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I have had swollen glands in neck (for a week) and coughing up mucus. But no other symptoms. I did some gardening. Doctor said my chest is clear?

I have had swollen glands in neck (for a week) and coughing up mucus. But no other symptoms. I did some gardening. Doctor said my chest is clear?

Virus: Sounds like a viral syndrome. It should pass in a few days. If you start to have night sweats and weight loss and glands get bigger, 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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Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Cough: After 2 weeks of your coughing, it is time to go in and have it evaluated. Your cough could be due to many things, so it is important to find out why. If you have high fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or difficulty breathing make sure you get in to be evaluated right away. Take care. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion after lying down. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I cough up lots of mucus. No other respiratory symptoms. Causes?

I have chest congestion after lying down. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I cough up lots of mucus. No other respiratory symptoms. Causes?

Cough: You perceive it in the chest but it really is that you have mucus from your nose which at night drops to the back of yr throat (gravity) where u have cough receptors that make you cough. You should treat your allergies (plenty of OTC meds), get a good HEPA filter for home use and speak to yr doc to get benzonatate 200mg q8h for a few days. ...Read more

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What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I've recently been having cold symptoms. My cough usually isn't bad. But I've been coughing hard, so hard I gag. My mucus is also white and grainy.

I've recently been having cold symptoms. My cough usually isn't bad. But I've been coughing hard, so hard I gag. My mucus is also white and grainy.

Cough: Try Delsym over the counter. Drink a lot of fluids and get some rest. You need antibiotics when the secretions turn colored. For pain take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

Could be allergies: Depending on any other symptoms, could be allergies. You might try over-the-counter Flonase and/or Zyrtec (cetirizine). If it does not improve, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Took co amoxiclav 625 mg for 7 days for sinusitis. Still have symptoms but less like yellow mucus and cough. Should I let it heal itself or go back?

Took co amoxiclav 625 mg for 7 days for sinusitis. Still have symptoms but less like yellow mucus and cough. Should I let it heal itself or go back?

Sinusitis: Can be acute or chronic, it needs to be diagnosed right and treated appropriately so it won't recurr. I'm not sure of the dosage you received of the co amoxiclav, which is one of the indicated medicines for sinusitis, if the 625 mg dose, it should be 3 /day for 10-14 days in acute sinusitis, several more weeks if you have the chronic type. You did improve some, so continue and see an ENT doctor ...Read more

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Cough in the morning bringing up a lot of mucus for 2 months. No pain. No flu like symptoms. I need to appease my mum to stop pestering me about it! ?

Cough in the morning bringing up a lot of mucus for 2 months. No pain. No flu like symptoms. I need to appease my mum to stop pestering me about it! ?

Many possibly causes: Hello
There could be multiple causes for your chronic cough. Such as asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip, or smoking. If you smoke you need to stop. Acid reflux is usually accompanied by a burning throat as well as coughing. Asthma is denoted by difficulty in breathing and coughing. Post nasal drip feels like there is fluid running down the back of your throat with coughing. Pls see your doc. ...Read more

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Really bad cold with yellow and green mucus for two weeks. Symptoms improved but Cough still lingering a month later with clear sputum. Is this normal?

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is the likely cause of your cough. Over the counter Flonase 1 spray in each nostril twice daily and daily sinus rinses usually help. Hope this helps! ...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