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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

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Chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD, is a possible cause for these symptoms. If a productive cough lasts 3 weeks or longer, it needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If there is shortness of breath, you should be evaluated today, in an ER if your doctor can't see you right away! There is no cure for chronic bronchitis but symptoms can be controlled with therapy!
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

I've been coughing up thick yellow mucous,sore throatand have a fever.?

Bronchitis?

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You may have acute bronchitis, caused by an infection of the airways. Treatment may include antibiotics if it is thought to have a bacterial etiology. So, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you are short of breath, go to the ER. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

How Do you know if thick yellow/green mucous is bacterial or viral and if antibiotics are needed? Don't want unnecessary antibiotics.

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The color and thickness of the mucus tells you nothing. By itself, it's not a reason for antibiotics. If you also had fever, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain, then you should be checked for pneumonia.
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Have a runny nose and when I blow its thick mucous with coughing up a lot of thick yellow mucous for a week now. Should I get checked?

Yes if no better

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Most uncomplicated viral colds run their course in 7- 10 days. If thick yellow nasal mucus is not improving after about 10-14 days, the possibility that a sinus infection has occurred is significantly higher. Nasal saline rinse and decongestants may relieve symptoms, but if not improving over next several days, antibiotics would be reasonable.
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For years Ive had an on going sinus infection. I blow my nose all day every day with thick mucous chunky, yellow and sometimes green or brown in color?

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You appear to have a chronic sinus condition. You should see an ENT dr, get a confirmatory CT of the sinuses and get professionally treated, which may include long term antibiotics, possible steroids, and decongestants and or eventual sinus surgery. Best wishes.
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Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear,white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green.mucus still thick.Opinons?

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Green_mucus
Acute bronchitis is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection, not treated with antibiotics since they are ineffective, will run its course on its own within 2 weeks typically. A bacterial infection, typically associated with other symptoms like fever, cough with discolored sputum, body aches., is treated w/ antibiotics and runs its course within 7-10 days or so.
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Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Viral or bacterial

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Is either bacterial or viral sinusitis or bronchitis. Depending upon how long you've had symptoms for you may want to speak with your doctor regarding an antibiotic. Also, STOP smoking!
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Dr. David A. Cohen answered:

Does brownish yellow thick mucous usually indicate bacterial infection?

No

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You can also have that type of mucus production with a viral bronchitis
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Dr. Patrick Melder answered:

i have nasal congestion with thick and yellow mucous,do i need an operation?

No

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Sinus surgery is indicated for recurrent/acute sinusitis - 3-4 infections/year or a history of chronic sinusitis (diagnosed on CT scan of the sinues). You need to see your local primary care doctor for an initial evaluation. You may then need to be seen by an ENT if indicated.
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Can Astepro be used to treat a sinus infection? I believe I have a sinus infection and have been taking decongestants, doing saline rinses, and taking sinex. However I still have the sinus pressure, congestion, thick, yellow mucous with traces of blood an

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Hello. Azelastine is an antihistamine. It's indications include hay fever and allergic symptoms (i.e., runny nose & sneezing). Although a sinus infection is not a specific indication, if your sinus issues appear to be related to allergies, your doctor might prescribe it to help control niduses for irritation.
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