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Recently had small strains that look like blood in my mucus when I cough. I have had this chronic cough for ages. Mucus is usually thick and yellowish?

Recently had small strains that look like blood in my mucus when I cough. I have had this chronic cough for ages. Mucus is usually thick and yellowish?

Chronic cough: Most common causes for persistent cough include 1) gastric reflux 2) postnasal drip (sinus infection? Allergy?) 3) undiagnosed asthma or copd 4) medication side effect 5) vocal cord problem. We are able to successfully treat most cases of persistent cough by focusing on these possibilities. A few screening tests are also warranted (such as a chest xray) and so seeing your physician is important ...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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For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus. Why? Dr only says it is viral

? Sinusitis: Can start as viral, then bacteria would kick in later causing secondary infection and lingering symptoms as what you described, you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or seek a second opnion, it's your right, as you may need antibiotics ...Read more

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Thick mucus coming up but no cough. Any ideas?

Quart of mucus a day: The respiratory and GI tract are lined with cells that secrete mucus. Mucus from the respiratory tract may be from the nose, sinuses or lungs. Since cough is designed to prevent mucus build up in the lower respiratory tract, consider the nose or sinuses as the source. An ENT or allergist could assist in this investigation. ...Read more

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Every morning cough up really thick mucus started in October?

Every morning cough up really thick mucus started in October?

COPD: See MD. Even without knowing your age/ medical history one may venture to guess this may be COPD related to smoking or smoke exposure history. Chronic morning cough with sputum production sets warning bells off immediately. Chronic cough>8 wks different story. But MDs don't like to guess we need the info. Pursue pulmonology/spirometry consultation. Minimize your cardiovascular risks. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

I've had productive phlegm (thick, mucus y) for more than a month without a cough. Should I be concerned? Any possible causes?

Possibilities...: This may be due to chronic bronchitis, especially if you have smoked. An evaluation by your doctor is needed to find out if there are any associated symptoms and so proper testing can occur. Once you are properly diagnosed, treatment can begin. If you currently smoke, you need to stop. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Hi, I've had thick mucus and a deep cough for about a month now, tried everything, what could it be and is it safe to exercise?

Hi, I've had thick mucus and a deep cough for about a month now, tried everything, what could it be and is it safe to exercise?

See your doc: Many causes of a persistent cough- viral bronchitis, pneumonia, reactive airways/asthma, post nasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, etc. If the cough originates from the neck/throat and you have no fever or fatigue, then you may exercise. If this is a chest cough and/or associated with fever, chills, shortness of breath or fatigue, then you need to rest and to determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It: It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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My 18months old suddenly cough and vomit clear and thick mucus in the middle of the night?

My 18months old suddenly cough and vomit clear and thick mucus in the middle of the night?

Posttussive vomiting: It is very common for little kids to vomit after coughing known as post tussive vomiting. I am sure he felt better and slept better after that. Whenever they cough they are trying to bring something up. Once it is out they feel relief. ...Read more

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Mild cough for several days, not very thick mucus, now considerable blood in mucus, 47 years old, weed smoker. Can I wait to see doc? Thanks!

Mild cough for several days, not very thick mucus, now considerable blood in mucus, 47 years old, weed smoker. Can I wait to see doc? Thanks!

Well...: You seem to have enough symptoms to warrant an examination. If you do have a fever you should see a Dr. Today. The prognosis of a pneumonia is directly related to how fast treatment is started.
If you have a bronchitis, it could wait till tomorrow.
And the again, why wait, you could be on your way to recovery faster ...Read more

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I get very thick mucus coming out everytime I cough. Also hard to breath at the same time. No history of asthma. Any issue with me? Coughed for 3 wks.

I get very thick mucus coming out everytime I cough. Also hard to breath at the same time. No history of asthma. Any issue with me? Coughed for 3 wks.

Cough: Could be post-viral cough? Bronchitis? Asthma? Pneumonia? Need to keep a diary of associated symptoms (fever, chills, aches, pains, sick contacts, recent travel, spent time with grandkids/nieces/nephews, etc.) and get in to see your doctor. A simple fix is on the horizon. Could even be gerd manifesting as cough. ...Read more

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I have chronic cough of thick mucus left breast pain sometimes feel like tearing very painful also upper back left side pain?

