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Coughing Up Dark Green Phlegm
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?
Infection: Viral infections are common and usually go away in time. When the symptoms persist and the color of mucus changes form clear/yellow to dark green/brown, etc. It could signify the condition is caused by a bacterial infection and your husband may need to see a dr. For definitive diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more
I've had a cough for over a month now maybe since the first week of January and also coughing up a thick dark green phlegm with dark bits in it.
Weak, tired, wheezing, coughing up phlegm, dark green sometimes grey, sinus pain, also asthmatic. Very short of breath. Worried. What do I have?
Possibly bronchitis: So see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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
I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?
Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what I personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more
Dark specks might: Indicate the presence of blood. It is highly recommended you ask you doctor for a chest X-ray ...Read more
Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more
I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when I lay on either side I hear like a whistling noise what is it?
Wheezes: Wheezes are high pitched sounds coming from mucus filled airway. The force of air through mucus creates the sound of wheeze, like a wind instrument.. ...Read more
When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?
Depends: Dark specs may be blood but may be other. If blood can be coming from back of nose or sinuses, but may be coming from lungs. Blood is concerning when not where it should be, although there is less genral concern when from sinuses. The specifics of the dark spots and their origin needs to be determined. Strongly recommend evaluation by phsyician. ...Read more
Almost certainly: It's actually a controversial area. There's "are you going to die from it" and that's thankfully rare unless someone has a lot of other health problems or over age 70. Then, there's will I have a better life from taking antibiotics. Again, controversial. First, we tend to forget to give anti-inflammatory respiratory meds (monteluekast, maybe inhalers) ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?
About 3 weeks ago started a dry cough. Then about a week ago, wet cough and cold symp. Still coughing green phlegm. Give more time? Non 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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