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I'm having weird rust colored thick post nasal drip, its not red spots, but as if the mucus was produced red. Should I be worried?

I'm having weird rust colored thick post nasal drip, its not red spots, but as if the mucus was produced red. Should I be worried?

Duration: If you have had these symptoms for more than 10 days or they are getting more severe, you need to see a doctor to rule out a bacterial sinus infection or whatever else which may cause this discolored discharge. ...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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My fecal matter is rust colored. Should I go see my doctor about it?

My fecal matter is rust colored.  Should I go see my doctor about it?

Would not hurt: It is difficult to know what you mean by rust colored. If you have any doubt that you may be bleeding in your intestine, it would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What can lead to rust colored stools and swollen.Scrotum?

What can lead to rust colored stools and swollen.Scrotum?

Rusty stool/scrotum: Rust colored stools can be caused by blood in the intestines/rectum, diet/foods. I'm not sure the rust colored stools would be related to the swollen scrotum. Best to get an evaluation from a gastrointestinal doctor and urologist. ...Read more

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I found tiny rust colored worms on my mattress what do I do if they went in my nose?

I found tiny rust colored worms on my mattress what do I do if they went in my nose?

See below: The worms are probably not worrisome for parasitic attack or infection. If the worm crawls into your nose, symptoms would be like having a foreign object inside: •constant nasal discharge from one nostril. •foul odor. Pus or blood drains from a nostril. •pain, swelling, and/or tenderness. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about a orange rust colored circular spot diameter of pencil on bottom of foot?

Should i be concerned about a orange rust colored circular spot diameter of pencil on bottom of foot?

Yes...: If a new colored lesion has suddenly appeared on the foot, see a podiatrist for a simple biopsy to make sure nothing serious is going on. ...Read more

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34 female. Oily (rust-colored), foul smelling diarrhea after eating tonight. Been having some mild nausea after eating this past week. What's wrong?

34 female. Oily (rust-colored), foul smelling diarrhea after eating tonight. Been having some mild nausea after eating this past week. What's wrong?

Acute diarrhea: You are undergoing an episode of acute diarrhea. which can be from infections;viral, bacterial, fungal, food intolerance, usually go away in few days. Acute, watery diarrhea is usually caused by a virus (viral gastroenteritis.) Medications such as antibiotics and drugs that contain magnesium products are also common offenders. Recent dietary changes can also lead to acute diarrhea. These include intake of coffee, tea, colas, dietetic foods, gums or mints that contain poorly absorbable sugars. Acute bloody diarrhea suggests a bacterial cause like Campylobacter, Salmonella or Shigella. Eating contaminated foods such as ground beef or fresh fruit can cause diarrhea due to E.coli 0157:H7. Diarrhea associated with recent antibiotic use suggests an infection with Clostridium difficile. Most episodes of acute diarrhea resolve quickly and without antibiotic therapy with simple dietary modifications. See a doctor if you feel ill, have bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain or diarrhea lasting more than 48 hours. . ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a rust colored discharge. How do I make it stop? Last month, i was on a birth control that had me bleed for the whole month, when they were over i menstruated normally and then the discharge started to happen. It went away for abo

I've been experiencing a rust colored discharge.  How do I make it stop? Last month, i was on a birth control that had me bleed for the whole month, when they were over i menstruated normally and then the discharge started to happen.  It went away for abo

It : It may be that you need a different formula of birth control pills, with a different combination of estrogen/progesterone. Hormone balance can affect spotting which is what i suspect your discharge is. I am very glad that you had a complete medical evaluation. It would be reasonable to call the physician who saw you and ask about your birth control preparation. Also, the antibiotics can affect the efficacy of the birth control pills. ...Read more

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Could periodic rapid thickening (then splitting and peeling) of skin on tips of all fingers and toes combined with rust colored pits on finger pads indicate an autoimmune problem?

Could periodic rapid thickening (then splitting and peeling) of skin on tips of all fingers and toes combined with rust colored pits on finger pads indicate an autoimmune problem?

Its possible: Rough, thick skin on the finger tips with cracks and discoloration can be related to repeated exposure to chemicals/dry environment. This can also be seen is polymyositis and dermatomyositis which are autoimmune diseases involving primarily the muscles and skin respectively. ...Read more

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I have pcos and take metformin. I am 6dpo and had rust colored spotting last night till this morning. Could this be implantation bleeding?

I have pcos and take metformin. I am 6dpo and had rust colored spotting last night till this morning. Could this be implantation bleeding?

Maybe: It could be implantation bleeding, but this could also be just premenses spotting, which is not uncommon. If you are pregnant, a pregnancy test would already be positive. A home pregnancy test will work just fine if you follow the instructions. ...Read more

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I've had some sneezing, not much cough but this morning when I coughed it tasted like rust maybe. Very bad bowels 2-3 days and sulfur like. Advice?

I've had some sneezing, not much cough but this morning when I coughed it tasted like rust maybe. Very bad bowels 2-3 days and sulfur like. Advice?

Sputum production: Sometimes when you cough, a small blood vessel will break and a little blood gets in the sputum. This will make it have a taste. Producing sputum may mean you have bronchitis. Having GI symptoms along with respiratory symptoms could mean you have the flu. It sounds like you have some type of virus. Most of these are cleared by your immune system in a few days, but see your doctor if you get worse. ...Read more

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My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally... ...Read more

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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more

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I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

Windpipe: This may be an aftermath of tracheal irritation after a viral upper respiratory tract infection which was associated with coughing up mucus. This residual irritation should eventually resolve without antibiotics unless you are coughing up discolored sputum in which case you should consult your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more

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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