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Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up?

Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up?

Depends: If symptoms have lasted less than 7days, use Ibuprofen 400 3 times a day for 3days, then as needed. Take 2 showers a day, as warm as you can tolerate, run the water right on your face to heat and and humidify the mucous, so you can cough it up and blow your nose more easily, then put mentholatum right under your nostrils. The eucalyptus in mentholatum works. If symptoms worse and > 10d, see doc. ...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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Coughed some bloody sputum or phlegm? Having sinus problems too. Must be related?

Coughed some bloody sputum or phlegm? Having sinus problems too. Must be related?

Multicauses possilbe: Blood sputum or hemoptysis can be caused by bleeding from the sinus in sinusitis. Some of the other causes include: re are many conditions involving hemoptysis,
including bronchitis and pneumonia, cancer, infections, pulmonary embolism, blood vessel malformations, foregin body in respiratory tract. Most of these possibilities can be evaluated by your doctor. Can't know if it is from sinuses. ...Read more

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If you bring up phlegm without coughing does that mean it is coming from your nose/sinus?

If you bring up phlegm without coughing does that mean it is coming from your nose/sinus?

Likely: What you described is a reasonable statement.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Hello there, this morning I woke up and coughed up brown/red like phlegm. I have recently had some Sinus congestion issues.?????

Hello there, this morning I woke up and coughed up brown/red like phlegm. I have recently had some Sinus congestion issues.?????

That's common: Having sinus congestion or even pneumonia can make you cough up various colored phlegm. The color doesn't necessarily tell us if it's infected or not. I would say, though, if it's red, keep an eye on it. If you think it's blood or notice frank blood, then you should be seen. Pneumonia is a common cause of coughing up blood, or hemoptysis. ...Read more

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I've been sick with a head cold. Today I coughed up hard balls of phlegm. Seems to come from my sinus cavity. MAybe a inch in diameter. Greenish color.

I've been sick with a head cold. Today I coughed up hard balls of phlegm. Seems to come from my sinus cavity. MAybe a inch in diameter. Greenish color.

Sinusitis: You may have a bacterial sinusitis which may require antibiotics. Other causes of sinusitis include viruses and allergies. You should see a physician. ...Read more

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I have Phlegm throughout the year, it causes bad breath. Checkup says its not sinus. Wondering if it can be treated. I have no dental problems.

I have Phlegm throughout the year, it causes bad breath. Checkup says its not sinus. Wondering if it can be treated. I have no dental problems.

Bad breath: Usually caused by suffer producing bacteria. Try flossing daily to reach the 30% of tooth surface not reached by toothbrush. Have tonsils/adenoids/sinuses evaluated by ENT. Brush the top of your tongue gently when you brush your teeth. Have you been evaluated for diabetes, GERD, side effects from medications? ...Read more

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There is a lot of phlegm formation in my body from many years now, doctor said I don't have sinus but I still cough phlegm and I don't feel sick either.?

There is a lot of phlegm formation in my body from many years now, doctor said I don't have sinus but I still cough phlegm and I don't feel sick either.?

Allergy?: Check for seasonal allergies and a xr, nasal, para nasal and chest could help. Checking serum ige and eosinophilos, and allergy test. Some patient have reaction to environmental ...Read more

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Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

See your doctor: It may be due to an infection but need to rule out a more serious cause especially if you are a smoker or have had a lot of 2nd hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Garlic allergy: You hve a garlic allergy which produces muvus in yhe form of a post nasal drip and that in turn is causing your coughing and fluid in your ears. Seek help from your foctor or allergist. ...Read more

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M57, is it correct to start clarithromycin 500 bid, when you have dental sort of pain (maxillary sinus), colored phlegm;fever 99.5. Thanks?

M57, is it correct to start clarithromycin 500 bid, when you have dental sort of pain (maxillary sinus), colored phlegm;fever 99.5. Thanks?

Sinus infection: It is very important to have the correct diagnosis in a case like this because a tooth infection can cause sinus pain but a sinus infection can also cause tooth pain. See you dentist to rule out a chronic tooth infection. ...Read more

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I'm having sinus attack in the bones of my head its like migraine maybe my face n head n nose bone area hurts suddenly. And having thick phlegm.

I'm having sinus attack in the bones of my head its like migraine maybe my face n head n nose bone area hurts suddenly. And having thick phlegm.

Sinus infection?: Hard to say if you have sinusitis vs. A bacterial sinus infection. Most sinusitis is viral or allergic & therefore doesn't improve with an antibiotic. If you have had congestion for 7-10 days or longer that is worsening it is more likely to be bacterial. Other signs of bacterial sinus infection are fever, sometimes a toothache, failure to improve with decongestants, and unilateral facial pain. ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection for over a year now. It is accompanied by a foul odor and green phlegm. Is this normal for a sinus problem? No fever.

I have had a sinus infection for over a year now. It is accompanied by a foul odor and green phlegm. Is this normal for a sinus problem? No fever.

Chronic sinusitis: The symptoms you describe are suggestive of a chronic sinus infection. Treatment with a longer course of a strong antibiotic like Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) can help most cases. You may need a sinus imaging study to further evaluate this. ...Read more

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Is it normal for phlegm to smell bad? I've been sick for the last couple weeks I've had a cold and really bad sinus to the point that I have a lot of phlegm. In the last two days I've been spitting and sneezing a lot of stinky phlegm. Is this normal? And

Is it normal for phlegm to smell bad? I've been sick for the last couple weeks I've had a cold and really bad sinus to the point that I have a lot of phlegm. In the last two days I've been spitting and sneezing a lot of stinky phlegm. Is this normal? And

It: It is common for the phlegm to have a bad smell. This is usually due to odor causing bacteria that are present, especially when one is dealing with sinusitis. Once the infection clears, the "stinky" phlegm will go away as well. Make sure you see your doctor. You will likely need at least a two week course of antibiotics.
Take care. ...Read more

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Went to dr on mon due congestion. Diagnosis allergies due to cedar. Told to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) sinus & claritin. Yesterday afternoon lost voice & green phlegm?

