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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

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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Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Infection: You have symptoms of infection. Treat with rest, fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are not better, be assessed by your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills.. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills.. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

Listen to your body: You may need to go to urgent care for antibiotics but you also need to stop smoking and adopt a healthy life style that will allow your body to resist infection. Vit d may be deficient and vit c. You may need more sleep, a healthier diet avoiding alcohol, sugar, wheat, and dairy, stress reduction, and exercise. ...Read more

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What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

See PCP: It's probably viral and will probably resolve in 5-7 days, but it is always good to get checked by your pcp or walk in clinic to make sure. ...Read more

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Raspy voice minor sore throat cough every onceawhile produces yellow dark yellow mucus. Sometimes thick.Had fever 101 yesterday gone now. Do i need dr?

Cold or flu: You can take over the counter medicine for cold symptoms. Drink extra fluids and rest. Give it a week to resolve. If you are not getting better or if you are having trouble breathing, then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?

Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?

Well...: The colour of infected secretions is highly variable... Bright yellow or brownish, or bloody all can mean the same... No reason other than the type of bacteria or virus and the area infected ...Read more

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I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and i cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and i cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

Virus: Viral upper respiratory infections usually start in the throat, spread to the nose and in some cases down to the windpipe and bronchial tubes. If symptoms last longer than 10 days or with fever, shaking chills, sweats or worsening cough, antibiotics and a check up for pneumonia are advisable. Until then a mild cough syrup and gargling with warm salt water is soothing. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for mild fever helps. ...Read more

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I have a bad sore throat, hard cough, yellow mucus, chest pains, shortness of breath, and fast pulse.

I have a bad sore throat, hard cough, yellow mucus, chest pains, shortness of breath, and fast pulse.

See a doctor: Suggest you see ahealth care provider for examintion and appropriate 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


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more