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Coughing Up Thick Green Phlegm
I have left shoulder tip pain which is worse when I cough, a headache for three days and coughing up thick green phlegm every day for months now.?
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
After 2 weeks of shortness of breath I was coughing up thick green phlegm for two days. Now yesterday I couldn't cough phlegm but coughed 1 tsp of blood. Saw doc two days before says viral. Still sob.?
See your PCP: Please see your pcp or go to emergency room. Asap. ...Read more
Woke up with a sore throat and dry cough (no phlegm.) no fever. 4 days later, sore throat coughing up thick green phlegm. No congestion and no fever!
Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.
I had pneumonia for 8 weeks last Fall. Took antibiotics; infection gone but still coughing up thick, green phlegm all day, every day. What is this???
I've had a cough for over a month now maybe since the first week of January and also coughing up a thick dark green phlegm with dark bits in it.
Cough: You should be seen in person by someone for an exam. ...Read more
I haven't been feeling well last few days coughing up thick brown and green phlegm within the same hour something new for me all my life?
I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should I be concerned?
I'm coughing up brown and green thick phlegm in the morn. It's hard to get it out, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, stuffed nose, shortness breath?
It seems U have infe: U need to see your PCP for evaluation and work up and remeber to do a lung x ray, . ...Read more
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Congestion.: In general this could represent allergies or infection, the latter usually being related to the throat, sinuses or lungs. An evaluation by a physician would be wise, as treatment may be necessary, or at least helpful. ...Read more
Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?
See below: Acute viral bronchitis can give a productive cough with yellow/green sputum lasting several weeks. Pain on deep breath may be due to chest wall strain from coughing. However it can be a sign of pneumonia, particularly if you have fever or shortness of breath. You would have to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment if concerned. ...Read more
43, coughing>5wks in morning/night, after antibiotic phlegm change from green 2 clear but still thick&feel chest congested&tightnessOf breath. Cough wors?
No fever, nasal congestin subsiding, thick green phlegm coighing up, pain in back of neck by glands, no fever, rattle cough?
Congestion: Green phlegm does not always mean an acute bacterial infection, i.e. the type in which you need antibiotics. Often smoldering viral infections end in this way. However, if it persists, recurs after symptoms are almost gone, or you begin developing a fever then definitely have it checked. In the meantime, treat the symptoms. ...Read more
Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.
See a doctor: It sounds like you have seen doctors. How you can be sure you do not have an allergy is beyond me. Suggest that you try nasal saline rinses twice a day with a neti-pot (see your pharmacist), and perhaps combine that with a nasal steroid spray. If you are a smoker or around second hand smoke, stop. The material you bring up needs to be examined, and you need a face to face with a caring doctor. ...Read more
Very painful productive cough x2 days. Thick yellow/green sputum. Chest feels tight and hurts. No head cold sx. Malaise, fatigued. When to worry?
I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.
Very sore throat. Slightly inflamed. Thick green mucus and congestion. Productive cough. High fevers. Began with fever and sore throat.
Been sick, sore throat, sniffles, pressure when I bend head forward, dry cough at night, sometimes productive cough with thick green mucus?
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
Neither rice nor milk causes phlegm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. ...Read more
Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more
I have a cough that produces green phlegm and when I lay on either side I hear like a whistling noise what is it?
Wheezes: Wheezes are high pitched sounds coming from mucus filled airway. The force of air through mucus creates the sound of wheeze, like a wind instrument.. ...Read more
I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?
Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more
When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?
Almost certainly: It's actually a controversial area. There's "are you going to die from it" and that's thankfully rare unless someone has a lot of other health problems or over age 70. Then, there's will I have a better life from taking antibiotics. Again, controversial. First, we tend to forget to give anti-inflammatory respiratory meds (monteluekast, maybe inhalers) ...Read more
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
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