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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. 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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I was recently diagnosed with pneumonia. I've been taking meds for 3 days now. Blood is still showing up in my phlegm. Should blood be gone by now?

I was recently diagnosed with pneumonia. I've been taking meds for 3 days now. Blood is still showing up in my phlegm. Should blood be gone by now?

Phlegm: The blood tinged mucus may persist for days. As your shortness of breath, fever, and painful respiration improve, the blood in the mucus will soon get better too. At times, there could be a nasal/rhinitis component owing to the bloody phlegm. Best wishes. Follow up if not totally better after treatment. ...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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Have cold for a week. Coughing hard and lots of green phlegm. This morning, yellow phlegm with a small string of blood. Pneumonia?

Have cold for a week. Coughing hard and lots of green phlegm. This morning, yellow phlegm with a small string of blood. Pneumonia?

Can't make diagnosis: With available info. History, blood work, Chest Xray and physical examination would determine accurate diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia 11 weeks ago and still have a very tight phlegm producing cough with shortness of brth at night Wat is this?

Residual infection: Or bronchospasm- this requires further medical evaluation, therapy, xrays and pulmonary function testing.-You must follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up black phlegm? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia. Help

Why am I coughing up black phlegm? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia. Help

Clearing out toxins: Coughing up black phlegm in your situation is not an indication of pneumonia. Smoke paralyzes cilia, tiny hairs that line the bronchial tubes that clear debris from the lungs. Now that you have stopped, your cilia have started to do their job of clearing out all of the tars & other gunk that has accumulated. This is a temporary phase. You can see a doctor to make sure there's no infection. Congrats! ...Read more

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I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

Hard to tell: The only way to diagnose pneumonia will be with physical exam and sometimes chest X-ray can make the diagnosis more clear. If it is pneumonia you need to be antibiotics. Please consult your physician to be diagnosed appropriately and for treatment. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Nose: If you've had a recent chest xray to make sure your lungs are okay it may be as simple as needing to drink more water and have a humidifier at night. You should see an ENT to see if its sinus related which may mean a ct scan of the sinuses ...Read more

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I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia?

I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia?

Yes: Pneumonia is an infection of the lower respiratory tract and usually causes shortness of breath, fever and productive cough. Pneumonia produces unusual sounds that can be detected by a stethoscope and confirmed by a chest x-ray. Please consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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My mom has no cough no phlegm her chest neverhurted but does they say she has major pneumonia canit b sosomething else antiobiotics not working?

See below: It is very difficult to second guess another doctor, especially if we don't have any of the data (imaging, labs) that they have. That being said, just because she has a pneumonia doesn't necessarily mean that's the only thing she has. ...Read more

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Nose has awful sticky&dried mucus all night/day & have very bad phlegm at all times. Had walking pneumonia 7yrs ago and these symptoms have never left?

Nose has awful sticky&dried mucus all night/day & have very bad phlegm at all times. Had walking pneumonia 7yrs ago and these symptoms have never left?

Nose mucus: There is a good chance you have a chronic subacute sinus infection. There are saline solutions that can be used to rinse out the nasal passages through the nose and out the mouth. Takes practice, and will clean out the nares so the sinuses can drain. Mucinex (guaifenesin) OTC taken with extra water orally all day. Seeing you Dr is also important, my need an antibiotic. Use a cool mist humidifier at night. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia 8 months ago and I'm feeling short of breath and spitting phlegm ?

I had pneumonia 8 months ago and I'm feeling short of breath and spitting phlegm ?

See your doctor: If you are feeling short of breath, you should see your doctor. He or she might want to examine you, check your blood oxygen, and possibly send you for a chest X-ray in view of your recent histiry of pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia in non smoking adults cause persistent low grade fever with black phlegm for 4 days and later became yellow? Y?

Can pneumonia in non smoking adults cause persistent low grade fever with black phlegm for 4 days and later became yellow? Y?

Yes see a doctor: Yes it can see a doctor I am concern about the black phlegm go and see a doctor you need proper evaluation by a physician good luck. ...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?

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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I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?  

Certainly possible: Surprisingly, bacterial pneumonia is less contagious, but often more worrisome than viral. Worsening symptoms for a week is concerning for a pneumonia and should be evaluated by a doctor. Also, knowing exactly what you have would be good for your 2-yo...To hopefully prevent them from getting sick, or at least know how to treat it quicker. ...Read more

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Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today there's a rumble is this pneumonia?

Been fighting a cold with fevers of 101-102. Chest congestion lots of coughing and bringing up yellow phlegm. Today there's a rumble is this pneumonia?

Could be: It certainly sounds suspiciously like pneumonia. The best way to find out is see your doctor and have a chest X-ray. And don't delay. Untreated this could be dangerous. See your doctor soon. ...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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Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic. Still have 101 fever, severe cough w/phlegm, chest/back pain. Is this normal?

Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic. Still have 101 fever, severe cough w/phlegm, chest/back pain. Is this normal?

Not normal: It sounds like you need a re-evaluation to make sure a complicating feature to this infection isn't at play or that there isn't an alternative diagnosis beyond just an uncomplicated pneumonia. ...Read more

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Had walking pneumonia in Nov. After flying home from 1 wk in FL, have been wheezing & spitting up yellow phlegm today. Could this be a relapse?

Had walking pneumonia in Nov. After flying home from 1 wk in FL, have been wheezing & spitting up yellow phlegm today. Could this be a relapse?

Mgt: It may be a relapse of the same infection, or a new infection. Please monitor your temperature, drink fluids and rest. For wheezing your PCP may prescribe Albuterol as indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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