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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 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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IM coughing up bright florecent yellow mucous. and my chest is achy. ?

IM coughing up bright florecent yellow mucous. and my chest is achy.

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Get checked: The yellow color of mucous is from an infection - could be viral or bacterial. If you are having chest pains, cough, fever, shortness of breath, then you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

Possibly...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is a possible cause for these symptoms. If a productive cough lasts 3 weeks or longer, it needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If there is shortness of breath, you should be evaluated today, in an er if your doctor can't see you right away! there is no cure for chronic bronchitis but symptoms can be controlled with therapy! ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough that produces thick yellow mucous and my chest is rattling. Suggestions for relief? Can't work or sleep

I have a persistent cough that produces thick yellow mucous and my chest is rattling. Suggestions for relief? Can't work or sleep

Cough: These symptoms can indicated a serious infection. See your doctor for an examination and be treated if necessary. ...Read more

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HI I have had a persistent cough for a long time now and often cough mucous up which is blood stained or contains yellow 'lumps'. this evening i coughed some blood stained mucous with green 'lumps' in?

HI I have had a persistent cough for a long time now and often cough mucous up which is blood stained or contains yellow 'lumps'. this evening i coughed some blood stained mucous with green 'lumps' in?

Bronchitis: When you cough repeatedly and forcefully you may get blood tinged sputum. You need Antibiotic. Please call us on Health Tap Prime for live consult. we can help you. And depending upon previous treatment and other conditions you may also need Xray etc. ...Read more

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Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Yes!: Please see a doctor at a clinic or the emergency room immediately. You need an exam and chest X-ray. You could have a serious lung infection which can be treated such as pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip, 101 temp, cough, bright yellow mucous, dizzy and have pain under the breasts. Could pain be from coughing?

I have post nasal drip, 101 temp, cough, bright yellow mucous, dizzy and have pain under the breasts. Could pain be from coughing?

Cough: This pain could be from coughing by causing over use of the muscles between your ribs , If you have asthma then this coughing may suggest that your asthma is also not well controlled. If you have not seen your doctor with these symptoms you should get an evaluation. ...Read more

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Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Dr. can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). ...Read more

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I woke up coughing and now have a sore throat and my chest feels tight. Before that I have had cough and yellow mucous when i blow my nose.

I woke up coughing  and now have a sore throat and my chest feels tight. Before that I have had cough and yellow mucous when i blow my nose.

Infection: The sudden onset of your symptoms is consistent with an upper respiratory infection. This may be viral or bacterial. You can take decongestants or a sinus rinse for symptomatic relief. If you have worsening symptoms, high fever, or shortness of breath you should see your doctor immediately. You should also see your doctor if your symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Very bad cough for 2 weeks and only getting worse. coughing up thick yellow mucus and this morning a thin green piece of flesh. What’s wrong?

Very bad cough for 2 weeks and only getting worse. coughing up thick yellow mucus and this morning a thin green piece of flesh. What’s wrong?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Cough lasting more than two weeks warrants an investigation. ...Read more

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Yellow mucus that tastes like a wet diaper along with cough?

How do you know...: ...It tastes like a wet diaper? In any case, yellow mucus and cough can be part of a common cold. If it's accompanied by a high fever, severe ear/throat/other pain, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or goes on longer than two weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to cough up yellow mucus for more than 2 weeks?

What could be causing me to cough up yellow mucus for more than 2 weeks?

Possibilities....: Possible causes of this cough include acute bronchitis from either a viral or bacterial cause, especially if the cough is improving. If it is not improving, possible causes include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have dry whoping cough no green or yellow mucus for more than 10 days medicine is not helping how to cure what is it please help me thanks?

I have dry whoping cough no green or yellow mucus for more than 10 days medicine is not helping how to cure what is it please help me thanks?

Could be: Occult asthma. You doctor should be able to tell. In the meantime, try any cough medication otc that has dexttromethorphan, a cough suppressant, in it. Also try humidifying air with hot steam vaporizer. ...Read more

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I have had sinusitis for the past two month now and find that i only have yellow mucus when i cough in the mornings. Is this normal? Thank you!

I have had sinusitis for the past two month now and find that i only have yellow mucus when i cough in the mornings. Is this normal? Thank you!

No: Most cases of sinusitis will resolve without antibiotic treatment. The current recommendation is to use antibiotics only for the most severe and persistant, over 7-10 days duration, cases. 2 months of illness is much too long. I recommend that you get a sinus drainage culture and sensitivity, get sinus x-rays or ct scan and get evaluated for allergic sinusitis. Antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Why does my cough after taste, taste like metal? ( Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

Why does my cough after taste, taste like metal? ( Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

See a doctor: the metal test after a cough could be concerning because sometime it could be the test of iron and that could mean that there is a blood might not be visible in you sputum so my advice go and see a doctor will examine you either will assure you or treat you of course there is a lot of other theory to explain the metal test as well good luck ...Read more

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What does it mean i cough up yellow mucus every morning just mornings i don't feel sick?

