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Coughing up green phlegm, feeling sick and bloated. What could be wrong?

Coughing up green phlegm, feeling sick and bloated. What could be wrong?

Possibly....: Your symptoms may be due to acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. This could also be due to pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, especially if a fever is present. In order to be diagnosed and treated, see your doctor. Depending on the findings, you may need an antibiotic. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

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


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Metallic taste in phlegm. Not sick. No dental work. Don't drink a lot of water. Comes up everytime I get phlegm in my mouth.????

Metallic taste in phlegm. Not sick. No dental work. Don't drink a lot of water. Comes up everytime I get phlegm in my mouth.????

Zinc deficiency: Patients with phlegm and metallic taste should get checked for vitamin or zinc deficiency. See your PCP for consultation and tests. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up alot of phlegm but is not sick at all... Both of my sides lose stomach hurt.

I'm coughing up alot of phlegm but is not sick at all... Both of my sides lose stomach hurt.

Allergy: Is most likely your "culprit"

You need something to supress that cough and an anti-histamine cough medication is available OTC (Over the counter) Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation!
Just a thought!
Hope it helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Bloody phlegm but im not feeling sick any ideas?

Bloody phlegm but im not feeling sick any ideas?

See a doctor: Bleeding should have a source and this needs to be investigated since there are several causes which are important to uncover early. Do not delay with this. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Why would it be that after take a cold shower, I fall sick (phlegm, cough, flu etc)?

Why would it be that after take a cold shower, I fall sick (phlegm, cough, flu etc)?

May be: May be you lungs shiver too, pl take only hot shower cleans you better and no falling sick and cough common sense. ...Read more

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Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Herpes simplex: Viruses are respiratory viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract and cause bronchitis. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so. ...Read more

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Non smoker. Spitting out tan phlegm with black specks. Been sick 3 days or more with sore throat?

Non smoker. Spitting out tan phlegm with black specks. Been sick 3 days or more with sore throat?

Blood in mucus: Probably small amounts of blood coming from your throat or your sinuses. Sounds like you are very ill. Might be best to see a physician and get some meds and advice so you will get better. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had intestinal infection, then developed pneumonia, been through 3 antibiotics. I'm still sick, phlegm is green/yellow, pain & cough. Advice?

I had intestinal infection, then developed pneumonia, been through 3 antibiotics. I'm still sick, phlegm is green/yellow, pain & cough. Advice?

Cough: I would start by getting a chest xray to rule out a number of things, like a possible lung consolidation, effusion or possible pleurisy. A sputum sample might also be valuable to determine the proper antibiotic, if one is necessary. ...Read more

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Green thick phlegm. What does that mean if I'm not sick?

Green thick phlegm. What does that mean if I'm not sick?

Green phlegm: It could mean you have some chronic sinus inflammation, or possibly had some mucous in your nose that crusted up and didn't clear out quickly. If it persists, see an ENT to be evaluated. Rare issues like allergic fungal sinusitis can be ruled out. ...Read more

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Been ill for a few weeks headaches dark hard green phlegm and coughing?

Been ill for a few weeks headaches dark hard green phlegm and coughing?

Need to see Doc.: Your symptoms suggests either chronic sinus infection and/or chronic purulent tracheobronchitis. It seems like a bad infection, need to see a physician for work, possible antibiotic therapy, cough medications etc. ...Read more

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I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

I don't get sick easily, but I have had a nasty wet cough & phlegm for nearly 2 weeks. What is it?

Hard to tell: Perhaps seeing a doctor to listen to your lungs, check you head, ears, eyes, nose throat and vital signs will determine if you have a virus or pneumonia. Good luck ...Read more

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Has been sick for about 5days, and started to have blood in phlegm. What does this mean and how can I stop it?

Has been sick for about 5days, and started to have blood in phlegm. What does this mean and how can I stop it?

Bloody phlegm: Bloody discoloration in phlegm generally comes from small hemorrhages from blood vessels of the respiratory tract (from sinus to lungs) that are caused by inflammation, infection or trauma due to coughing or forceful blowing. Antibiotics are often used to treat infections that progress to this stage. ...Read more

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Why does my body produce phlegm even when I am not feeling sick? When should I be concerned about the phlegm production?

Why does my body produce phlegm even when I am not feeling sick? When should I be concerned about the phlegm production?

Phlegm is mucus: The phlegm or mucus you secrete is normal even in a non- diseased state. Even without an illness you can produce excess mucus because of allergy - allergic rhinitis. Or you can produce it without an identifiable irritant - non-allergic rhinitis. This is a very common thing that I see patients for on a daily basis... It may just be you. ...Read more

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I've been having phlegm issues for the past few months but I have not been sick. No cold or cough, just phlegm. What is the issue?

I've been having phlegm issues for the past few months but I have not been sick. No cold or cough, just phlegm. What is the issue?

Drainage: Phlegm is a general term for drainage in your throat. Often it is from your nose or sinuses draining into your throat but can also be refluxed from your food pipe or lungs. Allergic rhinitis is probably the most common cause ...Read more

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I've had coughing up lots of phlegm, but I don't feel sick, advise?

I've had coughing up lots of phlegm, but I don't feel sick, advise?

Needs reason: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to get sick when you swallow phlegm?

Can you explain if it's possible to get sick when you swallow phlegm?

Rarely: Phlegm goes to your stomach, some get absorbed and then eventually excreted when you have a bowel movement. It can irritate your stomach though, especially if it's large amounts. ...Read more

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I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

Yes it: Could. IT may also be just viral syndrome. Drink plenty of fluids. If condition fails to improve or worsen seek help ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

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