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Is all this green mucus my scabs coming off after tonsillectomy?

Is all this green mucus my scabs coming off after tonsillectomy?

Healing: After the tonsillectomy the area where the tonsils used to be can turn white and then slowly return to pink. This is the natural course. Scabs are usually dark black/red spots and usually only in a few locations (they don't cover the entire area). ...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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I am coughing up green mucus. Is that a sign of an infection? I had a dry cough about a week ago after shoveling snow.

I am coughing up green mucus. Is that a sign of an infection? I had a dry cough about a week ago after shoveling snow.

May be an infection: If you are running fevers, then you may have an infection. A week ago you may have contracted a virus and it may have turned into an infection. You should see a physician to determine if you need to be on antibiotics after an exam. ...Read more

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My family has dry cough &sinus stuffed up but I'm wheezing and coughing up green mucus & feel weak & tired what could be wrong can't afford to go dr?

My family has dry cough &sinus stuffed up but I'm wheezing and coughing up green mucus & feel weak & tired what could be wrong can't afford to go dr?

Wheezing/Cough: Feeling weak and tired with coughing up green mucus is concerning for infection, somewhere. Wheezing would suggest the lungs. Could be asthma exacerbation, bronchitis. Could also be a sinus infection since the nose/sinuses are "stuffed up." most often for infections of the sinuses or the lungs or airway, you might need antibiotics. Try a nurse practitioner, they can diagnose &treat for less $. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough and am nauseous and sometimes dizzy. Its hard to breathe. Coughing up green mucus. Chills. Could I have pneumonia?

I have a bad cough and am nauseous and sometimes dizzy. Its hard to breathe. Coughing up green mucus. Chills. Could I have pneumonia?

Cough: Yes you could but could also be a viral illness. Would stay hydrated and take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for aches. If this is viral, it should be getting better in a 3-5 day period. If symptoms progress to include fever unresponsive to otc medications/ nausea-vomiting-diarrhea causing dehydration then you need to see a physician. ...Read more

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Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) help with my cough and sore throat, I am coughing up Green Mucus?

Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) help with my cough and sore throat, I am coughing up Green Mucus?

....: You need to first follow up with a healthcare provider to determine why you are coughing. If pneumonia, bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not the best coverage. ...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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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

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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 have a barky cough and getting bits of green mucus. Could this be an infection?

Possibly: The green mucous can indicate an infection but not always. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...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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Smoker. I have green mucus and a deep dry cough. How to get rid of it?

Smoker. I have green mucus and a deep dry cough. How to get rid of it?

Needs Eval...: Possible etiologies for your symptoms include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. The most important thing for you to do is to quit smoking today! See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment since all of these possibilities have different treatments. ...Read more

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After having a cold 3 weeks ago I have had a constant cough, starting with green mucus and now it is clear. I get asthma when sick?

After having a cold 3 weeks ago I have had a constant cough, starting with green mucus and now it is clear. I get asthma when sick?

Persistent Cough: If you have underlying asthma a common cold or viral URI can definitely cause an exacerbation leading to persistent cough. There are other reasons for persistent cough as well including pneumonia or post-viral cough that can persist for weeks. Follow up with primary doctor for further evaluation and treatment. If asthma exacerbation you might need an oral steroid course to alleviate symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for 6 mnths. I cough up green mucus. It developed while in the hospital for the adnovirius. What can I do? I have used an inhalur.

I have had a cough for 6 mnths. I cough up green mucus. It developed while in the hospital for the adnovirius. What can I do? I have used an inhalur.

Bronchitis: Sounds like you have bronchitis...the green sputum generally indicates infection with Pneumococcus the. Germ that sometimes needs antibiotics HOWEVER since you were hospitalized a CULTURE of your sputum is absolutely necessary since you were exposed to a number of germs NOT necessarily in the "Community"
See your doctor!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Isn't pneumonia very obvious? My mom says I would be in bed *almost dying* if I had it, but I'm fine. Just cough and green mucus. I am very worried

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a condition diagnosed by a constellation of symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) with evidence on chest X ray of lung involvement. It can be cause by a bacterium, virus, fungus. Severity of symptoms range widely. Chest X ray evidence is really diagnostic. Everyone reacts differently to infections, but most people feel pretty awful if they have pneumonia vs bronchitis. ...Read more

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I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

Allergic cough??: You don't mention any fever or production of a lot of mucus or people nearby you (family, coworkers) being ill. That makes me think you might have a cough brought on by a post-nasal drip irritating the back of your throat and making you have a dry hacking, non-productive cough. If you have thickly feeling just a second or so before cough easily treated without antibiotics. (Benzonatate 200 q8h) ...Read more

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If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

Viral: Colored mucous can be produced by either a viral or a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections are viral and will get better with time and rest. If there is no improvement within 7 days or if the symptoms are very severe then medical attention should be obtained. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable dry cough at night. Hard to breath in completely. Been sick sometimes productive with green mucus. Can't sleep. Help! ?