I have chronic cough of thick mucus left breast pain sometimes feel like tearing very painful also upper back left side pain?

Two choices: 1: Have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. That could find your problem and have some laboratory information.
2: If they have some additional concern they will call a specialist.
3: Might take a bit of time to evaluate your blood and other organs but would be necessary.

Hope all goes well -- pleased keep me posted if possible. ...Read more

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For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

Considering your age: And the SEASON

Allergies are my guess for the excessive CLEAR (means not-infected) mucous I your upper airways!


Try an OTC ANTI-HISTAMINE (eg Claritin)

Hope this helps
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Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Cold persistent: You cold has been persistent for 2 weeks and it involves breathing. I think you should see your family doctor of the one how prescribes the humilin for you if you can see them. I think you need a chest X-ray. If you are coughing colored secretions, you will need antibiotics. See the doctor on Monday or Tuesday. You will be feeling better by the first of the year. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and a cough with a lot of thick mucus. What does this sound like?

I have a sore throat and a cough with a lot of thick mucus. What does this sound like?

Bronchitis or sinus: This could either be bronchitis (an infection in the lungs) or sinusitis (an infection in the sinuses). Increasing fluids, voice rest, hot liquids and bedrest may help. ...Read more

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For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

Bronchitis: Most common cause of coughing up mucus is bronchitis, which usually clears on its own over time. Sinusitis can sometimes cause this if the drainage occurs while sleeping. Mild forms of atypical pneumonia can also cause this. If not better in one week, talk with your doctor again. If short of breath, chest pain, or fever develop, see the doctor right away. ...Read more

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My 8 n 7yrs old kids is always getting fever n cough thick mucus after eating choco icecream chococake and all stuff of chocolate. Always? Wat is it?

My 8 n 7yrs old kids is always getting fever n cough thick mucus after eating choco icecream chococake and all stuff of chocolate. Always? Wat is it?

Sounds like allergy: Chocolate is one of several foods that often cause allergic reactions. Avoid it and if there are no other problems they should be fine. If this is not the only sensitivity, the kids will need to be tested and either avoid those things too or receive treatment. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Every morning I have to cough and thick mucus comes out, sometimes almost brown. Dry cough only when laying down, and nose is dry. What could this be?

Every morning I have to cough and thick mucus comes out, sometimes almost brown. Dry cough only when laying down, and nose is dry. What could this be?

See doctor: It is hard to tell what may be causing your problem with so little details (how long? Color of mucus? Medications taken etc). ...Read more

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I suffered from flu it has been over 13 days still I get lots of cough and every now and then I ooze thick mucus. Doc say no medicines in viral help me?

I suffered from flu it has been over 13 days still I get lots of cough and every now and then I ooze thick mucus. Doc say no medicines in viral help me?

Guaifenesin plus...: Get mucolitycs & saline. Guaifenesin 600 mg 3 to 4 times a day, a lot of fluid & vitamin ctake a Mucinex (guaifenesin) d 600/120 in the mormning & Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm 600/30 at lunch & dinner. ...Read more

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What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

Dimetapp DM: Antihistamines will help your runny nose. Dextromethorphan will help your cough. Expectorants like Guaifenesin (robitussin, mucinex) thin mucus. Decongestants help with nasal congestion. Otc preparations typically will combine these ingredients so u can tailor your symptoms by reading the label. ...Read more

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I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: Is an obstructive airway disease. There is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, (even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Just recently I had a big yellow thick mucus w/ blood streaks come from my nose. In addition to this I have a cough that's doesn't go away for a yearnow?

Just recently I had a big yellow thick mucus w/ blood streaks come from my nose. In addition to this I have a cough that's doesn't go away for a yearnow?

See doc.: Blood from the nose is not necessarily concerning, but cough that persists for this long needs an explanation. Best to see doc and have him look at a few things.... ...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