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Is Coughing Out Phlegm A Sign Of Recovery From Cold
It can be, but…: it can also be a sign of other things, in addition, and should be worked up by your physician. I would schedule an office appointment, and be alert for any other symptoms which may occur in the meantime. Good luck. ...Read more
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
Cough: Sometimes forceful coughing can cause superficial blood vessels to rupture. Some infections are really irritating to the airway and leave it more susceptible to bleeding from the inflammation. In general, the cough and bloody expectorant should resolved or be resolving within a week of the infectious symptoms resolving. If you are concerned or symptoms don't resolve, see your doctor! ...Read more
Yes it can be: Yes, it can be. See MD to determine cause. ...Read more
Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today theres a rumble is this pneumonia?
Unlikely: Most cases of bloody nose (epistaxis) are not from cancer. There are many reasons and the most common are nose picking or other trauma including nose sprays, dry air, bleeding disorders, medications like aspirin, infections (common cold or sinus). Other cause may be high blood pressure, low platelet count, pregnancy, cancer (leukemia) and more. If nose bleeds are severe or recurrent, see ENT doc. ...Read more
I'm coughing clear phlegm and blowing it out through my nose after my flu sickest days is this a good sign?
Well: Generally when you have a viral respiratory infections and your secretions become clear it's improving and clearing from your system ...Read more
I've coughed up a couple small light yellow/green pieces of solid phlegm. The odor is awful. Is this a sign of something very serious?
What is meant by the term coughing up blood? Literal coughing or just blood in phlegm coming out naturally?
Meaning...: The term coughing up blood means that there is blood in the phlegm that is coughed up from the airways. The medical term for this is hemoptysis. The most common cause for this is bronchitis but there are many other causes including lung cancer. This symptom is serious and should always be evaluated by a doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a remedy for a sneeze that turns into a cough this is always followed by an annoying tickle and cough from the back of my throat?
Possible allergy: Typical allergy symptoms are itching, sneezing, post nasal drainage with cough and nasal congestion. If an antihistamine helps, this would support the idea that an allergy is present. An allergist can assist in identifying what the allergy is and provide additional treatment options if necessary. ...Read more
Coughing up hard thick yellowish bloody phlegm. Could this be a sinus infection since the air is really dry and cold? Also causes a sore throat.
Coughing up: Blood at any time requires further work up! see your pcp. Do not put this off. ...Read more
High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?
Viral Infection: The most likely cause of a runny nose, cough, and fever is a viral infection. It is possible for these symptoms to be related to a bacterial infection that would require antibiotics, however most physicians will advise to wait 24-48 hours before considering prescribing and antibiotic in the absence of any other definitive symptoms that would suggest a bacterial infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Could visible mucous throughout stool be from the cold I am getting over? My cold involved a lot of mucous which is now draining out.
It could: Lots of mucous could go down the GI tract.Usually though it would be changed and not be mucousy when it left.Some infections can cause bowel involvement too which can lead to changed stool.Especially at a young age, if this all that is there and it goes away, likely not a big deal.However, if your bowels or bowel habits change or you see blood with mucous, have fevers, weight change get checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be: Several different things. Sometimes infections are very low grade and you may just be stricken by an annoying cough. But this could also be related to acid reflux or sinus issues complicated by post nasal drip(allergic or not). If you find it bothersome seek an in person evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've been having phlegm issues for the past few months but I have not been sick.No cold or cough, just phlegm. What is the issue?
Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, or perhaps bronchospasm or post-nasal drip. Each of these has different treatments so see your doctor to determine the diagnosis in your case. If you are smoking, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more
No: Neither rice nor milk causes phlegm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more
Before I got a cold, I occasionally would cough (not lying down). Got a cold 3 weeks ago but occasionally cough with little phlegm. What could it be?
? Sinusitis: Can still cause such symptoms, use saline nasal washes often, if no improvement, see your doctor for evaluation, best wishes ...Read more
Every time i catch a cold, i cough up bloody phlegm for about a month afterwards. What can I try?
Possible airway: Cough is one of the lasts symptoms to clear after a cold taking 4-6 weeks to resolve. You may be having airway inflammation more likely to cause bloody mucus. May also have reactive airway disease or cough variant asthma which might clear faster with asthma inhalers. May have acute bronchitis from bacteria so antibiotics. If bleeding persists past time cold passed then suggest pulmonary md. ...Read more
About 3 weeks ago started a dry cough.Then about a week ago, wet cough and cold symp. Still coughing green phlegm.Give more time? Non smoker.
Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.
I had a bad cold for about a week but i am now totally fine. But i feel like i still have a bit of phlegm to cough up and snot to blow out, but i cant?
Completely normal: That's completely normal. It often takes 10-20 days to completely recover from a cold. Drink plenty of warm fluids and get plenty of rest. Steam inhalation can help with loosening up the congestion. Wishing you a speedy recovery. ...Read more
Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more
If Viral, none: Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Instead of antibiotics, treat cold with supportive care. If daughter is over 1 year of age, try using honey for cough. Salt water drops can help to relieve nasal congestion. Also avoid multi-symptom preparations as they are not recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics. ...Read more
My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week.. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?
Infection: Viral infections are common and usually go away in time. When the symptoms persist and the color of mucus changes form clear/yellow to dark green/brown, etc. It could signify the condition is caused by a bacterial infection and your husband may need to see a dr. For definitive diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more
I saw a red spot in my phlegm i have a cough and cold but i dont feel anything what does it mean?
Irritation: Many times when one has respiratory symptoms or cold like symptoms and cough a great deal the throat becomes dry and irritated. Most likely without the benefit of a good history this is what you have done bespectacled if only one time experience. Drink lots of fluids and see doctor if occurs again ...Read more
About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm ?
Normal: It is normal for phlegm to have a salty taste. It will clear up on its own. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I'm going on a date later and i want to temporarily relieve the coughing up phlegm and the dry cough that comes from the common cold. Suggestions?
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
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