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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

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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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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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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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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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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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Had flu(3 weeks ago) had tb(1yr ago), current X-ray shows clear. In the morning i wake up breathing hard, and i cough dry thick chunky green mucus, why?

Had flu(3 weeks ago) had tb(1yr ago), current X-ray shows clear. In the morning i wake up breathing hard, and i cough dry thick chunky green mucus, why?

Suspect sinusitis : I presume that the clear x-ray was of your chest. I would advise getting a ct scan of your sinuses. I suspect that you may have a sinus infection. You may need treatment with oral steroids and a stronger antibiotic. This is not likely related to tb. Good luck. ...Read more

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(33 weeks preg) been having a dry cough that produces thick green mucus, throughout the day could this be asthma related?

(33 weeks preg) been having a dry cough that produces thick green mucus, throughout the day could this be asthma related?

Get checked out: Green mucus commonly indicates a bacterial infection. Infections or uncontrolled asthma can both be harmful to your fetus; you need to be evaluated by your obstetrician or asthma specialist. ...Read more

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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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