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If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

Viral: Colored mucous can be produced by either a viral or a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections are viral and will get better with time and rest. If there is no improvement within 7 days or if the symptoms are very severe then medical attention should be obtained. ...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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I have had coughing for the past three weeks now and am wondering if I should make a doctor's appointment or wait it out longer cough for past 3 weeks with yellow green mucus especially in morning. Coughing throughout day and especially at night. Rattlin

Hello, : Hello, yes, if symptoms have not resolved after three weeks and cough is product of yellow to green sputum with pain with breathing - it is time to get seen. This could be a bacterial infection. Don't recommend holding off any longer. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

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

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If you are coughing up yellow green mucus an has little blood is that bad?

If you are coughing up yellow green mucus an has little blood is that bad?

Infection: Depends on how long this has been going on. If it is just recent, it may be a viral infection and a superimposed bacterial sinus or bronchial infection if it has been more than a week. See your doctor for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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Chest feels heavy and coughing up yellow/green mucus. What to do?

Chest feels heavy and coughing up yellow/green mucus. What to do?

See your doctor : Depending on how long this has been going on will help to determine whether this infection that you have is viral or bacterial. The answer will help to determine whether you will need and benefit from an antibiotic. The fact that the mucus is discolored does not mean that it is bacterial. That decision is based on a variety of factors including how long your symptoms have been going on. ...Read more

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Going to urgi care in the morning. Coughing up green mucus. Yellow mucus from nose and stuffed up. What meds can I expect? Or should I discuss about?

Going to urgi care in the morning. Coughing up green mucus. Yellow mucus from nose and stuffed up. What meds can I expect? Or should I discuss about?

Possibly antibiotics: They may give you antibiotics, but more important to discuss all of your symptoms and duration of symptoms. Mucinex and dextromethorphan as listed on your medications is a good start. This may be viral, but the medical provider at the urgent care should be able to elicit the history and exam which will drive treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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Headache, sore throat, pain swallowing, white spots on tonsils, stuffy nose, yellow/green mucus, coughing. What are all of these symptoms of?

Headache, sore throat, pain swallowing, white spots on tonsils, stuffy nose, yellow/green mucus, coughing. What are all of these symptoms of?

Upper Respiratory: Sounds like you have tonsillitis and an upper respiratory infection, you probably need to see your physician for a more thorough assessment . Better not to delay feel better. ...Read more

Green Mucus (Definition)

Yellow or green drainage from the nose is a symptom in which the mucous coming out of the nose is thicker than clear mucous, and also is yellowish or greenish in color. This may mean that the runny nose is starting to dry up. However, if there is a lot of yellow or green drainage, there may be a nasal ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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