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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...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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How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

Treatment...: If you have symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, decreased appetite, body aches, cold symptoms, etc., then you most likely have acute bronchitis which is treated w/ antibiotics. If you have no other symptoms, then it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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How come I cough up phlegm?

How come I cough up phlegm?

Possibilities...: If you have a productive cough chronically, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD typically caused by smoking. You should see your doctor as this can be treated and symptoms lessened. If you still smoke, smoking cessation is also needed and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Woke up this am, congested, coughing up clear phlegm (taste bad)& a vapor like when.Breathing out in the cold .Very hard to breathe.

URI: Call your doctor if your symptoms seem severe... If "hard to breath" means lungs, see someone right away. Pneumonia is still a dangerous disease that requires treatment even if it starts out as a virus. ...Read more

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Bronchitis and hurts when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

Bronchitis and hurts when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

Acute bronchitis.: This does sound consistent with acute bronchitis, with that pleuritic type chest pain and productive cough. Are you being treated? 95% of the time acute bronchitis is viral, but steroids usually help eradicate the infection quickly. Sometimes antibiotics are needed. If this has been going on for more than a few days, seek treatment. ...Read more

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I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?

Mgt: I would suggest drinking fluids, rest and if you have a fever for more than one day, seeing your PCP. You may have bronchitis, Most bronchitic infections are viral but some should be treated with a course of antibiotics. If you have lung disease, smoke, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please see your ED right away. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

Typical : Phlegm can change from yellow to white. Many times, infection can look dark yellow, dark green, dark brown. If you have drastic worsening of phlegm or even blood, you should definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Asthma hurt when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

Asthma hurt when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

See your doctor: With this description, don't expect Ny help online, go to your doctor, urgent care or ER, get seen today, best wishes ...Read more

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Woke up because I couldn't breathe and couldn't talk. Then coughed up a chunky, bloody snot mixture. Coughing. Cannot take deep breath without cough ?

Woke up because I couldn't breathe and couldn't talk. Then coughed up a chunky, bloody snot mixture. Coughing. Cannot take deep breath without cough ?

Cough up blood SOB: May just be bronchitis/sinusitis with atypicals for which antibiotics ( zithromax, levoquin ) may help, as would nebs and prednisone but would f/u /w/ doc /urgent care/ ER care today to evaluate for clot in lung as well, that is important. ...Read more

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Gerd making me cough up brown stuff?

Gerd making me cough up brown stuff?

GERD: Reflux up to the throat can make you cough, but it is typically a dry cough, and never productive of brown sputum. See your doctor. ...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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Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow..And white?

Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow..And white?

See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip.. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti potty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Cough from bronchitis. Phlegm trying to break up but cough is straining and makes me dizzy/short of breath/too much phlegm. Can this hurt me? How?

Cough from bronchitis. Phlegm trying to break up but cough is straining and makes me dizzy/short of breath/too much phlegm. Can this hurt me? How?

Usely not: This is typical but there are inhalers that help to loosen and expectorate it easier. You want to see your lung doc. ...Read more

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Really bad cough ears hurt temperature 99.2 trying to cough it up off of my lungs hard to do?

Really bad cough ears hurt temperature 99.2  trying to cough it up off of my lungs hard to do?

Cough: Steam yourself with a hot shower, use a vaporizer when sleeping and using several pillows. Drink plenty of fluids like tea and honey and don't forget the old standby, chicken soup. ...Read more

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Coughing up black phlegm when on antibiotics help?

Coughing up black phlegm when on antibiotics help?

Follow up w/your doc: We used to determine need for antibiotics based upon phlegm color, but no more, as it really makes no difference. I assume your black phlegm hasn't changed in color since starting antibiotics. Sometimes, it just takes a while to get better. If you have a viral infection, antibiotics won't help (but best to finish whatever you've started). Bottom line, follow up w/doc who prescribed antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Cough in chidren sma: Small children unfortunately can not cough up the mucus and the just swallow it, which is ok, as it does not cause any ill effects.Cough in small children should not be suppressed, but if there is coexisting bronchospasm or pneumonia it should be appropritely treated.There is no need for cough medicines in this age group as it does not help much and can be harmful. ...Read more

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Whats good for a cough unable to bring it up but it rattles in throat. Tried musinex, delsym (dextromethorphan) cough drops?

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR: You are 65 and have been coughing and tried different cough meds without relief.We do not have information to advice you.We do not know if you smoke or if you have any underlying disease or if you are taking any medicines etc. Some meds for BP called ace inhibiters can cause cough, it can be due to bronchitis, asthma, COPD or underlyng diasese in the lungs like pnumonia or cancer so get it checked. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more