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Why do I cough up mucus

Why do I cough up mucus

Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...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 am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up mucus in the morning?

Why do I cough up mucus in the morning?

Allergies? Reflux?: A person who has a cough producing mucus (phlegm) should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there are allergies, sinusitis, stomach reflux, asthma, bronchitis, or perhaps another problem in the chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...Read more

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I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes i cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

Cough: If you have a cough with sputum production then you have bronchitis-possibly chronic obstructive bronchitis (COPD) given smoking history. Cough however is often multifactorial and can be worse at night due to gerd/reflux or post nasal drip or aspiration or even irritant exposure (such as from sleeping on down pillows/sleeping with pets/etc) to name a few. ...Read more

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I have a terrible cough. starting to think its bronchitis. Coughing up mucus. Keeping me up at night. Nothing is calming it at all, not even the meds?

I have a terrible cough. starting to think its bronchitis. Coughing up mucus. Keeping me up at night. Nothing is calming it at all, not even the meds?

Bronchitis: It sounds like you may have bronchitis. Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoiding caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol. If you have high fevers and fatigue see a doctor right away since it could be pneumonia. If it persists even without fever you may need to see a doctor also. ...Read more

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I gag and can't swallow certain foods i will choke and cough up mucus?

I gag and can't  swallow certain foods  i will choke and cough up mucus?

Foods: It depends on what you cannot swallow. Hard solid foods, soft foods or liquids. You may have an obstruction in your upper gastrointestinal tract. A thorough evaluation by your doctor will be need and also specify to that doctor exactly the types of foods you cannot swallow. ...Read more

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If i cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

If i cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

Yes: But it could also come from sinus, nasal passage, pharynx, bronchus and lungs. Color of mucous important, how much, what cough sounds like, hx of lung disease, meds you are on. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more