Uncontrollable dry cough at night. Hard to breath in completely. Been sick sometimes productive with green mucus. Can't sleep. Help! ?

Depends: On whether this is long standing or acute. The green mucus suggests that you have some infection with a bacterium called pseudomonas and it is a nasty one. Get local medical advice. ...Read more

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My chest hurts I have a cough with green mucus and am super tired I also am diabetic and this cough ghing has been going on for three weeks help!?!

My chest hurts I have a cough with green mucus and am super tired I also am diabetic and this cough ghing has been going on for three weeks help!?!

PNEUMONIA SIGNS: These are pneumonia signs: fatigue, cough with phlegm, and chest pain (especially with breathing=called pleuritic pain). Its is time to get seen, get a chest xray and start treatment right away! Having diabetes makes you immunocompromised and more susceptible to pneumonia (a Pneumovax shot is recommended for all diabetics) hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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Really bad cold with yellow and green mucus for two weeks. Symptoms improved but Cough still lingering a month later with clear sputum. Is this normal?

Really bad cold with yellow and green mucus for two weeks. Symptoms improved but Cough still lingering a month later with clear sputum. Is this normal?

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is the likely cause of your cough. Over the counter Flonase 1 spray in each nostril twice daily and daily sinus rinses usually help. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

Chest cough: It depends, have you have the cough for a while? Was the green mucus something new? You might have simple upper respiratory infection, however if not better or symptoms get worse then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Chst pain undr lower armpit & s/o chest for 3+weeks, now deep pressure w/o cough but a few sddn urges to cough up smthng, it's drk green mucus, cncrn?

Chst pain undr lower armpit & s/o chest for 3+weeks, now deep pressure w/o cough but a few sddn urges to cough up smthng, it's drk green mucus, cncrn?

Ee your physician: 3+ week is too long to feel sick. Whether the problem is chronic bronchitis, asthma, or another problem, it's time to see your physician. An examination, a chest X-ray and appropriate tests should get to the cause of the problem and to proper treatment ...Read more

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My sister 7 month baby has cough for 4 days, worse at night. Tonite she coughed up green mucus. Went urgent care 2 days ago should she see dr again?

My sister 7 month baby has cough for 4 days, worse at night. Tonite she coughed up green mucus. Went urgent care 2 days ago should she see dr again?

Yes: She needs to be seen in ER, may need an antibiotic, hope the baby has no fever and feeding well, may need bronchodilators breathing treatment make sure no smokers around, good luck ...Read more

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I have had coughing for the past three weeks now and am wondering if I should make a doctor's appointment or wait it out longer cough for past 3 weeks with yellow green mucus especially in morning. Coughing throughout day and especially at night. Rattlin

I have had coughing for the past three weeks now and am wondering if I should make a doctor's appointment or wait it out longer cough for past 3 weeks with yellow green mucus especially in morning. Coughing throughout day and especially at night. Rattlin

Hello,: Hello, yes, if symptoms have not resolved after three weeks and cough is product of yellow to green sputum with pain with breathing - it is time to get seen. This could be a bacterial infection. Don't recommend holding off any longer. ...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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I started with a fever and bodyaches two days ago and now I have a sorethroat cough and green mucus coming up and I also lost my voice but its better?

I started with a fever and bodyaches two days ago and now I have a sorethroat cough and green mucus coming up and I also lost my voice but its better?

What's ur question?: We used to equate color of mucus w/source of infection. In other words, green mucus required antibiotics to treat infection while clear or white mucus did not. In fact, recent studies show no correlation btwn mucus color & causative agent & response to antibiotics. Truth is most common colds are due to viruses which aren't responsive to antibiotics. Check out www. Choosingwisely. Org for more info. ...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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I have Asthma and I am coughing badly. I cant stop the cough and I have green phlem and lots of green mucus. Discovery has not responded to me when I asked if they will cover my specialist visit as I had to cancel my appointment in August due to them?

I have Asthma and I am coughing badly. I cant stop the cough and I have green phlem and lots of green mucus. Discovery has not responded to me when I asked if they will cover my specialist visit as I had to cancel my appointment in August due to them?

Asthma attack.: An asthma attack requires treatment - at least an inhaler and oral steroid, and maybe an antibiotic. If it’s severe enough, you may even require hospitalization for IV medications and oxygen, although we hope it doesn’t come to that. Is there a local urgent care center or ED that you can visit for an evaluation or 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


Green Mucus (Definition)

Yellow or green drainage from the nose is a symptom in which the mucous coming out of the nose is thicker than clear mucous, and also is yellowish or greenish in color. This may mean that the runny nose is starting to dry up. However, if there is a lot of yellow or green drainage, there may be a nasal ...Read more