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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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Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

For how long?: You have acute bronchitis. Most likely viral but sometimes bacterial. Pneumonia is also a possibility. Do you have fever? You should see your doc if you're not getting better. ...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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A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

Night time cough: Coughing at night could be due to a number of conditions, including acid reflux, sleep apnea, asthma, and heart problems. A primary care physician would be able to help determine the cause. ...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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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