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Doctor insights on: Coughing Up Mucus And Bad Breath

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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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NEED HELP ASAP 13 yr old daughters been having chest and rib pains and shortness of breath and coughing up mucus. What could it be??

NEED HELP ASAP 13 yr old daughters been having chest and rib pains and shortness of breath and coughing up mucus. What could it be??

Shortness of Breath: The symptoms you describe could be a pneumonia or bronchitis or several other diagnosis. Since I don't know how short of breath she is, if she has a fever, etc. I would recommend she be seen right away, meaning tonight. Especially since you said ASAP. ...Read more

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Hi I've had bad breath for a while now. I always have a residue on the back of my tounge like mucus and I'm always having to blow my nose.

Hi I've had bad breath for a while now. I always have a residue on the back of my tounge like mucus and I'm always having to blow my nose.

Bad breath: Impossible to answer without a complete history. Mucus;cold can be a sign of post nasal drip-this can cause bad breath. Other causes can be systemic disease, your diet, from medications. One big cause can be from mouth - periodontal (gum)disease, bad teeth, lesions, and the tongue. You should be checked by your dentist and md depending on history. Dentist who knows about bad breath or oral medicine. ...Read more

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I have bad breath I assume it is because of mucus in my stomach, how do I get rid of it?

I have bad breath I assume it is because of mucus in my stomach, how do I get rid of it?

Brush tongue/palate: Your bad breath is probably not due to mucus in your stomach.... bad breath is most commonly caused by the mouth itself. Make sure when you brush to also brush your tongue and palate (the hard roof of your mouth). bacteria love those two places as much as teeth and gums. ...Read more

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I have noticed a cut in my tonsil, it doesn't hurt, its not swollen and there are no wihte spots, I have a yellow mucus on my throught and a bad breath?

I have noticed a cut in my tonsil, it doesn't hurt, its not swollen and there are no wihte spots, I have a yellow mucus on my throught and a bad breath?

Check with your Dr.: You should consider having this evaluated. Could be a sign of candidiasis or some other disorder. You may have to have your throat swabbed and checked to rule out some types of bacterial infection. Don't hesitate. Go while you still have the problem. Don't wait for it to potentially come back. ...Read more

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I have bad breath, when I swallow, I taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth.

Post nasal drainage?: These symptoms of tasting blood and mucus when swallowing and bad breath can be caused by a viral infection of the throat (pharyngitis). They can also be caused by post-nasal drainage (PND). PND can be caused by allergies or an infection. Try OTC allergy meds like a steroid nose spray and an oral antihistamine. If not helping, see doc. ...Read more

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I have bad breath, when I swallow, I taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth. Its an everyday thing too.

I have bad breath, when I swallow, I taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth. Its an everyday thing too.

Bad breath: Bleeding, foul odor, excess mucus may be interrelated. To eliminate your symptoms you need a Dentist to help you find the cause, or causes, and select the appropriate treatment. If gums infected may need Periodontist. If sinus/throat infected may need ENT. But start w Dentist, and start now, before problem gets out of hand. ...Read more

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I spit out bad odored yellow granules in my mucus during brushing. Could it be the reason for my bad breath? A dentist already OK'd me. Chain smoker

I spit out bad odored yellow granules in my mucus during brushing. Could it be the reason for my bad breath? A dentist already OK'd me. Chain smoker

Possibly tonsils: Sometimes debris with bacteria form on and lodge into crevices on your tonsils in the back of your throat. This is a possible source of both bad breath and granules in your mucous. Of course, you will need a physical exam to really determine if this is a concern but you may be able to see something in your own throat with a mirror. It goes without saying that you also need to quit smoking ASAP. ...Read more

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I spit out bad odored yellow granules in my mucus during brushing. Could it be the reason for my bad breath? A dentist already OK'd me. Chain smoker.

I spit out bad odored yellow granules in my mucus during brushing. Could it be the reason for my bad breath? A dentist already OK'd me. Chain smoker.

Tonsil Stones: No smoking, gargling with mouth wash, tongue-scraping and frequent tooth brushing will help prevent bad breath and the formation of tonsil stones. If concerned, see your GP for evaluation. Talking with your doctor about your physical and emotional concerns can help you find the best way for you to quit. Good luck! ...Read more

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I got some black mucous expelled from my throat this morning. What could it be? Can it lead to bad breath? What can be done to cure it?

I got some black mucous expelled from my throat this morning. What could it be? Can it lead to bad breath? What can be done to cure it?

