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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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Does it matter if a child's nasal snot is green or clear, when he has cold symptoms?

Does it matter if a child's nasal snot is green or clear, when he has cold symptoms?

Nasal congestion: The common wisdom for decades has been that discolored nasal secretiions indicate a bacterial infection requiring antibiotic treatment. It turns out that myeloperoxidase in white blood cells often cause such discoloration in nasal secretions on days 3-6 of many uncomplicated viral infections that will clear spontaneously without antibiotic treatment by day 10-12. Read more

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For 2 months Toddler wakes up each a.m. With fever and lots green snot. Clears up by noon. But tired and weak all day. Bloodwork normal. What gives?

For 2 months Toddler wakes up each a.m. With fever and lots green snot. Clears up by noon. But tired and weak all day. Bloodwork normal. What gives?

Mgt/M.D. visit: Your toddler has been having fever and green nasal discharge for two months, with normal bloodwork. There can still be an infection of the sinus passages. I would recommend treatment with an antibiotic such as Amoxil, dosed for his weight, and follow up with your pediatrician. Your physician will also assess whether there is a lung or ear infection. 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

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Had sinus surgery to clear infection. Rinsing twice daily, I have green/bloody snot. Pain in forehead, watery eyes. Pus zit in nose. Should I worry?

Had sinus surgery to clear infection. Rinsing twice daily, I have green/bloody snot. Pain in forehead, watery eyes. Pus zit in nose. Should I worry?

Sinus surgery: You better see your surgeon, as it depends, if you are immediately post operative, the bloody discharge can be expected, if later and still having bloody and green discharge better communicate that to the treating doctor, keep rinsing though Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. Read more

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Is thick, clear mucus anything to be concerned about 3 wks after a septoplasty? No yellow, no green - just clear but thick.

Is thick, clear mucus anything to be concerned about 3 wks after a septoplasty? No yellow, no green - just clear but thick.

Unlikely: This is unlikely to be a sign of a problem. It could be due to improved drainage from the sinus. You likely have to see your surgeon soon, so make note of how much is draining and whether it is increasing or decreasing. Read more

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I have had a cold with lots of liquidy mucus for 10 days now. It feels like a neverending stream of mucus clear and sometimes yellow/ green.?

I have had a cold with lots of liquidy mucus for 10 days now. It feels like a neverending stream of mucus clear and sometimes yellow/ green.?

Viral -->> bacterial: It seems like you had a viral infection and then eventually went on to get a bacterial one. Please visit your physician so they can prescribe the proper medication to take care of it. Read more

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I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes I cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes I cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

Cough: If you have a cough with sputum production then you have bronchitis-possibly chronic obstructive bronchitis (COPD) given smoking history. Cough however is often multifactorial and can be worse at night due to gerd/reflux or post nasal drip or aspiration or even irritant exposure (such as from sleeping on down pillows/sleeping with pets/etc) to name a few. Read more

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After having a cold 3 weeks ago I have had a constant cough, starting with green mucus and now it is clear. I get asthma when sick?

After having a cold 3 weeks ago I have had a constant cough, starting with green mucus and now it is clear. I get asthma when sick?

Persistent Cough: If you have underlying asthma a common cold or viral URI can definitely cause an exacerbation leading to persistent cough. There are other reasons for persistent cough as well including pneumonia or post-viral cough that can persist for weeks. Follow up with primary doctor for further evaluation and treatment. If asthma exacerbation you might need an oral steroid course to alleviate symptoms. Read more

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I took a shower and in the shower started coughing up a clear mucus, with brown/grey specks. In mornings thick green mucus comes out my nose too.

I took a shower and in the shower started coughing up a clear mucus, with brown/grey specks. In mornings thick green mucus comes out my nose too.

See a Dr for exam: If this is a known seasonal allergy, either use your usual OTC treatment or see the Dr. That will help tell if there is anything else involved. I hope you feel better soon! 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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Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

See your doctor!!: Blood in sputum should always be evaluated. Depending on your age, there is always concern that blood may represent something serious. It is most frequently just inflammation from smoking, but more serious conditions, particularly cancer (in older individuals with longer smoking histories) must be ruled out. Cough and sputum production may be present for 1-2 months after stopping. Congrats!! 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