Went to dr on mon due congestion. Diagnosis allergies due to cedar. Told to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) sinus & claritin. Yesterday afternoon lost voice & green phlegm?

Need more: You need to get a nasal steroid +/- a nasal antihistamine plus some allergy eye drops. Although green mucus does not always indicate the presence of an infection, it may be worthwhile for you to see your doctor to rule out a sinus infection. If your symptoms are that severe from cedar, you may consider an allergy work-up as well to prepare for the next season. Good luck. ...Read more

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After punctured sinus during rt canal, does puncture wound ever heal? 3 mnths since. Still cough up green phlegm & sore cheek. How to rid infection?

After punctured sinus during rt canal, does puncture wound ever heal? 3 mnths since. Still cough up green phlegm & sore cheek. How to rid infection?

May need antibiotics: You may have an oral-antral fistula (communication between the oral cavity and the maxillary sinus). You refer to a 3 month period with associated signs of infection. This may indicate a need for antibiotic therapy such as oral administration of penicillin-like antibiotics. The quiescence of infection may help the communication to heal and close. If it still persists you may need surgical closure. ...Read more

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Hi have had a cold for 2 months on and off with sinus. At the back of the throat and into the noise I hear like crackling sound popping above the soft plate like there is phlegm stuck or something?

Hi have had a cold for 2 months on and off with sinus. At the back of the throat and into the noise I hear like crackling sound popping above the soft plate like there is phlegm stuck or something?

Ears and sinuses: The crackling and popping sound is likely to come from blocked Eustachian tubes. Their job is to equalize pressure between the middle ear and the outside world. However, inflammation can cause them to swell shut. Chronic nasal and sinus congestion are probably coming from either chronic sinusitis or allergies. Might try an antihistamine or decongestant, but consider seeing your doctor to see if andecongestant, but consider seeing your doctor to see if antibiotic therapy appropriate ...Read more

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Can you have constant clear phlegm in throat with a stuffy nose that worsens at night but no sinus related issue?

Can you have constant clear phlegm in throat with a stuffy nose that worsens at night but no sinus related issue?

PND: Or post-nasal drip, most due to an underlying allergy (e.g. Seasonal allergies). Over-the-counter anti-histmaines +/- inhaled corticosteroids prescribed through our doctor can help. Would be nice to have your eyes face, ears, nose and throat looked it for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Small streaks of blood in phlegm/spit returned after 10 days on doxycycline for sinus infection. Not coughing it up do I need more meds?

Small streaks of blood in phlegm/spit returned after 10 days on doxycycline for sinus infection. Not coughing it up do I need more meds?

Sinus disease: The sinuses are aerated chambers that often get closed off and infected. Antibiotics are helpful but the important thing is to open them up again so they will drain. This is often achieved by using gentle saline solution or inhaled nasal steroids. Make sure the air you are breathing is not too dry. Occasionally topical antibiotics will help with the healing. ...Read more

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I am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

I am constantly congested and always have phlegm in my throat. I rarely get sinus headaches. Is this just allergies and I am stuck with it?

Allergy: Do check with an allergologist to find out what you are allergic to. This allergen is something that you are exposed to constantly; ex detergent in your clothes, beddings etc
once the cause if known, you ocan get rid of it
temporary relief with antihistaminic and decongestant can help you while the cause is being determined. ...Read more

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Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

See a doctor: It sounds like you have seen doctors. How you can be sure you do not have an allergy is beyond me. Suggest that you try nasal saline rinses twice a day with a neti-pot (see your pharmacist), and perhaps combine that with a nasal steroid spray. If you are a smoker or around second hand smoke, stop. The material you bring up needs to be examined, and you need a face to face with a caring doctor. ...Read more

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Recent sinus infection caused blood in the nose and phlegm. Was prescribed doxycycline blood stopped but then reappeared. Do I need more meds?

Recent sinus infection caused blood in the nose and phlegm. Was prescribed doxycycline blood stopped but then reappeared. Do I need more meds?

Bloody nose: The blood is due to the erosion of small blood vessels in your nose because if the mucus. It may be dry in your house so using a humidifer or vaporizer can be helpful. Also purchase saline gel and moisturize your nostrils with the gel several times a day ...Read more

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Is it a flu if 5 days + 1-2 minor aches and once a day fast moving stools? Lots of sinus and throat phlegm.

Is it a flu if 5 days + 1-2 minor aches and once a day fast moving stools? Lots of sinus and throat phlegm.

Not necessarily: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ...Read more

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Had sinus surgery 5 days ago now bloody phlegm running drown throat after using nasal spray? Normal? Quick answer please

Had sinus surgery 5 days ago now bloody phlegm running drown throat after using nasal spray? Normal? Quick answer please

Yes: A little bit of blood tinged stuff or small blood clots can be expected in the 1st couple of weeks. But if you suffer from profuse bleeding, contact the surgeon immediately. Unless the nasal spray is prescribed by the surgeon, it may be a good idea to stop using it for a couple of weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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