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Sore throat dark yellow phlegm ?

Sore throat dark yellow phlegm ?

Fever? : By themselves those two symptoms are hard to parse out. Do you have these all the time? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have muscle aches? Anyone else around you been sick? Phlegm plus sore throat makes strep unlikely unless you always have phlegm.... Hot tea, rest, and if you have fevers see your doc. ...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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Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Bacteria versus viru: S. Without running a culture, it is impossible to tell. Certainly thick yellow mucous and a slight cough could be bacterial, but it could also be viral or less commonly parasitic. Best to get checked out if it doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more

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Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?

Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?

Well...: The colour of infected secretions is highly variable... Bright yellow or brownish, or bloody all can mean the same... No reason other than the type of bacteria or virus and the area infected ...Read more

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Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Lung infection: I assume you don't always cough up hard brown chunks of phlegm, just on occasion when you're feeling ill. That nasty looking phlegm represents your lungs reaction to infection, commonly viral, bacterial or fungal. Your family doc can help you decide if any (antibiotic) treatment is warranted. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. If you're short of breath or feeling worse, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Could dry cough have phlem yellow or white phlems?

Let me think: Dry cough is dry. There may be occasional specks of phlegm that comes out, yellow, green, white or even a little blood. But there would be very scanty expectoration. ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls?

Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls?

See doctor...: These could be tonsil stones, which are from your tonsils. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Mgt: If it continues for three weeks or more, it may be a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Nasal saline, fluids are rest are advised. Virtual appt available for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Throat hurts, head hurts, couging up yellow flem?

Throat hurts, head hurts, couging up yellow flem?

Infection: This sounds like an upper respiratory infection. You mustbe examined, cultured and treated with antibiotics-call for an appointment today. ...Read more

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Raspy voice minor sore throat cough every onceawhile produces yellow dark yellow mucus. Sometimes thick.Had fever 101 yesterday gone now. Do i need dr?

Raspy voice minor sore throat cough every onceawhile produces yellow dark yellow mucus. Sometimes thick.Had fever 101 yesterday gone now. Do i need dr?

Cold or flu: You can take over the counter medicine for cold symptoms. Drink extra fluids and rest. Give it a week to resolve. If you are not getting better or if you are having trouble breathing, then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsils.With. White patches.And blood, throat pain fever body aches n.Coughing up yellowish mucus filled with white specks, been2days. Help?

Swollen tonsils.With. White patches.And blood, throat pain fever body aches n.Coughing up yellowish mucus filled with white specks, been2days. Help?

Rule Out STREP: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Chest pain hurts when i breath coughing up greenish yellowish stuff?

Chest pain hurts when i breath coughing up greenish yellowish stuff?

Coughing up: green phlemg suggests infection. Please see your doc so that this does not progress further. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Low fever, sore throat, red throat, white / yellowish spots / vesicle on tonsills, spit brown mucus, thick mucus, pain. Is that tonsillitis?

Low fever, sore throat, red throat, white / yellowish spots / vesicle on tonsills, spit brown mucus, thick mucus, pain. Is that tonsillitis?

Need to see a doctor: Certainly tonsillitis is a possibility.There are other possible source of infection. Fever indicate systemic involvement and should be evaluated by a physician. Infection can spread rapidly or cause complication. ...Read more

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Shortness of breathe white phelm and hard cough?

Shortness of breathe white phelm and hard cough?

Asthma? Flu?: Being 32, and if you don't smoke, common cause of shortness of breath with cough is asthma, especially if symptoms on going for long periods. Some infection such as flu can cause symptoms of sob mimicking asthma. Other disease such as cystic fibrosis can cause same symptoms. Since this is concerning you, i recommend getting evaluated and treated by doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does coughing up yellow flem mean strep throat?

No: A productive cough is not typically associated with strep pharyngitis. A viral upper respiratory tract infection is the most common cause of sputum. However, if you develop high fevers or shortness of breath you should be evaluated by your primary care provider. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more