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I cough and spit a lot of mucous. Is this normal? Just a habit?

I cough and spit a lot of mucous. Is this normal? Just a habit?

Possibilities...: If you are coughing the mucous, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. You will need a doctor evaluation and possibly pulmonary function tests to verify this diagnosis. There are treatments to control symptoms but no cure. If you are smoking, you need to quit to slow disease progression and control symptoms. ...Read more

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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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When I spit in the morning I see blood in mucus , less amount of blood every day ? There is no cough and and pain. I had a chest X-Ray it was normal

When I spit in the morning I see blood in mucus , less amount of blood every day ? There is no cough and and pain. I had a chest X-Ray it was normal

Maybe from the nose: Mucous that is coughed up in the morning might not be from the chest. It could be from the sinuses, and dripping down into the throat. If the air is dry, or you are using nasal steroids, or have significant nasal congestion, the mucous from the nose and sinuses can be bloody. If you know the mucous is coming from your chest, then I suggest a chest CT, which will give more info than a chest xray. ...Read more

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Cough when in contact with cold air. After spitting out the mucous, it goes away. How do I stop the cough completely?

Cough when in contact with cold air. After spitting out the mucous, it goes away. How do I stop the cough completely?

Cough: Your cough may go away on its own.. It takes a while for the lungs to completely recover but if there is any question see your doctor. Some patients need antibiotics, inhalers, etc. ...Read more

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I spit up clear mucous (also green mucous) almost if not everyday. I'm not sick(have no cold or cough symptoms.) why is this/how do I get rid of this?

I spit up clear mucous (also green mucous) almost if not everyday. I'm not sick(have no cold or cough symptoms.) why is this/how do I get rid of this?

Spit up mucous: When you say you "spit up" do you mean that you spit out something coming from your throat or stomach or do you mean you cough up something and spit it out. Spitting out mucous can come from post nasal drip, mouth and throat or from stomach or from bronchial tubes or lungs. You have to discover cause and then look for cure. Do not smoke. May be something simple like a nasal allergy. See doc. ...Read more

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My nasal congestion wont go away, when i cough i spit green mucous, but i don't feel a cold at all. What is it? How can I get rid of congestion nasal?

My nasal congestion wont go away, when i cough i spit green mucous, but i don't feel a cold at all. What is it? How can I get rid of congestion nasal?

Sinus infection?: You may have a sinus infection and your doctor should be able to help you with that in addition to finding out the cause for your constant nasal congestion. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for like a week. I woke up yesterday spitting bloody mucus and Having some bloody mucus on and off all day. I'm fine today tho. What is it?

I've had a cough for like a week. I woke up yesterday spitting bloody mucus and Having some bloody mucus on and off all day. I'm fine today tho. What is it?

Bronchitis: Most common cause of bloody sputum with cough is Bronchitis. Given the fact that its lasted for shortwhile its most likely bronchitis. If symptoms persist and new symptoms start something serious will be suspected. ...Read more

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I have mucus in my chest and when I tap my back and cough I spit up brown mucus ?

I have mucus in my chest and when I tap my back and cough I spit up brown mucus ?

Bronchitis: You either have bronchitis or pneumonia, which is a radiologic diagnosis. Either way you have a bacterial bronchial infection, and with brown sputum, my recommendation would be definitely to treat with a prescription antibiotic. Some physicians may prefer to due a sputum culture prior to initiation of therapy. You need to see a physician, and of course consider smoking cessation if you do. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can give my 7 month old baby so she can spit mucus out thats making her cough?

Is there anything i can give my 7 month old baby so she can spit mucus out thats making her cough?

This sucks: If you find any way to teach a 7 month old to "spit", you'll win a nobel prize in medicine. They cannot nor can they be taught to do that at that tender age. You have to suck it out for them. If they cough and/or gag on mucous and you can hear it in the back of their throats or in their mouths, take the bulb syringe for nose sucking and use it in mouth & throat. This will clear the secretions. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more