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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

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


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I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), nose itch, cough (quality: with phlegm or mucus), itchy eyes and watery eyes (worsened by: envir...

I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), nose itch, cough (quality: with phlegm or mucus), itchy eyes and watery eyes (worsened by: envir...

Better be seen: By your doctor or Urgent Care, you may very well have a viral Upper Respiratory Tract infection, vs allergic problem, in the interim, you may want to use OTC antihistamine as cetirizine or loratadine, saline nasal washes, pain killers, rest and fluids, best wishes ...Read more

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Had fever and would suddenly feel hot then cold, chest pains and cough producing green or yellow mucus. Runny nose with clear warm watery fluid, headaches, very tired, weight loss, eyes sunken?

Had fever and would suddenly feel hot then cold, chest pains and cough producing green or yellow mucus. Runny nose with clear warm watery fluid, headaches, very tired, weight loss, eyes sunken?

Plan: You have symptoms typical for common cold that usually viral infection. Use anti inflammatory medications like ibuprofen 400 mg 3-4 times a day and a lot of hot tea, honey, lemon. Home rest for 1-3 days as well. ...Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. ...Read more

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My left loung hurts when I breathe im coughing up clear bubbly phlem with strieks of green mucus I do smoke?

My left loung hurts when I breathe im coughing up clear bubbly phlem with strieks of green mucus I do smoke?

Need exam: Smoking puts you at risk for many illnesses so you need a chest CXR. Your symptoms suggest infection that involves the lining of your lung named the pleura which has nerve endings that cause pain with breathing. Smoking damages your lungs and can cause other chronic diseases such as bronchitis and chronic obstructive lung disease. Hope you feel better soon. Ask your doctor smoking cessation. ...Read more

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After using stimulants and probably not drinking enough water. I sometimes notice a clear mucus/flem in my urine. Is this a sign of major damage?

After using stimulants and probably not drinking enough water. I sometimes notice a clear mucus/flem in my urine. Is this a sign of major damage?

No but: It may be a sign of a urethral infection. Although usually accompanied b y pain it is not always painful when one has urethritis. Have the material examined by your doctor who can determine whether you should be treated for infection. ...Read more

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Stuffy runny nose no fever sneezing with somewhat productive cough that burns chest when coughing mucus is green yellow and white?

Stuffy runny nose no fever sneezing with somewhat productive cough that burns chest when coughing mucus is green yellow and white?

Sounds like: A bacterial infection.

Check with your lung doc and ask about the need of antimicrobials.

Good luck and all the best. ...Read more

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Bronchitis with green phlegm from chest & green snot for 2 weeks. Dark brown mucus in the mornings. How long is it normal for the mucus to stay dark?

Bronchitis with green phlegm from chest & green snot for 2 weeks. Dark brown mucus in the mornings. How long is it normal for the mucus to stay dark?

Without knowing: More I would say that "bronchitis" for 2 weeks needs evaluation. Possibly xray depending on physical exam. Wish I could offer more but with this limited info I would rec you see your dr. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing, excess mucus and green phlegm?

URI: Please start with your primary care doctor for exam, lung auscultation and antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Laughing much n louder causes wet cough with release of phlegm or white mucus for sometime. Any idea what problem?

Laughing much n louder causes wet cough with release of phlegm or white mucus for sometime. Any idea what problem?

Check out these: Links about bronchitis. Hope u feel better soon! Http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-bronchitis-basics. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/bronchitis/basics/definition/con-20014956. ...Read more

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Hi doc ^^ I'm been coughing for 3months and coughing with green phlegm and sneezing out same mucus in green colors. May I know what is the reason? Thks

Hi doc ^^ I'm been coughing for 3months and coughing with green phlegm and sneezing out same mucus in green colors. May I know what is the reason? Thks

Likely infection: Likely sinus infection; get saline nasal lavage. antihistamine with decongestant & fluids.
If possible a power nebulizer with saline (hypertonic, 3.5%) twice a day if then persist or a fever go to doctor for antibiotics ...Read more

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Why I keep spitting up mucus and phlegm, it had every day from 1-6 times I spitting up and it's from clear-light-dark yellow rarely some blood on it?

Why I keep spitting up mucus and phlegm, it had every day from 1-6 times I spitting up and it's from clear-light-dark yellow rarely some blood on it?

Spitting up blood: There are many reasons for your symptoms but without getting more information and talking to you and examining you I cannot help except to go to a walk in clinic if u do not have a reg doctor, some of the reasons are not good and some are no worries. See someone. Some BP MEDS cause cough. So need more info. Happy to do second opinion. ...Read more

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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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My tot have cough with phlegm when he wake up in the morning and after nap. Now he have colds clear mucus. Mouth Breathing. What do I need to do? =

My tot have cough with phlegm when he wake up in the morning and after nap. Now he have colds clear mucus. Mouth Breathing. What do I need to do? =

Mgt: I would suggest checking his temperature and treating any fever with tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. If he has nasal congestion, nasal saline spray and gentle suctioning can alleviate his mouth breathing/congestion.
If the cough persists, he should see your PCP. ...Read more

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What is it? I have cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying down, Good chest X-ray

Mgt: I would suggest an appointment with ENT. They may elect to do an endoscopy. For relief cool air mist humidification may be tried. An inbox consult is also available. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm, with phelgm or mucus) and arm pain. The following also describes me: Chest congestion. Green and yellow phlegm with blood. Was prescribed zpak. But afraid to take. Is there a substitute?

Take as prescribed: This sounds like a potentially serious infection, maybe even pneumonia. "Afraid to take" azithromycin (Zpak) is not rational; it is a very safe antibiotic with few side effects. Not treating your infection is MUCH riskier than any potential problem from the antibiotic. Take it as prescribed; if you remain concerned, discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Dark brown phlegm when I clear my throat / blow nose (1 week now). Sometimes I get completely clear mucus. Don't drink/smoke. No other symptoms.

Dark brown phlegm when I clear my throat / blow nose (1 week now). Sometimes I get completely clear mucus. Don't drink/smoke. No other symptoms.

May clear up: Many things can cause productive sputum and nasal drainage, including exposure to smoke or fumes, allergies and infections. But we have learned that most sinus infections and bronchitis do not need antibiotics, as they will almost always go away in a week or so. Especially with no other symptoms, waiting is a good option. If it persist another week or so, or more things happen, then be seen. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more