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I'm on day 3 of my z pack and im still coughing up a ton of mucus & its gagging me, why?

I'm on day 3 of my z pack and im still coughing up a ton of mucus & its gagging me, why?

Several Reasons: 1. Your infection may be a virus not a bacteria. Z packs are antibiotics that only work on bacteria. If your infection is from a virus, the z pack will not kill it. 2. It is working & you are now able to bring up all the mucus that collected in your lungs during the infection to get rid of it. 3. There are 3 day & 5 day z packs. You may need the 5 day pack. See your dr if your symptoms get worse. ...Read more

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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I have been coughing up mucus for about 3 months. It is mostly clear and very sticky. I was prescribed a z pack 2 weeks ago, but it did not work.?

I have been coughing up mucus for about 3 months. It is mostly clear and very sticky. I was prescribed a z pack 2 weeks ago, but it did not work.?

Bronchitis: Sounds to me like Asthmatic Bronchitis; antibiotics unlikely to work and u may need to be on some inhalers and antihistamines; see yr doctor and request a therapeutic trial or a referral to Lung specialist.
Be well. ...Read more

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Dignose acute bonchits 9/1212. Doxycycline didn't worktook z pack and prednione & now I hve weezing, bad coughing fts, mucus. Is this somethig worse?

Dignose acute bonchits 9/1212. Doxycycline didn't worktook z pack and prednione & now I hve weezing, bad coughing fts, mucus. Is this somethig worse?

Maybe: It certainly doesn't sound like you're any better so you need to go see your family doc. Throwing more antibiotics at you might not be the answer, at least not w/o finding out the causative bacteria. Or perhaps you have mild asthma or reactive airway disease (euphemism) and need an inhaler. But since it's been over 3wks, you really need to get close follow up care by your doc. ...Read more

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For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

Hard to say: If wheezing and short of breath - maybe, but you should be seen by your doctor for another evaluation asap. Btw, z-pack is great for bronchitis but worthless for sinusitis however, since 98% of all sinusitis is viral related, it probably makes no difference for your recovery time. ...Read more

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Finish z- pack yesterday still cough and my whole dody hearts.

Z pack: Follow up with your doctor or health tap prime you may need another course or another antibiotic. Also drink orange juice 3-4 glasses a day if viral will help. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and I'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! When will it get better?

I have bronchitis and I'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! When will it get better?

It varies: Cough can linger after the causative infection is gone, so the answer to your question is that it can last for a few days or even a few weeks. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis been on z pack for 3 days am I still contagious? Still have a little cough not bad though. Supposed to watch my 1 mo old grandson

I have bronchitis been on z pack for 3 days am I still contagious? Still have a little cough not bad though. Supposed to watch my 1 mo old grandson

Bronchitis: You should be okay to watch your grandson as long as you practice good hygiene. This means washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer after coughing. No kissing on the baby, sorry Grandma. ...Read more

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On a 5 day z pack. I only cough with the z pack and if I take a cough expectorant. Will I still rid my lungs of fuid without coughing?

On a 5 day z pack. I only cough with the z pack and if I take a cough expectorant. Will I still rid my lungs of fuid without coughing?

Yes: The airways do not depend entirely on cough to clear themselves. Cilia bring foreign material up and out of the windpipe and it is routinely swallowed unconsciously. Fluid in the lungs can also be reabsorbed into the blood stream or into the lymphatic drainage system. ...Read more

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I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

Mgt: A virtual consult may be helpful. I would suggest seeing your PCP for cough that lingers or worsens over the next one week. You may need a course of antibiotics or steroids, depending on other factors. A spacer mask should be used with the inhaler for better delivery. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with strep throat. I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics. I still have the congestion and a cough which I?

I was recently diagnosed with strep throat. I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics. I still have the congestion and a cough which I?

Viral URI?: How was strep throat confirmed? Over 90% of throat infections are viral, which do not respond to antibiotics. Strep is less common at your age and with presence of a cough. Even with confirmed strep it is possible to have other symptoms linger. A Z-pack is also not the antibiotic of choice, and should only be used in patients with penicillin allergy. Try an OTC cough medicine and decongestant, ...Read more

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Finished 5 day z-pack 7 days ago, still terrible cough and a lot of phlegm and post nasal drip, no longer green, need to stop coughing throat raw?

Finished 5 day z-pack 7 days ago, still terrible cough and a lot of phlegm and post nasal drip, no longer green, need to stop coughing throat raw?

