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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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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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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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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