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I have had mucus in lungs and cough for the past 4-5 weeks. Cough and sputum has reduced much over this time but continues nevertheless. Any inputs?

I have had mucus in lungs and cough for the past 4-5 weeks. Cough and sputum has reduced much over this time but continues nevertheless. Any inputs?

Post nasal drip: Viral sinus infections often lead to a reactive hyperemia with post nasal drip for weeks to months after infection. Nasal washes plus nasal steroids might help shortness the course. These episodes tend to go away on their own. ...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


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What to do if I could feel mucus in my lungs but can't cough it up?

What to do if I could feel mucus in my lungs but can't cough it up?

Several things...: You can get chest percussion, use medications such as mucomyst, drink a lot of water, use a flutter valve. ...Read more

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I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that I can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that I can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

Need diagnosis....: Your symptoms are likely due to airway inflammation but this can have several etiologies. Possible diagnoses include asthma, acute bronchitis due to infection (less likely if symptoms persist for months), chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis as they all have different therapies. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help I also have asthma?

I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help I also have asthma?

Don't delay: Asthma is not a disease to take lightly or ignore. If night time symptoms occur more than twice a month or day symptoms more than twice a week, asthma is not controlled. There are many triggers that should be evaluated for and with nasal congestion, consideration to allergies and sinus issues is high. There are many excellent medications available to treat asthma and allergies. Relief is there. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoking: Smokers are prone to lung irritations and infections like bronchitis, which produces mucus and coughing. Hoping your Chantix helps you quit smoking -- your lungs are likely to be healthier when you do. ...Read more

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Is there any fruit or food that can reduce production of mucus in lungs or any food which helps to remove mucus from lung?

Is there any fruit or food that can reduce production of mucus in lungs or any food which helps to remove mucus from lung?

Food not a factor: Foods are not a factor in production of mucus in the lungs nor do foods help in removing it. Steam inhalation may help loosen the mucus and make it easier to come out. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of wheezing, and mucus in lungs/chest?

Is there a good way to get rid of wheezing, and mucus in lungs/chest?

See allergist: You need to see your doctor or allergist to find out the cause for these symptoms. It appears that you do have asthma. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Brown mucus: The brown colored mucus could be attributed to blood being mixed with phlegm.A small blood vessel could be broken in the lung tissue due to excessive pressoure. ...Read more

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For many years, sometimes when I lie flat/sleep I have very small amount of mucus in lungs/throat. When I get up I am instantly fine. Normal? Causes?

Lungs: Sounds like you may have some fluid in your lungs be it mucus or other fluid. When lying flat, the surface area involved in your lungs increases making you more short of breath. Causes are several including but not limited to chf, pleuritis, rad, asthma variant, mild copd, bronchitis, etc. Etc... Get eval, best wishes. ...Read more

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Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Yes: CHF is likely at young age also but your symptoms probably are not related to chf. Please check with your pcp and get evaluated. It may be just sinusitis. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

Could be allergies: Depending on any other symptoms, could be allergies. You might try over-the-counter Flonase and/or Zyrtec (cetirizine). If it does not improve, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It: It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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If I cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

If I cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

Yes: But it could also come from sinus, nasal passage, pharynx, bronchus and lungs. Color of mucous important, how much, what cough sounds like, hx of lung disease, meds you are on. ...Read more

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I GET CHRONIC BRONCITIS, AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET MUCUS OUT OF LUNGS IS TO BREATHE OUT VERY HARD AND RATTLE THE MUCUS, AND THEN COUGH HARD.

I GET CHRONIC BRONCITIS, AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET MUCUS OUT OF LUNGS IS TO BREATHE OUT VERY HARD AND RATTLE THE MUCUS, AND THEN COUGH HARD.

Bronchitis: There are also medications available that help to thin the mucus and make it easier to expel. You might also want to have a pulmonary function test to see how your breathing is doing. Your doctor can prescribe inhaled medications to improve your function and symptoms. Of course, avoid smoke and other irritants. ...Read more

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What causes a bad cough very little mucus and a small pain in one lung?

