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Is Coughing Out Phlegm A Sign Of Recovery From Cold
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 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
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
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
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
I’ve had a bad cold for the past 8 days. Now it’s worse I have a cough with phlegm. Sharp pains in lower left back, hurts when I breath in.
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
My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?
Can be normal: Babies often have a congested sound because they breathe through their nose and can't blow their noses. Your baby may also have some milk/formula in back of throat that she is not clearing or coughing like adults would. As long as your baby is not having labored breathing, and it is not interferring with her eating or sleeping, treat it as just a noise. ...Read more
I saw a red spot in my phlegm I have a cough and cold but I don't 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?
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.
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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?
Infection are a nuisance but contagious.
Do, the date a favor and cancel not cover up. She will appreciate and go out with you later! ...Read more
Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?
Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.
Hi 31 f with asthma. Had cold, now sob need to cough, can't always clear it. Lungs feel half full. Phlegm clear frothy pef is at 60%. What should I do?
I cough (chesty cough) when im feeling cold or in very cold environment. I smoke. No sputum/phlegm but a bit of wheezing?
Asthma: Patients with asthma often find that their symptoms of wheezing and/or coughing will be worse in cold air or if they have a cold. Certainly the smoking may also make you more sensitive to irritants or allergens which can trigger symptoms. Stopping smoking and getting on the correct medication will make it easier to control your symptoms. ...Read more
I don't have cough or cold but from past 2yrs when I eat spicy food I coughout jelly like phlegm I quit smoking 4yrs back.
Had a bad cough with alot of phlegm/sputum about 2 months ago. Now I have it again. Can I already have COPD at age 25? Or just a common cold twice?
Likely Cold: Given your age, and common things being common, likely just a cold. Symptoms of COPD include airflow limitation that is progressive. Associated with chronic inflammation of the lungs to noxious particles or gases like smoking. Most important risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking. Amount/duration contribute to disease severity. If you have no smoking history and otherwise healthy, it's not COPD ...Read more
Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?
Phlegm, shortness of breath, whizing, cough at night. Consistent cold and sneezing every 2 days of week.?
Had a cold a couple of weeks ago. I've had a cough since but no congestion or stuffy nose. No phlegm when I cough?
I am suffering from cough and cold with yellow phlegm and mild fever, during summer. What is the reason behind this?
Just getting over cold and now have a cough, tight chest and feels like phlegm on chest and my chest feels cold and wheezing?
Clear chest X-ray no clots or signs but constant cough with clear or white phlegm with blood tinged sometimes is this to worry about?
Sounds like: At least some form of bronchitis with inflammation of your airways, which can account for blood tinged sputum at times. Unfortunately without more history, better guidance is difficult. There could be many causes beyond a blood clot, to your symptoms. Did your doctor (s) give you an idea of what's going on and/or some treatment plan to address your symptoms? ...Read more
I got a cold/viral infection 2 weeks ago. Although I feel better overall, I now have a cough & phlegm that comes up occasionally. Advice?
My 9 yr old has a cough after a flu/cold it's been 2 weeks and there has been no fever and the cough is more phlegm than dry. Worse at night.?
Every couple of months I been havin dry cough worse at night a little bit of phlegm No fever no chills Is dry cough associated with HIV or just a cold?
My husband has colds & cough. Took antihistamine (mucobron forte)3x day which made it better now when he coughs, having sharp chest pain & green phlegm?
My kids & I have cough with & without phlegm. Body aches. Cold but no chills. Chest burning. Doc or not?
Yes: Better to visit a doctor. You have flu dymptoms. ...Read more
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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