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Dr. Angelina Postoev
925 Doctors shared insights

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 have been coughing green phlegm for two months now and I also have a cough and flu?

I have been coughing green phlegm for two months now and I also have a cough and flu?

Green: phlegm may mean you have a tracheobronchitis which is often due to PNEUMOCOCCUS a BACTERIA which may appear green in mucous!

You may need a short course of antibiotics at this point!

Call your PCP (Primary Care Provider) as soon as practicable!
Hope this helps!
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I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

Consult your Doctor: You have had cough with green phlegm for over a month
You should consult you Doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need antibiotics after diagnosis is established ...Read more

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My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?

My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?

Infection: Viral infections are common and usually go away in time. When the symptoms persist and the color of mucus changes form clear/yellow to dark green/brown, etc. It could signify the condition is caused by a bacterial infection and your husband may need to see a dr. For definitive diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

More than cold: What you described is more than a cold. Is is possible that you a mild form of pneumonia and it would be prudent to see your doctor. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without examining you.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I’ve had a terrible phlegm (think white or green) cough for over a month now. Slightly stuffy nose as well. It’s always at its worst in the mornings. Any suggestions?

I’ve had a terrible phlegm (think white or green) cough for over a month now. Slightly stuffy nose as well. It’s always at its worst in the mornings. Any suggestions?

Allergies?: Sounds like allergies, probably to something in the house. As the cooler weather comes, we tend to spend more time inside. And we sleep with the windows closed, so we’re exposed to allergens as we sleep and awaken symptomatic. Pet dander? Dust mites? Mold in a central heating system? ...Read more

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I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

Certainly possible: Surprisingly, bacterial pneumonia is less contagious, but often more worrisome than viral. Worsening symptoms for a week is concerning for a pneumonia and should be evaluated by a doctor. Also, knowing exactly what you have would be good for your 2-yo...To hopefully prevent them from getting sick, or at least know how to treat it quicker. ...Read more

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Chesty cough for 3 weeks now, symptoms starting now are congested nose, green phlegm. Can't get a doc appointment are there any home tips to help?

Chesty cough for 3 weeks now, symptoms starting now are congested nose, green phlegm. Can't get a doc appointment are there any home tips to help?

Saline irrigation: It appears that your cold has been complicated by a bacterial sinus infection. Go to an Urgi Care if you can't get to see your doctor in the next 72 hrs to get evaluated and treated. In the meanwhile, try irrigating your sinuses and nose with saline solution. ...Read more

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I’ve had a fever and a productive cough now for 5 days. Negative for flu and chest X-ray normal. Pinkish and green phlegm. Finished zpack with no change in symptoms. What could this be and what tests should I ask for next?

I’ve had a fever and a productive cough now for 5 days. Negative for flu and chest X-ray normal. Pinkish and green phlegm. Finished zpack with no change in symptoms. What could this be and what tests should I ask for next?

Mgt: If you are still producing sputum, please see your PCP for a sputum culture, screening for Strep and other bacterial causes. If there is a prolonged viral illness, inflammatory changes may occur in the airway, and the need for an anti inflammatory drug can be evaluated.
A virtual appointment may be helpful to you and your PCP. Your medical record and chest Radiograph result may be uploaded. ...Read more

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Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Don't worry.: Pneumonia will give you a fever and your symptoms would have gotten worse, not better, without treatment. It is common to have congestion and cough when recovering from an upper respiratory infection, the majority of which are caused by viruses. Not bacteria. If you get sick again, go see your primary MD for evaluation and maybe an xray, if necessary. ...Read more

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I started with bad heartburn then nasal congestion (runny&stuffed) & cough would spit out yellow & green buggers from my nose to my throat now I wheeze only when inhaling. I tried the inhaler and it made me have a productive cough and get phelgm out?

I started with bad heartburn then nasal congestion (runny&stuffed) & cough would spit out yellow & green buggers from my nose to my throat now I wheeze only when inhaling. I tried the inhaler and it made me have a productive cough and get phelgm out?

See doctor: You need to consult your doctor to find out the cause for your problems. If this is something that happens for the first time in the past few days, it may be a viral infection (including a cold). But if this has been happening for weeks, see your doctor and get treated. If you contracted a cold about 10 days ago and now having these symptoms, one needs to consider a bacterial sinusitis. ...Read more

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I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what I personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more

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I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough I had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear

I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough I had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear

Could be a little: Blood, but not to be alarmed. The most common cause of blood in sputum is simple bronchitis.C ur doc for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

I am now afraid to cough up phlegm?

Cough it up: The problem with coughing is the discomfort or pain some people feel. Loosen the secretion with lots of fluid or expectorant/mucolytic or even bronchodilator if needed to make coughing easier. Phlegm not coughed up can thicken and plug or close the airways and can become culture media for infection to grow. So I suggest cough it up. ...Read more

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I have a cough with green phlegm and hives. What is wrong with me?

I have a cough with green phlegm and hives. What is wrong with me?

Bronchitis: You may have bronchitis or even pneumonia and should be evaluated. Hives can occur with a variety of infections or treatment for infections due to antibiotic sensitivity. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

Infection: You may have a viral infection or a bacterial bronchitis. If the symptoms persist, you need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more

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I was sick a few weeks ago. Feel fine now but still cough up a little phlegm here and there. Is this normal?

I was sick a few weeks ago. Feel fine now but still cough up a little phlegm here and there. Is this normal?

Normal: Bronchial irritation after a respiratory infection can persist for several weeks. As long as you do not have fever, shortness of breath or chest pain a mild productive cough can be normal. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when I lay on either side I hear like a whistling noise what is it?

I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when I lay on either side I hear like a whistling noise what is it?

Wheezes: Wheezes are high pitched sounds coming from mucus filled airway. The force of air through mucus creates the sound of wheeze, like a wind instrument.. ...Read more

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9 month baby, had chesty phlegm cough now for bout twelve weeks which makes him bring back up his food what should I do?

9 month baby, had chesty phlegm cough now for bout twelve weeks which makes him bring back up his food what should I do?

See pediatrician: A 9 month old infant can become very ill within and hour or two. He could also regurgitate his food that might chock him or get into his lungs. Get him seen by his pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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I have a cough and I observed that I don't produce that much phlegm now after 6 days but I feel some heaviness in my chest. What is it?

I have a cough and I observed that I don't produce that much phlegm now after 6 days but I feel some heaviness in my chest. What is it?

Chest "heaviness": The only way in which this can be answered is for you to be examined, your chest auscultated with a stethoscope and possibly undergoing a chest x-ray if felt necessary by the diagnosing doctor. If this continues or you have any trouble breathing see somebody ASAP. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

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