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Metallic Taste When Coughing Phlegm
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 have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?
Since your cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it needs to be evaluated. A physician should listen to your lungs with a stethescope and examine your ears and throat. A lung or bronchial infection, new onset asthma or sinus drainage are just three possible causes for a persistent cough. ...Read more
I am having a metallic taste in my mouth and a worsening"hacking/phlegm" cough. In case its relevant, I am also taking Zoloft (sertraline) and Claritin for allergies. What should I do?
Probably phelgm: Mucous secretion due to that produced in the upper sinus passages and upper airway as well at that produced in the lower respiratory tree can drain into the back of the mouth and when tasted, can have a metallic taste pending the type of infection, some blood and if mixed with medications, food and other ingestants, give the metallic taste. If this doesn't clear with "wellness" get checked out. ...Read more
Productive cough for week with metallic taste in mouth and wheeze on exhale. Worse when lying down. No fever. Require doctor visit? Started like cold.
I have had chest congestion for close to a week. My symptoms have gotten significantly better; however I am still coughing up deep brown / slightly red tint to the brown phlegm, specifically in mornings and evenings. I also have an odd "metallic" taste
Do not ignore: Discolored mucous may be blood. Metallic taste may be blood. Seek care ASAP. ...Read more
Metallic mouth taste:
There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved.
The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more
Severe Cough/congestion off & on for 2 mos. Been treated with antibiotics/steroids (4wks ago). Now have metallic taste when coughing. Why?
Medication effects: It's quite possible one of the medications you were given (clarithromycin?) gave you the metallic taste. Some antibiotics are known for that side effect. Sometimes too mucus from sinus drainage can taste pretty bad... It sounds like you need a thorough check-up. I wonder if you've been diagnosed with asthma or reactive airway disease - that could explain the ongoing cough. See an ID doc if you can ...Read more
Sick with a cold and feeling better but have a metallic taste cough. What could this mean? Will it go away on its own? Is it serious?
Medications?: Some meds have side effects of a metallic taste... Are you on any for your cold? Google the meds you are taking and their side effects. ...Read more
Side effect?: Antibiotics, antifungals, thyroid meds, high blood pressure meds and lithium are known for creating metallic taste in mouth. Contact your pharmacist or doctor. If you are being treated for periodontal disease as using Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) try drinking orange juice. If it continues see you doctor to rule out illness. ...Read more
I had to get an Mri and had anesthesia after I was done I had a metallic taste for a few days. I also developed a cough. Four days dry cough.?
I been having a dry cough with a metallic taste in my mouth plus some whizzing what does that mean?
Bad cough, metallic taste, wheezing and mucus. Happens only at night. Lasts 5-10 minutes then stops. Inhaler doesn't help. What could be the problem?
I have a metallic taste when I cough &have a painful ear as well. 2 weeks ago I had hysterectomy & just before that sinus infex w/ear infex.
Fluid still in ear?: Your ear is probably not back to normal from infection. If your ear is still with fluid, though, not infected, it can produce metallic taste as there is a taste nerve in the middle ear. Coughing will also force positive pressure into your middle ear. If it is already full of fluid or is tender, it will cause pain. ...Read more
Coughing over a month. Diagnosed with bronchitis. Got better. Cough returned. Barking with metallic taste. 37 weeks pregnant. What should I do?
See your doc: Though you said you got better from your bronchitis, I think you may have had a relapse and might benefit from another course of a different antibiotic. There are a number of safe antibiotics you could be treated with so see you doctor and hopefully you will be feeling better before you go into labor. ...Read more
Is there any over-the-counter medicine that would cause a cough and metallic taste in back of throat?
Dx'd with PNA 1 week ago and given Z-Pak, which was finished yesterday. Still gurgling cough and metallic taste in mouth. Still infected?
Depends: Depends on if you have other symptoms of infection for example Fever/chills elevated white count. If cough is productive you should get sputum cultures done. Repeat CXR to document resolution of pneumonia, also not every cough is pneumonia and viral infections are tend to be more common in this season and not treatable with Abx. Recommend flu test and discuss with your primary. ...Read more
I have had a rather persistent cough for about a month now. I get a bloody/metallic taste in my mouth often once I cough. I do not see any blood though.?
Vague: Recommend that you see a Dr. Asap and get tested and evaluated. Month is too long to have these symptoms- could be allergies ...Read more
Levaquin (levofloxacin) x10 days ended 3 weeks ago for pneumonia. Cough still, thick mucus sometimes w/metallic taste/malodor. No fever/headache. Normal or see my md?
Why do I have a metallic taste in my mouth when I cough? I'm not on an antibiotic anymore I stopped almost 2 months ago but my cough and wheezing are still lingering. Is that normal for it to be 2 months with cough and wheezing and metallic taste? Thanks!
I breathed in dry leaves/dust mowing, immediate chest pain and afterwards have cough w/ gurgling & bloody/metallic taste in mouth. Should I see a doc?
Yes you should: Yes you should see a doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've had a bad cough, bronchitis, recently stopped smoking, metallic taste when I cough. Cough turned dry and chronic last 3 days. Difficulty breathing. Severe lower left abdominal pain started today
Since you have abd pain, difficulty breathing and a cough, these symptoms may indicate that you have pneumonia. Pneumonia does not necessarily mean that you have a bacterial illness, but this sometimes does occur following a viral illness.
Please see you physician and a virtual consult is also available on follow up. ...Read more
I've had chest pain and a cough among other flu like symptoms for six weeks. Dizziness and metallic taste in mouth after coughing. What is this?
Sinus infection: You sound like you've developed a sinus infection or acute bronchitis - you should see your family doctor to see if a course of antibiotics is appropriate. Take your temperature: do you have fever? Are you producing phlegm, either from your cough or your nose? If so, what color is it? ...Read more
I get a dry cough every winter, does not produce mucus and a metallic taste in my mouth, labored and wheezing breath which worsens during exercise?
Sounds like asthma: You likely have bronchial asthma which is often worsened by breathing in cold and dry air. Interestingly dust mites population usually increases from early winter to early spring and thus you may have a dust mite allergy as well. You need to get a lung function test and may need a controller drug for asthma at least during the winter months. The metallic taste s->? sinusitis or gum disease. ...Read more
I have had a dry cough for over a month now and metallic taste in my mouth after coughing. & a bruise came up behind my knee overnight.?
Medical care: I don't know what risk factors you might have for an underlying cause, but, regardless, a cough that lasts a month or more requires evaluation. The metallic taste might be an associated symptom, especially if you have infection in your sinuses or bronchial passages. As to the bruise behind your knee, only further evaluation will reveal what's causing it. ...Read more
Had the flu 1 1/2 weeks ago. Now I have metallic taste in my mouth when I cough. I do cough blood up only in the mornings. Should I see a doctor?
What: What are you waiting for? Please call your GP as soon as possible. ...Read more
Might be GERD:
Be sure to have your doctor check you out for gastric reflux - your dry cough may be the result of irritated tissue in your throat. Stomach acid can create small patches of throat lining that are inflamed and cause a chronic cough. Metallic taste can also be from stomach acids on your taste buds.
One common reason for gerd is sleep apnea, so if you snore, ask questions about that also. ...Read more
Bacteria/virus: That taste comes from the bacterial/viral bodies in your sinus and throat and even in the rough surface of your tongue. Should go away with the cold. ...Read more
The past 6 weeks I have been woken up from sleep by coughing and feeling like I was choking 3x. I have no pain, no burning, no metallic taste.?
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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