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Coughing Up Gray Phlegm
Feeling very tired and coughing up gray phlegm. No fever but feeling quite swollen. Is this a normal viral infection?
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
Two days ago I was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should I go back to the doctor?
HI, I'm diagnosed of having lymph nodes TB last Nov.2013. I undergo treatment for 6mos. Now after more than 1 mo. I have hard cough & my phlegm s gray?
Probably unrelated: But get a chest xrayGet a more detailed answer ›
I have a stuffy nose, cough, with some sneezing, and yellow/gray phlegm. No body aches, doesn't bother me to lean forward/downward. Cold or allergies?
Sounds like a cold: This sounds like a cold and possibly even a bacterial infection. Rest, drink a lot of liquids and you can use neti pot. If your symptoms are not improving in next 1-2 days or start to worsen see your doctor. ...Read more
I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?
Certainly possible: Surprisingly, bacterial pneumonia is less contagious, but often more worrisome than viral. Worsening symptoms for a week is concerning for a pneumonia and should be evaluated by a doctor. Also, knowing exactly what you have would be good for your 2-yo...To hopefully prevent them from getting sick, or at least know how to treat it quicker. ...Read more
Hi! I have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. I smoke light cigarettes. What should do to get rid of 'em?
I understand your concern.
Grey phlem is likely due to cigarette smoking and air pollution, it can also be due to or Marijuana smoking.
See the Physician if coughing affects your sleep and day time functioning, difficulty in swallowing or fever.
See Therapist to understand and resolve your feelings of worry, fear, sadness, hurt, resentment for which you may be smoking; plan to decrease smoking ...Read more
Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more
I have mds. I have been having severe loose productive cough for the last 14 days with white/grey sputum. I don't have fever or nasal congestion. Six days ago, I startedtaking 3 pills from the z pack but there has been noresponse. Six days ago, I got an x
COPD exacerbation: What you describe sounds like you have triggered a tendency to irritation of your bronchial tubes. The underlying problem may come from past smoking. At this time, avoid chemicals, perfumes, dairy, smoke, and spicy foods to decrease mucous production. Use of an inhaler could help if you wheeze. Humidifier will help the mucous to come out. Cough suppressant may help. Discuss with your mds. ...Read more
I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should I be concerned?
Just coughed up some dark brown/grey phlegm - quit weed 2 weeks ago & had 1st cig in 3 days today, how worried should I be?
I coughs up grey phlegm usually late in the evening and nights or early morning, this has been goin on over a month, some of it is hard and tuff?
Need to be checked:
Coughing grey phlegm in morning, evening and night may be doe to Allergies, Sisusitis, Bronchitis.You need to drink plenty of fluids and stop smoking if you smoke and check your house for indoor allergens like molds etc
And consult your doctor and get yoursrlf checked. You will need a detailed History and Physical Examination and if indicated Xrays etc to find the cause and treat appropriately ...Read more
I had a grey/blue phlegm come out of my mouth this morning while coughing. Don't smoke and don't live around any heavy pollution. Fluke or problem? :/
I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia?
Why do I keep blowing small blood clots out of my nose as well as coughing up grey, sticky phlegm?
Unknown: You need to be examined and worked up carefully for recurrent clots. ...Read more
I am coughing up grey phlegm from throat sometimes. What's the reason behind this. And sometimes green phlegm from nose also.
I've been coughing up "chunks" of green/grey very dense phlegm for about a year. Extremely tired all the time, sore joints, chronic peri. Edema as wel?
Be seen: Of course you would want to be seen and fully evaluated. There are many possibilities all the way from simple things such as having developed an allergy to something to things like tuberculosis and cancer. A detailed exam and appropriaylte studies would likely reveal the cause. ...Read more
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
Belief system: If you believe that a child can catch cold from cold weather, then she shouldn't swim. If she is having trouble breathing, then she shouldn't swim. If she is happy, running and playing and mobilizing her phlegm, swimming should not make her sick. Most mothers and certainly grandmothers would vote NO SWIMMING. ...Read more
Diagnosis first...: Before this cough can be treated, the cause needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include acute bronchitis from an infection of the airways, chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, bronchospasm with airway inflammation, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. The treatments for these are all different so you need to see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
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