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Why is it that i keep coughing up clear mucus?

Why is it that i keep coughing up clear mucus?

Several reasons: The sinuses and upper mucus membrane produce over a liter of fluid a day. Sometimes these secretions are volumous or thicker as seen in allergy or infection Clear color tends to point toward allergy. Post nasal drip causes this fluid to well up and thus you cough it out. ...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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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more

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Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Post nasal drip: 60 yo male with coughing up clear mucus in the morning only. mucus pooling in the back of the throat leading to coughing can occur in the morning because of the hours laying down and post-nasal drainage. Post-nasal drainage can be caused by allergies or infections. If ongoing long-term symptoms, get tested for allergies ...Read more

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In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of this cough includes gerd, post-nasal drip. Bronchospasm from any cause can also contribute. If you are smoking, smoking cessation to decrease airway inflammation is needed. See your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and the proper treatment rendered. ...Read more

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I cough up clear mucus in the morning an during the day sometimes?

I cough up clear mucus  in the morning  an during the day sometimes?

Cough mucus: hello~ you are 60y.did you smoke at any stage of your life (probably) and have you been coughing for > 2years (probably), this means that you have chronic bronchitis and thats why. If answer is no to both, then you might have allergies with chronic postnasal drip. You might consider seeing the doc and possibly getting a surveillance chest xray. thx ...Read more

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I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

Need answers: Well, how much do you cough-up? When (more in the morning?)? What kind of cigarettes do you smoke? For how long have you smoked? Coughed? Is that light brown stuff ever red? Is the brown stuff in little spots or all smeared-up? Are you getting the impression I'm worried about your smoking? Besides that, it may just be irritation from air pollution, allergies, a mild cold or, oh yes, smoking. ...Read more

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Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?

Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis   Should I worry?

May take many weeks: After the bacterial infection has resolved, the lung membranes and cilia (hair cells) inflammation persists for weeks. This includes mucus production and extrusion from the lungs. Also allergies and reflux can cause hoarseness. Increase fluids and guaifenesin/dextromethorphan can help. If symptoms persist see your physician, a chest Xray may be in order. ...Read more

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I cough up black spects in my mucus which is clear every time I lil on my back I cough upmucus with black spects in it?

I cough up black spects in my mucus which is clear every time I lil on my back I cough upmucus with black spects in it?

Mgt: I would recommend saving a sample and showing your PCP. If you smoke, please try to quit. Other possible causes include small amounts of bleeding. The source can vary and may include gastric and upper airway sources. ...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