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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

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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Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Cough in chidren sma: Small children unfortunately can not cough up the mucus and the just swallow it, which is ok, as it does not cause any ill effects.Cough in small children should not be suppressed, but if there is coexisting bronchospasm or pneumonia it should be appropritely treated.There is no need for cough medicines in this age group as it does not help much and can be harmful. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has cough and chest congestion and spits up mucus she's had this for 4 days should I take her in to dr?

My 5 month old has cough and chest congestion  and spits up mucus  she's had this for 4 days should I take her in to dr?

I would: Yes that would be a good idea to do a complete head to toe exam. I have examined children with vague symptoms to find they have an ear infection or something very treatable. Good luck please see your physician. ...Read more

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I have been coughing, chest congestion,and spitting up mucus for 2 weeks no other symptoms can allergies be the cause ,I have thm evry year but difrnt?

I have been coughing, chest congestion,and spitting up mucus for 2 weeks no other symptoms can allergies be the cause ,I have thm evry year but difrnt?

See doctor: If you have had similar symptoms at about the same months every year, then allergy is a likely trigger for your symptoms. Talk to your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion . Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia . Dark green mucus.?

My  chest and back hurts  when  I  cough due to chest congestion .  Does this warrant a chest X-ray  to rule out pneumonia .  Dark green mucus.?

Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depends on additional info, other symptoms, fever, physical exam findings etc. ...Read more

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Got a cough, chest congestion and lost my voice. Took penicillin and mucinex (guaifenesin). My voice is back & cough calmed down but still have mucous in my chest?

Got a cough, chest congestion and lost my voice. Took penicillin and mucinex (guaifenesin). My voice is back & cough calmed down but still have mucous in my chest?

Post nasal drip?: Your persistent mucous may be due to post-infection inflammation in your airways (the war is over, but the battlefield is still scarred) or postnasal drip. Try using a Netipot and Humidifier by your bed - change water daily. Keep your head of bed elevated. Seek medical attention if persists > 2wks or asap if worsens. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on the back of my tongue with some slight white bumps. I have had a sore throat with cough for about 2 weeks. Yesterday i noticed when i cleared my throat for some phlegm that I have been spitting up from chest congestion and noticed a l

I have red bumps on the back of my tongue with some slight white bumps. I have had a sore throat with cough for about 2 weeks.  Yesterday i noticed when i cleared my throat for some phlegm that I have been spitting up from chest congestion and noticed a l

Salt Water: Sounds like you have mild inflammation of normal structures in the mouth and throat. Any fever present? Anything lasting more than 7-10 days needs to be checked by a professional health care provider. In the mean time try gargling with a 1/2 tsp of salt in a cup of warm water for 5 minutes/ several times in a day. ...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