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Coughing up thick green phlegm. No other symptoms. I feel great. Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up. It's been about a week.

Coughing up thick green phlegm.  No other symptoms.  I feel great.  Only coughing if I think I need to then phlegm comes up.  It's been about a week.

Mgt: If it is prolonged and lasts more than 3 weeks, please let your PCP know. A chest radiograph and sputum culture may be sent at that time. In the meantime, if there is no fever and you feel well, the illness should begin to subside. Stay rested and well hydrated. ...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 constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat. What could it be a symptom of?

I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat.  What could it be a symptom of?

Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be identified and treated sometimes in combination. Sinusitis with antibiotics/decongestants, bronchitis /pneumonia with step wise asthma treatment/antibioitcs and gerd with antacid diet GI medications. ...Read more

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Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu.  Phlegm is usually whitish clear.  Why?

Most common: cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis ( a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Im coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should i be concerned?

Im coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should i be concerned?

Well,...: Most commonly, a productive cough with discolored mucus, is a sign that you are developing an infection of some sort, so best to see your Doctor and get officially diagnosed so the best treatment can occur. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I started coughing a month ago.Small About of clear phlegm . Voice was horse. better but, not gone no Other symptoms. ?

I started coughing a month ago.Small
About of clear phlegm . Voice was horse.  better but, not gone no
Other symptoms. ?

Viral cough: This sounds like a typical viral cough. Symptoms can persist for up to 6-8 weeks. If you develop fevers, shortness of breath or chest pain accompanied by the cough then you need to visit your Doctor. At this stage it is highly unlikely that you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I get this recurring cough about 3 times a year. Always with phlegm, sometimes with blood (rarely). No other symptoms. I'm 21 and don't smoke.

I get this recurring cough about 3 times a year. Always with phlegm, sometimes with blood (rarely). No other symptoms. I'm 21 and don't smoke.

Don't know cause.: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep 4 days ago and began taking penicillin. Today when i woke up i was coughing up bloody phlegm--- is this a usual symptom?

I was diagnosed with strep 4 days ago and began taking penicillin. Today when i woke up i was coughing up bloody phlegm--- is this a usual symptom?

No: But can occur with severe infection due to rupture of small blood vessels with coughing, or due to disruption of tissues by the toxins produced by this nasty organism. If it continues would go back to see the doctor. ...Read more

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I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms. What could it be?

I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms.  What could it be?

Virus? Allergies?: A cough is a symptom that can appear with several diseases: A cold, bronchitis, drainage from sinusitis, all which can be viral or bacterial. Allergies with post nasal drip can cause a cough. So do some meds and smoking.. If you have no other symptoms, a cold can make you cough up to a month. If it is still present and the mucus is clear see doc. If mucus has color to it, see doc this week. ...Read more

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What conditions would have the symptom of coughing up blood or blood in the phlegm?

What conditions would have the symptom of coughing up blood or blood in the phlegm?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood, hemoptysis, can represent serious disease including infection and cancer. You must see your doctor as soon as you can to evaluate your condition! ...Read more

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Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?

Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?

Colored phlegm: 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

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Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, ,cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, ,cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Generally normal: It may take a few weeks for the cilia (lung hair cells) and edema (swelling) to subside. Over the counter cough suppressants may help. Increase water intake. If cough persists more than a few weeks or mucus becomes discolored it's time to see your physician. ...Read more

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I have a heavy cough with yellow phlegm my head pounds with each cough. Now i'm losing my voice. No other symptoms, what could this be?

I have a heavy cough with yellow phlegm my head pounds with each cough. Now i'm losing my voice. No other symptoms, what could this be?

Cough: Cough with sputum production is bronchitis. Paroxysmal coughing can lead to headache and chest/abdominal muscle discomfort. Headache could also be a symptom of sinusitis which can make cough and sputum production worse. If symptoms don't improve with otc remedies or worsen (fever/ chills/nausea with vomiting which precludes you from being able to stay hydrated/etc)-see a doctor! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more