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I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills.. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills.. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

Listen to your body: You may need to go to urgent care for antibiotics but you also need to stop smoking and adopt a healthy life style that will allow your body to resist infection. Vit d may be deficient and vit c. You may need more sleep, a healthier diet avoiding alcohol, sugar, wheat, and dairy, stress reduction, and exercise. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

See PCP: It's probably viral and will probably resolve in 5-7 days, but it is always good to get checked by your pcp or walk in clinic to make sure. ...Read more

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Raspy voice minor sore throat cough every onceawhile produces yellow dark yellow mucus. Sometimes thick.Had fever 101 yesterday gone now. Do i need dr?

Raspy voice minor sore throat cough every onceawhile produces yellow dark yellow mucus. Sometimes thick.Had fever 101 yesterday gone now. Do i need dr?

Cold or flu: You can take over the counter medicine for cold symptoms. Drink extra fluids and rest. Give it a week to resolve. If you are not getting better or if you are having trouble breathing, then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Been sick for 1week started with a sore throat it went away now a cough & sinus been blowing out & spitting up dark yellow mucus should I go see a dr?

?sinusitis: With colored mucus and the duration of your symptoms, seek treatment for acute sinusitis-saline irrigations + decongestants +/- antibiotics is the usual regimen. ...Read more

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No sore throat/fever not much cough. Thick yellow mucus in a.m. Mostly. Do Allergies cause phlegm? Or Cold? I do have MG, do I need to see dr?

No sore throat/fever not much cough. Thick yellow mucus in a.m. Mostly. Do Allergies cause phlegm? Or Cold? I do have MG, do I need to see dr?

Could be Allergies: Thick yellow mucus in the morning could be secondary to either outdoor or indoor allergens. See an Allergist for further testing and evaluation. Can try OTC steroid nasal sprays, saline rinses and antihistamines to see if symptoms improve. Usually allergies are also associated with sneezing, itching, post nasal drip, eye symptoms, etc. Cold is transient and will resolve with symptomatic management ...Read more

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Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?

Well...: The colour of infected secretions is highly variable... Bright yellow or brownish, or bloody all can mean the same... No reason other than the type of bacteria or virus and the area infected ...Read more

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I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and i cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and i cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

Virus: Viral upper respiratory infections usually start in the throat, spread to the nose and in some cases down to the windpipe and bronchial tubes. If symptoms last longer than 10 days or with fever, shaking chills, sweats or worsening cough, antibiotics and a check up for pneumonia are advisable. Until then a mild cough syrup and gargling with warm salt water is soothing. Tylenol for mild fever helps. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat for 5 days, a worsening cough, coughing up green/yellow mucus. and night sweats. do i need antibiotics?

I have a sore throat for 5 days, a worsening cough, coughing up green/yellow mucus. and night sweats. do i need antibiotics?

Pneumonia: From your description you have bronchitis but more likely pneumonia. You should have a chest x-ray. You need to be on antibiotics as well as expectorants and copious hydration. Avoid smoke. See your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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