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Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Cough: It means there's some irritation. Need to figure out where it is and what's causing it. If you're a febrile you likely don't need to worry. If it persists, see your doctor. ...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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Aspergillosis, cough up white mucus in water with sack that grows white furry cocoons. What could it be?

Aspergillosis, cough up white mucus in water with sack that grows white furry cocoons. What could it be?

Lung doctor: So have you been diagnosed with aspergillosis already or you think you have it based on your symptoms? At any rate, you need to get it checked. See your doctor first, they may recommend a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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For the last 4 weeks I've had a dry cough. Two weeks ago, I started coughing up white mucus, and last week I started coughing so hard I would vomit.

For the last 4 weeks I've had a dry cough. Two weeks ago, I started coughing up white mucus, and last week I started coughing so hard I would vomit.

Mgt: I would recommend that you see your PCP. Some possible causes include bronchitis, pneumonia and reactivity of the airway. Please avoid smoke exposure, stay well hydrated and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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My lungs are burning, especially when i smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

My lungs are burning, especially when i smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

Stop smoking: Its your lungs telling you to stop smoking. Maybe other words for it (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc., ), but it really boils down to the first thought. ...Read more

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I asked this earlier and no answer i'm coughing up white mucus and when i bend over or turn two quick i get really light headed like imgoingtopassout?

I asked this earlier and no answer i'm coughing up white mucus and when i bend over or turn two quick i get really light headed like imgoingtopassout?

2 problems: Clear mucous doesn't mean anything serious. May be asthma or allergies. The feeling of passing out may be just the water in the ears or something more serious. Both problems needs to be checked out with the dr's visit. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow/white mucus, sore throat and glands around neck. Been 15 days & not better. What could cause throat to be sore for this long?

Coughing up yellow/white mucus, sore throat and glands around neck. Been 15 days & not better. What could cause throat to be sore for this long?

Need throat culture: Although the symptoms may still be due to a viral infection, it is time for you to obtain a throat culture to specifically determine if you have a bacterial infection of the throat and obtain specific antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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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