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I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. what's up?

I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. what's up?

See your Doctor: This requires a physical exam plus additional tests to see what the cause of this is. They will ask if you have been smoking, and will find out the cause of your restricted breathing. This appears to be treatable, so I advise you see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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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Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

See your doctor!!: Blood in sputum should always be evaluated. Depending on your age, there is always concern that blood may represent something serious. It is most frequently just inflammation from smoking, but more serious conditions, particularly cancer (in older individuals with longer smoking histories) must be ruled out. Cough and sputum production may be present for 1-2 months after stopping. Congrats!! ...Read more

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I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes i cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

I am a 37yr old female smoker.  I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes i cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

Cough: If you have a cough with sputum production then you have bronchitis-possibly chronic obstructive bronchitis (COPD) given smoking history. Cough however is often multifactorial and can be worse at night due to gerd/reflux or post nasal drip or aspiration or even irritant exposure (such as from sleeping on down pillows/sleeping with pets/etc) to name a few. ...Read more

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Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Acute Sinusitis: Allergic rhinitis can cause increased nasal congestion, cough, runny nose that can lead to discolored sputum, facial pain/pressure, nasal blockage, fevers, and loss of taste/smell which are symptoms concerning for an acute sinus infection. Daily steroid nasal sprays and other allergy medications can help reduce or prevent these infections. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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What does olive green-brownish mucus mean?

What does olive green-brownish mucus mean?

Coming from where?: It is more suspicious for infection but not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Green/ brown mucus in throat for over 2 years. What can I do?

Green/ brown mucus in throat for over 2 years. What can I do?

Possible nasopharyng: You either have chronic sinus infection or chronic infection above and behind the palate. Unlikely to be from dirt or dust being swept from nose into throat. Need to have ENT look into nose and behind palate to determine source of drainage and obtain secretions for culture. Chronic nasopharyngitis is very hard to eradicate. Ct only useful if there is chronic sinusitis. Could try saline rinse. ...Read more

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My nose/ chest is very congested and i'm coughing up very thick, dark green (olive colored) mucous?

My nose/ chest is very congested and i'm coughing up very thick, dark green (olive colored) mucous?

Possible infection: You may have a strep infection. Check with your doctor for culture and sensitivity or an empirical trial of antibiotics if after physical exam the doctor thinks you are infected. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Scratchy dry painful throat, spitting up thick green/brown mucus. Throat sticks together when swallowing, more tired than usual? Thank you.

Scratchy dry painful throat, spitting up thick green/brown mucus. Throat sticks together when swallowing, more tired than usual? Thank you.

More details: It is hard to tell whether you are getting a viral or bacterial infection although I would favor viral if the symptoms have not been present for >10 days. See doctor if the symptoms are unbearable. ...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