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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this. ...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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Had flu (3 weeks ago) had tb (1yr ago), current X-ray shows clear. In the morning I wake up breathing hard, and I cough dry thick chunky green mucus, why?

Had flu (3 weeks ago) had tb (1yr ago), current X-ray shows clear. In the morning I wake up breathing hard, and I cough dry thick chunky green mucus, why?

Suspect sinusitis: I presume that the clear x-ray was of your chest. I would advise getting a ct scan of your sinuses. I suspect that you may have a sinus infection. You may need treatment with oral steroids and a stronger antibiotic. This is not likely related to tb. Good luck. ...Read more

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For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

? Sinusitis: Can start as viral, then bacteria would kick in later causing secondary infection and lingering symptoms as what you described, you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or seek a second opnion, it's your right, as you may need antibiotics ...Read more

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Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear, white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green. Mucus still thick. Opinons?

Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection, not treated with antibiotics since they are ineffective, will run its course on its own within 2 weeks typically. A bacterial infection, typically associated with other symptoms like fever, cough with discolored sputum, body aches., is treated w/ antibiotics and runs its course within 7-10 days or so. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If they continue for more than 10-12 days, you may visit your PCP. ...Read more

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I've had a funny cold now for a few days and it's the middle of summer green thick mucus in the nose and cough and my ears feel block how can I relive?

I've had a funny cold now for a few days and it's the middle of summer green thick mucus in the nose and cough and my ears feel block how can I relive?

URI: Viral upper respiratory tract infections generally run their course in 7 to 10 days. If symptoms persist beyond that a bacterial sinus and/or bronchial infection may be present that require antibiotic therapy. Until then irrigate your nasal passages with warm salt water to promote drainage and, if necessary, use a decongestant nasal spray for only a short time. A mild cough suppressant syrup helps. ...Read more

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He is a kid I work with. Signs- cough, thick, green mucus. Symptoms- throat hurts. I can't take him to a pediatrician. I don't know if it is a cold.

He is a kid I work with. Signs- cough, thick, green mucus. Symptoms- throat hurts. I can't take him to a pediatrician. I don't know if it is a cold.

Allergic sinusitis: The child might have started with allergic sinusitis then the post nasal drainage caused bronchitis. For sinusitis he can use a nasal spray or Claritin Syrup and for bronchitis use Zitromas oral suspension 250 mg first day and 125 mg for 4 days ...Read more

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I have had a cough with cold symptoms (sneezing, congestion, lots of thick green mucus, etc) for over a week. No fever but chills and vomiting mucus.

I have had a cough with cold symptoms (sneezing, congestion, lots of thick green mucus, etc) for over a week. No fever but chills and vomiting mucus.

Sinusitis?: Or bronchitis or both are possible. If the mucous is green and thick and is persisting beyond a week, an antibiotic from a physician may be beneficial. You can make an appointment with Health Tap for this type of problem and receive care, or see a local physician for evaluation and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm a severe asthmatic and I have a terrible cough and coughing up thick green mucous?

I'm a severe asthmatic and I have a terrible cough and coughing up thick green mucous?

See below: Depending on other factors not mentioned in you note like duration of symptoms, severity of symptoms, breathing difficulty, fevers, and other systemic signs, you may need to see you physician. If any breathing difficulty at all acutely, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

Mgt: Fatigue is common after a viral or bacterial illness. I would suggest rest, drinking fluids and checking your temperature. If there is fever, new or prolonged symptoms, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Thick mucus coming up but no cough. Any ideas?

Quart of mucus a day: The respiratory and GI tract are lined with cells that secrete mucus. Mucus from the respiratory tract may be from the nose, sinuses or lungs. Since cough is designed to prevent mucus build up in the lower respiratory tract, consider the nose or sinuses as the source. An ENT or allergist could assist in this investigation. ...Read more

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Every morning cough up really thick mucus started in October?

Every morning cough up really thick mucus started in October?

COPD: See MD. Even without knowing your age/ medical history one may venture to guess this may be COPD related to smoking or smoke exposure history. Chronic morning cough with sputum production sets warning bells off immediately. Chronic cough>8 wks different story. But MDs don't like to guess we need the info. Pursue pulmonology/spirometry consultation. Minimize your cardiovascular risks. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

Possibilities...: If this has been going on for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. If it has been going on for less than that, it is likely acute bronchitis. Your doctor needs to evaluate you so treatment can be initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit immediately and your doctor can also help with this goal. ...Read more

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My 14 month old son has had a cough and green mucus for over 2 months. What could it be?

My 14 month old son has had a cough and green mucus for over 2 months. What could it be?

Many things: First to consider is cystic fibrosis. Other illnesses and conditions may also be present, such as asthma, reflux, esophageal fistula, or immune disorders. This child should see her pediatrician for a thorough work up. ...Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

You Are Ill: You are ill. You have a cough and you are producing purulent sputum. You need to be seen by your physician urgently. That is what this means. ...Read more

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I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Hi, I've had thick mucus and a deep cough for about a month now, tried everything, what could it be and is it safe to exercise?

Hi, I've had thick mucus and a deep cough for about a month now, tried everything, what could it be and is it safe to exercise?

See your doc: Many causes of a persistent cough- viral bronchitis, pneumonia, reactive airways/asthma, post nasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, etc. If the cough originates from the neck/throat and you have no fever or fatigue, then you may exercise. If this is a chest cough and/or associated with fever, chills, shortness of breath or fatigue, then you need to rest and to determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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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