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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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Throat problems including mucus, occasional hoarse voice & swallowing difficulty, throat clearing, stuffy nose, on&off, for the past 2 months. What is it?

Throat problems including mucus, occasional hoarse voice & swallowing difficulty, throat clearing, stuffy nose, on&off, for the past 2 months. What is it?

Allergies and GERD: There are several conditions that can cause similar symptoms; allergies with postnasal drip, acid reflux or heartburn affecting the throat, viral uris or other bacterial infections. Since it had been present for 2 months, I would recommend evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter medicine to use for stuffy nose congestion and coughing up mucus? Its a yellow and brown color

What's the best over the counter medicine to use for stuffy nose congestion and coughing up mucus? Its a yellow and brown color

How long?: If these are from a cold, then a few days of topical nasal decongestant spray may work the best. If these are recurrent or persistent problems, then you need to consult an allergist to find out if you are allergic or whether you have asthma. The cause of the condition dictates the type of treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus. Sore throat, running and stuffy nose.

Coughing up mucus. Sore throat, running and stuffy nose.

Viral: Most times these are signs of a viral respiratory illness. Unfortunately there is no cure for a virus. It needs to run it's course. The old saying is it lasts 7 days if you treat it, a week if you don't. Worrisome signs would be chest pain, shortness of breath with activity, high fevers or vomiting. ...Read more

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5th day of the flu, coughing up mucus, ears full of pressure, stuffy nose. Will a hot shower releave the pressure on my ears, and help with the mucus?

5th day of the flu, coughing up mucus, ears full of pressure, stuffy nose. Will a hot shower releave the pressure on my ears, and help with the mucus?

Flu: Warm steam will decongest the nasal mucosa and help relieve the ear and face pressure; however, the effect is temporary. You can try OTC decongestants and cough suppressants etc. After you check with your doctor regarding the safety of such medications given your pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, a really hoarse voice, a cough, a little bit of a headache and it feels like I have cotton in my ears so I can barely hear?

I have a stuffy nose, a really hoarse voice, a cough, a little bit of a headache and it feels like I have cotton in my ears so I can barely hear?

Cold: Sounds like you have the common cold. I tell my patients to tart with the over the counter meds, Mucinex (guaifenesin) D and saline sinus rinse are good ones. If your symptoms last more than 10 days consider being seen for antibiotics ...Read more

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What causes tightness in chest/throat, painful deep breaths, hoarse voice, strange sensation in throat/postnasal area, stuffy nose and burping air?

What causes tightness in chest/throat, painful deep breaths, hoarse voice, strange sensation in throat/postnasal area, stuffy nose and burping air?

Suggests a mass: These symptoms are concerning. You may have a thyroid or other neck mass. Please get evaluated by a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, loss of voice, hoarse voice, cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus) (worsened by: worse at night) and runny nose.

I am experiencing sore throat, loss of voice, hoarse voice, cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus) (worsened by: worse at night) and runny nose.

Dr. Can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, one sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review details to see if laryngitis, bronchitis, etc., are present). ...Read more

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I'm 5 months pregnant and I have a sore throat stuffy nose and constantly coughing up mucus its been 4 days what can I take that's safe while pregnant?

I'm 5 months pregnant and I have a sore throat stuffy nose and constantly coughing up mucus its been 4 days what can I take that's safe while pregnant?

Call your OB MD: Saline nasal spray can help, and is safe. Other than that it's really important to contact your own OB, be seen, examined, and they're qualified to say what's safe to use. Should be examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Stuffy nose with clear thick sticky mucus sometimes I cough up same mucus a few times a day hardly any color just white particles sometime some green?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If they continue for more than 10-12 days, you may visit your PCP. ...Read more

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Can I take robbutison dj with Claritin d? I have a bad cough with mucus and stuffy nose? Do these interact with eachoher or is it bad

Can I take robbutison dj with Claritin d? I have a bad cough with mucus and stuffy nose? Do these interact with eachoher or is it bad

Yes.: Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine. The D portion is a decongestant, either pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Robitussin (plain, guaifenesin or DM, which also has dextromethorphan) are both compatible with claritin. These can all be taken together. (I assume the "dj" you wrote was a typo; if not, please clarify and resubmit your question.) Feel better! ...Read more

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Had flu 2 1/2 weeks ago. Now stuffy nose clear and yellowish mucus mostly clear and cough with clear thick mucus worse at night when lay down. Allergy?

Could be your sinus: sinusitis could be the cause, please visit your doctor, you might need an antibiotic and ptobably other prescription strength medicines ...Read more

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I've got this pounding pain on right back of head and when I cough my chest burns. No mucus but stuffy nose. What could this be?

