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What can it indicate coughing up yellow stringy phlegm, my chest is tight, feels as tho I've been punched in chest & back.

What can it indicate coughing up yellow stringy phlegm, my chest is tight, feels as tho I've been punched in chest & back.

Bronchitis: This sounds like bronchitis. If you have been coughing a lot, then the pain in chest and back is due to this. The yellow just sign of infection. If it becomes chronic, you may need treatment, but most bronchitis will resolve without antibiotics within a few weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I have been diagnosed with bronchitis as of Sunday. I've started coughing up yellow stringy, spaghetti like phlegm. I don't have a fever but have sweats and chills. I have tightness in my chest and pain on the right side.

I have been diagnosed with bronchitis as of Sunday. I've started coughing up yellow stringy, spaghetti like phlegm. I don't have a fever but have sweats and chills. I have tightness in my chest and pain on the right side.

Pneumonia?: Suggest that you make sure that you do not have pneumonia. The bronchitis can present as you describe but you might want to see if you have had a chest xray. If not and you feel this bad I would ask to get one so that the pneumonia is ruled out. ...Read more

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Been down for about 3 days. Painful cough w/stringy thick yellow phlegm. Low fever 100.6 Painful joints. Head pressure. No vomit. What could it be?

Been down for about 3 days. Painful cough w/stringy thick yellow phlegm. Low fever 100.6 Painful joints. Head pressure. No vomit. What could it be?

Mgt/workup: Your symptoms may be related to a viral illness, including influenza. If your joints are swollen or red, I would suggest a visit with your doctor. If you have a sore throat, then a strep test can be obtained at that time. ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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What is best for cough with phlegm.

What is best for cough with phlegm.

Robitussin: I would recommend doing a sinus wash so that you get rid of the mucous, maybe using mucinex or robitussin. ...Read more

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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...Read more

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Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Morning Phlegm: Think of gravity as your friend during the daytime when all the phlegm drains down but when you lay down at night, gravity is not your friend and those sinuses fill up with fluid. Then you wake up and gravity pulls everything down the back of your throat. ...Read more

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I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

Normal: Yes, respiratory infections by some viruses might take longer to recuperate and cause cough for several weeks after acute infections. ...Read more

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Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Excess phlegm with cough which has never happened to me before. How do I stop this?

Diagnosis first...: Before this cough can be treated, the cause needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include acute bronchitis from an infection of the airways, chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, bronchospasm with airway inflammation, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. The treatments for these are all different so you need to see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

Hard to tell: Perhaps seeing a doctor to listen to your lungs , check you head, ears , eyes, nose throat and vital signs will determine if you have a virus or pneumonia. Good luck ...Read more

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Hi, i have been coughing for a few days, full of phlegm inside but i couldn't cough them out, what can I do?

Hi, i have been coughing for a few days, full of phlegm inside but i couldn't cough them out, what can I do?

Steam inhalation: Try steam inhalation to loosen up the phlegm. You may also try an over the counter medication like Mucinex (guaifenesin). 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. 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. ...Read more

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I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what i personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...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. Sue Ferranti
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