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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

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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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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I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?

I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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I have a terrible cough. Starting to think its bronchitis. Coughing up mucus. Keeping me up at night. Nothing is calming it at all, not even the meds?

I have a terrible cough. Starting to think its bronchitis. Coughing up mucus. Keeping me up at night. Nothing is calming it at all, not even the meds?

Bronchitis: It sounds like you may have bronchitis. Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoiding caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol. If you have high fevers and fatigue see a doctor right away since it could be pneumonia. If it persists even without fever you may need to see a doctor also. ...Read more

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I started a dry cough 2 weeks ago. This week is progressively worse, and now coughing up mucus. I'm now coughing to the point of vomiting.?

I started a dry cough 2 weeks ago. This week is progressively worse, and now coughing up mucus. I'm now coughing to the point of vomiting.?

Cough: You may have an infection like mycoplasma for which zithromax will help. Alternatively could be reflux or post nasal drip from allergies.. Would elevate head of bed, trey zyrtec in AM, and follow up with doctor/urgent care for antibiotics or even inhaler if you have mild reactive airways from allergies. ...Read more

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I have chills, cough / coughing up mucus, over tired, lack of appetite for 8 days. What should I do?

I have chills, cough / coughing up mucus, over tired, lack of appetite for 8 days. What should I do?

Depends: If you have fever, see a doctor now. If you do not have fever, you may try steam inhalation to clear out the mucus. If the cough lasts more than two weeks, see a doctor.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough - coughing up mucus- for 2 weeks and now I also have a runny nose. Cough syrup helps a little bit. Is this just a cold?

I've had a bad cough - coughing up mucus- for 2 weeks and now I also have a runny nose. Cough syrup helps a little bit. Is this just a cold?

Probable bronchitis.: You probably have bronchitis. If you have only a low-grade fever, it is probably viral so antibiotics are not useful. If your symptoms are improving, you would need symptomatic relief only and you should see it resolve over the next few days. If your symptoms are worsening, see your doctor. You could also have residual bronchospasm best treated w/ inhalers that your doc can prescribe. ...Read more

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Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

See doc: Sounds like you should see the doctor for the bronchitis and the knee. You should also stop that pot smoking. Not good for your long term health ...Read more

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My 6yr. Old has had a cold for over a wk. Now she has a fever 101 and coughing up mucus that makes her cough so much it makes her vomit. Cold or flu?

My 6yr. Old has had a cold for over a wk. Now she has a fever 101 and coughing up mucus that makes her cough so much it makes her vomit. Cold or flu?

Cough: cough more than 1 week and now having fever can indicate secondary bacterial infection and development of bronchitis, please have him seen by primary care for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having neck pain and am coughing up mucus, please help?

I'm having neck pain and am coughing up mucus, please help?

Neck pain: Neck pain is usually structural and can be treated conservatively with ice and heat, manipulation and massage can help and otc meds. If pain persists see you dr. ...Read more

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What could it be if I am having sharp pain in my chest and am coughing up mucus?

What could it be if I am having sharp pain in my chest and am coughing up mucus?

Infection: See your doctor, sooner rather than later if you have a fever, and mucus/phlem is yellow. ...Read more

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I am feeling fine and do not have fever...I feel a fullness in my chest and am coughing up mucus (clear) which started last night. What does this mean?

I am feeling fine and do not have fever...I feel a fullness in my chest and am coughing up mucus (clear) which started last night. What does this mean?

Bronchitis: If this is a recent occurrence, you likely have a viral bronchitis. However if the problem persists for more than 10-14 days or worsens, you will need to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood? '

'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood? '

Hemoptysis: This is very serious. You want to see a lung specialist asap. Do not delay and do not proscrinate. Bronchoscopy may become useful. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up mucus?

I have been coughing up mucus?

How long?: Acute bronchitis is due to a viral or bacterial infection and typically lasts for a few days to a week or two. If your productive cough is present for 3 weeks or longer, then it could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus but I'm not sick?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes of cough with mucus production. More details and further investigation is needed to determine the cause. Your physician may obtain a sputum test with cytology, spirometry, TB skin test and chest radiograph as part of the wok up.
If you have a history sinus disease, smoking, allergies, asthma, pneumonia, reflux, choking please mention this to your physician ...Read more

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How can you stop coughing up mucus?

How can you stop coughing up mucus?

Postnasal drip: Coughing up mucous is most commonly a result of postnasal drip. Talk to your doctor to try to ascertain the cause, as well as get treated. Feel better. ...Read more

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I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

I'm constantly coughing up mucus. What can I do?

Constant mucus: Mucus is a thick fluid secreted by glands that helps protect areas of the body exposed to the environment. It filters away particles and organisms that stick to it; it also contains antiseptic substances that prevent infection. Mucus production in the lungs increases in response to allergens (pollen, molds) & irritants (smoke). A chronic cough producing mucus should be evaluated medically. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep coughing up mucus, how do I make it stop?

