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Is there a reason why I am still coughing up mucus when i'm not sick anymore?

Is there a reason why I am still coughing up mucus when i'm not sick anymore?

Persisting cough: Even after the acute phase of an upper respiratory infection when you are no longer contagious, the membranes and glands lining the nose and windpipe can remain somewhat inflamed. Inflammatory cells in these membranes produce chemicals called secretogogues that continue to stimulate mucus-producing cells. This inflammation and excess mucus production can persist for days to weeks. ...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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Is there a reason why I am still coughing up mucus, after pneumonia?

Is there a reason why I am still coughing up mucus, after pneumonia?

Can be normal: It might take several days to several weeks for your body to complete healing after a pneumonia. Longer if a smoker or smoking history or underlying lung disease. If not slowly improving consider getting re-evaluated. ...Read more

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I am coughing up mucus off my chest and it has a really foul taste, and past few days i've cough blood up too, i'm rather worried?

I am coughing up mucus off my chest and it has a really foul taste, and past few days i've cough blood up too, i'm rather worried?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor so that they can prescribe you some medications that will help you. Blood can sometimes mean that you are causing a type of trauma to the lungs (hard coughing). ...Read more

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If I am coughing up mucus should I go to the dr?

If I am coughing up mucus should I go to the dr?

Need more info....: There are many reasons you can have mucous associated with a cough - most are not that serious - like viruses/colds or allergies - but a deep cough with thick , discolored phlegm/mucous - especially if:: - it hurts in your chest to cough or -if you are short of breath or have a fever - - or -if the cough is worsening and not resolving on its own in 7-10 days - then you should see your md asap! ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy done 4 days ago now I am coughing up mucus and sneezing a lot could I have pneumonia or bronchitis ?

I had a tonsillectomy done 4 days ago now I am coughing up mucus and sneezing a lot could I have pneumonia or bronchitis
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Could: without an exam, I can only give general information, it is common after having a tube down the throat after an operation to have inflammation and increased secretions in the uuper resp tract. Incentive spirometry is generally recommended to speed recovery. ...Read more

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I am coughing up green mucus. Is that a sign of an infection? I had a dry cough about a week ago after shoveling snow.

I am coughing up green mucus. Is that a sign of an infection? I had a dry cough about a week ago after shoveling snow.

May be an infection: If you are running fevers, then you may have an infection. A week ago you may have contracted a virus and it may have turned into an infection. You should see a physician to determine if you need to be on antibiotics after an exam. ...Read more

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When i woke up this morning I am coughing up brown mucus also when i blow my nose I have a cough my sinuses hurt and my throat hurt. Help?

When i woke up this morning I am coughing up brown mucus also when i blow my nose I have a cough my sinuses hurt and my throat hurt. Help?

See doctor: It seems like you might be dealing with a bad sinus infection. You need to be seen by your doctor today. Tobacco use sets you up for this sort of thing, damaging the cilia in your nose that helps prevent infection. It's a sign that you need to stop smoking. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up mucus every time after eating?

Why am I coughing up mucus every time after eating?

Maybe LPR: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize your LPR. ...Read more

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I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

I have a small cold but just recently started coughing. I am coughing up brown mucus, why?

Acute bronchitis: Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive coughing. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough with mucus. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication. However, pneumonia can have symptoms like acute bronchitis. Rec. See your pcp to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

See MD: Probably bronchitis or pneumonia. See your md. Probably x-rays and antibiotics. ...Read more

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My lungs are burning, especially when i smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

My lungs are burning, especially when i smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

Stop smoking: Its your lungs telling you to stop smoking. Maybe other words for it (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc., ), but it really boils down to the first thought. ...Read more

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I am having chest pain and coughing up mucus and runny nose I don't know if I should go in?

I am having chest pain and coughing up mucus and runny nose I don't know if I should go in?

Acute bronchitis: The most likely diagnosis is acute viral bronchitis but a visit to your family doctor (not an emergency room) is reasonable. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis since jan 1,been off work i am still coughing, bringing mucus up when i cough. should i stay off work longer? how much longer?

I have had bronchitis since jan 1,been off work i am still coughing, bringing mucus up when i cough. should i stay off work longer? how much longer?

Strictly: speaking you are NOT "contagious" and can return to work..Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a COUGH SUPPRESSANT since your coughing may make your work contacts uncomfortable and it's not doing you a lot of good at this point!!! Hope this helps! Dr ...Read more

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I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning  after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

Mgt: From your description, the mucus may actually be from post nasal drip. I would advise a nasal rinse at night and in the morning. If the cough continues for more than 2 weeks, or is associated with pain/fever/distress, please see your physician. ...Read more

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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