I've got this pounding pain on right back of head and when I cough my chest burns. No mucus but stuffy nose. What could this be?

Need to see doctor: To correlate your symptoms along with your anxiety profile. Stress can make many things seem like they're happening together as one problem. An in-person doctor visit is best to nail down the diagnosis, and do possible blood work or labs after the physical exam. Best to have an accurate diagnosis with your medical history. Can be allergy, sinuses, post nasal drip, bronchitis or none of these. ...Read more

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Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Coughing: Use salt eater nose drops to help clear your nose 4 times daily. Use a vaporizer sleep on several pillows. Since its been longer than 10 days that you have been ill, see your pcp. You may have a sinus infection and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Congestion thick mucus chills stuffy nose cough feels like there is cold air in my lungs every time I breath. Been like this for 2 weeks is this bad?

Cold persistent: You cold has been persistent for 2 weeks and it involves breathing. I think you should see your family doctor of the one how prescribes the humilin for you if you can see them. I think you need a chest X-ray. If you are coughing colored secretions, you will need antibiotics. See the doctor on Monday or Tuesday. You will be feeling better by the first of the year. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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33 week preg. Modrate dry cough (no mucus) and stuffy nose. Cough give me stomoc pain, dr. Priscribe me codeine/promethazine syrup 5ml 3times/day is ok?

33 week preg. Modrate dry cough (no mucus) and stuffy nose. Cough give me stomoc pain, dr. Priscribe me codeine/promethazine syrup 5ml 3times/day is ok?

Most likely safe...: It is always hard to gauge how safe a medication is during pregnancy. Both of the drugs you mentioned are class c which is defined as drugs that have not been shown to be harmful to fetuses, but data is limiting; use if benefits outweigh potential risks. I guess I would ask how bad was your stomach pain from the cough. If it wasn't too bad, I wouldn't take anything (the safest alternative). ...Read more

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My husband has symptoms of excess mucus, cough, wheezing, and stuffy nose but no fever or chills. If it's not a cold, what could it be?

My husband has symptoms of excess mucus, cough, wheezing, and stuffy nose but no fever or chills. If it's not a cold, what could it be?

Workup/M.D. visit: These symptoms may be due to a number of underlying conditions. Among these are asthma, COPD, CF, allergic rhinitis and asthma, aspiration or reflux and aspiration. Avoiding triggers and smoke, and seeing your physician to discuss these possible causes is recommended. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Cold or flu: If less than 48 hours, and there truly is fever (temp > 100.3) then get to a doctor to get tested/examined to determine whether or not flu is present. If not, then you have a cold. I'm a big fan of the dayquil (for daytime, duh)/nyquil (for nightime)combination. Mucinex (guaifenesin) d can help with the mucous, plain Mucinex (guaifenesin) if ur hypertensive (high blood pressure) if worsening, you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose started of as a sore throat throat still feels a little dry not to bad but now I have a cough and really light green mucus?

Stuffy nose started of as a sore throat throat still feels a little dry not to bad but now I have a cough and really light green mucus?

Probably virus: If this has been of very recent onset, it is most likely a virus. Use OTC saline nose spray, throat lozenges, and cough medicine or even honey to soothe cough and sore throat. Plenty of fluids. Give it seven to ten days or so to see if getting better. Watch for fever, shortness of breathe, facial pain, ear pain. If those develop or your not progressively getting better then see you doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up with eye mucus & crust on lashes; both eyes. Eye's aren't red; no pain. Stuffy nose, voice sounds congested; no cough. Sinus infection?

Woke up with eye mucus & crust on lashes; both eyes. Eye's aren't red; no pain. Stuffy nose, voice sounds congested; no cough. Sinus infection?

Probably not: Most sinus infections do not cause eye symptoms like you are describing. That sounds like an infection/irritation of your eyelashes called blepheritis. That can be treated with baby shampoo rinsing of the eyelashes. The other symptoms are most likely from allergies or an early respiratory infection. Sinus infections when they do occur do not usually need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have had a stuffy nose with yellow snot, sore throat with no cough, and a little bit of blood in my mucus this morning. This all started 8 days ago?

I have had a stuffy nose with yellow snot, sore throat with no cough, and a little bit of blood in my mucus this morning. This all started 8 days ago?

Likely sinusitis: See your doctor for vasoconstrictors and possibly antibiotics. Make note of your blood pressure and if you are on any blood pressure medicines as these can contraindicate some drugs. Also, drink plenty of fluids and consider nasal sprays and mouth washes. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more