Mucus: If not a smoker, it can be post nasal drip, but I would think allergies, verges bronchitis. You need to follow up with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I have been coughing up mucus for four years? Yes four years!

Is it bad that I have been coughing up mucus for four years? Yes four years!

Chronic bronchitis..: Your cough is probably due to chronic bronchitis which is a form of copd. This usually occurs in smokers so if you're still smoking, you need to quit to reduce the inflammation. See your doctor as there are medications to control your symptoms. There is no cure but your cough can be controlled. No need to continue to cough! Your doctor can help you quit smoking as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent coughing up mucus?

Can you tell me how to prevent coughing up mucus?

Don't prevent it: The process of coughing up mucous is a protective mechanism of your pulmonary system. The mucous may contain particles, debris, bacteria etc. The pulmonary system wants to keep this away from the lungs so you cough. The cough is very forceful and helps expel this mucous and debris. Suppressing that is not the best thing for your pulmonary system and you are removing natures protective mechanism ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I'm still coughing up mucus but not sick anymore?

Is there a reason why I'm still coughing up mucus but not sick anymore?

Yes: Assuming you don't smoke, your cough may be from a post-viral cough, asthma, or even a sinus infection. EVen though the active infection may be over, bronchial irritation may linger for weeks. ...Read more

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How long should it take to stop coughing up mucus after getting a cold?

How long should it take to stop coughing up mucus after getting a cold?

Colds: It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for a cold to subside. If cough is persistent, have yourself checked and have a spirometry done to determine if you have bronchial inflammation. ...Read more

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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

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I've been coughing up mucus for months now. I'm 19, male, and smoke. The mucus comes out in a variety of textures and colors. Colors include white, green, grey/greyish-black. Textures include light and foamy, or thick and sticky. Sometimes it has little b

I've been coughing up mucus for months now. I'm 19, male, and smoke. The mucus comes out in a variety of textures and colors. Colors include white, green, grey/greyish-black. Textures include light and foamy, or thick and sticky. Sometimes it has little b

Quit smoking!: You know that what you are doing is not good for your health. Quit smoking while you are ahead. Get nicotine patch if you can not quick cold turkey, though doing cold turkey is the best way to go. I know that it is easier said than done, but you can do it. ...Read more

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I'm on an antibiotic and coughing up mucus, is that good?

I'm on an antibiotic and coughing up mucus, is that good?

Cough productive: Hello, a productive cough may be good or not good. It may be the way your body is ridding of an infection. If the cough persists despite the antibiotic, it may mean the antibiotic isn't the right one for this type of infection. See your doctor for a recommended evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up mucus an blood and I have migraines what is wrong?

I'm coughing up mucus an blood and I have migraines what is wrong?

Sinusitis possible: Headaches and postnasal drainage can be symptoms of sinusitis, but a thorough ENT exam and chest xray are necessary to find the source of blood. ...Read more

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I am having chest pain and coughing up mucus and runny nose I don't know if I should go in?

I am having chest pain and coughing up mucus and runny nose I don't know if I should go in?

Acute bronchitis: The most likely diagnosis is acute viral bronchitis but a visit to your family doctor (not an emergency room) is reasonable. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

No: Its a good thing you coughed up a thickened plug of mucous that would obstruct an airway.
If you have asthma make sure you are under control ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing up mucus and spots of blood?

Lung problem: It could be a bronchitis, pneumonia, or something else. It is certainly worth getting checked out, especially if it has lasted for any length of time. Your primary doctor can provide a good evaluation and treatment plan, but may need to refer you to a specialist depending on the exact nature of your problem. ...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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3-4 months ago I got a cold, I don't get sick offen but since I have had a few reoccurrences and now coughing up mucus from my chest?

3-4 months ago I got a cold, I don't get sick offen but since I have had a few reoccurrences and now coughing up mucus from my chest?

Productive cough: Greetings. A cough following a cold or recurring colds should prompt you to see your doctor. Things that pop into my mind would be possibly undiagnosed possibly new onset allergy, sinusitis with associated bronchitis. A detailed history and physical examination will help obtain an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up mucus for almost one year. Got worse in Nov. And was given antibiotic, but it did not stop the coughing. It is only in the m?

I have been coughing up mucus for almost one year. Got worse in Nov. And was given antibiotic, but it did not stop the coughing. It is only in the m?

Chronic cough: Consider postnasal drip and gastroesophageal reflux disease, however, patients with chronic cough (more than 2-3 months) require further evaluation starting with detailed history (cough pattern, associated symptoms, smoking history, etc), physical exam and very likely a chest x-ray. If postnasal drip the most likely diagnosis then an anti-histamine might help. ...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