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I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

Try Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out mucus and makes it easier to cough up. You would also need to increase your fluids to help the medication work better. It also sounds like you may be allergic to something. Taking an antihistamine, like zyrtec or Claritin before bed, should stop the mucus production completely... ...Read more

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 always with thick mucous and the lungs stiff?

Coughing always with thick mucous and the lungs stiff?

Lots of possibilitie: Asthma comes to mind, but many other possibilities. A doc needs to listen to your heart and lungs and consider chest x-ray and lung function tests. ...Read more

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I coughed really really hard to clear some mucous right after I had terrible pain felt like my lung was squeezed closed on the left side. Worry?

I coughed really really hard to clear some mucous right after I had terrible pain felt like my lung was squeezed closed on the left side. Worry?

Doctor to evaluate: May be a collapsed lung (pneumothorax), due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. But the leaked air can fill the rib cage (chest cavity), pushing on the heart and collapsed lung... Emergency Room doctor can see if urgent treatment is needed. ...Read more

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With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

All different...: Sputum can have many colors and still be ok. The color that is most worrisome is red; this always needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Otherwise, if your sputum changes in color and consistency you need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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If u hah a mucous plug in your lung would it make you short if breath?

If u hah a mucous plug in your lung would it make you short if breath?

If its huge: If its huge and blocks a passage causing your airways to collapse, it can make your short of breath

good luck! ...Read more

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Last night coughed up pink mucous. Peak flow 400 yestrdy 600 today I am on singulair (montelukast). Can't use advair. Lungs very reactiv pk flw up and dwn worry?

Last night coughed up pink mucous. Peak flow 400 yestrdy 600 today I am on singulair (montelukast). Can't use advair. Lungs very reactiv pk flw up and dwn worry?

Worry!: Yes, you should worry. Please get an appointment ASAP with the doctor looking after your lungs. If there is a big backlog in that clinic please go to the nearest emergency facility.
Wish you well. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wheezing, rattling in lungs, coughing up brown and bloody mucous. What is best OTC treatment?

I am experiencing wheezing, rattling in lungs, coughing up brown and bloody mucous. What is best OTC treatment?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have lung problem. Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough. Help! Please recommend medicine!

I have lung problem. Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough. Help! Please recommend medicine!

Asthma: Your episodes are consistent with nocturnal asthma. Bronchodilater inhalers would provide relief. See your physician to see if he/she agrees. Avoid dust collectors in your bedroom and any pets probably should be avoided also. ...Read more

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Have lingering cough (mucous in lungs) for 3 weeks. I feel perfect otherwise --good energy levels. Nose is clear. So how is mucous entering lungs?

Have lingering cough (mucous in lungs) for 3 weeks. I feel perfect otherwise --good energy levels. Nose is clear. So how is mucous entering lungs?

Do you mean phlegm?: Mucus producing tissues line the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, GI and GU tract. Mucus acts as a sort of protective blanket preventing tissues from drying out. Mucus also contains antibodies to fight bacteria, viruses. The color of the viscous substance changes ranging from clear to yellow green to black depending on enzyme from wbcs, pollens, pollution.
Mucus was already in lungs. ...Read more

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Is there a suction device that drs or patient having bronciectasis alongside atelectasis can use to suck mucous out of lungs esp if its in lower lobe?

Is there a suction device that drs or patient having bronciectasis alongside atelectasis can use to suck mucous out of lungs esp if its in lower lobe?

Postural drainage!: Good morning,
mucus in the lungs indicates an ongoing infection or inflammation of the airway and lung tissues. Structural changes associated with bronchiectasis lead to pool of mucus. Getting rid of the mucus makes the patients feel better. Use of nebulizers which can deliver moisture into the airway help to dilute the mucus and facilitate the drainage. Respiratory therapists can help you. ...Read more

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Lungs: I've been drinking herbal respiratory tea (thyme, eucalyptus) noticed some of the mucous that carries out debris changed to a bright white?

Lungs: I've been drinking herbal respiratory tea (thyme, eucalyptus) noticed some of the mucous that carries out debris changed to a bright white?

Consider candida: When mucous is white one consideration is yeast over growth. Thyme oil is good against yeast but it may be necesssary to avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar as well. Avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is drying. Read about high histamine in food and consider using non corn based vitamin c to lower histamine. ...Read more

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Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis or even GERD. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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No known lung issues, never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No known lung issues, never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No: It is not normal to do so. There are several potential causes from asthma to alleric bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, so save one and bring it in to your doctor. ...Read more

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5 yr old daughter has hives on face and lots of mucous in lungs just on the walk to school, what could it be?

5 yr old daughter has hives on face and lots of mucous in lungs just on the walk to school, what could it be?

