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Cough Up Phlegm 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?
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
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
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.
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No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids. ...Read more
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?
Acute bronchitis.: This does sound consistent with acute bronchitis, with that pleuritic type chest pain and productive cough. Are you being treated? 95% of the time acute bronchitis is viral, but steroids usually help eradicate the infection quickly. Sometimes antibiotics are needed. If this has been going on for more than a few days, seek treatment. ...Read more
Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing and can't fall back asleep and 99.1-99.4 fever?
URI (common cold): Sounds like you're describing an upper respiratory infection or uri. Influenza or flu is accompanied by muscle aches & fever >100. Some describe it as worse cold ever. Strep throat is sore throat w/fever & swollen tonsils w/pus & tender glands w/o cough. Recent study says average duration of cough is 18 days. But if you have any concern for worsening symptoms or shortness of breath, go see doc. ...Read more
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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