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Over Production Of Mucus
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: Fairly common, doesn't mean anything bad.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have an ileostomy and have daily rectal mucus that is increasing. Had weekly mucus last year. How can I slow mucus production or stop it?
Does the increased production of mucus help our bodies get over an illness? If so then why do we take medications to decrease mucous production?
Yes, and...: ...In some cases (such as allergy) the mucus is produced inappropriately, and should be reduced. Read more
Are there any chemicals proven to reduce mucus production? No expectorants please. There must be something that "temporarily" stops it.
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
I have a burning tongue, a postnasal mucus drop and excessive salivary production- what could this be?
I've been recovering from pneumonia for a month and half now and still am having exesive mucus production. Should I mention this to my doctor?
I tend to spit due to excessive mucus production particularly after food intake. Please advise a medicine to cure thix?
What could cause excess mucus production that want go away even after taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) for an extended period?
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
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
What's the best way to reduce mucus production if antihistamines and nasal steroids are not working? Thanks!
Is it common to be short of breath and have excessive mucus production even two months after quitting smoking?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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