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Coughing Up Clear Stringy Mucus
Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more
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
Post nasal drip: 60 yo male with coughing up clear mucus in the morning only. Mucus pooling in the back of the throat leading to coughing can occur in the morning because of the hours laying down and post-nasal drainage. Post-nasal drainage can be caused by allergies or infections. If ongoing long-term symptoms, get tested for allergies ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of this cough includes gerd, post-nasal drip. Bronchospasm from any cause can also contribute. If you are smoking, smoking cessation to decrease airway inflammation is needed. See your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and the proper treatment rendered. ...Read more
Cough mucus: Hello~ you are 60y.did you smoke at any stage of your life (probably) and have you been coughing for > 2years (probably), this means that you have chronic bronchitis and that's why. If answer is no to both, then you might have allergies with chronic postnasal drip. You might consider seeing the doc and possibly getting a surveillance chest xray. Thx ...Read more
Need answers: Well, how much do you cough-up? When (more in the morning?)? What kind of cigarettes do you smoke? For how long have you smoked? Coughed? Is that light brown stuff ever red? Is the brown stuff in little spots or all smeared-up? Are you getting the impression I'm worried about your smoking? Besides that, it may just be irritation from air pollution, allergies, a mild cold or, oh yes, smoking. ...Read more
Old blood-mucous: Get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x ray and stop smoking. ...Read more
Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?
Post nasal drip: There are two common causes of lingering cough after bronchitis in patients with a normal chest x-ray; (1) upper airway cough syndrome (postnasal drip syndrome) and (2) underlying wheezing or asthma. The former is related to inflammation of the upper airways and the latter is related to inflammation of the lower airways. Both can cause a hoarse voice. See your doctor for a definite diagnosis. ...Read more
I cough up black spects in my mucus which is clear every time I lil on my back I cough upmucus with black spects in it?
Mgt: I would recommend saving a sample and showing your PCP. If you smoke, please try to quit. Other possible causes include small amounts of bleeding. The source can vary and may include gastric and upper airway sources. ...Read more
When I wake up in the mornings I cough up a clear but kind of brown mucus with flaky brown stuff in it what could it be?
I cough up clear mucus with what looks like balls these range in size and colour what could this be and what should I do?
Probably a cold: Maybe an allergy. Allergy don't cause fevers or aches and pains. You might have swollen lymph nodes ("glands") in the neck with a cold. Allergies to outdoor environmental things like pollens are usually seasonal. Indoor things (dust) are all year round. Antihistamines are helpful as symptom reducers for allergies and are available OTC. Best for colds chicken soup. ...Read more
Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.
Cough: After 2 weeks of your coughing, it is time to go in and have it evaluated. Your cough could be due to many things, so it is important to find out why. If you have high fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or difficulty breathing make sure you get in to be evaluated right away. Take care. ...Read more
I've had a cough for over 20 years, its recently got really bad keeping me up at night, I've had xrays all normal plus the mucus is clear! Any ideas?
While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?
OK if you are better: Average time to cure a viral syndrome is 2 weeks - not unusual to have above symptoms as long as they are improving. ...Read more
I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?
I am a 24 yr old smoking male. When I wake up in the morning I cough up this clear, bubbly like mucus.?
Early warning: This is your body reminding you that it is very unhappy with the fact that you are poisoning your lungs and the rest of your body with the products of smoking. The mucus contains some of the toxins, but many remain to attack your body. Perhaps this can motivate you at your young age to stop this before serious damage occurs. ...Read more
I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes I cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.
Cough: If you have a cough with sputum production then you have bronchitis-possibly chronic obstructive bronchitis (COPD) given smoking history. Cough however is often multifactorial and can be worse at night due to gerd/reflux or post nasal drip or aspiration or even irritant exposure (such as from sleeping on down pillows/sleeping with pets/etc) to name a few. ...Read more
I cough up clear mucus with black specks. I have needed an inhaler since December. Could this be caused by mold?
Cough: It could be. U need an X-ray and to see a physician ...Read more
After having a cold 3 weeks ago I have had a constant cough, starting with green mucus and now it is clear. I get asthma when sick?
Persistent Cough: If you have underlying asthma a common cold or viral URI can definitely cause an exacerbation leading to persistent cough. There are other reasons for persistent cough as well including pneumonia or post-viral cough that can persist for weeks. Follow up with primary doctor for further evaluation and treatment. If asthma exacerbation you might need an oral steroid course to alleviate symptoms. ...Read more
My 5 month old is very stuffed up but also draining a lot of yellow and clear mucus. She also has a wet cough. Should I bring her in?
Are there any over the counter cough suppressants a 3yr old (33lbs) can take? He does not have a fever, clear mucus, unproductive cough.
Cold preparations: Over the counter cold medicines do not reduce symptoms enough to risk the side effects including changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Try humidifier, lots of liquids (chicken soup!) and ice pops. And see your doctor if he is very uncomfortable. Best of luck and get well soon! ...Read more
I have bad allergies and I don't really take anything. Could this be why I cough up clear mucus with brown stuff in it? Sometimes its all brown.
Mucus drainage: Allergy to inhalant allergens, weather changes like change in humidity, and viral infections can cause drainage of mucus. Antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) could help to reduce symptoms of allergy. Decongestants such as Sudafed can reduce congestion from any cause. Use of humidifiers can be helpful. ...Read more
10 days post flu, feel better but can't shake a cough. Slight mucus but clear. It's starting to get on my nerves, go to doctors or will this go away?
Quit smoking 4 weeks ago. Since then I have a productive cough with clear mucus and a weird chest feeling. Slowly getting better. Is it because I quit?
Probably not.: I think it is just coincidence. If anything, your breathing should improve when you stop smoking. ...Read more
Feel gasping 4 air all day dr said chest is clear I cough alot with clear mucus through day feel I cant breathe properly scared obs are ok last few d?
Short of breath: What is your peak flow, that is simple to check, if it is > 300-350 you are usually breathing enough air (optimal ~450). You may have an infection like mycoplasma which is indolent and can cause cough responds to zithromax (if not allergic), or post nasal drip wtihout runny nose (responds to elevated head of bed (HOB), antihistamines), or reflux (elevated HOB, prevecid/ zantac) Discuss with doc ...Read more
I have developed a chronic cough with no other cold or flu type symptoms. Coughing up clear mucus it's been going on for 2 weeks now. Yes I am smoker.?
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
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