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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...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


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Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids. ...Read more

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When i woke up this morning I am coughing up brown mucus also when i blow my nose I have a cough my sinuses hurt and my throat hurt. Help?

When i woke up this morning I am coughing up brown mucus also when i blow my nose I have a cough my sinuses hurt and my throat hurt. Help?

See doctor: It seems like you might be dealing with a bad sinus infection. You need to be seen by your doctor today. Tobacco use sets you up for this sort of thing, damaging the cilia in your nose that helps prevent infection. It's a sign that you need to stop smoking. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up brown mucus for over a year. What is causing it?

I have been coughing up brown mucus for over a year. What is causing it?

Some possibilities: There can 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. Infections can be tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, etc... It may take visits to a primary care doctor, an ENT doctor, and possibly a lung specialist to figure out which medical problem is causing the mucus. ...Read more

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I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

Acute bronchitis: Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive coughing. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough with mucus. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication. However, pneumonia can have symptoms like acute bronchitis. Rec. See your pcp to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. what's up?

I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. what's up?

See your Doctor: This requires a physical exam plus additional tests to see what the cause of this is. They will ask if you have been smoking, and will find out the cause of your restricted breathing. This appears to be treatable, so I advise you see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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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