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I took a shower and in the shower started coughing up a clear mucus, with brown/grey specks. In mornings thick green mucus comes out my nose too.

I took a shower and in the shower started coughing up a clear mucus, with brown/grey specks. In mornings thick green mucus comes out my nose too.

See a Dr for exam: If this is a known seasonal allergy, either use your usual OTC treatment or see the Dr. That will help tell if there is anything else involved. I hope you feel better soon!

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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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Every morning I have to cough and thick mucus comes out, sometimes almost brown. Dry cough only when laying down, and nose is dry. What could this be?

Every morning I have to cough and thick mucus comes out, sometimes almost brown. Dry cough only when laying down, and nose is dry. What could this be?

See doctor: It is hard to tell what may be causing your problem with so little details (how long? Color of mucus? Medications taken etc).

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I have walking pneumonia and a runny nose with thick brown mucus. Is this normal and how can I fix it?

I have walking pneumonia and a runny nose with thick brown mucus. Is this normal and how can I fix it?

See your doctor: For evaluation and prescription medications if needed, what you described warrants a professional input, good luck

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For years I've had an on going sinus infection. I blow my nose all day every day with thick mucous chunky, yellow and sometimes green or brown in color?

For years I've had an on going sinus infection. I blow my nose all day every day with thick mucous chunky, yellow and sometimes green or brown in color?

Chronicity: You appear to have a chronic sinus condition. You should see an ENT dr, get a confirmatory ct of the sinuses and get professionally treated, which may include long term antibiotics, possible steroids, and decongestants and or eventual sinus surgery. Best wishes.

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What does brown mucus from nose mean after worst of cold over?

What does brown mucus from nose mean after worst of cold over?

Mucus color: One of the oldest methods of determining a persons health, is to notice the color, smell, and consistency of various bodily fluids. A brown mucus, is likely the result of bacterial overgrowth or infection. This could be a sinusitis and require antibiotics to treat. If this is new, and happening more than just once, I would recommend an evaluation by a physician. Also note any fever or chills.

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What does it mean to have thick clear mucus running from nose with no cold?

Allergies???: It could be that you have been exposed to an allergin and your body has reacted in this way. Mine is ragweed season. You could try zyrtec (cetirizine) 10mg daily (works wonders for me) and see if this helps. If not, consult your doctor.

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The mucus when I blow my nose is thick and almost solid white. I'm not consuming dairy products. What would cause this?

The mucus when I blow my nose is thick and almost solid white. I'm not consuming dairy products. What would cause this?

Infection.: The illness is most likely viral but could also be a bacterial infection. Needs to be checked out. The milky color has nothing to do with dairy products. See your doctor soon to get this treated the best. Best wishes.

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Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

Thick nasal mucus: Thick nasal mucus can be related to sinusitis, but not necessarily. If you have chronic allergies or recurrent infections you should consult a doctor who can identify if there is an opportunity to improve nasal inflammation with sprays or treat infection with antibiotics. You may benefit from good nasal hygiene as well which involves using salt water rinses to clear mucus and allergens.

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I've had blood when I blow my nose sometimes, but I have a cold and hoarked up (from back of nose)thick mucus with streaks of blood. None since. Cause?

Common.: Cold viruses cause inflammation and fragility of vessels in your upper airway. Small streaks of blood in mucus are frequently seen in upper respiratory infections. Frank blood is much less common. Persistent symptoms warrant attention.

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What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

What can I take for running nose with clear thick mucus and for cough?

Dimetapp DM: Antihistamines will help your runny nose. Dextromethorphan will help your cough. Expectorants like Guaifenesin (robitussin, mucinex) thin mucus. Decongestants help with nasal congestion. Otc preparations typically will combine these ingredients so u can tailor your symptoms by reading the label.

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Super thick mucus in nose on one side clear and foggy looking hard to get out when it does it doesn't break apart. Allergies? Remedies?

Super thick mucus in nose on one side clear and foggy looking hard to get out when it does it doesn't break apart. Allergies? Remedies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines are helpful for allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Hydrate and Mucinex to thin secretions. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief.

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My nose is clear, but I have a wall of green mucus that won't allow me to breathe thru nose. Coughing green thick mucus. Any OTC meds I can take?

My nose is clear, but I have a wall of green mucus that won't allow me to breathe thru nose. Coughing green thick mucus. Any OTC meds I can take?

Nasal Congestion: Call your doctor... He may be able to prescribe something or refer you to an ENT specialist for further help. You may have sinusitis, bronchitis which sometimes need antibiotics and other medications to clear up.

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My 9-month-old's nose started running two days ago. Now when she sneezes, her mucus is thick and green. No other symptoms. What can I do to help her?

My 9-month-old's nose started running two days ago. Now when she sneezes, her mucus is thick and green. No other symptoms. What can I do to help her?

Infant URI: Infants are very prone to upper respiratory infections - especially viral which usually cause watery clear runny nose, mild cough and low grade fevers. Concerning would be thick green discharge (could mean sinusitis), high grade fevers, lethargy, heavy fast breathing with retractions. Please see your pediatrician.

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I have a few Questions. What happens if I'm breathing in dirt everyday? When I blow my nose my mucus is brown or black. What can I use or do to help.

A problem: This varies widely on its severity based on the fineness of the dirt. If it is quite fine it gets into and damages the lungs permanently and is quite dangerous. Mostly any filter mask will work quite well on this. A chest x ray will demonstrate damage if it is there and simple office tests such as oxygenation and listening to the lungs will be able to show significant damage.

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Just recently I had a big yellow thick mucus w/ blood streaks come from my nose. In addition to this I have a cough that's doesn't go away for a yearnow?

Just recently I had a big yellow thick mucus w/ blood streaks come from my nose. In addition to this I have a cough that's doesn't go away for a yearnow?

See doc.: Blood from the nose is not necessarily concerning, but cough that persists for this long needs an explanation. Best to see doc and have him look at a few things....

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