Allergy?: Hard to give a definitive answer by your description..."mucous in lungs" is horrible sounding (i presume you meant a phlegmy cough); and just from walking to school sounds like an environmental allergy. If this is not the case then I recommend a trip to your friendly neighborhood pediatrician for a thorough exam for your 5 year old. ...Read more

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Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Yes!: Please see a doctor at a clinic or the emergency room immediately. You need an exam and chest X-ray. You could have a serious lung infection which can be treated such as pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you mix sodium chloride bullet with 2.5 mg/3ml 0.083% albuterol solution to help moisten lungs & thin out sticky mucous in lungs & cough it out?

Can you mix sodium chloride bullet with 2.5 mg/3ml 0.083% albuterol solution to help moisten lungs & thin out sticky mucous in lungs & cough it out?

Possibly: If your doctor has prescribed albuterol via inhaler, you can put saline (sodium chloride in water) into the nebulizer. It may be better to use the albuterol undiluted first, then continue the nebulizer treatment with just the saline. ...Read more

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Son had flu, now I am sneezing, coughing, white yellow mucous _From lungs, coldness in chest, cold sweats on and off, chest tightness, no fever?

Son had flu, now I am sneezing, coughing, white yellow mucous _From lungs, coldness in chest, cold sweats on and off, chest tightness, no fever?

No worries: It is less likely you will have flu. Usually flu has more fever and body aches than respiratory symptoms but if your symptoms doesn't improve much in 2 days then you may need antibiotics. For now, you can take ibuprofen and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

Hard to say: If wheezing and short of breath - maybe, but you should be seen by your doctor for another evaluation asap. Btw, z-pack is great for bronchitis but worthless for sinusitis however, since 98% of all sinusitis is viral related, it probably makes no difference for your recovery time. ...Read more

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How do I get mucus out of my lungs?

How do I get mucus out of my lungs?

You can try: Mucinex (guaifenesin). It is over the counter and can help break up mucus so you can cough it out. You also, may want to see your doctor if this does not help/resolve the issue. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have mucus the stuck to my lungs 1week from now?

I have mucus the stuck to my lungs 1week from now?

Are you sure it's mu: Long time to have "mucus" stuck in your lungs without resolution. Are you sure it's just mucus? See your family doctor for exam and possible x-ray. Do you smoke? If so that may holding back improvement. ...Read more

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Unable to clear mucus from lungs. When I rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

Unable to clear mucus from lungs. When I rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

See doctor: Need to be seen by pulmonologist or primary doctor for exam and testing including chest x ray, sputum culture, etc. Could be anything from asthma, copd, bronchitis, fungal infection etc. ...Read more

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The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

Not directly: Excess mucous in the lungs could be associated with chronic sinus disease (a cause of headaches) or cough (severe coughing can lead to headaches). ...Read more

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Can loatadine cause increased nasal and chest mucous?

Can loatadine cause increased nasal and chest mucous?

Doubtful: Loratadine should not cause those symptoms, as those are the very type of symptoms it is supposed to relieve. The main side effects that are experienced on the medication are headache, fatigue, and dry mouth, though these occur at a very low rate. If you still have those symptoms while taking it, you may need an increase in dose or to switch meds--or consider that allergies may not be the cause. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Yes: Lungs particularly bronchus's job is to produce mucus. The bronchial tubes have goblet cell which produce mucus. In chronic bronchitis, the goblet cells produce a lot more mucus. Mucus is a normal healthy function of lungs. Mucus traps bacteria, dust, etc. Mucus with the cilia forms escalator which brings the mucus from the bottom of lungs to throat and then swallowed to the stomach. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs get mucus in my lungs when I rat something sweet?

Nerves: When you eat, particularly if something cold, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated and this has the side effect of cuasing mucus glands to be more active. This is a stronger response in some than in others and is a normal response. ...Read more

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What to do if I could feel mucus in my lungs but can't cough it up?

What to do if I could feel mucus in my lungs but can't cough it up?

Several things...: You can get chest percussion, use medications such as mucomyst, drink a lot of water, use a flutter valve. ...Read more

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What shall I do in order for mucous to release out from my chest? As I have heavy cough that leads to headache.

Non- productive: Cough- drink plenty of warm liquids to help thin out the thick mucus clogging up the airway and take an expectorant (guaiafenesin) to loosen it up. This should ease up your headaches. If someone can do chest percussion on you that would be great too- this will help mobilize the mucus and you should be able to cough them up. ...Read more

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What does it mean to cough up a thick, almost completely white mucous. The cough seems to come from my chest and is harsh also.

What does it mean to cough up a thick, almost completely white mucous. The cough seems to come from my chest and is harsh also.

COUGH: Coughing out white sputum is good. Cough itself is a defense mechanism for us, it keeps the airway clear so that we breathe smoothly, comfortably. But if too much, then need to find out the cause and treat. Avoid the factors which makes more mucous and worsens cough. ...Read more

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What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

Don't know: How can you see the constant sticky clear mucus, forming on the surface of your lungs everyday for 3 months? This is medically impossible. Thanks. ...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