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Fever of 100.2. Sinus congestion &pressure. Spitting up very thick sticky white and yellow sinus mucus. What causes this? Is this normal? Sinusitis?

Fever of 100.2. Sinus congestion &pressure. Spitting up very thick sticky white and yellow sinus mucus. What causes this? Is this normal? Sinusitis?

Viral infection: Symptoms are typical of any number of viral upper respiratory infections. These are almost always normal symptoms and not a cause for alarm. They can last on average from 7 to 14 days. Treatment is symptomatic and can include decongestants, saline rinses and time. ...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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Am I hacking up mucus from my lungs or from post nasal drip/allergies. It's constant clear and sticky to yellow/thick. I don't know what's causing it.

Am I hacking up mucus from my lungs or from post nasal drip/allergies. It's constant clear and sticky to yellow/thick. I don't know what's causing it.

Simple answer: Go see an allergist see if the doc can figure out what's irritating the mucous membranes in nose or back of the throat, might do ct of sinuses, , donot use any perfumes til then Mucinex (guaifenesin) would help. Some times acid reflux gives you same symptoms. ...Read more

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I get yellow mucus from my butt all the time. Like thick like cum.

I get yellow mucus from my butt all the time. Like thick like cum.

Rectal discharge: A rectal discharge can be a sign of inflammation in the rectum - this can be an infection or from other causes of inflammation (proctitis). Best to have a doctor check it out and possibly do tests to evaluate the cause. ...Read more

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I have a urti. Is it a sign that I am getting better when I am coughing up a lot of thick yellow mucus?

If improving: Most urti's will cause some thick yellow mucus as they are resolving, but if the symptoms are not getting better, or worsening, they could be due to a secondary infection that may need to be treated. Fever, or shortness of breath, facial pain could all be symptoms that would indicate the need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is thick, clear mucus anything to be concerned about 3 wks after a septoplasty? No yellow, no green - just clear but thick.

Is thick, clear mucus anything to be concerned about 3 wks after a septoplasty? No yellow, no green - just clear but thick.

Unlikely: This is unlikely to be a sign of a problem. It could be due to improved drainage from the sinus. You likely have to see your surgeon soon, so make note of how much is draining and whether it is increasing or decreasing. ...Read more

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Over-production of mucus for years. It has never been clear, always thick and yellow. Is this chronic sinusitis and what should I do?

Over-production of mucus for years. It has never been clear, always thick and yellow. Is this chronic sinusitis and what should I do?

Find food allergy: Most people that have significant mucous production have an undiagnosed food allergy. The constant inflammation from this revs up the immune system and manifests as nasal allergy. Go to a4m.Com and use physician locator to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you evaluate igg food allergens with specialized tests from genova like cdsa. I had this and figured out was gluten intolerant! ...Read more

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What may be causing a yellow thick mucus looking type vaginal discharge but no odor and no other symptoms?

What may be causing a yellow thick mucus looking type vaginal discharge but no odor and no other symptoms?

Discharge: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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Thick yellow mucus mixed with blood, smells bad with painful area in spot slightly above and between eyebrows.

Thick yellow mucus mixed with blood, smells bad with painful area in spot slightly above and between eyebrows.

Small abscess?: Difficult to say without a pic, but you may have a small abscess that is draining. If so, the area would be red in addition to being tender. If this is the case, it would require local and possibly systemic antibiotics. I'd see your doctor soon before a possible infection spreads. ...Read more

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Sinus completely blocked, can't smell or taste anything. Very thick bright yellow green mucus, headache, 4days what should I do?

Sinusitis: It sounds like you have sinusitis. You should see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

For 5 days now, coughing up a thick yellow mucus only upon waking, rest of day, just a cough, on Amox 4 days, so far no help. What could this be?

Bronchitis: Most common cause of coughing up mucus is bronchitis, which usually clears on its own over time. Sinusitis can sometimes cause this if the drainage occurs while sleeping. Mild forms of atypical pneumonia can also cause this. If not better in one week, talk with your doctor again. If short of breath, chest pain, or fever develop, see the doctor right away. ...Read more

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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.... ...Read more

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Blood and thick yellow mucus from both nostrils since 4-5 days. I've been using iron tablets for about 25 days since my heamoglobin went down.

