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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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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more