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Coughing But Nothing Coming Up
Quart of mucus a day: The respiratory and GI tract are lined with cells that secrete mucus. Mucus from the respiratory tract may be from the nose, sinuses or lungs. Since cough is designed to prevent mucus build up in the lower respiratory tract, consider the nose or sinuses as the source. An ENT or allergist could assist in this investigation. ...Read more
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
Several reasons: The sinuses and upper mucus membrane produce over a liter of fluid a day. Sometimes these secretions are volumous or thicker as seen in allergy or infection Clear color tends to point toward allergy. Post nasal drip causes this fluid to well up and thus you cough it out. ...Read more
Testing: If you have brown phlegm, it may be related to an infection and/or mild bleeding. Your physician may order a chest x ray, TB test and send the phlegm for cultures and also rule out a malignancy. If you smoke or are exposed to smoke, it is important to avoid smoke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Worsening cough. Coughed so hard i spit up food. Now my ribs and back hurt. Doc thought it was congestion but no improvement. What cud be wrong?
Needs adequate follo: U r a 62 y/o female w/ several conditions probably requiring chronic medications. u do not mention anything about shortness of breath, chest pain, fevers or any other related pulmonary symptoms. I would want the answer to these questions but at least you would require an exam by your doctor as well as some labs and probably a chest xr. also would want to know if others in your house smokes. ...Read more
Woke up hacking and coughing this morning it kinda made me throw up. It was clear and had two tiny specks of blood. Could this have been from coughin?
Yes: Yes, a cough is a violent spasm of the intercostal muscles and diaphragm in response to an irritant in the respiratory tract. If violent enough, you can cause trauma to the lining of the respiratory tract and see flecks of blood in the mucus. This is not uncommon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shortness of breath, green mucus, cough, lately runny nose. Had this for 2months now, tried everything but wont go away. Wasnt sick b4.What?
No: Are you drinking a lot of carbonated drinks like pop or beer? These can cause a lot if stomach gas. Also if you eat fast and don't chew food well, you could be swallowing a lot of air. Eat more slowly, and try to avoid carbonated drinks. Good luck! ...Read more
Past week I've been coughing a lot but a dry cough but plegm will come up with out me coughing and its really thick and it had blood in today?
Coughing up lil balls of clear mucus and sticky strings of mucus .. us to always burp but now since nov 2014 ive been coughing up mucus?
Possible asthma: There is not enough information to reasonably answer your question. However, stringy mucous and or little balls of mucus are sometimes seen with asthma- Sometimes asthma can present itself as an intractable or episodic cough. If this is persistent see you healthcare provider for a clear answer. ...Read more
The desription of: Phlegm points to infection when yellow, orange or blood tinged, and clear can mean you have cleared a mucus plug. But these are primitive. Allergy, cold and bronchitis can do this, as well as pneumonia...Or cancer. Persistent productive cought needs to be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.
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