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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...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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Will amoxicillin work for an upper respiratory infection? Persistent cough over a week now with clear phlegm and wheezing. Take pro-air as needed.

Will amoxicillin work for an upper respiratory infection? Persistent cough over a week now with clear phlegm and wheezing. Take pro-air as needed.

Probably not: Antibiotics are to treat bacterial infections and do nothing for allergies or viruses If you are wheezing you should take the proair q 4 hours and see your doctor as you may need an ancillary agent such as an inhaled steroid to calm down the chest inflammation
Also some forms of chest infection are not associated with fever so close f/u with your doctor is essential ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

Could be normal: Generally speaking patients with illnesses that cause heavy coughing can develop some blood tinged sputum. As long as you're under treatment and it does not worsen and improves you should be fine. The biggest concern with bloody sputum is tuberculosis, and unless you have reason to believe you have had exposure tuberculosisyou will likely be fine. ...Read more

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I am spitting out phlegm with blood in it after having a cold, but no coughing or respiratory problems. Was also exposed to mold in water bottle.

I am spitting out phlegm with blood in it after having a cold, but no coughing or respiratory problems. Was also exposed to mold in water bottle.

Sinus infection?: You may have a sinus infection which happens 10% of the time after a cold. Do not believe a single exposure to mold in water bottle could have caused it however unless you started spitting out blood soon after the exposure (even then it will be a rather rare event). ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and she said I had a upper respiratory tract infection. I was wondering if it was normal for the symptoms of phlegm and tightness in chest to come back soon?

I went to the doctor and she said I had a upper respiratory tract infection. I was wondering if it was normal for the symptoms of phlegm and tightness in chest to come back soon?

Depends on Tx.: Upper respiratory infections tend to be viral in origin, and therefore resolve on their own even without treatment. Recurrence could mean that it's simply not over yet, or that you acquired another infection, or that it's not truly a viral URI. You may need a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...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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How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

How can I treat phlegm with no cough?

Phlegm: If you are referring to post nasal drip then I would recommend trying a nasal spray- steroid/ anticholinergic/ antihistimine. Talk to your doctor to see which is best for you! ...Read more

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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Blood: Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

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

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Why can't I cough up phlegm when it feels like I need to?

Why can't I cough up phlegm when it feels like I need to?

Thick: It is probably too thick. Try to drink a lot of water, spend some time in a steam room to help get it out. ...Read more

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What can cause you to cough phlegm with a little bit of blood?

Hemoptysis: Bronchitis/pneumonia/congestive heart failure/pulmonary embolus/ ling cancer with airway involvement to name a few. If symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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

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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No hard cough but there is blood in the phlegm, is this serious?

No hard cough but there is blood in the phlegm, is this serious?

Hemoptysis: Hemoptysis (http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/coughing-up-blood/my01064) is common ; usually benign if small volumes in a non-smoker. But it's always a good idea to go see your family doc for an evaluation as there are too many causes to review ; consider w/more information ; examination. ...Read more

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What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

What causes me to cough up phlegm when I don't have even a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up?

Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up?

Depends: If symptoms have lasted less than 7days, use Ibuprofen 400 3 times a day for 3days, then as needed. Take 2 showers a day, as warm as you can tolerate, run the water right on your face to heat and and humidify the mucous, so you can cough it up and blow your nose more easily, then put mentholatum right under your nostrils. The eucalyptus in mentholatum works. If symptoms worse and > 10d, see doc. ...Read more

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Does rice make phlegm thick? Should we avoid rice in cough n cold??

Does rice make phlegm thick? Should we avoid rice in cough n cold??

No: Neither rice nor milk causes phlegm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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When I cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

When I cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

Bronchitis: This cough producing discolored and also clearer sputum could be due to a bronchial infection which often follows a head cold. It could be due to allergies or postnatal drip. Your doctor could diagnose it after an exam. ...Read more

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A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

Could be: Several different things. Sometimes infections are very low grade and you may just be stricken by an annoying cough. But this could also be related to acid reflux or sinus issues complicated by post nasal drip (allergic or not). If you find it bothersome seek an in person evaluation. ...Read more

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When I cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad?  

When I cough up phlegm (its only on occasion) its white/foamy. Is that bad?  

No: If you cogh up geen, brown, or bloody plegm seeks medical attn. Especially if you have a fever. STOP SMOKING IF APPLICABLE IT INCREASES MUCOUS PRODUCTION ...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 cough up phlegm every time I eat. What causes this and should I be concerned?

I cough up phlegm every time I eat. What causes this and should I be concerned?

Reflux?: acid reflux can cause asthma and coughing. If you are coughing every time you eat, you may be having reflux due to either expansion of your stomach or the foods that you are eating. Spicy foods, alcohol, mints and chocolate are some of the foods that can cause reflux. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffocate if you have a lot of phlegm that you can not cough up?

Is it possible to suffocate if you have a lot of phlegm that you can not cough up?

Yes: Technically, yes. In people who are intubated (having a tube in their throat) and cannot cough effectively, excessive secretions are suctioned via a special device. If you have normal lung function, you should be able to cough up, unless you are terminally weak or a small child who cannot do it because he doesn't know how. ...Read more

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I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

Yes it: Could. IT may also be just viral syndrome. Drink plenty of fluids. If condition fails to improve or worsen seek help ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: no phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: in the evening, at night).

I am experiencing cough (quality: no phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: in the evening, at night).

Doctor can evaluate: A cough that's not getting better should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, to see if there is an infection (viral, bacterial, mycoplasma, etc...), an allergy problem (various medications are helpful), an asthma problem (can consider trying asthma medicines such as inhalers), stomach reflux, a heart problem, some other lung disorder, etc... ...Read more

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Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?

Bronchitis...: This is likely bronchitis and if you have no to minimal fever, it is likely due to a virus. It should run its course and you should begin to feel better in a few days to a week. If symptoms worsen or don't resolve, see your doctor. ...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

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. Qamar Khan
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more