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Over-production of mucus for years. It has never been clear, always thick and yellow. Is this chronic sinusitis and what should I do?

Over-production of mucus for years. It has never been clear, always thick and yellow. Is this chronic sinusitis and what should I do?

Find food allergy: Most people that have significant mucous production have an undiagnosed food allergy. The constant inflammation from this revs up the immune system and manifests as nasal allergy. Go to a4m.Com and use physician locator to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you evaluate igg food allergens with specialized tests from genova like cdsa. I had this and figured out was gluten intolerant! Read more

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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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Does mucus production in the body usually increase?

Does mucus production in the body usually increase?

Depends on the need!: Mucus production is actually a defense mechanism to protect our body. When we get exposed to bacteria, viruses, fungus, and irritants in our airway, the surface immune cells lining the tubes of airway and sinuses produce the chemicals that assist in getting rid of the offending agents. If there is a recent need for expelling something from our airway, then our body produces more mucus. Read more

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Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.

Mucus secretions: Mucus secretions can be minimized by taking drying agents like antihistamines with or without decongestants like sudafed. This would be the opposite effect of expectorants or mucolytic agents like mucinex or expectorant like guaifenesin. Read more

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What neurotransmitter stimulates the production of tears, saliva, and mucus?

What neurotransmitter stimulates the production of tears, saliva, and mucus?

IT DEPENDS: Sympathetic nervous system release nor-epinephrine. Parasympathetic nervous system releases Acetylcholine and Substance P. The innervation scheme is complex and depends on the target gland. Read more

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Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing. If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A virtual consult is available by appt. For further management. Read more

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Do sinuses "shut down" when one is asleep, or do es production of mucus etc continue?

It continues: The production of mucous is constant throughout the day. It may vary based on airflow, air temperature, irritants in the air etc. Read more

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What could cause excess mucus production that want go away even after taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) for an extended period?

Several: Allergies, Polyps, Sinusitis, Bacterial contaminations.? Trauma, smoker, nasal septal issues? Other illnesses? 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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More mucus is produced if you have allergies. Wouldn't more mucus production offer more protection against pathogens? Since that is the job of mucus.

More mucus is produced if you have allergies. Wouldn't more mucus production offer more protection against pathogens? Since that is the job of mucus.

Good question: Although it is true that the mucous blanket which is formed by secretion from goblet cells and mucous glands in the upper and lower respiratory tract move potential pathogens out of this respiratory tract, excessive mucus from allergy or other diseases that increase mucus production will inhibit this muco-ciliary movement and actually make you more prone to disease because of impaired cilia. Read more

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What's the best way to reduce mucus production if antihistamines and nasal steroids are not working? Thanks!

What's the best way to reduce mucus production if antihistamines and nasal steroids are not working? Thanks!

Need to be seen: Either allergies or recurrent problems with sinus drainage may still be problems. You need to see your ENT doctor. If he/she cannot resolve the issue, you may need to see an allergist. Read more

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Is it common to be short of breath and have excessive mucus production even two months after quitting smoking?

Is it common to be short of breath and have excessive mucus production even two months after quitting smoking?

Yes: It all depends on how long you smoked and if you already have chronic bronchitis (which is a form of copd). To evaluate that you may need full pulmonary function test. Remember when you quit smoking, inflammation that the smoking triggered does not quit right away Read more

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I have been coughing for two weeks with stuck mucus in chest and throat with no production. Help.

I have been coughing for two weeks with stuck mucus in chest and throat with no production. Help.

Cough, mucus: Avoid cigarette smoke. Drink plenty of water; use vaporizer &/or mucolytic like Mucinex (guaifenesin) to loosen mucus & facilitate coughing it out. Moisture from shower can also help. If fever, chills, aches, see pcp to be checked for bronchitis or pneumonia or influenza, allergies, acid reflux. Read more

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