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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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I had pnd and stuffy nose i thought it was allergies. Now my head isstuffed and my chest hurts and I have a mucous cough should I go to the dr?

I had pnd and stuffy nose i thought it was allergies. Now my head isstuffed and my chest hurts and I have a mucous cough should I go to the dr?

Good idea: If the symptoms have been going on for more than a week and seem to be worsening, then chances are that you are developing a bacterial infection that should be treated with a primary care doctor initially. ...Read more

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My 22mo has had a mucousy cough, mostly during naps or at night for 2 wks. Otherwise he's energetic and happy. What's the prob? And, should I worry?

My 22mo has had a mucousy cough, mostly during naps or at night for 2 wks. Otherwise he's energetic and happy. What's the prob? And, should I worry?

Sinusitis: If your child had had a cold before the cough began, he may have a bacterial sinus infection. When he lies down the sinuses are draining down his throat and will set off the coughing. During the day there is less drainage and therefore less coughing. The original cold is over so his behavior is otherwise back to normal. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i take ventolin to break up a mucousy cough?

Can i take ventolin to break up a mucousy cough?

Depends....: If the cough is due to bronchospasm, then a bronchodilator like ventolin may be helpful. However, there are other reasons for a cough besides bronchospasm where a bronchodilator would not be helpful. In order to get your cough diagnosed and treated, see your doctor. Also, if the ventolin was not prescribed for you, you should not take it since it could be harmful. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). Fever from Strep usually resolves in 2-3 days with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Child has strep throat but also has mucousy cough, is the cough from the strep or another infection?

Child has strep throat but also has mucousy cough, is the cough from the strep or another infection?

Upper respiratory: infections can accompany strep throat. Strep is itself an upper respiratory infection. Often a cold is the trigger for strep to be activated. Can use supportive care such as a humidifier and vicks, and if your child needs it a cough med, Check with your doctor about the use of other meds ...Read more

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Child has strep and mucousy cough can I give him mucinex (guaifenesin) with his antibiotic azythromycin?

Child has strep and mucousy cough can I give him mucinex (guaifenesin) with his antibiotic azythromycin?

Should be fine: There should be no interaction between mucinex (guaifenesin) and azithromycin. Just be sure to use supportive measures like fluids, humidifier, elevate the head of the bed and use vapor rub to help with the congestion as well. ...Read more

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Does child's abdomen MRI w/contrast need to be rescheduled if he has a mucousy cough? No fever. Trying without sedation first but may need sedation.

Does child's abdomen MRI w/contrast need to be rescheduled if he has a mucousy cough? No fever. Trying without sedation first but may need sedation.

MRI: If sedation is required, she will be unable to protect her airway. This would be worse if she had a cold. Always be safe. Wait until she is well. All the best. If the MRI is emergent she could be intubated for the procedure. ...Read more

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My 10 month old has had a persistent mucousy cough for about 2months and regularly has thick yellow discharge from nose and occasionally eyes. Ideas?

My 10 month old has had a persistent mucousy cough for about 2months and regularly has thick yellow discharge from nose and occasionally eyes. Ideas?

Allergic sinusitis: Sounds like your baby may have allergies resulting in sinusitis. If she has a fever you should seek medical help. If not, i would try eliminating milk products from her diet. The eye drainage is not of concern unless it is accompanied by swelling of the lids or redness of the white of the eyes. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more