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Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Cough: After 2 weeks of your coughing, it is time to go in and have it evaluated. Your cough could be due to many things, so it is important to find out why. If you have high fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or difficulty breathing make sure you get in to be evaluated right away. Take care.

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 had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

I had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

Not HIV or other STD: No STD causes cough, nasal congestion, or other cold symptoms. Neither does HIV. Acute HIV symptoms, when they occur, are sore throat, headache, muscle aches, inflamed lymph nodes, and rash -- but not cough, runny nose, sinus symptoms, etc. Almost certainly you just have a cold or allergy, not related to any sexual exposure (unless your partner also had a cold). No worries, no need for testing!

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For the last 6 mnths I have a really dry cough and have gel like balls that come up with the cough, usually worse in the morning but occurs thru out?

For the last 6 mnths I have a really dry cough and have gel like balls that come up with the cough, usually worse in the morning but occurs thru out?

Evaluation: This is not normal. The cause of chronic cough could be something in the lungs, heart or gastrointestinal tract such as reflux. A medical evaluation is essential to determine the actual cause

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Dry cough 7 days - some clear mucous, feel wheeze and crackles. Cough at end of exhale. Breathless and tired. Cephalexin for 5 days no help. Worried

Dry cough 7 days - some clear mucous, feel wheeze and crackles. Cough at end of exhale. Breathless and tired. Cephalexin for 5 days no help. Worried

Should pass: New onset cough, even with a wheeze, is most commonly a transient issue due to low-grade, often viral, illness affecting the respiratory tract. Cough generally lingers the longest. If you are worried or have other concerning symptoms, see your doctor as the list of potential causes (other than the above) is long.

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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 :).

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For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

? Sinusitis: Can start as viral, then bacteria would kick in later causing secondary infection and lingering symptoms as what you described, you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or seek a second opnion, it's your right, as you may need antibiotics

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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.

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

Possibilities...: If this has been going on for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. If it has been going on for less than that, it is likely acute bronchitis. Your doctor needs to evaluate you so treatment can be initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit immediately and your doctor can also help with this goal.

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Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Dry coughs are just as common as wet coughs. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor.

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I'm not sure but is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Sounds normal: Sounds pretty normal to me. You could treat the cough with some over the counter cough medicines. Lots of fluids, lots of rest.

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this.

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Hi am having a dry cough with itching and mucus but when I cough it does not come up. What could it be?

Hi am having a dry cough with itching and mucus but when I cough it does not come up. What could it be?

Cough: Could be having airway irritation from post nasal drip which often causes cough-nonproductive and productive. Could be developing a respiratory tract infection and just not test able to expectorate/cough anything up.

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Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing. If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A virtual consult is available by appt. For further management.

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Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Cough: The productive nature of the cough is related to the cause. The status of your HIV can increase the likelihood that your cough is due to an opportunistic infection and not just to you having hiv.

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For 4 days I have had a dry cough with a heavy feeling in my chest and a constant need to cough feels like my chest is full of mucus. Normal breathing?

For 4 days I have had a dry cough with a heavy feeling in my chest and a constant need to cough feels like my chest is full of mucus. Normal breathing?

Dry cough: This may be a viral upper respiratory tract infection involving the trachea (windpipe). If your home is too dry, get a humidifier, drink liquids, and try an expectorant cough syrup to try to loosen secretions. See a physician if symptoms persist, or if fever, breathlessness, chest pain, wheezing develop.

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Coughing dry mucus, dry cough after, worst in the morning. 28 yrs old.

Coughing dry mucus, dry cough after, worst in the morning. 28 yrs old.

Cough: There are multiple causes of cough. You may have bronchitis, or post nasal drip from sinus/nasal congestion. Allergies to pollen, dust or mold may also cause cough. Also, stomach acid reflux sometimes causes cough. Check your temperature and consider an allergy medicine such as Zyrtec D, or a cough medicine like Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM.

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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


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Dry Cough (Definition)

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