Blood and thick yellow mucus from both nostrils since 4-5 days. I've been using iron tablets for about 25 days since my heamoglobin went down.

Low Hg: Why did your hemoglobin decrease? This could explain the bloody mucus. Have you had your blood clotting factors checked? Consult with us to help you better. ...Read more

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Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear, white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green. Mucus still thick. Opinons?

Acute bronchitis no cough. Taking amoxicillian and mucus comes out clear, white, or a little yellow. Use to come out green. Mucus still thick. Opinons?

Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection, not treated with antibiotics since they are ineffective, will run its course on its own within 2 weeks typically. A bacterial infection, typically associated with other symptoms like fever, cough with discolored sputum, body aches., is treated w/ antibiotics and runs its course within 7-10 days or so. ...Read more

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I had my son 7 weeks ago and had sex yesterday. A few hours later I had cramping then today I have been having a thick yellow mucus like discharge.?

I had my son 7 weeks ago and had sex yesterday. A few hours later I had cramping then today I have been having a thick yellow mucus like discharge.?

STD: I would see your OB. You may have contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea or some other form of STD. Your partner should also get checked and treated. If you are nursing make sure your OB gives you medication that is safe for your baby. ...Read more

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I've developed this thick yellow Mucus at my job that deals with fiberglass. This mucus can't be swallowed, and is to hard to cough up. What should I do?

I've developed this thick yellow Mucus at my job that deals with fiberglass. This mucus can't be swallowed, and is to hard to cough up. What should I do?

Mask: I hope you wear an appropriate facial mask while you work with fiberglass. You should get A pulmonary function test to see if you have any restrict airway disease now. You should see a pulmonologist and an environmental doc. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about vaginal discharge? I had a c-section on march 5. In the last few days I've noticed a difference in discharge. It's yellow, thick and has a mucus-like consistency.

Should I be worried about vaginal discharge? I had a c-section on march 5. In the last few days I've noticed a difference in discharge. It's yellow, thick and has a mucus-like consistency.

Vaginal: Vaginal discharge can vary depending on where you are in your cycle. If you have vaginal odor, pain, or irritation, then you may be dealing with an infectious process (bacteria or yeast). If any of these signs are present please consult your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Flora shifting: If no fevers or significant pain--let it run! In fact, take Mucinex (guaifenesin) to keep things thin and flowing. Your body is likely re-balancing the flora in its sinuses, and this should stop about double the time you were sick. If fevers/pain, then see dr / urgent care. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish btwn mucus & parasitic worms? I pulled out 2 yellow/brown stringy (like thick vaginal mucus) things from my anus after bowel mvt

How can I distinguish btwn mucus & parasitic worms? I pulled out 2 yellow/brown stringy (like thick vaginal mucus) things from my anus after bowel mvt

Worms: Are usually whitish, although they can be stained by fecal matter. You could take them to your doctor for analysis if you saved them. If you are passing mucous, you still may need to be evaluated for a bowel disorder. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Severely constipated. Tried to pass bm bt TONS of thick milky white/yellow liquid came out. Then an insane amt of thick mucus came out bt still no stool?

Get checked: This could be a serious problem and needs to be discussed with a physician in detail. Bowel obstruction, infection or inflammatory bowel disease are potential serious explanations. Visit the ER if you have associated abdominal pain, shaking chills or fever, or dizziness. Get well! ...Read more

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If I've been coughing up mucus. Having headaches. N wake up to yellow sticky substance in my eyes is this more serioua than common sinuses?

If I've been coughing up mucus. Having headaches. N wake up to yellow sticky substance in my eyes is this more serioua than common sinuses?

