time. I presume that you are not smoking. A good examination of your lungs is needed with a chest x-Ray as well. If no lung pathology is seen, I recommend a course of antibiotics effective against bronchitis causing bacteria. Medications such as amoxicillin, augmentin, ceclor, avelox, levaguin are examples. ...Read more

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I have thick mucus in the back oft throat that I cannot get rid of, I'm constantly spitting up. This has lasted many months?

Reflux: You have reflux and will need to be aggressively treated to get rid of the globus type sensation. See my other answers with reflux in the titles. You will need Prilosec twice a day and Zantac (ranitidine) at night for a minimum of three months and a reassessment at this time with a scope. The ent you see will look at your larynx with a scope to confirm the diagnosis before he or she starts you on treatment. ...Read more

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What can we use to calm an upset stomach from so much mucus draining? My boyfriend has had many surgeries on his nose due to breaking it so many times and now his sinuses just drain into his stomach. He is constantly spitting out as much as he can but eve

What can we use to calm an upset stomach from so much mucus draining? My boyfriend has had many surgeries on his nose due to breaking it so many times and now his sinuses just drain into his stomach. He is constantly spitting out as much as he can but eve

Antihistamines: Nasal surgery for recurrent fractures rarely affects the sinuses. Only EXTREMELY severe facial fractures that involve much more than the nose actually will affect sinus function. It is normal for sinus/nasal drainage to drain to the stomach, but it be noticed. Try over the counter antihistamines such as zyrtec or allegra, or nasal steroid sprays in addition. Check for allergies or other causes ...Read more

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I have a sore throat with no fever or body pains. No yellow mucus its all clear and my mouth and I am constantly spitting no mucus just regular spit.?

I have a sore throat with no fever or body pains. No yellow mucus its all clear and my mouth and I am constantly spitting no mucus just regular spit.?

Sore throat: This is often viral, although sore throat may be due to post nasal discharge from sinuses or to acid reflux or other condition. The only way to accurately diagnose this is to be seen and examined by your doctor. Go soon and wish you better. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Nose: If you've had a recent chest xray to make sure your lungs are okay it may be as simple as needing to drink more water and have a humidifier at night. You should see an ENT to see if its sinus related which may mean a ct scan of the sinuses ...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


Spitting Up (Definition)

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