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Coughing Up Green Phlem
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
I have the flu and cough up green phlem in the morning.Feels like its running down back of throat. Is this something to worry about. ?
Possibilities...: The flu is due to a viral infection and it will run it's course without treatment. But, signs of a possible bacterial infection that may need antibiotics include fever, sputum that was clear or white and is now green, breathing difficulties, worsening cough, etc. If you are having these symptoms, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I am coughing up green phlem and my voice is hoarse what could this be. Its been going on for 5 days?
Bronchitis....: You likely have bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It is usually caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. See your doctor so the exact etiology of the infection can be determined and treatment rendered. The hoarse voice can be due to upper airway inflammation from the infected sputum or the cough itself. Sometimes, a sputum culture is needed to determine the responsible organism. ...Read more
I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?
Mgt: I would suggest drinking fluids, rest and if you have a fever for more than one day, seeing your PCP. You may have bronchitis, Most bronchitic infections are viral but some should be treated with a course of antibiotics. If you have lung disease, smoke, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please see your ED right away. ...Read more
I cough up green and brownish phlem i quit smoking 4 months ago could this be the cause? How long should it last?
Green sputum: Suggests an infection with a nasty bug called pseudomonas. See your doc. ...Read more
I have asthma, taking theopiline for 2 month, but still contnue mith my daily rescue inhaler...
Coughing up green jelly like phlem? What is that? And
Poor control: Theophylline isn't an appropriate control drug for persistent asthma and your symptoms indicate uncontrolled asthma. See your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms are not being controlled. There are guidelines that should be followed for the level of asthma activity that you have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?
Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what i personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more
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
I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when i lay on either side i hear like a whistling noise what is it?
I've had a cough for over a month now maybe since the first week of January and also coughing up a thick dark green phlegm with dark bits in it.
When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?
About 3 weeks ago started a dry cough.Then about a week ago, wet cough and cold symp. Still coughing green phlegm.Give more time? Non smoker.
I've been taking vasican bromhexine for my cough n phlegm n also on antibiotics but i'm still coughing n my phlegm is dark green. Plse help! thanks!
Productive cough: The purpose of a cough is to clear unwanted material from your respiratory tract. The material you are taking is a substance designed to liquify the mucous and aid in the clearing of secretions but will not stop you from coughing. If it is keeping you awake you might try something with dextromethorphan in it. Check with your friendly pharmacist. They will have suggestions. ...Read more
I constantly cough up green phlegm which I never use to do. I recently been sick & have finished antibiotics but feeling better now?
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
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