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Cough Up Mucus Every Morning
Stuff going up/down: Sounds like acid reflux to me. But upper respiratory issues (sinusitis, allergies) causing mucus drainage down the throat or acid reflux up the throat can commonly result in those symptoms. Acid reflux or "silent reflux" commonly causes throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in throat, voice changes, post-nasal drip or phlegm in throat, and cough. Stay hydrated and see your doc! ...Read more
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
COPD: See MD. Even without knowing your age/ medical history one may venture to guess this may be COPD related to smoking or smoke exposure history. Chronic morning cough with sputum production sets warning bells off immediately. Chronic cough>8 wks different story. But MDs don't like to guess we need the info. Pursue pulmonology/spirometry consultation. Minimize your cardiovascular risks. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more
Hunidification: Running a humidifier at night can help alleviate the problem. If the mucous is discolored, you may have an infection and it is recommended that you see a physician to get a nasal culture and an antibiotic if it is determined you have an infection. Allergies can also be an underlying cause especially if the mucous is watery and is associated with sneezing or nasal itching - try an antihistamine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic cough: Chronic cough is not normal. The 4 major causes of chronic cough are asthma, chronic sinus problems, post nasal drip from allergies and stomach acid reflux. There are many more less common triggers. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can assist in identifying cause (chest x-ray, breathing tests) so that a reasonable treatment approach can be taken. Don't live with it! ...Read more
Probable Bronchitis: Yellow or green sputum in the morning may indicate a bronchitis. When sputum is in a dark moist space for several hours, it becomes more viscid and changes color from a clear or white to yellow and a green. If one coughs up this type of sputum continuous during the day, it probably means that an active infection is going on and it would be wise to ask a physician to examine you ...Read more
Possibilities...: It sounds like you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possible diagnoses include bronchospasm from some other cause, gerd, sinus problems or a combination of factors. Smoking cessation is imperative to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for diagnosis since each of these has a different treatment. Your doctor can also help with smoking cessation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?
Almost every morning especially when winter starts I cough up yellow mucus in the morning. I often catch colds. I cough only in the mornings.
Acid reflux? I've had it before. Waking up with a very sore throat early each morning and coughing up greeny brown phlegm comes up in hard lumps
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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Wake up every morning with thick stringy white mucus, partial stuffy nose. Difficult to swallow. On antihistamines and take nasal spray?
Indoor allergy?: Frequently indoor allergies manifest as night time or morning symptoms of congestion, nasal discharge and post nasal drip. While medications are helpful (antihistamines and nasal sprays), allergy testing (for dust mite, mold, feathers, etc) to identify if there is a specific trigger could lead to avoidance measures resulting in improvement with less medications! ...Read more
Post nasal drip: 60 yo male with coughing up clear mucus in the morning only. mucus pooling in the back of the throat leading to coughing can occur in the morning because of the hours laying down and post-nasal drainage. Post-nasal drainage can be caused by allergies or infections. If ongoing long-term symptoms, get tested for allergies ...Read more
Maybe LPR: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize your LPR. ...Read more
Lousy all day. Weak. Also blood in mucus in morning when i wake up. Green mucus also when i wake up. Bad smell lingers in nose. Headaches occasionally?
Sinus infection?: It sounds like you may be suffering from a sinus infection. Make sure to check with your doctor about this. You may need antibiotics, depending on how long you've been suffering. You can try rinsing your sinuses using a neti pot (buy from the pharmacy) with sterile water and salt packets, to see if this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Runny nose, cough wet. Headache with green/yellow mucus in nose & coughed up. Pressure around nose. Worse after a wk. & cough worse at night? Flu?
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
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