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Constantly Bringing Up Phlegm
Go to ER: Go to your physician or the ER of your local hospital. Get it checked out. ...Read more
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
Cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis (a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
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Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?
Cant stop coughing bringing up green phlegm & snot also got diarhea& dizzyness & body ache what can I do?
Had gallbladder removed 6 days ago. Have a cough. Chest congested, bringing up green phlegm. Cause for concern?
Sudden cough starting w/tickle in morning; fever of 38℃ and painful chest. Now cough much deeper + more pain and bringing up dark yellow phlegm. Dr?
I woke up wirh a tight chest and chesty cough bringing up brown phlegm. Now I have pain from my back to my knees should I be concerned.
Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more
When bringing up phlegm there is sometimes bright red blood in it, especially in the mornings. Chest xray shows no reasons for this.?
Hemoptysis: Hi, a forceful cough can rupture small blood vessels and cause hemoptysis (blood in sputum), so the most common cause is a Bronchitis (therefore X-ray would be normal), other causes Bronchiectasis (a chronic dilatation of small airways leading to infection), Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and cancer. If your X-ray is normal then Allergy, Bronchitis, bleeding from ur gum could be the reasons. ...Read more
Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today there's a rumble is this pneumonia?
Can you have acid regurgitate without heart burn with GERD flare up. No signs of a cold, just bringing up white sour phlegm. Diagnosed with GERD 4 years ago, tried Nexium but never helped. Reflux left on its own. Now had anxiety, got pantazol?
Yes you can...: You can definitely have acid reflux or regurgitation without heartburn symptoms. Medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) may or may not work depending on the strength and frequency that you are taking. Certain foods can cause these symptoms (i.e. caffeine, spicy foods, fatty foods, large meals, alcohol) as well as smoking tobacco. The other issue may be a hiatal hernia which you may discuss with your primary doc ...Read more
Hi, just before Christmas I had the flu. This more or less went away but then I developed a cough which lasted a few weeks. I was bringing up green/yellow phlegm. Seen doctor twice who said it's viral. Lungs sounded good and was prescribed cough suppressant.
What is your?: Thanks for all the information but what is your question? ...Read more
May be viral: A viral illness or strep infection can do this, allergies can do this, mononucleosis can do this, so you have a variety of possible issues. You need to see your physician to make sure this is not a strep infection, and also give you a clear diagnosis ...Read more
Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?
Bronchitis: Blood tinged mucus or sputum is often due to an infection in sinus or lungs. Many of us treat, unless bloody nose from blowing too much. Most of us will treat with antibiotics if it happens for more than 3 days. There are other causes, too, but it's a GREAT idea to get checked soon. In the meantime, avoid otc cough and cold meds, and fragrances and aerosols (which don't help, can make worse) ...Read more
Can I take my 5 avelox HCl 400 mg tablets? I am bringing up yellow phlegm. I have a sore throat, gargled salt water and took tylenol (acetaminophen) still feel sick?
See pcp: Before starting quinalones, they, don't help strep infection. Antibiotics in viral infection rarely help unless secondary infection has set in! ...Read more
I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and I am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?
Pneumonia?: This sounds like a standard respiratory viral infection that might have progressed to bronchitis or pneumonia. "Red/brown" suggest your sputum (phlegm from the bronchi or lungs) contains blood. See a doctor to be checked for bronchitis or pneumonia and possible need for an antibiotic prescription. Do it immediately if you have fever, chest pain of shortness of breath, or cough up obvious blood. ...Read more
Inflammation....: Your symptoms typically mean there is inflammation in the airways and maybe bronchospasm. This can be treated with inhalers-steroid for the inflammation and bronchodilator for bronchospasm. If the sputum is discolored and you have other symptoms of infection, you could have acute bronchitis. If not, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP! See your doc ...Read more
See doctor...: Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more
Hi doc... I have constant amount of phlegm and every time I have to cought out lots of them... The amount remains the same. What is the problem? Tq
Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more
Lung infection: The symptoms you describe suggest a combination of infection with airway irritation. Productive cough with discolored phlegm especially when associated with fever is suggestive of lung infection requiring prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotic therapy. The cough can be due to airway inflammation treated with stepwise asthma treatment. A chest xray and medical evaluation/prompt treatment. ...Read more
Phlegm that is stuck: A "tickle" cough can be a sign of post nasal drainage. Mucous specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the phlegm build up is related to sinus drainage. Also consider trying to sleep with an elevated head or with a bedside humidifier. All the best! ...Read more
Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!
Is needed to treat your condition.
I suggest you schedule a visit with the pulmonologist
near you. Please make sure you copy all previous records so as to not repeat them.
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When I cough I feel it all over My chest and back and the right side of my head. I have a constant flow of phlegm. I think it must be a virus..
Viral bronchitis: I'm really sorry that you are having this difficulty. At the age of 70 with a severe cough and a lot of phlegm it is best that you see it physician. In the meantime drink plenty of liquids and take your ibuprofen and a cough suppressant. You are correct it's probably a virus but pneumonia after the age of 50 is a very dangerous situation. ...Read more