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I've been coughing and sneezing. 1st I was cough up clear thick mucus and now its yellow & thick. Chest, throat hurt. Cough is worst when laying down.

I've been coughing and sneezing. 1st I was cough up clear thick mucus and now its yellow & thick. Chest, throat hurt. Cough is worst when laying down.

Sinusitis/bronchitis: Sounds like a URI has turned into a spell of bronchitis. If the cough is productive of colored mucus, increasing cough and a fever, than you should visit your doctor or an utc for a thorough examination and perhaps a course of antibiotics. ...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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I've been coughing up clear, thick mucus with brownish blackish specks for months now. Why is this happening? What is it?

I've been coughing up clear, thick mucus with brownish blackish specks for months now. Why is this happening? What is it?

Cough: "brownish blackish specks" may be due to tobacco use or environmental exposure. Since we don't know anything about your medical history, social history or environmental exposures, I recommend you consult your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Had a cold a week ago but still coughing up clear thick mucus and having to clear my throat of it also is this allergies or remnants of the cold?

Had a cold a week ago but still coughing up clear thick mucus and having to clear my throat of it also is this allergies or remnants of the cold?

Post viral cough: This is still withing the normal limits of what we expect from a cold. If you already have allergies then it could be contributing to your symptoms but a new onset of allergy is unlikely in this scenario. ...Read more

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Coughing up thick clear mucus with white specks for a couple weeks also gave either a stuffy or runny nose with it. Is this viral bacterial or allergy?

Coughing up thick clear mucus with white specks for a couple weeks also gave either a stuffy or runny nose with it. Is this viral bacterial or allergy?

Hard to say: This is hard to differentiate elegy versus bacterial versus viral on the appearance of the mucus. Usually with infection the mucus can be green, red, or have blood on it, this is best discussed with your physician to help clarify which of these it may be or if it's something else. There are other lung problems that we might consider beyond the three you describe ...Read more

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Painful mass on ribcage under breast. US came back normal just started coughing up thick clear mucus and pain behind knee and arm pit What could it be

Painful mass on ribcage under breast. US came back normal just started coughing up thick clear mucus and pain behind knee and arm pit What could it be

Uncertain: In this setting my concern would be whether you have a blood clot in the leg with a pulmonary embolus into the lawn. This may not be the correct diagnosis but it needs to be evaluated as it is a serious medical problem. See your position immediately and get this clarified ...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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What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

Dimetapp DM: Antihistamines will help your runny nose. Dextromethorphan will help your cough. Expectorants like Guaifenesin (robitussin, mucinex) thin mucus. Decongestants help with nasal congestion. Otc preparations typically will combine these ingredients so u can tailor your symptoms by reading the label. ...Read more

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I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: Is an obstructive airway disease. There is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, (even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear, white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green. Mucus still thick. Opinons?

Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear, white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green. Mucus still thick. Opinons?

Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection, not treated with antibiotics since they are ineffective, will run its course on its own within 2 weeks typically. A bacterial infection, typically associated with other symptoms like fever, cough with discolored sputum, body aches., is treated w/ antibiotics and runs its course within 7-10 days or so. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If they continue for more than 10-12 days, you may visit your PCP. ...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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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

Considering your age: And the SEASON Allergies are my guess for the excessive CLEAR (means not-infected) mucous I your upper airways! Try an OTC ANTI-HISTAMINE (eg Claritin) Hope this helps Z ...Read more

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Had flu 2 1/2 weeks ago. Now stuffy nose clear and yellowish mucus mostly clear and cough with clear thick mucus worse at night when lay down. Allergy?

Could be your sinus: sinusitis could be the cause, please visit your doctor, you might need an antibiotic and ptobably other prescription strength medicines ...Read more

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Always feels like something in my throat, only after I eat I cough up clear to white thick phlem or mucous. Do you know what it could be, or why?

Always feels like something in my throat, only after I eat I cough up clear to white thick phlem or mucous. Do you know what it could be, or why?

Postnasal drip: If you have significant allergies or postnasal drip you can have phlegm the collects in the back of your throat but if it's only associated with food can be in esophageal stricture Moore a pouch the can collect food or drink in that area if this continuesyou should consider an evaluation by and your nose and throat specialist ...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