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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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My 2yo had a cold two weeks ago. A nightly cough remains. Only when asleep. Slight nasal discharge. What's the deal?

My 2yo had a cold two weeks ago. A nightly cough remains. Only when asleep. Slight nasal discharge. What's the deal?

Post-nasal drip: While recovering from a cold the tissues lining the upper respiratory tract are continuing to regenerate and there is inflammatory material that during the day either flows down and is swallowed or cleared and swallowed without cough. At night, however, there is pooling of material in the back of the throat and coughing helps to clear it. ...Read more

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Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Thick green  yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Flora shifting: If no fevers or significant pain--let it run! in fact, take Mucinex (guaifenesin) to keep things thin and flowing. Your body is likely re-balancing the flora in its sinuses, and this should stop about double the time you were sick. If fevers/pain, then see dr / urgent care. ...Read more

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Long-term alternative to Pseudoephedrine? It's the only drug that helps stop sensation of clear phlegm/snot stuck in nose/PND no nasal discharge :(

Long-term alternative to Pseudoephedrine? It's the only drug that helps stop sensation of clear phlegm/snot stuck in nose/PND no nasal discharge :(

ENT/Allergy: Evaluation is what you need, pseudoephedrine long or short acting isn't the answer, looking for a cause to fix would help you better, good luck ...Read more

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When is orange nasal discharge cause for concern? I had a lot of dripping as well as migraines and eye strain last week.

When is orange nasal discharge cause for concern? I had a lot of dripping as well as migraines and eye strain last week.

Not normal: Orange nasal discharge is not normal and may indicate an infection. Suggest a visit with your doctor for examiantion ...Read more

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During this winter season, my throat often gets dry suddenly & then I have nasal discharge turning into cough & cold What's wrong & how should I fix?

During this winter season,  my throat often gets dry suddenly & then I have nasal discharge turning into cough & cold What's wrong & how should I fix?

URI or common cold: URI is medical term for upper respiratory infection, otherwise known as common cold. Best way to avoid this regardless of season is to wash hands regularly and avoid others who are sick. Seriously! By the way, colds are usually caused by viruses so they won't respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 2.8 yrold has runny nose- and a cough at night-- no fever-- 2 days in.. He's had tons of colds -this time his nasal discharge is thicker and yellow?

My 2.8 yrold has runny nose- and a cough at night-- no fever-- 2 days in.. He's had tons of colds -this time his nasal discharge is thicker and yellow?

Sounds like : Postnasal drainage causing the coughing spells . Need antihistamine to take care of the colds which eventually takes care of the cough. Change in color of colds does not indicate bacterial infection , virus ,allergies can do the same. Watchful waiting and supportive treatment at this time since he is not running fever. See Peds if condition worsened. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


Nasal Drainage (Definition)

Nasal discharge is common, but rarely serious. Drainage from swollen or infected sinuses may ...Read more