What causes a bad cough very little mucus and a small pain in one lung?

Dry cough: The list is long, including asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip, chronic sinusitis, pertussis, medication side effects sch as ace inhibitors, the list is long, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a constant mucus producing cough and get out of breath easily & I feel like I can't fill my lungs with enough air to breathe. What could it be?

Bronchitis: These symptoms are consistent with chronic bronchitis with features of possible emphysema or asthma even in the absence of wheezing. Of course you must avoid smoking and other causes of pollution. I recommend that you see a pulmonologist for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate testing will be done. ...Read more

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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...Read more

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It feels like I have a plug of mucus in my lungs and it won't cough up, and is causing hoarseness?

It feels like I have a plug of mucus in my lungs and it won't cough up, and is causing hoarseness?

Cough: This is not unheard of, especially here in the pnw this year. Prolonged coughing and slow recovery can be normal this year. But, if you have not been to the doctor to see if you have pneumonia then it may be time.

Otherwise good hydration and rest is key. ...Read more

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I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

Be seen: It could be several things, from an infection to more chronic lung diseases. If pneumonia, it sounded atypical at first, but you may be getting an infection on top of it. Emphysema (COPD) can act this way, as can asthma. Drug reactions can cause cough. Lung cancer also has to be considered. Shortness of breath is a serious problem and needs more evaluation. ...Read more

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I am weezing in my right lung only but when I cough I can clear out the mucus. Then is clogs again and I weez. Any idea?

I am weezing in my right lung only but when I cough I can clear out the mucus. Then is clogs again and I weez. Any idea?

See doctor...: You need your doctor to examine you to be certain that you are only wheezing on one side since sometimes the wheeze may be more prominent on one side but there is wheezing in both lungs. If you truly have a one-sided wheeze, that indicates obstruction in that lung and you would need a bronchoscopy to determine what is obstructing the airway like a mucous plug, foreign body, tumor, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are my chances estimated of lung cancer at 22? I don't smoke or drink. But woke up with a cough and feeling of mucus in chest?

What are my chances estimated of lung cancer at 22? I don't smoke or drink. But woke up with a cough and feeling of mucus in chest?

<1% over next 30 yrs: The risk of developing lung cancer in the us by age group: http://www. Cdc. Gov/cancer/lung/statistics/age. Htm. At age 22, yours is less than 1 % over the next 30 years. It is much higher if you start smoking or work/live in an environment with great exposure to passive smoke, asbestos, mining dust, or radiation like radon. ...Read more

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On my back where my lungs are I feel pain there whenever I take a deep breath/yawn/cough. And whenever I spit out mucus there's a lot of blood in it.

On my back where my lungs are I feel pain there whenever I take a deep breath/yawn/cough. And whenever I spit out mucus there's a lot of blood in it.

Bloody Mucous.: At your age infection is most likely and TB is one of these. A tumor is less likely. Not anywhere near enough information to tell what is going on but see a physician right away. This has the potential to be very serious for you and the people around you. See a physician now.
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I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasn't gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasn't gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

Unlikely: At 36 yr old cancer will not be the first diagnosis, glad you stopped smoking, cancer of lung is very rare at your age. See your doctor after examination he will get a chest x-ray. Most likely you have bronchitis, or even pneumonia will treat you with a course of antibiotics with cough syrup. ...Read more

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For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

Considering your age: And the SEASON

Allergies are my guess for the excessive CLEAR (means not-infected) mucous I your upper airways!


Try an OTC ANTI-HISTAMINE (eg Claritin)

Hope this helps
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Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Cold persistent: You cold has been persistent for 2 weeks and it involves breathing. I think you should see your family doctor of the one how prescribes the humilin for you if you can see them. I think you need a chest X-ray. If you are coughing colored secretions, you will need antibiotics. See the doctor on Monday or Tuesday. You will be feeling better by the first of the year. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Cough (Definition)

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