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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

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

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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Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

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

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In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

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

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I cough up clear mucus in the morning an during the day sometimes?

I cough up clear mucus in the morning an during the day sometimes?

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

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I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

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

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When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it?

When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it?

Old blood-mucous: Get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x ray and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Possibilities: Include post nasal drip, asthma/ reactive airway disease, acid reflux, exposure to allergens, medication side effect etc. Get a second or third opinion. God bless u! http://www. Medicinenet. Com/script/main/mobileart. Asp? Articlekey=1977. ...Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. ...Read more

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What would cause a cough for a month with clear mucus sometimes? Only took Otc robotussin for 3 days.

Below: With clear mucus and no fever, the most common cause would be a viral infection--bronchitis

If this continues for another 2 weeks, or if you develop a fever, then you need to be seen. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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I am a 24 yr old smoking male. When I wake up in the morning I cough up this clear, bubbly like mucus.?

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

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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.

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

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My 18months old suddenly cough and vomit clear and thick mucus in the middle of the night?

My 18months old suddenly cough and vomit clear and thick mucus in the middle of the night?

Posttussive vomiting: It is very common for little kids to vomit after coughing known as post tussive vomiting. I am sure he felt better and slept better after that. Whenever they cough they are trying to bring something up. Once it is out they feel relief. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Sounds like sinus!: Yes you should take her to her doctor. It is very important if this is new or chronic. It sounds like sinusitis. Allergies or infection could be the cause. Is there a smoker in the house? ...Read more

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Are there any over the counter cough suppressants a 3yr old (33lbs) can take? He does not have a fever, clear mucus, unproductive cough.

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

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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

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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?

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

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Cough (Definition)

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