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Why does my cough after taste, taste like metal? ( Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

Why does my cough after taste, taste like metal? ( Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

See a doctor: the metal test after a cough could be concerning because sometime it could be the test of iron and that could mean that there is a blood might not be visible in you sputum so my advice go and see a doctor will examine you either will assure you or treat you of course there is a lot of other theory to explain the metal test as well good luck ...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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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Blood: Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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I've recently went to the doctor & I have bronchitis. Now my cough has worsened & I have a horriable taste in my mouth like a metal!

Antibiotic?: They may have given you an anti-biotic that causes nasty metal taste. The most common ones are biaxin (clarithromycin) and Flagyl (metronidazole), but if your cough is worsening you should let the doctor know, and get re-checked sooner to make sure not turning into pneumonia. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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Hello I am going thru withdrawals from Dilaudid and having a cough that has a metal or infection type of taste. I am also taking Flonase. Infections .

Hello I am going thru withdrawals from Dilaudid and having a cough that has a metal or infection type of taste. I am also taking Flonase. Infections .

See doctor: Why were you taking Dilaudid? My take is that the Dilaudid had suppressed your cough but not cured the cause thus your current problem. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had upset stomach for two weeks, tightness/clogged feeling in my chest. I don't have a cough but when i clear my throat i taste metal. ?

I've had upset stomach for two weeks, tightness/clogged feeling in my chest. I don't have a cough but when i clear my  throat i taste metal.   ?

Such symptoms are: difficult to evaluate alone without additional information! Could it have een an unusual meal you ate?? Sound like acid reflux or GERD. In any case, this needs evaluation by your Primmary Care Provider. Dr Z ...Read more

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When i cough the mucus tastes like chlorine/bleach, any ideas?

When i cough the mucus tastes like chlorine/bleach, any ideas?

Possibly acid reflux: Or side efffect of meds u are taking. Discuss with your dr about it. (or did u ingest chlorox?) give us a feedback. Discuss with your dr about this sx. ...Read more

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Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm.  I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Herpes simplex: viruses are respiratory viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract and cause bronchitis. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so. ...Read more

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