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Coughing Up Yellow Green Phlegm
Symptoms started 8 days ago. Sore throat, on/off. No fever. Coughing up yellow-green phlegm esp. In the mornings. Recently, blood in sputum. See doc?
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
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
What should I do for a strong congested cough with lots of phlegm sometimes green and yellow. Post nasal drip non stop. Worse at night no fever?
Depends: If the symptoms outlined have been going on for longer than 10-14 days, then this could be consistent with a sinus infection and likely benefit from antibiotics. If symptom duration is less than 10 days, then rest, fluids, chicken soup, etc until the illness runs its course. ...Read more
Asthmatic with yellow/green phlegm and chesty cough, should I see doctor or ride it out? Lungs feel half full so breathing shallow and pf reduced
I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood.. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?
Take as prescribed: This sounds like a potentially serious infection, maybe even pneumonia. "Afraid to take" azithromycin (Zpak) is not rational; it is a very safe antibiotic with few side effects. Not treating your infection is MUCH riskier than any potential problem from the antibiotic. Take it as prescribed; if you remain concerned, discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more
I have a heavy cough thats producing yellow/green phlegm, extreme sweating, my ears have been ringing. Is this brochitis or pneumonia?
Infection : Sounds like a possible sinus infection. Only way to know is by seeing a doctor. ...Read more
I have had a sore throat for a week now and a cough which green and yellow phlegm come up also my cough taste funny ?
Be assessed: Determine the cause and if you need treatment. All the best. ...Read more
Hi, just before Christmas I had the flu.This more or less went away but then I developed a cough which lasted a few weeks. I was bringing up green/yellow phlegm.Seen doctor twice who said it's viral.lungs sounded good and was prescribed cough suppressant.
I have lost voice, sore throat, sore right calf, yellow/green phlegm, cough. Any idea what i have?
Sounds like a virus: But your sore right calf does not fit into a viral uri. That may need to be looked at separately. Did you have trauma? Is the leg swollen? If it keeps up, see a doctor and get this looked at. ...Read more
I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?
Mgt: I would suggest drinking fluids, rest and if you have a fever for more than one day, seeing your PCP. You may have bronchitis, Most bronchitic infections are viral but some should be treated with a course of antibiotics. If you have lung disease, smoke, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please see your ED right away. ...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