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White stringy mucus for 1yr with persistent cough from deep in chest. Very tired. & weak. What could this be?

White stringy mucus for 1yr with persistent cough from deep in chest. Very tired. & weak. What could this be?

Exam: A year is too long and this requires examination, xrays and pulnomary function studues. Never ignore a cough for more than 3 weeks! make your appointment now! ...Read more

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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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I've had a cough for a while but I'm not sick just feel congested with mucus ?

I've had a cough for a while but I'm not sick just feel congested with mucus ?

Cough: Use over the counter delsym for the cough. Any times the coughs are due to allergies. You may want to try am antihistimine over the counter like Claritin (loratadine) or the nasalcort steroid spray. The steroid spray is the best choice and most efficacious. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough ?

Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough

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See a Dr!: Depending on the level of difficulty, you may need to go to the ER, or at least give your Dr a call! Sometimes people can have a heart attack, and their only complaint is difficulty breathing, so don't ignore this! If it is just mild difficulty and has been developing gradually it is probably not an emergency. Things like emphysema, adult onset asthma can also cause difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

More info: Sorry, there is no question associated with your problem. Fyi the questions you submit are not connected and thus if you had another question regarding this issue we can't see it. Please resubmit :). ...Read more

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My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally... ...Read more

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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more

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I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and theres still mucus, but it doesnt do it on its own, will it go away?

Windpipe: This may be an aftermath of tracheal irritation after a viral upper respiratory tract infection which was associated with coughing up mucus. This residual irritation should eventually resolve without antibiotics unless you are coughing up discolored sputum in which case you should consult your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up mucus

Why do I cough up mucus

Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up worm like mucus?

Why do I cough up worm like mucus?

Cough: A productive cough can be from postnasal drip, pneumonia and bronchitis. Reflux can lead to a productive cough, but it is usually a dry cough. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What can it be when you cough blood in mucus?

What can it be when you cough blood in mucus?

From 0 to 60----: It could be nothing OR it could be something. If you have risk factors for any type of lung cancer such as smoking, or inhalation of second hand smoke from those around you, work, etc. then, this could be important. You should capture some mucus in a sterile jar 3 times and see if you can find any more blood and take that in to your doctor for analysis. Chest X-ray to be done as well. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a mucus cough?

Need diagnosis...: Before a cough can be treated, first the cause of the cough must be identified. If your cough is less than 3 weeks duration, it could be acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. If due to bacteria, antibiotics may be needed. If the cough is of longer duration, possible etiology includes bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination. See your doctor to diagnose and treat your cough. ...Read more

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What cause of cough mucus blood from mouth ?

What cause of  cough mucus blood from mouth ?

Cold: There are sources of blood, like the stomach, the lungs and the nose and posterior pharynx. In time of cold or upper respiratory infection, there is mucous which is thicker than the plasma. This draws the fluid from the blood vessels in the nose and the pharynx which are to the surface and they can pop and hence you cough up blood. If possible other causes, please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more

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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

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What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

Mucus: Simplest thing is a mucus thinner called 'mucolytic' such as regular Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin). Active ingredient is Guaifenesin which is very safe. Also drink plenty of fluids (water) to thin secretions while taking Guaifenesin and making it easier to cough out. Ask yourself why you are having a productive cough, and address the cause itself if possible. For example, quit smoking. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...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