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How dangerous is unilateral nasal polyp without bleeding? I have white thick mucus from my nose and throat. No blood. I'm 31yr old male never smoked.

How dangerous is unilateral nasal polyp without bleeding? I  have white thick mucus from my nose and throat. No blood. I'm 31yr old male never smoked.

Nasal polyps: Most polyps are benign. However, you do need to see an ENT doctor who can examine you with a fiberoptic scope and set up CT imaging to evaluate the extent of the polyps. There is often more than one. You likely need surgery to remove the polyps to biopsy them and help improve symptoms. Polyps usually contribute to congestion, loss of smell, and sinusitis. ...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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What does it mean to have thick clear mucus running from nose with no cold?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My nose is clear, but I have a wall of green mucus that wont 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 wont 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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 thats doesnt 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 thats doesnt 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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Is it normal for a nasal scar to form a thick layer of mucus over it? Have a scar in my nose that had a lot of old mucus and blood on it. Just curious

Is it normal for a nasal scar to form a thick layer of mucus over it? Have a scar in my nose that had a lot of old mucus and blood on it. Just curious

Yes: This is very common. Avoid frequent touching of scar to help it to heal faster. Vitamin E liquid (over scar; or can open up a Vit E pill) can help as well. Do you have any other sores elsewhere? Lips? ...Read more

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6 1/2 mo old diarreha, thick green mucus running out of nose. Diagnosis / suggestions / advice ?

6 1/2 mo old diarreha, thick green mucus running out of nose. Diagnosis / suggestions / advice ?

Viral Diarrhea: Probably viral. Pedialyte for each diarrhea to replace loss, calculate amount according to loss, approx. 2-4 ounces for each diarrhea. Give bananna, rice, applesauce, yogort. Continue if you are breast feeding. For nasal drainage- saline nasal drops 4-5 in each nostril & suck with bulb syringe. Crackels in lungs needs evaluation by pediatrician; can be RSV & other viral/bacterial cause. ...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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Septoplasty & turbinectomy 4mths ago. Cleared nose but now getting thick, clear mucus. Allergy tests negative-Any allergies that mightn't show on test?

Septoplasty & turbinectomy 4mths ago. Cleared nose but now getting thick, clear mucus. Allergy tests negative-Any allergies that mightn't show on test?

Yes.: There are all sorts of things to be allergic to and not all of them are included in standard allergy testing. If you continue to have allergic symptoms, consult your ENT doctor about treatments. You may do fine with antihistamines, nasal sprays, etc but best to check with your surgeon first. ...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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