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Coughing Up Green Phlegm
Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
Had the flu 3 weeks ago, lasted just over a week and since then have had a cough. Just recently I have been coughing up green phlegm. Is that bad?
After punctured sinus during rt canal, does puncture wound ever heal? 3 mnths since .. Still cough up green phlegm & sore cheek. How to rid infection?
May need antibiotics: You may have an oral-antral fistula (communication between the oral cavity and the maxillary sinus). You refer to a 3 month period with associated signs of infection. This may indicate a need for antibiotic therapy such as oral administration of penicillin-like antibiotics. The quiescence of infection may help the communication to heal and close. If it still persists you may need surgical closure. ...Read more
Treatment...: If you have symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, decreased appetite, body aches, cold symptoms, etc., then you most likely have acute bronchitis which is treated w/ antibiotics. If you have no other symptoms, then it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more
Up to you: Whether or not to continue exercising while sick is really a personal decision depending upon how you feel, not color of your phlegm. As an aside, color of phlegm doesn't determine need for antibiotics either. Bottom line, if you feel good aside from coughing up green phlegm, go exercise. But there's no need to push for a personal best/record until you're back to 100% health. ...Read more
6 months ago I got a cold and was coughing up green phlegm. Ever since then I have clear phlegm coming up and every few weeks it goes green again?
Phlegm: Hi! Chronic or ongoing phlegm production could be due to an infection, chronic bronchitis or something like allergies. If this has been going on for 6 months, then it is probably a good idea to get evaluated. You could try an over the counter allergy medicine (such as Zyrtec) to see if you get relief. If you do, then it would give some information on possible cause. Please get it evaluated. ...Read more
Possibly....: Your symptoms may be due to acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. This could also be due to pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, especially if a fever is present. In order to be diagnosed and treated, see your doctor. Depending on the findings, you may need an antibiotic. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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