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I had pnd and stuffy nose i thought it was allergies. Now my head isstuffed and my chest hurts and I have a mucous cough should I go to the dr?

I had pnd and stuffy nose i thought it was allergies. Now my head isstuffed and my chest hurts and I have a mucous cough should I go to the dr?

Good idea: If the symptoms have been going on for more than a week and seem to be worsening, then chances are that you are developing a bacterial infection that should be treated with a primary care doctor initially. ...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 a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and theres thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and theres thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It : It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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What does it mean to cough up a thick, almost completely white mucous. The cough seems to come from my chest and is harsh also.

What does it mean to cough up a thick, almost completely white mucous. The cough seems to come from my chest and is harsh also.

COUGH: Coughing out white sputum is good. Cough itself is a defense mechanism for us, it keeps the airway clear so that we breathe smoothly, comfortably. But if too much, then need to find out the cause and treat. Avoid the factors which makes more mucous and worsens cough. ...Read more

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For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

Considering your age: and the SEASON

Allergies are my guess for the excessive CLEAR (means not-infected) mucous i your upper airways!


Try an OTC ANTI-HISTAMINE (eg Claritin)

Hope this helps
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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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I have a persistent cough that produces thick yellow mucous and my chest is rattling. Suggestions for relief? Can't work or sleep

I have a persistent cough that produces thick yellow mucous and my chest is rattling. Suggestions for relief? Can't work or sleep

Cough: These symptoms can indicated a serious infection. See your doctor for an examination and be treated if necessary. ...Read more

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I have lung problem.Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough.Help! please recommend medicine!

I have lung problem.Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough.Help! please recommend medicine!

Asthma: Your episodes are consistent with nocturnal asthma. Bronchodilater inhalers would provide relief. See your physician to see if he/she agrees. Avoid dust collectors in your bedroom and any pets probably should be avoided also. ...Read more

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Have lingering cough (mucous in lungs) for 3 weeks. I feel perfect otherwise --good energy levels. Nose is clear. So how is mucous entering lungs?

Have  lingering cough (mucous in lungs) for 3 weeks.  I feel perfect otherwise --good energy levels.  Nose is clear.  So how is mucous entering lungs?

Do you mean phlegm?: Mucus producing tissues line the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, GI and GU tract. Mucus acts as a sort of protective blanket preventing tissues from drying out.. Mucus also contains antibodies to fight bacteria, viruses. The color of the viscous substance changes ranging from clear to yellow green to black depending on enzyme from wbcs, pollens, pollution.
Mucus was already in lungs. ...Read more

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I have cough for about 4 weeks and i have antibiotic treatment for the first 2 weeks. Now still coughing with mucus(sometimes thick green)&chest pain?

I have cough for about 4 weeks and i have antibiotic treatment for the first 2 weeks. Now still coughing with mucus(sometimes thick green)&chest pain?

Get reevaluated: Without discussing your symptoms and medical history with you, and examining you, it's not possible to give specific advice. Most acute coughs are due to a Viral Bronchitis, don't respond to antibiotics and slowly improve over 2-3 weeks. Sometimes the cough lasts longer. Persistent cough could also be due to inadequately treated pneumonia. See Dr for reevaluation. May or may not need a chest x-ray ...Read more

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No known lung issues, never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No known lung issues,  never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No: It is not normal to do so. There are several potential causes from asthma to alleric bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, so save one and bring it in to your doctor. ...Read more

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Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Achy all over, pressure on lungs, low grade fever, dark brown yellow mucous for one cough today. Past three days. See dr?

Yes!: Please see a doctor at a clinic or the emergency room immediately. You need an exam and chest X-ray. You could have a serious lung infection which can be treated such as pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you mix sodium chloride bullet with 2.5 mg/3ml 0.083% albuterol solution to help moisten lungs & thin out sticky mucous in lungs & cough it out?

Can you mix sodium chloride bullet with 2.5 mg/3ml 0.083% albuterol solution to help moisten lungs & thin out sticky mucous in lungs & cough it out?

Possibly: If your doctor has prescribed albuterol via inhaler, you can put saline (sodium chloride in water) into the nebulizer. It may be better to use the albuterol undiluted first, then continue the nebulizer treatment with just the saline. ...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.?

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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Hi have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow ?

Hi  have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting     also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow ?

Thick mucous : Drink plenty of water if you can keep it down. Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) over the counter to thin the secretions. Try delsym for the cough. It is ok to swallow the mucous if you would prefer that to spitting it out. If it is colored see your doctor for an antibiotic. You could be getting a secondary infection. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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My wife and I have a cough with thick brwn/grey mucus, chest pain and tightness, fever going on 4-5 weeks. Dr gave antibiotic, steroid, inh. No Help?

My wife and I have a cough with thick brwn/grey mucus, chest pain and tightness, fever going on 4-5 weeks. Dr gave antibiotic, steroid, inh. No Help?

See your doc: Multiple possibilities for your lingering symptoms, from antibiotic failure to reinfection/ coinfection. Would recommend that you let your prescriber know. Make sure both yourself and your wife seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I've been coughing and sneezing. 1st i was cough up clear thick mucus and now its yellow & thick. Chest, throat hurt. Cough is worst when laying down.

I've been coughing and sneezing. 1st i was cough up clear thick mucus and now its yellow & thick. Chest, throat hurt. Cough is worst when laying down.

Sinusitis/bronchitis: Sounds like a URI has turned into a spell of bronchitis. If the cough is productive of colored mucus, increasing cough and a fever, than you should visit your doctor or an utc for a thorough examination and perhaps a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands,hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands,hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Probably sinus: Your history suggests that you may be suffering from nasal congestion (most likely from allergies) leading to obstruction of the sinus drainage and then infection. Controlling the nasal congestion would be the first step (visit an allergist?). Later on a CT sinus and/or immune work-up may be pursued if indicated. ...Read more

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My 10 month old has had a persistent mucousy cough for about 2months and regularly has thick yellow discharge from nose and occasionally eyes. Ideas?

My 10 month old has had a persistent mucousy cough for about 2months and regularly has thick yellow discharge from nose and occasionally eyes. Ideas?

Colds: First year of life a child can get a dozen or more colds. This helps develop their immune system. It could also seem like a few very long persistent colds. That being said it would be best to let your family doctor or pediatrician take look at you child. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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