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Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

No: Its a good thing you coughed up a thickened plug of mucous that would obstruct an airway. If you have asthma make sure you are under control

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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For the past year and a half I have been coughing up green mucus plugs, usually with blood in them, on and off. What could be the cause?

For the past year and a half I have been coughing up green mucus plugs, usually with blood in them, on and off. What could be the cause?

Cause: I must admit I do not have a ready answer. That said you have two choices: 1: Have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. 2: Contact your primary doctor while she/he is still at work. Please let me know what develops - hope all goes OK.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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).

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I started a dry cough 2 weeks ago. This week is progressively worse, and now coughing up mucus. I'm 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. I'm 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.

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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.

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Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

See doc: Sounds like you should see the doctor for the bronchitis and the knee. You should also stop that pot smoking. Not good for your long term health

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My 6yr. Old has had a cold for over a wk. Now she has a fever 101 and coughing up mucus that makes her cough so much it makes her vomit. Cold or flu?

My 6yr. Old has had a cold for over a wk. Now she has a fever 101 and coughing up mucus that makes her cough so much it makes her vomit. Cold or flu?

Cough: cough more than 1 week and now having fever can indicate secondary bacterial infection and development of bronchitis, please have him seen by primary care for further evaluation and treatment.

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'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood? '

'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood? '

Hemoptysis: This is very serious. You want to see a lung specialist asap. Do not delay and do not proscrinate. Bronchoscopy may become useful.

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I have been coughing up mucus?

I have been coughing up mucus?

How long?: Acute bronchitis is due to a viral or bacterial infection and typically lasts for a few days to a week or two. If your productive cough is present for 3 weeks or longer, then it could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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Coughing up mucus but I'm not sick?

Coughing up mucus but I'm not sick?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes of cough with mucus production. More details and further investigation is needed to determine the cause. Your physician may obtain a sputum test with cytology, spirometry, TB skin test and chest radiograph as part of the wok up. If you have a history sinus disease, smoking, allergies, asthma, pneumonia, reflux, choking please mention this to your physician

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How can you stop coughing up mucus?

How can you stop coughing up mucus?

Postnasal drip: Coughing up mucous is most commonly a result of postnasal drip. Talk to your doctor to try to ascertain the cause, as well as get treated. Feel better.

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If I am coughing up mucus should I go to the dr?

Need more info....: There are many reasons you can have mucous associated with a cough - most are not that serious - like viruses/colds or allergies - but a deep cough with thick, discolored phlegm/mucous - especially if:: - it hurts in your chest to cough or -if you are short of breath or have a fever - - or -if the cough is worsening and not resolving on its own in 7-10 days - then you should see your md asap!

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I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

Constant mucus: Mucus is a thick fluid secreted by glands that helps protect areas of the body exposed to the environment. It filters away particles and organisms that stick to it; it also contains antiseptic substances that prevent infection. Mucus production in the lungs increases in response to allergens (pollen, molds) & irritants (smoke). A chronic cough producing mucus should be evaluated medically.

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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