What does it mean i cough up yellow mucus every morning just mornings i don't feel sick?

Post nasal drip: During the night, significant amounts of mucus can collect in the upper airway, back of the throat/nose. Upon awakening, the body's response is to expel this mucus to clear the airway. When mucus is exposed to air it is oxidized (turns yellow or green). If it stays discolored, think of infection, if it goes clear during day, think allergy. An allergist can assist in diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What condition would cause someone to have cough up yellow/frothy mucus & become hypoxic during coughing episodes?

What condition would cause someone to have cough up yellow/frothy mucus & become hypoxic during coughing episodes?

Multiple causes: Agree with the other responders. You also have to consider pertussis. You folks in California are having a big problem with pertussis. You are about to hit 7000 cases in 2014. This person needs a thorough evaluations, causes can be cardiac, pulmonary, infectious, etc. etc. etc. ...Read more

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Took co amoxiclav 625 mg for 7 days for sinusitis. Still have symptoms but less like yellow mucus and cough. Should i let it heal itself or go back?

Took co amoxiclav 625 mg for 7 days for sinusitis. Still have symptoms but less like yellow mucus and cough. Should i let it heal itself or go back?

Sinusitis : Can be acute or chronic, it needs to be diagnosed right and treated appropriately so it won't recurr. I'm not sure of the dosage you received of the co amoxiclav, which is one of the indicated medicines for sinusitis, if the 625 mg dose, it should be 3 /day for 10-14 days in acute sinusitis, several more weeks if you have the chronic type.. You did improve some, so continue and see an ENT doctor ...Read more

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If i cough up yellow mucus does that mean infection?

If i cough up yellow mucus does that mean infection?

Productive cough: Hello, not all yellow mucus means infection. It may be normal mucus that has lost it's water content from dehydration. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

If you cough up yellow or green mucus when you have a cold is this bad?

Viral: Colored mucous can be produced by either a viral or a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections are viral and will get better with time and rest. If there is no improvement within 7 days or if the symptoms are very severe then medical attention should be obtained. ...Read more

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My 5 month old is very stuffed up but also draining a lot of yellow and clear mucus. She also has a wet cough. Should I bring her in?

My 5 month old is very stuffed up but also draining a lot of yellow and clear mucus. She also has a wet cough. Should I bring her in?

Sounds like sinus!: Yes you should take her to her doctor. It is very important if this is new or chronic. It sounds like sinusitis. Allergies or infection could be the cause. Is there a smoker in the house? ...Read more

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I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning  after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

Mgt: From your description, the mucus may actually be from post nasal drip. I would advise a nasal rinse at night and in the morning. If the cough continues for more than 2 weeks, or is associated with pain/fever/distress, please see your physician. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for about a week that was producing yellow mucus, now i'm still coughing especially when i talk but rarely produce anything.

Drainage?: Depending on where you live, tree polen counts are very high, causing inflammation of nose, eyes, throat, etc. This causes increased post nasal drip. The discoloration does not necessarily mean you have an infection, but see your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen please. ...Read more

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For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

Bronchitis: Most common cause of coughing up mucus is bronchitis, which usually clears on its own over time. Sinusitis can sometimes cause this if the drainage occurs while sleeping. Mild forms of atypical pneumonia can also cause this.If not better in one week, talk with your doctor again. If short of breath, chest pain, or fever develop, see the doctor right away. ...Read more

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13 year girl has been coughing yellow mucus, 17 days with a cough, 8 days were day and night, now she only coughs in the morning? Bronchitis or not?

13 year girl has been coughing yellow mucus,  17 days with a cough, 8 days were day and night, now she only coughs in the morning? Bronchitis or not?

Cough: She needs to be examined to know the cause of her cough and mucus. This could be sinus, upper respiratory, lung, allergy or asthma. Only by exam can you know the cause. If she is febrile or having problems breathing, seek immediate help. If she is without fever and comfortable, you can wait and see if this resolves on its own. ...Read more

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Had a cough for 1 wk + mucus. It's a lighter yellow now, but the cough is getting stronger and makes me gag and my chest feels tighter. Advise please?

Lower respiratory ?: Sounds like you got an upper respiratory infection characterized by productive cough. Lighter yellow sputums is a sign that it's improving. Thicker mucus/gag may means you're not drinking enough fluids, which is a key part of getting over this. The deep cough and tight chest is concerning and could mean 'wheezing'. Would c ur gp, may need chest x-ray and further treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?

Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a severe deep barking cough with yellow mucus for three weeks now, it started when some started smoking around me. Having trouble breahting?

I have had a severe deep barking cough with yellow mucus for three weeks now, it started when some started smoking around me. Having trouble breahting?

Seek care: Trouble breathing is worrisome.It sounds like either asthmatic bronchitis (a bronchial infection triggering temporary asthma)or possibly even pneumonia.Please see a doctor today.If pneumonia you may need antibiotics. If asthmatic bronchitis an inhaler should help. Most bronchial infections are viral though you may be offered antibiotics. Umcka is an herbal medicine proven effective for bronchitis. ...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