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Been coughing up green mucus and blood for a few days now! ?

Been coughing up green mucus and blood for a few days now! ?

Bronchitis???: Sometimes we become very concerned when the color of our mucus changes. Green and bloody always trigger the biggest response. Chances are that you have a bronchitis. This is the most common cause of bleeding. If it gets copious, you need to go to the er. However chances are that it will just go away after the virus has been fought off... Take symptomatic over-counter medication. ...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'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.?

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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For the past year and a half I have been coughing up green mucus plugs, usually with blood in them, on and off. What could be the cause?

For the past year and a half I have been coughing up green mucus plugs, usually with blood in them, on and off. What could be the cause?

Cause: I must admit I do not have a ready answer. That said you have two choices:
1: Have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
2: Contact your primary doctor while she/he is still at work.
Please let me know what develops - hope all goes OK. ...Read more

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If you are coughing up yellow green mucus an has little blood is that bad?

Infection: Depends on how long this has been going on. If it is just recent, it may be a viral infection and a superimposed bacterial sinus or bronchial infection if it has been more than a week. See your doctor for proper treatment. ...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 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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Been having a cold for 5 days. When I sneeze, there's yellow-green mucus with blood. Also, left side is always blocked. Should I be concerned?

Been having a cold for 5 days. When I sneeze, there's yellow-green mucus with blood. Also, left side is always blocked. Should I be concerned?

Not yet: If the blood frequency or amount increases or you get a fever please see your health care provider and use saline nasal spray for now. ...Read more

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Everytime I blow my nose I get fair bit of blood mixed in with green mucus going on two weeks not sure what it could be could it be anything serious?

Everytime I blow my nose I get fair bit of blood mixed in with green mucus going on two weeks not sure what it could be could it be anything serious?

Sinus infection: You probably have sinusitis. If you are a non-smoker then it is likely viral and you just have to wait for your body to clear the infection. If you have pain in your face and teeth, fever over 101 or you feel it is getting worse then see your doctor. You may need an antibiotic for a bacterial sinus infection. In the meantime, use a nasal saline spray and OTC cold remedy such as Dayquil. ...Read more

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Lousy all day. Weak. Also blood in mucus in morning when I wake up. Green mucus also when I wake up. Bad smell lingers in nose. Headaches occasionally?

Lousy all day. Weak. Also blood in mucus in morning when I wake up. Green mucus also when I wake up. Bad smell lingers in nose. Headaches occasionally?

Sinus infection?: It sounds like you may be suffering from a sinus infection. Make sure to check with your doctor about this. You may need antibiotics, depending on how long you've been suffering. You can try rinsing your sinuses using a neti pot (buy from the pharmacy) with sterile water and salt packets, to see if this helps. ...Read more

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Can a person have a sinus infection and not really know it? I don't have running nose, but stuffy in morning with some blood and green mucus sometimes

Can a person have a sinus infection and not really know it? I don't have running nose, but stuffy in morning with some blood and green mucus sometimes

Sinusitis?: Without knowing exactly where the blood and green mucous is emanating from it is impossible to know if you have sinusitis. This is generally clinical diagnosis made by nasality of speech, pain and swelling over the sinuses, congestion and purulent nasal discharge. There may be headache, fever and redness, but to be sure where this is coming from see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain in right eyebrow. Very green mucus from nose and throat. Ear pain. Mucus leaks from my nose and has a lot of blood.

Pain in right eyebrow. Very green mucus from nose and throat. Ear pain. Mucus leaks from my nose and has a lot of blood.

Sinusitis: You could possibly have a sinus infection. You should see a doctor for treatment. In the meantime you could try using an over the counter decongestant or nasal spray such as nasonex (mometasone). You may also use a saline nasal rinse and Ibuprofen as needed. Take care! ...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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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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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