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I am suffering from coughing up solid mucus chunks off and on for about a year now. They are as solid as gummy bears and restricts my breathing.

I am suffering from coughing up solid mucus chunks off and on for about a year now. They are  as solid as gummy bears and restricts my breathing.

Need in person eval: Any restriction to breathing requires evaluation. You need to be seen by a pulmonologist to get to the bottom of our problems. Please schedule asap. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to cough up yellowish grey mucus chunks after quitting smoking?

Is it normal to cough up yellowish grey mucus chunks after quitting smoking?

Smoking: If breathing ok, & your exam & chest X-ray are normal, this should stop soon with continued abstinence & supportive treatment for cough. ...Read more

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I am coughing up chunks of mucus, yellow & thick cold 2 weeks but subsiding. Had nasal congestion with yellow mucus now that's gone. Feel it in throat?

I am coughing up chunks of mucus, yellow & thick cold 2 weeks but subsiding. Had nasal congestion with yellow mucus now that's gone. Feel it in throat?

Sinus infection?: About 10% of people who had a cold ended up with a sinus infection. Since this has been going on for 2 weeks, it is time to see your doctor. ...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

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I started a dry cough 2 weeks ago. this week is progressively worse, and now coughing up mucus. Im now coughing to the point of vomiting. ?

I started a dry cough 2 weeks ago. this week is progressively worse, and now coughing up mucus. Im now coughing to the point of vomiting. ?

Cough: You may have an infection like mycoplasma for which zithromax will help. Alternatively could be reflux or post nasal drip from allergies. . Would elevate head of bed ,trey zyrtec in AM, and follow up with doctor/urgent care for antibiotics or even inhaler if you have mild reactive airways from allergies. ...Read more

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I am coughing up mucus off my chest and it has a really foul taste, and past few days i've cough blood up too, i'm rather worried?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor so that they can prescribe you some medications that will help you. Blood can sometimes mean that you are causing a type of trauma to the lungs (hard coughing). ...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