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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

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Cough green stuff: And your question is? Need lots more information to be able to help. Consult with us here. ...Read more

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Caught virus 4 times this winter & keeps coming back, its now spring and thought was over it now its moved into my chest hurts to swallow. Blocked/runny nose, coughing yellow/green phlegm, chest pain.

Caught virus 4 times this winter & keeps coming back, its now spring and thought was over it now its moved into my chest hurts to swallow. Blocked/runny nose, coughing yellow/green phlegm, chest pain.

Possible pneumonia: Yellow green phlegm with mentioned symptoms suggest the bacteria pneumonia infection this time. Please see your doctor for cxr, cbc, sputum for culture & sensitivity, fungal studies, good physical examination and appropriate treatment. Thanks. ...Read more

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Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

More than cold: What you described is more than a cold. Is is possible that you a mild form of pneumonia and it would be prudent to see your doctor. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without examining you.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

This is a question: For a medical doctor--pulmonologist, GP, even an ENT. Not smoking for a year suggests that your lungs are probably in much better shape than your symptoms suggest. An X-ray or CT might be good. You need a thorough diagnostic. ...Read more

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Having chest infection n taking anti biotics last day. Suddenly green phlegm reduced by 90% today surprisingly but feel slight chestdiscomfort. Normal?

Having chest infection n taking anti biotics last day. Suddenly green phlegm reduced by 90% today surprisingly but feel slight chestdiscomfort. Normal?

Chest Infection: It seems you are getting better, if there is no cough and phlegm has cleared. Then just watch and see if it goes away, if not follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up yellow green chunky phlegm for over a week. My chest is heaving and hurts. Also my stomach and back hurt when breathing deep?

I have been coughing up yellow green chunky phlegm for over a week. My chest is heaving and hurts. Also my stomach and back hurt when breathing deep?

Doctor can evaluate: A cough that's not getting better should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, to see if there is an infection (viral, bacterial, mycoplasma, etc...), an allergy problem (various medications are helpful), an asthma problem (can consider trying asthma medicines such as inhalers), stomach reflux, a heart problem, some other lung disorder, etc... ...Read more

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I have had a chest infection and runny nose for a week and now I'm coughing up green phlegm. What could be causing this?

I have had a chest infection and runny nose for a week and now I'm coughing up green phlegm. What could be causing this?

Post viral infection: Sometimes a cold (virus) leads to a secondary infection. Wait another day or two if any fever or worsening symptoms call your doctor you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Headache, fever, aches and pains all over. Fatigue, very painful chest with cough. Loads of phlegm being coughed up, yellow/green in colour.?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have serious chest infection. See your doctor asap before your condition deteriorates any further. ...Read more

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I've had a cold. I feel on icy steps. Went to ED they did chest X-ray and ct. Two days later I coughed and felt a pop on the ribs on my right side. Side I fell on. Now I'm coughing drk green phlegm.?

I've had a cold. I feel on icy steps. Went to ED they did chest X-ray and ct. Two days later I coughed and felt a pop on the ribs on my right side. Side I fell on. Now I'm coughing drk green phlegm.?

Ouch: You could have a broken portion if your chest wall where the cartlidge attached to the ribs, and this won't be seen on x-ray. No treatment other that time and loring your activities based on pain. The phlegm is probably from your cold - viral infection. It should run its course too. ...Read more

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I’ve had a fever and a productive cough now for 5 days. Negative for flu and chest X-ray normal. Pinkish and green phlegm. Finished zpack with no change in symptoms. What could this be and what tests should I ask for next?

I’ve had a fever and a productive cough now for 5 days. Negative for flu and chest X-ray normal. Pinkish and green phlegm. Finished zpack with no change in symptoms. What could this be and what tests should I ask for next?

Mgt: If you are still producing sputum, please see your PCP for a sputum culture, screening for Strep and other bacterial causes. If there is a prolonged viral illness, inflammatory changes may occur in the airway, and the need for an anti inflammatory drug can be evaluated.
A virtual appointment may be helpful to you and your PCP. Your medical record and chest Radiograph result may be uploaded. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

Take as prescribed: This sounds like a potentially serious infection, maybe even pneumonia. "Afraid to take" azithromycin (Zpak) is not rational; it is a very safe antibiotic with few side effects. Not treating your infection is MUCH riskier than any potential problem from the antibiotic. Take it as prescribed; if you remain concerned, discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Hi I have Graves' disease with various problems. Eye disease also nd my sinuses are a real problem but I have chest pain green phlegm nd nausea???

Hi I have Graves' disease with various problems. Eye disease also nd my sinuses are a real problem but I have chest pain green phlegm nd nausea???

Pneumonia?: Do you have a fever? It's possible you have pneumonia with the symptoms of chest pain. Chest pain can also indicate a cardiac problem. You need to contact your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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Woke up with slight sore throat. No fever or other symptoms. Sore throat for 1 day. Dry cough. Tight chest. This morning coughed up lime green phlegm.

Woke up with slight sore throat. No fever or other symptoms. Sore throat for 1 day. Dry cough. Tight chest. This morning coughed up lime green phlegm.

Give it time: It sounds like you have an upper respiratory tract infection. Give it a few days. If you continue to worsen past 4 or 5 days of symptoms, then you may need an antibiotic. Of course, if you have any trouble breathing, you should get to the doc right away. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Sinus congestion and pain, pain left ear, slight fever, post nasal drip, cough, headache, chest and back pain, lost voice, sore throat, green phlegm?

Sinus congestion and pain, pain left ear, slight fever, post nasal drip, cough, headache, chest and back pain, lost voice, sore throat, green phlegm?

Viral infection: Probably an old fashioned cold that you should treat with over the counter cold meds for 3-5 days. If no improvement, see your doctor! ...Read more

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Can u tell me what colour flem is to be infectus I have jus had a cold and left with flem on my chest it is green is that infectus or not thank u?

Doesn't matter: While it would be nice if a particular color of phlegm suggested bacterial infection (and classically you think green phlegm was bad), in actuality it's not so helpful. What is more important are what symptoms you have now; do you have fever, chills? Shortness of breath? If not, then it's probably just residual airway irritation after the cold. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been coughing over a week. Green frothy phlegm. Lower lung pain in back. Coughing makes me dizzy. Usually low temp but raised slightly?

See doc today!: Don’t know your age, but this is a serious lung infection and needs to be fully evaluated and treated aggressively. Get going to, your doc or Emergency room now. Do not go, to, those drug store clinics for, this serious problem, as it needs work up, not just an antibiotic alone ...Read more

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Have I got lung cancer coughing up tiny bit of blood with green phlegm it's happened 4 times have got a cold and cough I'm scared?

Have I got lung cancer coughing up tiny bit of blood with green phlegm it's happened 4 times have got a cold and cough I'm scared?

Low likelihood: After your Upper respiratory episode ends be Checked by PCP and may need X-ray.

If you are a smoker, heavy smoker, positive family history, weight loss and recurrent spells, then the risk of CANCER rises. ...Read more

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Have dry snot in nose and I bring up phlegm mostly clear but sometimes is green and also have shortness of breath ache behind breastbone?

Have dry snot in nose and I bring up phlegm mostly clear but sometimes is green and also have shortness of breath ache behind breastbone?

A few possibilities: What you describe could be related to different things including but not limited to Allergies with post-nasal drip, Asthma associated with allergies, Bronchitis, Sinusitis/Sinus infection, or even a Pneumonia. You should definitely see your doctor who will listen to your lungs to help determine this, especially if you have any fevers or see any blood. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

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