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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 had a "cold" for a week now - cough, green mucus, sore throat, congestion. Now one eye is bloodshot. Should i see my pcp?

I have had a "cold" for a week now - cough, green mucus, sore throat, congestion. Now  one eye is bloodshot. Should i see my pcp?

Virus: Your description is most consistent with a viral illness (ie cold). I would see your pcp to get meds to control your symptoms and make you more comfortable as the cold runs its course. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus. Sore throat, running and stuffy nose.

Coughing up mucus.  Sore throat,  running and stuffy nose.

Viral: Most times these are signs of a viral respiratory illness. Unfortunately there is no cure for a virus. It needs to run it's course. The old saying is it lasts 7 days if you treat it, a week if you don't. Worrisome signs would be chest pain, shortness of breath with activity, high fevers or vomiting. ...Read more

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Head congestion,cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache,chest pressure for 4 days now?

Head congestion,cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache,chest pressure for 4 days now?

URI: Those are symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and bronchitis that is likely caused by viruses. I would take OTC relief medications and if not improving or started to have fever see PCP ...Read more

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3rd night with fever 102. Very bad painful cough with mucus. Sore throat, hard to breathe. Going to dr in 5 hours. Will he give me antibiotics?

3rd night with fever 102. Very bad painful cough with mucus. Sore throat, hard to breathe. Going to dr in 5 hours. Will he give me antibiotics?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are only inidcated if there is evidence of a bacterial infection. Most causes of fever and cough in an otherwise healthy 29yo are not due to bacterial infection - they are dfo to viral infection. ...Read more

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Acute Bronchitis. Feeling better w/ antibiotics but still coughing (clear) mucus and throat feels somewhat swollen. Should i be concerned?

Acute Bronchitis. Feeling better w/ antibiotics but still coughing (clear) mucus and throat feels somewhat swollen. Should i be concerned?

Getting better: sounds like you are getting better. when this improves you will be clearing up mucus still. throat swelling is likely due to irritation from repetitive coughing ? post nasal drainage. things to worry about would be if you are having difficulty breathing or running fevers. ...Read more

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Hard cough, thick mucus very sore throat red patches in back of throat?

Hard cough, thick mucus  very sore throat red patches in back of throat?

Need an antibiotic: You probably have tonsilitis/pharyngitis why not see an md simple antibiotics in all likelihood will take of your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more