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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...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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Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Bronchitis?: Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or nasal bleeding that has drained down the back of throat. Could also be from pneumonia or even pulmonary TB. If no other symptoms & person is otherwise healthy nonsmoker, it's likely viral infection. See a physician if worried or worsening. ...Read more

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Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Possibly...: Your symptoms may be indicative of bronchitis, either bacterial, viral or even allergic etiology. In order to be sure, you should see your doctor. If you have a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed. For viral or allergic etiologies, therapy depends on the precise signs and symptoms present ! ...Read more

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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...Read more

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Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Mgt: If it continues for three weeks or more, it may be a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Nasal saline, fluids are rest are advised. Virtual appt available for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up clear mucus/foamy mucus mixed with milky white mucus? Also worsening wheezing despite antibiotics, steroids, and singulair (montelukast)

Why am I coughing up clear mucus/foamy mucus mixed with milky white mucus? Also worsening wheezing despite antibiotics, steroids, and singulair (montelukast)

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis . You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR checked to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! ...Read more

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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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Flu with cough and yellow green pleghm should start antibiotics?

Flu with cough and yellow green pleghm should start antibiotics?

Respiratory infectio: flu symptoms could be from viral or bacterial, if the symptoms does not get better in 5 days might want to consider antibiotic ...Read more

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Dx bronchitis took antibiotics but got worst. Wheezing and coughing more more frothy or foamy phlegm is coming up with greenish phlegm.

Dx bronchitis took antibiotics but got worst.  Wheezing and coughing more more frothy or foamy phlegm is coming up with greenish phlegm.

Mgt: You may have a viral illness which led to inflammation in your lungs. Most episodes of bronchitis are actually viral. I would advise monitoring your temperature, keeping well hydrated and resting. If you have an Albuterol inhaler this can be used to treat the wheezing. Your doctor can advise regarding a course of inhaled or by mouth steroid. Appt: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years. Nonsmoker?

Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years.  Nonsmoker?

Chronic cough: A prolonged cough can occur for a number of reasons. Common causes include allergies, exposure to mold or other environmental toxins, GERD as well as chronic lung conditions. Due to the duration of the cough (2 years), recommend to see your doctor for an office visit and chest xray. ...Read more

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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu.  Phlegm is usually whitish clear.  Why?

Most common: cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis ( a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Could dry cough have phlem yellow or white phlems?

Could dry cough have phlem yellow or white phlems?

Let me think: Dry cough is dry. There may be occasional specks of phlegm that comes out, yellow, green, white or even a little blood. But there would be very scanty expectoration. ...Read more

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Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow..And white?

Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow..And white?

See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip.. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti potty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Don't worry.: Pneumonia will give you a fever and your symptoms would have gotten worse, not better, without treatment. It is common to have congestion and cough when recovering from an upper respiratory infection, the majority of which are caused by viruses. not bacteria. If you get sick again, go see your primary MD for evaluation and maybe an xray, if necessary. ...Read more

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Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Be seen: Coughing up mucus can mean many things, including infections, heart failure, or other things. ...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. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more