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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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Bronchitis with green phlegm from chest & green snot for 2 weeks. Dark brown mucus in the mornings. How long is it normal for the mucus to stay dark?

Bronchitis with green phlegm from chest & green snot  for 2 weeks. Dark brown mucus in the mornings. How long is it normal for the mucus to stay dark?

Without knowing: More i would say that "bronchitis" for 2 weeks needs evaluation. Possibly xray depending on physical exam. Wish i could offer more but with this limited info i would rec you see your dr. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up green mucus and my chest is starting to hurt more everyday! what do you suggest?

Visit the doctor: These could indicate sinusitis or even pneumonia or they could come with a viral flu, but it is definitely time to get it checked out' as you are now having chest pain. ...Read more

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Chest feels heavy and coughing up yellow/green mucus. What to do?

Chest feels heavy and coughing up yellow/green mucus. What to do?

See your doctor : Depending on how long this has been going on will help to determine whether this infection that you have is viral or bacterial. The answer will help to determine whether you will need and benefit from an antibiotic. The fact that the mucus is discolored does not mean that it is bacterial. That decision is based on a variety of factors including how long your symptoms have been going on. ...Read more

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I have experienced chest congestion for est 6 weeks now, have taken mucinex dm mucus is green in color..pls advise?

I have experienced chest congestion for est 6 weeks now, have taken mucinex dm mucus is green in color..pls advise?

See doctor: You should see a doctor, get an exam, likely need a chest X-ray and your doctor may consider antibiotics as 6 weeks is a long time. But start by seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi past couple of days I've had a cold and i had clear jelly like mucus now its yellowy green and my chest is very tight? Do i need to see a doc?

Hi past couple of days I've had a cold and i had clear jelly like mucus now its yellowy green and my chest is very tight?  Do i need to see a doc?

Likely need to: Since the color of your sputum has changed and your chest is tight, means that you need to seea physician, urgent if you have a fever. ...Read more

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My chest hurts I have a cough with green mucus and am super tired I also am diabetic and this cough ghing has been going on for three weeks help!?!

My chest hurts I have a cough with green mucus and am super tired I also am diabetic and this cough ghing has been going on for three weeks help!?!

PNEUMONIA SIGNS: These are pneumonia signs: fatigue, cough with phlegm, and chest pain (especially with breathing=called pleuritic pain). Its is time to get seen, get a chest xray and start treatment right away! having diabetes makes you immunocompromised and more susceptible to pneumonia (a Pneumovax shot is recommended for all diabetics) hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. For about 4 weeks I've been coughing a lot with a tickle in my chest. When mucus it's either white/very light green or clear and bubbly.

Hello Doctor. For about 4 weeks I've been coughing a lot with a tickle in my chest. When mucus it's either white/very light green or clear and bubbly.

Exam needed: Your symptoms may be due to a lower respiratory tract infection,which could include bronchitis, pneumonia or bronchiectasis, and in view of the month long duration, I recommend that a physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests, which will most likely include a chest xray, will be ordered. ...Read more

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I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

Chest cough: It depends, have you have the cough for a while? Was the green mucus something new? You might have simple upper respiratory infection, however if not better or symptoms get worse then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Chst pain undr lower armpit & s/o chest for 3+weeks, now deep pressure w/o cough but a few sddn urges to cough up smthng, it's drk green mucus, cncrn?

Chst pain undr lower armpit & s/o chest for 3+weeks, now deep pressure w/o cough but a few sddn urges to cough up smthng, it's drk green mucus, cncrn?

Ee your physician: 3+ week is too long to feel sick. Whether the problem is chronic bronchitis, asthma, or another problem, it's time to see your physician. An examination, a chest X-ray and appropriate tests should get to the cause of the problem and to proper treatment ...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