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Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally...

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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


Dr. Mark Loury Dr. Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily!

Dr. William Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and there's still mucus, but it doesn't do it on its own, will it go away?

I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and there's still mucus, but it doesn't do it on its own, will it go away?

Windpipe: This may be an aftermath of tracheal irritation after a viral upper respiratory tract infection which was associated with coughing up mucus. This residual irritation should eventually resolve without antibiotics unless you are coughing up discolored sputum in which case you should consult your physician for treatment.

Dr. Robert Stachler Dr. Stachler
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
27 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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I've had a cough for a while but I'm not sick just feel congested with mucus?

I've had a cough for a while but I'm not sick just feel congested with mucus?

Cough: Use over the counter delsym for the cough. Any times the coughs are due to allergies. You may want to try am antihistimine over the counter like Claritin (loratadine) or the nasalcort steroid spray. The steroid spray is the best choice and most efficacious. Good luck. Feel better.

Dr. James Okamoto Dr. Okamoto
Family Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough?

Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough?

See a Dr!: Depending on the level of difficulty, you may need to go to the ER, or at least give your Dr a call! Sometimes people can have a heart attack, and their only complaint is difficulty breathing, so don't ignore this! If it is just mild difficulty and has been developing gradually it is probably not an emergency. Things like emphysema, adult onset asthma can also cause difficulty breathing.

Dr. Farhad Sigari Dr. Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

More info: Sorry, there is no question associated with your problem. Fyi the questions you submit are not connected and thus if you had another question regarding this issue we can't see it. Please resubmit :).

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis Dr. Lewis
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments.

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Dr. Robert Keimowitz Dr. Keimowitz
Internal Medicine
52 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What's it mean when u cough up white mucus?

What's it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Cough: It means there's some irritation. Need to figure out where it is and what's causing it. If you're a febrile you likely don't need to worry. If it persists, see your doctor.

Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin Dr. Zuzukin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What to do for coughing out mucus when I cough?

What to do for coughing out mucus when I cough?

Mucus: Simplest thing is a mucus thinner called 'mucolytic' such as regular Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin). Active ingredient is Guaifenesin which is very safe. Also drink plenty of fluids (water) to thin secretions while taking Guaifenesin and making it easier to cough out. Ask yourself why you are having a productive cough, and address the cause itself if possible. For example, quit smoking.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor.

Dr. David Martin Dr. Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeannine Weiss Dr. Weiss
Dentistry - Pediatric
24 years in practice
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How come I cough out brown mucus in the morning?

How come I cough out brown mucus in the morning?

Smoke or broken bv: Several items can contribute to the brownness of your mucus in the am. If you are coughing, small broken blood vessels can leak a few red blood cells contributing to the discoloration but more often it can be related to smoking and or tobacco byproducts. If you are concerned a sample should be brought into your md for a culture and sensitivity test.

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids.

Dr. Kristin Sokol Dr. Sokol
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Post nasal drip: 60 yo male with coughing up clear mucus in the morning only. Mucus pooling in the back of the throat leading to coughing can occur in the morning because of the hours laying down and post-nasal drainage. Post-nasal drainage can be caused by allergies or infections. If ongoing long-term symptoms, get tested for allergies

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What may be causing me to cough up dark colord mucus?

What may be causing me to cough up dark colord mucus?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor.

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Could you tell me ways I can deal with this cough/mucus?

Could you tell me ways I can deal with this cough/mucus?

Cough/mucus: The best approach for dealing with excessive cough and mucus is first to identify the cause or reason for the symptoms. Once the cause is found, then specific treatment options can be offered. Cough with mucus can be symptoms of lung infection, asthma, sinus infection, even allergies. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause and offering treatment recommendations!

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of this cough includes gerd, post-nasal drip. Bronchospasm from any cause can also contribute. If you are smoking, smoking cessation to decrease airway inflammation is needed. See your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and the proper treatment rendered.

Dr. Zachary Veres Dr. Veres
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why does it be blood in your mucus sometimes when you cough it up?

Why does it be blood in your mucus sometimes when you cough it up?

Cough: Inflammation of the respiratory tract is a common cause. Most likely bronchitis. Best to see a physician or schedule a virtual consult for help

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If blood is coming up with my mucus when I cough what ahould I do?

If blood is coming up with my mucus when I cough what ahould I do?

See your doctor: You need to have an evaluation by your doctor to find out what's going on.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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