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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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High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

Infection/spot: You need to follow up with your physician for a ct scan of your chest. It sounds like you have bronchitis or pneumonia; however, all bets are off in a smoker: get checked! ...Read more

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Im coughing up mucus an blood and I have migraines what is wrong?

Im coughing up mucus an blood and I have migraines what is wrong?

Sinusitis possible: Headaches and postnasal drainage can be symptoms of sinusitis, but a thorough ENT exam and chest xray are necessary to find the source of blood. ...Read more

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Doctor said I had strep throat but didn't do strep test, been on antibiotics for a week, sore throat gone, but I'm still coughing up mucus with blood?

Doctor said I had strep throat but didn't do strep test, been on antibiotics for a week, sore throat gone, but I'm still coughing up mucus with blood?

See doctor again: You should be re-examined by your doctor. You may have a different infection, especially if your strep wasn't confirmed by a test. Coughing up blood is not a symptom of strep. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant I've had a cold for the past 2 weeks. I have been coughing up mucus and blood also when I blow my nose. Is this normal?

I'm 8 weeks pregnant I've had a cold for the past 2 weeks. I have been coughing up mucus and blood also when I blow my nose. Is this normal?

Common : Pregnancy increases the vascularity of your nasal passages. Sometimes prolonged coughing during pregnancy can cause you to get a nose bleed and this can show up when you cough and also in your nasal mucus. Its important to mention it to your ob to make sure there isn't something else going on. (For example, TB can make you cough up blood but its uncommon.) Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is causing something in my throat to move up and down. That wont come up and it burns and its causing me to cough up mucus with blood in it?

What is causing something in my throat to move up and down. That wont come up and it burns and its causing me to cough up mucus with blood in it?

Need exam to know: An ENT dr can do an exam including looking down your throat with a small fiberoptic camera and help identify the problem and its treatment rapidly. ...Read more

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I've been coughing the past few days and I've had mucus in my throat, i just coughed up mucus with blood in it what does that mean?

I've been coughing the past few days and I've had mucus in my throat, i just coughed up mucus with blood in it what does that mean?

Many things: Possibly due to the trauma to the throat caused by coughing. There are tiny blood vessel get broken and mix with saliva. You may also have some small amount of bleeding in the upper digestive system or lungs. If you are smoking any substance, throat tissue gets irritated leading to higher risk of bleeding. If this persists see a doctor or if the bleeding worsens. ...Read more

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I have been sneezing and coughing and head stopped up and now im coughing up mucus with some blood in it. Can a cold cause this?

I have been sneezing and coughing and head stopped up and now im coughing up mucus with some blood in it.  Can a cold cause this?

Or....: secondary infection on top of previous one. cannot say in your particular case, but generally, mild viral infections have mild symptoms. HOwever, they frequently cause irritation, breaks in the mucous linings, and predispose to have whatever germs that are there to grow, possibly invade, and cause a second (bacterial) infection that is helped by antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why wanna i cough up the mucus it's blood in it...I do have a cold?

Why wanna i cough up the mucus it's blood in it...I do have a cold?

Go to doctor: The blood could be from the back of the nose or the throat from small surface blood vessels that pop from the drying effect of the mucous but since i can't examine you, it is best to see your health practitioner to examine you and give you more peace of mind. More exams may be needed which can't be done here. ...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