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I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

I am still coughing up light yellow mucus in the morning after pneumonia. My cough isn't persistent just in the morning. Is this normal?

Mgt: From your description, the mucus may actually be from post nasal drip. I would advise a nasal rinse at night and in the morning.
If the cough continues for more than 2 weeks, or is associated with pain/fever/distress, please see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Is it normal for someone with bronchial pneumonia to cough up a foam-like spit?

Is it normal for someone with bronchial pneumonia to cough up a foam-like spit?

It is common!: It is common for patients with bronchopneumonia to spit up mucus; it is actually healthy to do that. When you have some bacterial infection of the lungs and airway as it happens with pneumonia, the immune system fights them by creating mucus which can washout the bacteria. It is helpful to cough these secretions up. ...Read more

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I have bad left under arm rib pain for past 5 days I was seen at hospital for pneumonia and cough but never treated to the rib pain what could it be?

I have bad left under arm rib pain for past 5 days I was seen at hospital for pneumonia and cough but never treated to the rib pain what could it be?

Sprained muscle: Most likely you pulled or sprained a muscle while coughing. Some patients have been known to break ribs with a severe cough. I assume they did X-Rays already. I would avoid any heavy lifting with the left arm and mild pain relievers. It should get better by itself ...Read more

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Will I end up in hospital with a pneumonia with coughing how long will I be there and what will I be on maybe tubes?

Will I end up in hospital with a pneumonia with coughing how long will I be there and what will I be on maybe tubes?

Cannot tell...: We need more information as to what symptoms are you having? Who diagnosed you with pneumonia if anyone? Why do you think you would need tubes? If you are having significant cough, fever and or trouble breathing and you feel you are that sick to be in the hospital please go to the nearest ED for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood in my phlegm a week after being impatient in the hospital for four days for pneumonia not coughing freq. Just pain with breathing?

Coughing up blood in my phlegm a week after being impatient in the hospital for four days for pneumonia not coughing freq. Just pain with breathing?

Go back: Anybody coughing blood and having pleuritic (with inspiration) pain should be seen and evaluated immediately. Go now, do not wait. Good luck. ...Read more

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Normal CBC and Urinalysis. XRay result is low-risk Pneumonia. Started coughing last week then flu-like symptoms since Thursday. Correct diagnosis?

Normal CBC and Urinalysis. XRay result is low-risk Pneumonia. Started coughing last week then flu-like symptoms since Thursday. Correct diagnosis?

Ask / trust your doc: It would be most reasonable to ask your existing doc because s/he knows more about you than anyone online, unless you do not trust her/ him. How to work closer/ better with doc to reach best possible diagnosis for most reasonable treatment, care, & counseling? Follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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When should a 15 yr old return to school after pneumonia? Still coughing like asthma, can not take deep breaths. No fever, finished z pack antis.

When should a 15 yr old return to school after pneumonia? Still coughing like asthma, can not take deep breaths. No fever, finished z pack antis.

When symptom free: If still short of breath, coughing, febrile, or rapid breathing, needs to rest at home, till better, another doctor visit may be needed to assess ability to return to normal routine or whether s/he needs more medicines / rest, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Why3.5 months baby hv repeated pneumonia n cough from 2.5 months even after being given antibiotics n more drugs under supervision? Wht can be done?

Testing and Eval: If there is a pattern of repeated pneumonia, your doctor may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation. Some causes include reflux and aspiration, cystic fibrosis, aspiration from the upper airway/mouth/nose, low immune defenses and early injury/infections during the time period around birth.
Prmg/pediatrics may review records faxed to 858 442 6146 for? S. ...Read more

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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Side effect: The metallic taste may sometimes be a side effect of the antibiotics that are frequently used to treat the pneumonia. Hence the metallic taste may not have much to do with the phlegm itself. ...Read more

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Been having a cough in runny in drainage for a week now. Can this turn into pneumonia? Very worried cough is badder at night. Scared no fever.

Been having a cough in runny in drainage for a week now. Can this turn into pneumonia? Very worried cough is badder at night. Scared no fever.

Mgt: Upper respiratory infection may lead to pneumonia, but most viral illnesses resolve within 2 weeks. If you have fever, chills, a productive cough with thick sputum, please see your PCP. Cough can worsen at night due to post nasal drip, and a decongestant may help. Stay well hydrated, monitor your temperature and report changes to your physician. ...Read more

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What's sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

What's sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

All of the above: Or none of them. There is nothing specific about the symptoms of pneumonia or, for that matter, nearly every other disease your doc has to diagnose and treat. Symptoms are common to many different disease and have to be viewed in context. Rarely, pneumonia can cause no symptoms, and only be seen on a cxr. Most will have some fever and cough. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has pneumonia and his coughing interrupts his sleep. Should he take cough medicine or will that make his infection worse?

My 4 year old has pneumonia and his coughing interrupts his sleep. Should he take cough medicine or will that make his infection worse?

It won't help much: Cough is the body's way to remove material from the airway. With pneumonia, cough is a common symptom as the body is trying to clear the infection out of the lungs. While the cough is annoying and disrupts sleep, it is also necessary to get better. Humidity, increasing fluids, and sleeping with the head and chest elevated are safe treatments that can be tried. I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Has a distinct cough. Bronchitis and pneumonia may be difficult to tell apart but many times bronchitis on an X-ray will not show whereas pneumonia should. ...Read more

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3month old cousin diagnosed with pneumonia. No fever/cough, just phlegm. Given penicillin shot. What can we do to treat it & prevent worsening?

Pneumonia: After being seen and diagnosed by a physician with pneumonia, the best way is to follow the doctor's instruction. Taking all the prescribed medications and have him or her drink plenty of fluid. ...Read more

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My 14 yo son is having random bouts of chest discomfort and palpitations. Recently got over pneumonia. Has barky cough, head hurts when he coughs?

My 14 yo son is having random bouts of chest discomfort and palpitations. Recently got over pneumonia. Has barky cough, head hurts when he coughs?

Get him checked: By an allergist, seems that he has reflux, may be the cause for the barking cough, source of cough needs to be investigated, repeated cough can cause headaches, chest discomfort and palpitations also needs to be evaluated either by his doctor or a cardiologist ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more