Not enough detail: The duct that is responsible for draining your tears from your eyes is located on the inner part of your upper and lower eyelids. It ends in your nasal passage. When you have significant congestion or blockage of your nose, liquid can back up and come out out your tear duct. Not necessarily more serious, but means you are very congested. ...Read more

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I have bowel movement every 3-4 weeks, when I go it's covered with thick yellow mucus, I don't have any discomfort, tried bowel clean, nothing happens?

I have bowel movement every 3-4 weeks, when I go it's covered with thick yellow mucus, I don't have any discomfort, tried bowel clean, nothing happens?

Cancer Risk: Bile acids are excreted in the stool unchanged in less than 24 hours. However, if the bile acids remain in the body more than 24 hours, they break down into potent carcinogens. Prolonged contact with the intestines and colon result in carcinogenic changes--i.e., bowel cancer. Vitally important to have a bowel movement every day! You need more fiber (psyllium husks), magnesium, and water. ...Read more

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My 16-yr ol daughter's had a cold for 3-4 days that's progressed to a bad cough. She's also having trouble swallowing. Mucus is yellow and thick.?

My 16-yr ol daughter's had a cold for 3-4 days that's progressed to a bad cough. She's also having trouble swallowing. Mucus is yellow and thick.?

Give her lots of: Warm liquids and get her a decongestant histamine with an expectorant. That should help her thin out the thick mucus and should have no problem with swallowing. If condition persist, please take her to her physician or urgent care since it is a weekend. ...Read more

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I always feel like I have excess mucus in my throat, which seems thick when I am able to bring it up. There have been occasional instances where it is dark in color (dark brown), but is often times yellow tinged in the morning and then clear throughout th

I always feel like I have excess mucus in my throat, which seems thick when I am able to bring it up. There have been occasional instances where it is dark in color (dark brown), but is often times yellow tinged in the morning and then clear throughout th

Try Guafenesin: Guafensin is an excellent expectorant, meaning that it helps thin and loosen mucous and helps your body get rid of it. Guafenesin is available over-the-counter, under a number of different brand names including Robitussin and Mucinex, but you can probably get it cheaper by shopping for generic forms. I recommend 400 mg 3 times/day or 600 mg extended release twice a day. Get plain guaifenesin ...Read more

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I have had persistent coughing for the last month. What symptoms indicate that I need a doctor's appointment? I have been coughing up a lot of yellow-greenish thick mucus. Sometimes I feel a rattling in my chest when I inhale, but sometimes I don't. It se

I have had persistent coughing for the last month. What symptoms indicate that I need a doctor's appointment? I have been coughing up a lot of yellow-greenish thick mucus. Sometimes I feel a rattling in my chest when I inhale, but sometimes I don't. It se

Any: Any cough that lasts longer than 2 weeks should be evaluated by a doctor. You could have a bacterial super-infection or a hypersensitive lung reaction (like asthma) on what started out as a cold a month ago. Give your doctor a call - hopefully with a good history and exam, they'll get to the bottom of your cough and have you feeling better in no time. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

Be seen: There aren't enough details here, but if you are on chemotherapy that suppresses your immune system and not on a growth factor, you might be susceptible to febrile neuropenia and infection. Please be seen promptly by your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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I have taken 2 bottles of Biaxin (clarithromycin) and I've still got bad sinuses and coughing up thick yellow mucus from my chest. I cant get to a doctor today.?

I have taken 2 bottles of Biaxin (clarithromycin) and I've still got bad sinuses and coughing up thick yellow mucus from my chest. I cant get to a doctor today.?

Sinusitis treatment?: The overwhelming number of sinus infections (98%) are caused by viruses for which we basically have no antibiotics. A good ENT can irrigate your sinuses. You may also have some anatomical issues (a tiny osteomeatal complex). See a good ENT about your sinus issues. ...Read more

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Son has thick, thick yellow mucus back of throat no sinus or allergy problem what is causing?

? Sinus disease: And the thick mucus draining at the back of his throat is coming from his upper airway, nasal cavity and sinuses, so better get seen by his doctor for evaluation, usually saline nasal wash can help, but if he he has bacterial sinusitis/rhinitis, antibiotics would be needed, good luck ...Read more