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I am extremely tired, loss of appetite, and my body is sore. I feel like I have mucus stuck in my lungs and I also feel soreness in my back... Could you shed some light on this for me?

I am extremely tired, loss of appetite, and my body is sore. I feel like I have mucus stuck in my lungs and I also feel soreness in my back... Could you shed some light on this for me?

Walking: pneumonia or a lingering infection is my impression.
Have you taken a chest xray and completed a course of antibiotics? If not, please make an appointment with your primary care or a Healthtap video consult. ...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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Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Needs a Mucolytic: The best way to mobilize 'stuck' phlegm is to try a mucolytic. WATER actually works pretty well- so I would hydrate, hydrate, hydrate as the first thing... Then, you could try over the counter Guaifenesin which can speed up the heart as a side effect, but should thin things out. What I personally use is HOT CHILI - the spice -if you like spicy foods. A steroid inhaler would help the asthma, yes. ...Read more

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Fever 101.2 feeling exhausted head hurts, dry cough for 2 days but mucus is stuck in lungs. Nose and throat are ok. Pneumonia Or flu?

Fever 101.2 feeling exhausted head hurts, dry cough for 2 days but mucus is stuck in lungs. Nose and throat are ok. Pneumonia Or flu?

Hard to say; get see: A fever of 101.2 deg F is significant & not low-grade (100.4 deg F) so a bacterial infection is definitely possible. Detecting it, tho, is tricky as u will require blood tests & timed blood cultures when ur temp goes that high. Pneumonia just means infx of lungs, not specified as to bacteria or viral. U can get secondary infections of bacteria after lungs weakened by flu virus. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have mucus the stuck to my lungs 1week from now?

I have mucus the stuck to my lungs 1week from now?

Are you sure it's mu: Long time to have "mucus" stuck in your lungs without resolution. Are you sure it's just mucus? See your family doctor for exam and possible x-ray. Do you smoke? If so that may holding back improvement. ...Read more

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How do I get mucus out of my lungs?

How do I get mucus out of my lungs?

You can try: Mucinex (guaifenesin). It is over the counter and can help break up mucus so you can cough it out. You also, may want to see your doctor if this does not help/resolve the issue. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Unable to clear mucus from lungs. When I rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

Unable to clear mucus from lungs. When I rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

See doctor: Need to be seen by pulmonologist or primary doctor for exam and testing including chest x ray, sputum culture, etc. Could be anything from asthma, copd, bronchitis, fungal infection etc. ...Read more

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The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

Not directly: Excess mucous in the lungs could be associated with chronic sinus disease (a cause of headaches) or cough (severe coughing can lead to headaches). ...Read more

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Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Is it possible for lungs to create and/8or retain mucus?

Yes: Lungs particularly bronchus's job is to produce mucus. The bronchial tubes have goblet cell which produce mucus. In chronic bronchitis, the goblet cells produce a lot more mucus. Mucus is a normal healthy function of lungs. Mucus traps bacteria, dust, etc. Mucus with the cilia forms escalator which brings the mucus from the bottom of lungs to throat and then swallowed to the stomach. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs get mucus in my lungs when I rat something sweet?

Why do my lungs get mucus in my lungs when I rat something sweet?

Nerves: When you eat, particularly if something cold, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated and this has the side effect of cuasing mucus glands to be more active. This is a stronger response in some than in others and is a normal response. ...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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What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?

Don't know: How can you see the constant sticky clear mucus, forming on the surface of your lungs everyday for 3 months? This is medically impossible. Thanks. ...Read more

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My lungs are burning, especially when I smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

My lungs are burning, especially when I smoke and I am coughing up white mucus. What can this be?

Stop smoking: Its your lungs telling you to stop smoking. Maybe other words for it (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.,), but it really boils down to the first thought. ...Read more

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I choked on water and mucus really think mucus from eating a cookie what will happen if get in the lungs?

I choked on water and mucus really think mucus from eating a cookie what will happen if get in the lungs?

Self limited: If you got a small part of a cookie in your lungs, it would probably cause you to cough and expel it. Otherwise it can cause some mild to moderate local inflammation temporarily. ...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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Could you tell me if flu pills that are not subscribed actually help control or even destroy some of the mucus that got in your lungs?

Could you tell me if flu pills that are not subscribed actually help control or even destroy some of the mucus that got in your lungs?

Flu pills: The term "flu pills" could be referring to a number of things. Don't know if you are asking about antiviral medication. Please re-ask with clarification about what the specific medication is. Take care. ...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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What can I do to get mucus out of my lungs when I have bronchitis/asthma?

Cough: In all seriousness, that is highly effective. Often there is a component of post nasal drip present and nasal steroids, saline rinses, and antihystamines help as well. If allergies are persistant see an allergist about getting treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I always have mucus in my lungs, not that bad, but how can I get rid of it, what is the reason?

Why do I always have mucus in my lungs, not that bad, but how can I get rid of it, what is the reason?

Doctor can evaluate: A person who has a cough producing mucus should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there is allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, or perhaps another problem in the throat or chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...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.

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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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

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Black streaks in my mucus and tight lung feeling : (I'm 19 and smoked for 3-4 years?

Black streaks in my mucus and tight lung feeling : (I'm 19 and smoked for 3-4 years?

Stop smoking: The lungs are very delicate, used to extract oxygen from the air and transfer it to the blood. Filling them with soot is very harmful. 4 years of smoking isn't enough to result in cancer but within a few weeks if giving up smoking, the chest tightness and abnormal mucus should stop. ...Read more

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If I don't ve asthma, but just bronciectasis, should I use inhalors regularly? I ve no breathless mostly but shd I use them to keep lungs clear of mucus

If I don't ve asthma, but just bronciectasis, should I use inhalors regularly? I ve no breathless mostly but shd I use them to keep lungs clear of mucus

Bronchiectasis: You should (or already have) see a pulmonologist to monitor and maintain adequate pulmonary function. If your pulmonologist recommended a treatment there is probably a good reason. If you are unsure why, you must definitely ask him/her why they have started therapy. Better to ask questions and know why and what you are using. ...Read more

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With cystic fibrosis what do you use to expel mucus from lungs?

With cystic fibrosis what do you use to expel mucus from lungs?

Cilia, hydration, Rx: Mucus lubricates and protects the linings of the airways, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues. But in cystic fibrosis, it is abnormally thick and sticky. Thus, it can obstruct the airways, etc. Keeping well to over hydrated, ned's like mucormyst, abx when appropriate can help. ...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

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