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Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...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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Why coughing up bloody mucus?

Why coughing up bloody mucus?

See doctor...: The most common cause for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy can also cause this and must be ruled out so see your doctor asap. If you are short of breath or coughing up a lot of blood, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

No: Its a good thing you coughed up a thickened plug of mucous that would obstruct an airway. If you have asthma make sure you are under control ...Read more

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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Im coughing up clear stuff?

Im coughing up clear stuff?

Probably noinfect: Clear sputum is usually non infectious post nasal drip that makes its way to your vocal chords. Nasal washes plus Claritin may get rid of it.... That is presuming this is new and temporary. If it has been going on for years you will need a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Be seen: Coughing up mucus can mean many things, including infections, heart failure, or other things. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

Probable Bronchitis: Yellow or green sputum in the morning may indicate a bronchitis. When sputum is in a dark moist space for several hours, it becomes more viscid and changes color from a clear or white to yellow and a green. If one coughs up this type of sputum continuous during the day, it probably means that an active infection is going on and it would be wise to ask a physician to examine you ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more

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Coughing up water?

Coughing up water?

Coughing: Coughing "water" sounds concerning and may be an indication of aspiration occurring during drinking liquids. This would require an evaluation by a speech/swallow therapist and potentially an ent. Coughing in general indicated irritation in the airway at some level between the vocal cords and the lungs themselves. Producing enough fluid of any kind (mucus being common) should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works!' ...Read more

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Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Bacteria versus viru: S. Without running a culture, it is impossible to tell. Certainly thick yellow mucous and a slight cough could be bacterial, but it could also be viral or less commonly parasitic. Best to get checked out if it doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Bronchitis?: Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or nasal bleeding that has drained down the back of throat. Could also be from pneumonia or even pulmonary TB. If no other symptoms & person is otherwise healthy nonsmoker, it's likely viral infection. See a physician if worried or worsening. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up thick yellow mucous, sore throatand have a fever.?

I've been coughing up thick yellow mucous, sore throatand have a fever.?

Bronchitis?: You may have acute bronchitis, caused by an infection of the airways. Treatment may include antibiotics if it is thought to have a bacterial etiology. So, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you are short of breath, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Tight chest coughing continuously and white thick phlegm ?

Tight chest coughing continuously and white thick phlegm ?

Cough: This is too little information. This can be because of an infection or asthma. Also depends if you smoke oor not Please discuss with Gp or call smart health for further discussion ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Cough green stuff: And your question is? Need lots more information to be able to help. Consult with us here. ...Read more

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Coughing sometimes coughing up white mucous and some horasness get slight headache when coughing?

Coughing sometimes coughing up white mucous and some horasness get slight headache when coughing?

White mucus: This coughing up of white mucus along with hoarseness is typical of laryngopharangeal reflux. The mucus actually emanates from the base of your throat and not from the back of the nose or the windpipe. This is difficult to eradicate. Getting a headache from forceful coughing may not have a serious cause unless frequent headaches occur other times also. An otolaryngologist is best to evaluate you. ...Read more

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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...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