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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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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 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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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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My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion. Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia. Dark green mucus.?

My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion. Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia. Dark green mucus.?

Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depends on additional info, other symptoms, fever, physical exam findings etc. ...Read more

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Chest congestion for 5days now/coughing up light green mucus/pain under arms and chest when I cough/sometimes I can hear it when I breathe/what to do?

Chest congestion for 5days now/coughing up light green mucus/pain under arms and chest when I cough/sometimes I can hear it when I breathe/what to do?

It's doctor time!: Mucus with that description, chest pain and wheezy sounds need an exam and rx help. It will probably clear up well, but if you ignore it, it can get even worse. Do it now! 5 days is way long enough. Don't enter this demanding season feeling ill or run down. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Been sick for 2 weekssinus and drainage. Clogged ear, and my chest feels heavy. And also green mucus no cough. Chest X-ray clear. Can infection be there?

Been sick for 2 weekssinus and drainage. Clogged ear, and my chest feels heavy. And also green mucus no cough. Chest X-ray clear. Can infection be there?

Can be up there: In your upper airways, nose, sinuses and middle ear, inflammation can affect your lower airways also, so your chest feels heavy as you described, yet chest x-ray would be clear. See your doctor again for possible need for antibiotics, antiinflammatory medications and probably a bronchodilator to open up your lower airways, best wishes ...Read more

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Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when I cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when I cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

Seasonal flu: It is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up green mucus and my chest is starting to hurt more everyday! What do you suggest?

I'm coughing up green mucus and my chest is starting to hurt more everyday! What do you suggest?

Visit the doctor: These could indicate sinusitis or even pneumonia or they could come with a viral flu, but it is definitely time to get it checked out' as you are now having chest pain. ...Read more

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Chest feels heavy and coughing up yellow/green mucus. What to do?

See your doctor: Depending on how long this has been going on will help to determine whether this infection that you have is viral or bacterial. The answer will help to determine whether you will need and benefit from an antibiotic. The fact that the mucus is discolored does not mean that it is bacterial. That decision is based on a variety of factors including how long your symptoms have been going on. ...Read more

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I was injured (side chest area) playing hockey, after a few days I started coughing up light green mucus and obviously coughing is painful.

I was injured (side chest area) playing hockey, after a few days I started coughing up light green mucus and obviously coughing is painful.

You should: Have a chest / ribs xray! Although there is no specific treatment of fractured ribs and partial collapse of the lung tissue (explaining the cough) it's best to KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH! Discuss with your Primary Care Provider...

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Coughing up small green mucus balls either in early morning or late night. Mucus is mostly clear but I get chest tightness and wheezing. Asthma?

Coughing up small green mucus balls either in early morning or late night. Mucus is mostly clear but I get chest tightness and wheezing. Asthma?

Reactive airways: Meaning: your lower airways are reacting by tightening up, which could be asthma, or a reaction to an upper airways inflammation, as sinusitis, either way, you need to see your doctor for evaluation and prescription medications as bronchodilators and probably antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more

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I've been having chest, upper back, and throat pain. On occasions I've coughed up green mucus with blood as well as when I blow my nose.?

See your doctor.: You may well have a serious lung infection especially coughing up blood. The green mucous is concerning for some type of serious infection. See your doc and if you smoke try to stop. ...Read more

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Why sob feels better in morning but at night worse. Had chest infection saw doc. 2 weeks still same except lesser green mucus. Inhaler dun work.?

Why sob feels better in morning but at night worse. Had chest infection saw doc. 2 weeks still same except lesser green mucus. Inhaler dun work.?

Sob: Evaluation sob is a process. Assuming is asthma. Lots of asthma in the spring. It takes weeks to figure out if asthma is intermittent (few days), persistent (weeks to months), if persistent (mild, moderate, severe), or exercise induced. There are med for rescue (acute attacks- albuterol), to prevent it. We need spiromety test (lung test). Frequent visit and reevaluation is the key. ...Read more

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I have a lot of green mucus building up in my nose and chest. It is getting harder to breathe. What kind of medicine should I take?

I have a lot of green mucus building up in my nose and chest. It is getting harder to breathe. What kind of medicine should I take?

Over the counter med: Saline nasal sprays or irrigation may be helpful to wash out your nose and sinuses. Mucinex (guaifenesin) may also be helpful as well. Follow the directions on the box and make sure you drink plenty of water to help the medicine work. ...Read more

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I am having chest pain, metallic taste in my mouth, back pain and I spit green mucus in the morning?

I am having chest pain, metallic taste in my mouth, back pain and I spit green mucus in the morning?

Chest pain: Metallic taste can be from infection (oral, tooth, gums, sinus), GERD, systemic disease, etc. Chest/back pain may be indicative of cardiac/lung problem, which may be much more serious. Please see both Physician and Dentist for evaluations. Symptoms my be coincidental, stemming from different causes. Go now. ...Read more

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I have been couching up green mucus for over two months now. I also have burning in my chest when I couch, and wake up with a sore throat most mornings?

I have been couching up green mucus for over two months now. I also have burning in my chest when I couch, and wake up with a sore throat most mornings?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, or a long cough, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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sick cold symptoms spitting out green mucus chest pains body aches waking in night sweats every night fever and cold sores wats going on?

sick cold symptoms spitting out green mucus chest pains body aches waking in night sweats every night fever and cold sores wats going on?

See a physician!: Your symptoms are worrisome for possible pneumonia. You may need antibiotic treatment. It's not possible or proper to make a diagnosis without examining you and taking a medical history. Stop looking for answers on the internet and see a physician as soon as possible. Your delay in seeing a physician may allow any infection to get worse, making it more difficult to cure. ...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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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