Coughing: Use saline nose drops to control your post nasal drip. Steam yourself with a hot shower twice daily. Use vaporizer while sleeping. Sleep with several pillows. Stop smoking. Rub vaporub on your chest and drink lots of tea and lemon with honey. ...Read more

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I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

I have constant mucus deep in the lungs. I had pneumonia 3 months ago which was treated with a 5 day z pack. I'm stillwaking up with sticky mucus that's hard to get out. What should I do?

Try Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out mucus and makes it easier to cough up. You would also need to increase your fluids to help the medication work better. It also sounds like you may be allergic to something. Taking an antihistamine, like zyrtec or Claritin before bed, should stop the mucus production completely... ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a mucus cough?

How do I get rid of a mucus cough?

Need diagnosis...: Before a cough can be treated, first the cause of the cough must be identified. If your cough is less than 3 weeks duration, it could be acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. If due to bacteria, antibiotics may be needed. If the cough is of longer duration, possible etiology includes bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination. See your doctor to diagnose and treat your cough. ...Read more

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My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

Yellow upheaval: Your child has an ailment affecting his respiratory tree. At this time of year the most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection or possibly the flu. The yellow vomitis is probably mucus, but if he has been vomiting for a prolonged period it may be bile. Other causes may be due to allergies or there may be a smoker in the house. If symptoms continue, it's time to get checked out. ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

I'm not sure but is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Sounds normal: Sounds pretty normal to me. You could treat the cough with some over the counter cough medicines. Lots of fluids, lots of rest. ...Read more

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Yellow mucus, cough, sweats, body ack sinus filled for 2-3 days. Is this infection or just a bad cold?

Yellow mucus, cough, sweats, body ack sinus filled for 2-3 days. Is this infection or just a bad cold?

Viral: Most upper respiratory infections are viral. Try taking over the counter medication to decongest your sinuses and loosen the mucus in your chest. Rest and fluids if your symptoms worsen or are not clearing up after a week then see a doctor. Take care! ...Read more

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Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?

Impossible to say: You need a physical examination of your chest, and may need additional tests, such as a chest x-ray, to really give an answer. Often, some obstruction in the upper airway, like a polyp or an aspirated foreign body, can cause such sounds, but usually there will be cough, sputum, mucus etc. You need to be examined if it is bothering or worrying you. ...Read more

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In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

In the morning I often get heavy clear mucus cough. Why?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of this cough includes gerd, post-nasal drip. Bronchospasm from any cause can also contribute. If you are smoking, smoking cessation to decrease airway inflammation is needed. See your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and the proper treatment rendered. ...Read more

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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles. Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning. No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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I am having mucus cough, cold, blocked nose and short breathness for one month. What can be the reason, I feel feverish but there is no temperature.

I am having mucus cough, cold, blocked nose and short breathness for one month. What can be the reason, I feel feverish but there is no temperature.

Post nasal drip: You have a post nasal drip.Get some saltwater nose drops and use at least four times a day. Turn on the hot shower and steam yourself at least twice a day and keep a vaporizer on at night get some mucin ex tablets and take one twice a day. ...Read more

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What causes a person to vomit foamy pink mucus? Cough, fever, pain in right back shoulder blade when breathing? Uncontrollablediarrhea started 2days ago.

What causes a person to vomit foamy pink mucus? Cough, fever, pain in right back shoulder blade when breathing? Uncontrollablediarrhea started 2days ago.

Sounds severe: You have multiple problems that may relate or 2 separate problems going on at the same time. Both are severe and need immediate medical attention. Cough, fever, chest pain with foamy pink mucus is concerning for pneumonia. Uncontrollable diarrhea is bad requiring medical attention to prevent dehydration. Suffering those without help is the worst thing you would want to do. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Can you tell me is having a dry cough (no mucus cough) during a cold normal?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Dry coughs are just as common as wet coughs. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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4 yr old has paraflu had a bad croupy cough that had be prescribed predisolone and cough has weakened now a bad mucus cough what could help feverish

Time will help: Parainfluenza virus can last up to 10 days and fever can last 3 to 4 but usually goes away after that. The cough can last the longest and cool mist at night can help but try not to give medicine to suppress the cough or the mucous could become infected. Fever usually gets better with tylenol (acetaminophen) but still might come back
Things to look for are fever coming back after 10 days, especially if it is high ...Read more

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