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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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Nasal cold w/ low fevers now in chest. Green mucous in cough, feeling of low O2 w/ breath.Dark pink and white nails.Bubbling deep in breath.Any ideas?

Nasal cold w/ low fevers now in chest. Green mucous in cough, feeling of low O2 w/ breath.Dark pink and white nails.Bubbling deep in breath.Any ideas?

Bronchitis: An infection like Sinusitis, Bronchitis or Pneumonia could cause your symptoms. Please get evaluated by your doctor if you feel your oxygen is low. In fact this finding is grounds for getting checked at an Urgent Care/Emergency Room ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I've had a cold for about 5 days with as cough & mucus. In the morning the mucus is dark green & the cough is NT getting any better. Should I go in?

I've had a cold for about 5 days with as cough & mucus. In the morning the mucus is dark green & the cough is NT getting any better. Should I go in?

Cough + cold symptom: It would be difficult to determine what is causing this without being seen. Green mucus can occur in the morning naturally as a cold is resolving and does not necessarily mean there is an infection. If you have a fever or the symptoms last longer then 10 days then you should see your doctor. You can try saline nasal spray and Mucinex (guaifenesin) to loosen the secretions if there is no fever. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up my throat hurts until I'm able to cough up mucus, sometimes is green and slimy but other is dark green and really dry why?

Every morning I wake up my throat hurts until I'm able to cough up mucus, sometimes is green and slimy but other is dark green and really dry why?

Dr. can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review the story to see if sinusitis or reflux might be a cause). ...Read more

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Have had a bad cough bronchitis for 3 months. E smoker stopped 5 years ago wheezing and shortness of breath. Have bad mucus dark green for 3 months?

Have had a bad cough bronchitis for 3 months. E smoker stopped 5 years ago wheezing and shortness of breath. Have bad mucus dark green for 3 months?

Get treated: You need to get checked out and treated. Whether your problem is copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, or something else, the longer the illness goes on in a poorly-controlled state, the worse it will be for your long-term health. This applies to your entire body, including your heart, not just your lungs. ...Read more

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My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion . Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia . Dark green mucus.?

My  chest and back hurts  when  I  cough due to chest congestion .  Does this warrant a chest X-ray  to rule out pneumonia .  Dark green mucus.?

Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depends on additional info, other symptoms, fever, physical exam findings etc. ...Read more

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IM 25 weeks pregnant and have had a severe cold / cough this week. Bloody nose the past 3 days , mucus is a very dark green. Today my phlegm had blood?

IM 25 weeks pregnant and have had a severe cold / cough this week. Bloody nose the past 3 days , mucus is a very dark green. Today my phlegm had blood?

See a doctor: With these sorts of symptoms, you need answers. I would worry that your platelet count might have dropped as a result of the viral infection - allowing the blood to become thinner, such that you'd have nose bleeding and blood in the sputum. Hopefully you're plugged into an Ob/Gyn practice - I would call them and try to get seen today. If it's after hours and you're not doing well- go to the ER. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when i cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when i cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

Seasonal flu: It is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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Cough for about 3 days, sore throat worse in early morning and at night, now coughing out some darker green mucus. Ear pressure, nose slight stuffy?

Cough for about 3 days, sore throat worse in early morning and at night, now coughing out some darker green mucus. Ear pressure, nose slight stuffy?

Take Honey: Get Netflix. watch a funny movie, rest, relax. Take honey - about one tsp 3x a day for the cough. Drink green tea with lemon and honey - at least six glasses / day. Green mucus suggest thick stale drainage, possible bacteria. Humming helps move the mucus. If persists, ask doctor about using Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator to remove stale phlegm and restore good cilia movement ...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