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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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Havent slept in days, my cough is so bad sometimes i cough up yellow/ slight pink mucus, but usually its clear. No fevers no chest pain. Pneumonia?

Havent slept in days, my cough is so bad sometimes i cough up yellow/ slight pink mucus, but usually its clear. No fevers no chest pain. Pneumonia?

Possibly: It may just be bronchitis. However there is a real possiblitiy that it is a pneumonia. Pneumonia does not always present with feve, chest pain and shortness of breath - it usually does though. See your physician, you might need a chest xray. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is pinky red mucus in stool caused by pink cough syrup?

Is pinky red mucus in stool caused by pink cough syrup?

Red color may be: related to dyes in cough syrup. Mucus is a lubricant in our GI tract – so a small amounts needn't be a concern. However if there are large amounts of mucus especially if associated with blood or abdominal pain– that warrants evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes a person to vomit foamy pink mucus?Cough, fever, pain in right back shoulder blade when breathing? Uncontrollablediarrhea started 2days ago.

What causes a person to vomit foamy pink mucus?Cough, fever, pain in right back shoulder blade when breathing? Uncontrollablediarrhea started 2days ago.

Sounds severe: You have multiple problems that may relate or 2 separate problems going on at the same time. Both are severe and need immediate medical attention. Cough, fever, chest pain with foamy pink mucus is concerning for pneumonia. Uncontrollable diarrhea is bad requiring medical attention to prevent dehydration. Suffering those without help is the worst thing you would want to do. ...Read more

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Doc thinks viral pink-eye b/c caught cough from older sister and runny nose. Gave eye antibiotic b/c lot of eye mucus. why did eyes improve on erythro?

Doc thinks viral pink-eye b/c caught cough from older sister and runny nose. Gave eye antibiotic b/c lot of eye mucus. why did eyes improve on erythro?

Anti-inflammatory: Interestingly, these antibiotics do not only act through microbe-killing action. Macrolide antibiotics like azithromycin, erythromycin and clarithromycin inhibit inflammation. They've been shown to inhibit "messengers" such as leukotrienes, tnf-alpha and interferons to name a few. Thus, there is a therapeutic effect of macrolides in viral infections, but we should not use antibiotics carelessly. ...Read more

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Nasal cold w/ low fevers now in chest. Green mucous in cough, feeling of low O2 w/ breath.Dark pink and white nails.Bubbling deep in breath.Any ideas?

Nasal cold w/ low fevers now in chest. Green mucous in cough, feeling of low O2 w/ breath.Dark pink and white nails.Bubbling deep in breath.Any ideas?

Bronchitis: An infection like Sinusitis, Bronchitis or Pneumonia could cause your symptoms. Please get evaluated by your doctor if you feel your oxygen is low. In fact this finding is grounds for getting checked at an Urgent Care/Emergency Room ...Read more

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My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally... ...Read more

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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more

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I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

Windpipe: This may be an aftermath of tracheal irritation after a viral upper respiratory tract infection which was associated with coughing up mucus. This residual irritation should eventually resolve without antibiotics unless you are coughing up discolored sputum in which case you should consult your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more

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Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Cough: It means there's some irritation. Need to figure out where it is and what's causing it. If you're a febrile you likely don't need to worry. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

Mucus: Simplest thing is a mucus thinner called 'mucolytic' such as regular Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin). Active ingredient is Guaifenesin which is very safe. Also drink plenty of fluids (water) to thin secretions while taking Guaifenesin and making it easier to cough out. Ask yourself why you are having a productive cough, and address the cause itself if possible. For example, quit smoking. ...Read more

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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

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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How come i cough out brown mucus in the morning?

How come i cough out brown mucus in the morning?

Smoke or broken bv: Several items can contribute to the brownness of your mucus in the am.
If you are coughing, small broken blood vessels can leak a few red blood cells contributing to the discoloration but more often it can be related to smoking and or tobacco byproducts. If you are concerned a sample should be brought into your md for a culture and sensitivity test. ...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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Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

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

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What may be causing me to cough up dark colord mucus?

What may be causing me to cough up dark colord mucus?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways i can deal with this cough/mucus?

Could you tell me ways i can deal with this cough/mucus?

Cough/mucus: The best approach for dealing with excessive cough and mucus is first to identify the cause or reason for the symptoms. Once the cause is found, then specific treatment options can be offered. Cough with mucus can be symptoms of lung infection, asthma, sinus infection, even allergies. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause and offering treatment recommendations! ...Read more

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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