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Persistent Yellow Phlegm No Sick
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?
Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. What can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more
Is it normal to spit/hack up yellow phlegm everyday? Worse in the morning. I'm not sick and this has been going on for a while, maybe a year.
Sputum: Not normal. See a physician for an xray or perform a virtual consult ...Read more
Persistent yellow phlegm (after swollen tonsils) for couple of years after mono, now gums bleed a bit. Bad sign?
Sick 1x a month. Cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.
A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?
Virus &/or allergies: Viral upper respiratory infections can hang around for weeks, but may be compounded by allergies. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see a primary care provider at this point for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Always get a flu (cough, cold, sore throat, yellow phlegm) within a week after exercise. A 1 hour gym class and I'm sick. How to prevent this pls?
Exercise/infection: There is some evidence that parameters of immune function can be slightly diminished with intense exercise but this is more than balanced by the beneficial effects of exercise. The probability here is that you are being exposed to classmates with infections that are transmitted to you, and not that your immune system is being compromised. ...Read more
Can I take my 5 avelox HCl 400 mg tablets? I am bringing up yellow phlegm. I have a sore throat, gargled salt water and took tylenol (acetaminophen) still feel sick?
See pcp: Before starting quinalones, they, don't help strep infection. Antibiotics in viral infection rarely help unless secondary infection has set in! ...Read more
Sick for a week coughin up dark green flem & boogers are bright yellow I was taking penicillin k for a tooth inf I haven't got better should I see dr?
See your physician:
Take action today and see a physician penvk is not doing the trick for this infection...Call today
chuck. ...Read more
I have been sick with a cold for ten days, my lungs, head, back hurt from coughing for hard. Flem is light yellow or clear. What do I have?
Viral illness: You probably had a viral flu, but since it has lasted ten days, see your doctor to make sure you haven't developed a secondary infection. ...Read more
Been sick for a while occasional fever/ vomiting&fatigue as well as productive cough producing yellow brown& white mucus, now I have mostly dry cough producing quite a bit of mucus mostly during the day while working and nothing really at night?
Yellow phlegm: Yellow phlegm may indicate infection of the upper respiratory tract. Of course some slightly tinged yellow phlegm may be normal when you fist wake up. When it is persistent or when there is associated fevers and chills, it may signify a bacterial or viral infection. Most infections will clear on their own and do not always require antibiotics. If these symptoms last longer than 5-7 d see doc ...Read more
Gradual: It may take longer to clear, especially if you are not drinking enough water. ...Read more
Coughing up yellow sputum may be mild and due to a viral infection that should not be treated with antibiotics, but only health care provider can determine that.
It may also indicate a bacterial infection, especially if accompanied by fever, or if underlying lung disease is present.
A visit to an md is the best way to determine if this is serious, or needs antibiotics. Cough meds, xray. ...Read more
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Phlegm has changed color from yellow to clear and frothy and now it's white. It's been thick the whole time. Diagnosed w/ sinusitis. Is this normal?
It can be: Physicians are getting away from focusing on the color of phlegm although sometimes it can be helpful. If you were diagnosed with a sinus infection it can be clear, yellow, green or bloody. If they prescribed treatment I would use all the medicines and if worsening get rechecked. Good luck ...Read more
Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more
What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?
Started feeling unwell yesterday, today been coughing up very thick yellow phlegm with blood in it. Is this normal?
No.: You need to make an appointment with a health care provider for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I've coughed up a couple small light yellow/green pieces of solid phlegm. The odor is awful. Is this a sign of something very serious?
Infection: I do not think it is Severely serious, but may be a sign of infection of course, so best to be evaluated, properly diagnosed and treated as required. Best wishes. ...Read more
I had a cold with thick yellow phlegm and now the cough is non-productive but not going away - 3 weeks. How long before cough goes away?
Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?
Fever?: By themselves those two symptoms are hard to parse out. Do you have these all the time? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have muscle aches? Anyone else around you been sick? Phlegm plus sore throat makes strep unlikely unless you always have phlegm.... Hot tea, rest, and if you have fevers see your doc. ...Read more
As above: See u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Hi, I have been coughing for 6 weeks and producing yellow phlegm. Rib pain has started a few days ago, it's swollen.
I have a low fever that got better for a day then came back, coughing with some yellow phlegm, and I feel more tired than usual.?
Could be...: Several causes. It may be a viral upper respiratory infection, but it may be bacterial, too, needing antibiotics. If you are a smoker, have asthma or any other lung problems, or have a weak immune system from diabetes or an immune disorder, you should get seen to rule out pneumonia and to check your oxygen level and have your lungs listened to. Otherwise, it is safe to wait a few days and see. ...Read more
Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!
Is needed to treat your condition.
I suggest you schedule a visit with the pulmonologist
near you. Please make sure you copy all previous records so as to not repeat them.
Good luck. ...Read more
Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?
Having this come back after Z max suggest that your nasal cilia are not working to remove bacteria.
Humming, green tea with lemon and honey helps.
Ask your doctor about using the Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator to clear this up. The Hydro Pulse restores the nasal cilia
see www. Grossan. Com ...Read more
For the last few months I have been coughing up phlegm that is yellow or white. It can interfere with my breathing at times. What could this be?
Coughing 4 months?: If you have been coughing for months it sounds to me like you really need to be evaluated. The mucus could be causing you to have some mucus-plugging in your lungs and that is readily treatable. See a doc soon or an ID person to help you solve your problems. ...Read more
I have cought and yellow phlegm with blood at mornings and nights I'm very constipated constantly and the cought starts maybe one month ago, thanks?
I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?
Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more
My breathing is fine but for the past 6 months I have been coughing up yellow and white phlegm but no cold. What could it be? Sometimes affects breath
Doctor time: You describe enough serious stuff going on that warrants a medical exam by a doctor. See a doctor. ...Read more
I've been coughing for about 6 months. I feel itchiness down my throat, yellow and transparent phlegms. What can it be?
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