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I was coughing up dark yellow phlegm this morning I been having chest congestion few days im 22 and don't smoke what could it be most likely?

I was coughing up dark yellow phlegm this morning I been having chest congestion few days im 22 and don't smoke what could it be most likely?

Acute bronchitis : A 3 day history of cough which is productive of discolored sputum, along with chest congestion, is likely to be an acute bronchitis. It may have started with an acute upper respiratory process with post-nasal drip, later extending to the lower airway. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

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


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I have been coughing up very dark yellow color phlegm, is this an infection or my asthma acting up?

I have been coughing up very dark yellow color phlegm, is this an infection or my asthma acting up?

Infection likely: Sputum from the hypersecretion associated with asthma is usually clear or cloudy. Phlegm with yellow, brown or green discoloration usually indicates an infection of some sort, which may require prescription medications and more asthma support. ...Read more

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I've had cold symptoms and low grade fever for the past four days. The fever reached 101 twice. I developed a cough with dark yellow phlegm. Is th?

I've had cold symptoms and low grade fever for the past four days.   The fever reached 101 twice.  I developed a cough with dark yellow phlegm.  Is th?

Fever: Most infections of fever and cough of 4 days duration are viral and can be treated with most over the counter medications unless you are getting worse. In this case consider seeing a doctor to start antibiotics. Mucinex DM, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other cough and cold medications (Dayquil or Nyquil) can help with symptoms while your body fights the viral infection. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, only at night , the last few days, no cough. I have also been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly.

I have had a sore throat, only at night , the last few days, no cough. I have also been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly.

A Little Experiment: Why don't you try the following: go to the nearest ER or Urgent Care, walk in and say to the nurse: " I have been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly. " and see what happens. Go ahead, I suggest you try it right now. Thank you. ...Read more

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Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Bronchitis: Blood tinged mucus or sputum is often due to an infection in sinus or lungs. Many of us treat, unless bloody nose from blowing too much. Most of us will treat with antibiotics if it happens for more than 3 days. There are other causes, too, but it's a GREAT idea to get checked soon. In the meantime, avoid otc cough and cold meds, and fragrances and aerosols (which don't help, can make worse) ...Read more

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Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

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

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Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?

Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?

Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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