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I just coughed up a giant chunk of green mucus, almost plasticky in nature. This was directly after waking up, combined with a clear runny nose.

I just coughed up a giant chunk of green mucus, almost plasticky in nature. This was directly after waking up, combined with a clear runny nose.

Please Clarify: Unfortunately you failed to ask a question. But, it sounds like you are sick and need the attention of your physician.

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.

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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 $.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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