Do you smoke?: It could be the byproducts of smoke mixing with mucus. It could be clotted blood mixing with the mucus. It might be a good idea to have it checked out. ...Read more

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My 3yo great nephew has an occasional cough, bad breath and his temperature is high a lot of times when I check it. Maybe no connection. Should I wory?

My 3yo great nephew has an occasional cough, bad breath and his temperature is high a lot of times when I check it. Maybe no connection. Should I wory?

Maybe: Cough, fever and bad breath in toddlers are common signs of a cold or possibly a sinus infection. If it's just a cold, it should go away by itself with 5-7 days of supportive care; if it lasts longer, he should be seen by a doctor. Preschool aged children typically get 4-6 colds per winter season, sometimes more and this can be normal. You can always ask his mom whether they've seen a doctor. ...Read more

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My 18 month d baby has a white coating on his tounge and bad breath he has had s viral infection with a cough and cold what could this be?

My 18 month d baby has a white coating on his tounge and bad breath he has had s viral infection with a cough and cold what could this be?

Thrush: He may have thrush or a yeast infection from the description of the white coating. The odor to his breath may reflect a throat infection. Have him examined to confirm a diagnosis and have him treated. All the best. ...Read more

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I am having salty cough some time little blood with cough, also evening I feel bad breath, I went Doctor he said nothing I need your help badly please?

I am having salty cough some time little blood with cough, also evening I feel bad breath, I went Doctor he said nothing I need your help badly please?

Cough: If this cough followed a simple viral headcold it may only be mild involvement of the trachea (windpipe) and should resolve in a few days without any specific treatment. If it persists longer, and especially if it isn't part of a simple headcold, further investigation is advisable including a chest X-Ray and a careful nose and throat examination in view of the occasional coughing of blood ...Read more

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Why my 6 months old baby cough when she eats a baby food? And why she has a bad breath? And when she drink her milk you can hear some wheezing

Why my 6 months old baby cough when she eats a baby food? And why she has a bad breath? And when she drink her milk you can hear some wheezing

Pediatrician: Solid foods (pureed) should not be introduced until 6 months of age. The wheezing can be related to mucous or food allergy- I suggest a pediatric evaluation and go very slowly with solids. ...Read more

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I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. Try to quit the tobacco use, good opportunity. If concerned, see your PCP after 6 days or so. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough - coughing up mucus- for 2 weeks and now I also have a runny nose. Cough syrup helps a little bit. Is this just a cold?

I've had a bad cough - coughing up mucus- for 2 weeks and now I also have a runny nose. Cough syrup helps a little bit. Is this just a cold?

Probable bronchitis.: You probably have bronchitis. If you have only a low-grade fever, it is probably viral so antibiotics are not useful. If your symptoms are improving, you would need symptomatic relief only and you should see it resolve over the next few days. If your symptoms are worsening, see your doctor. You could also have residual bronchospasm best treated w/ inhalers that your doc can prescribe. ...Read more

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Hi, my 6 year- old has a fever of 37.9 and has a cough and bad breath. She has said her lower tummy is sore. She has digeorge syndrome, asd, and vsd.

Hi, my 6 year- old has a fever of 37.9 and has a cough and bad breath. She has said her lower tummy is sore. She has digeorge syndrome, asd, and vsd.

See your MD: I would have her evaluated by her doctor- common illnesses such as strep throat can present with feve, r stomach ach, e and bad breath but it is important to have her evaluated by a doctor to diagnose her. Patients with digeorge often have compromised immune systems. ...Read more

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My son has cough for 3days now he complains of tummy pain on and off as well he pees a lot with runny nose and has bad breath any advise? His 5yrs

My son has cough for 3days now he complains of tummy pain on and off as well he pees a lot with runny nose and has bad breath any advise? His 5yrs

Sinus infection?: Sinus infection and tonsillitis are often linked to bad breath. Sinus infection can also cause a cough but not usually a tummy ache. As for peeing a lot, this appears to be a separate issue. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

Can't make diagnosis: With this info. Sounds like an upper respiratory infection that could be viral or bacterial. Don't know how long you have had it. If you have been sick for a while and it is not improving - would encourage medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Wisdom tooth: Get your teeth checked for infection. It's on one side and you have bad breath. Good possibility it's from a localized source like a tooth since it's on one side, teeth will often refer pain to the ear and an infection can cause bad breath.

Based on just the information provided i'd look toward a lower tooth in the back of the mouth as a possible cause. ...Read more

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Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath? Allergic Rhinitis, Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath? Allergic Rhinitis, Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

See your physician: There are many and various illnesses which could match your description. I can appreciate your concerned, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical and referral to other specialties (e.g. dentist, ENT) if needed. Take good care. ...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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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Dr. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more