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Is it usual for a viral infection to last 12 days? My symptoms are fatigue, mucus (clear) and a dull, intermittent ache in my upper back.

Is it usual for a viral infection to last 12 days? My symptoms are fatigue, mucus (clear) and a dull, intermittent ache in my upper back.

Possible: 10-14 days is not uncommon. Hints: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume .Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey, hot steam showers, Cold- Eze Lozenges, Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. every 4-6 hrs as needed. Ok to use 12 ...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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28 F. For the past couple of years I have passed a clear anal mucus after going to the toilet. No pain or other symptoms. Is this normal?

28 F. For the past couple of years I have passed a clear anal mucus after going to the toilet. No pain or other symptoms. Is this normal?

Prob normal: If this has been occurring for the past few years without other symptoms, it is prob normal. The discharge can be assoc with other conditions, however, and it would be best to discuss this with your health care provider on your next visit. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have clear mucus coming from my rectal, just like the cervical mucus. Especially if I finished a bm. No other bothersome symptoms. Normal?

Sometimes I have clear mucus coming from my rectal, just like the cervical mucus. Especially if I finished a bm. No other bothersome symptoms. Normal?

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more

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When I want to burp I always end up burping food and thick clear mucus.... What symptoms are they?

When I want to burp I always end up burping food and thick clear mucus.... What symptoms are they?

Acid reflux: Your symptoms could be caused by acid reflux. Certain foods, activities, medications and conditions that increase pressure in your abdomen can trigger reflux. An over the counter acid reflux medication may help your symptoms, but see your doctor for evaluation if you are not relieved or if your symptoms change or worsen. ...Read more

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I have been coughing clear mucus for about a month. No other symptoms. I did have a really bad cold for a couple weeks but this is lingering. Allergy?

I have been coughing clear mucus for about a month. No other symptoms. I did have a really bad cold for a couple weeks but this is lingering. Allergy?

Maybe: Since the mucous is clear, infection is unlikely. If you have a history of allergies, then the cough could be allergy-related. Also, it's not uncommon for irritation of the upper respiratory system to persist after the cold has resolved.. Finally, coughing causes irritation & irritation causes more coughing. Humidifying your air and using an OTC cough prep regularly for a few days may help you. ...Read more

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What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more