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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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Coughing up mucus from lungs. Its yellowish green and it tastes horrible. Does that mean it's bacterial or viral?

Coughing up mucus from lungs. Its yellowish green and it tastes horrible. Does that mean it's bacterial or viral?

Productive cough: We used to think that colored mucus was a sure sign of a bacterial infection, but that is not always the case. Often, discolored mucus may be draining from the sinuses vs the lungs. Get an evaluation if this persists. ...Read more

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I am bringing up green mucus, no illness or fever, but it tastes like infection. Can you have lung infection without being sick etc.I do have COPD.

I am bringing up green mucus, no illness or fever, but it tastes like infection. Can you have lung infection without being sick etc.I do have COPD.

Green mucus : it's possible to have an infection but not be very sick from it. You would need a basic evaluation with an exam and probably some tests. ...Read more

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This wicked virus is causing green mucus now in my nose along with my lungs. Why is my heart rate in the 80-90s and O2 in the low 90s? Thanks!

This wicked virus is causing green mucus now in my nose along with my lungs. Why is my heart rate in the 80-90s and O2 in the low 90s? Thanks!

Get seen...: If your oxygen is low this is most likely something more complicated than an upper respiratory tract infection. It could be a pneumonia but no way to tell for sure until you see a doctor. I would suggest to go to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Cough/throat irritation (NO sore throat or any other symptoms), sometimes green mucus comes out, Dr said lungs clear. Over 3 weeks duration. What is?

Cough/throat irritation (NO sore throat or any other symptoms), sometimes green mucus comes out, Dr said lungs clear. Over 3 weeks duration. What is?

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 and review the story to see if sinusitis or reflux might be a cause). ...Read more

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The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

Not directly: Excess mucous in the lungs could be associated with chronic sinus disease (a cause of headaches) or cough (severe coughing can lead to headaches). ...Read more

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Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Yes: Lungs particularly bronchus's job is to produce mucus. The bronchial tubes have goblet cell which produce mucus. In chronic bronchitis, the goblet cells produce a lot more mucus. Mucus is a normal healthy function of lungs. Mucus traps bacteria, dust, etc. Mucus with the cilia forms escalator which brings the mucus from the bottom of lungs to throat and then swallowed to the stomach. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs get mucus in my lungs when i rat something sweet?

Nerves: When you eat, particularly if something cold, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated and this has the side effect of cuasing mucus glands to be more active. This is a stronger response in some than in others and is a normal response. ...Read more

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What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago. ?

What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago. ?

Don't know: How can you see the constant sticky clear mucus, forming on the surface of your lungs everyday for 3 months? This is medically impossible.Thanks. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more