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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Very thick, white nasal discharge all day for 2+ weeks, occasional nonproductive cough, & hourly, frequent clear urination, but no burning. Why?

Very thick, white nasal discharge all day for 2+ weeks, occasional nonproductive cough, & hourly, frequent clear urination, but no burning. Why?

Likely allergies: Your at notions except for the frequent urination sound like environmental nasal allergies. I would take over the counter Claritin or zyrtec for 2 weeks to see if resolves. The frequent urination would be unrelated and should see a urologist. ...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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Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Yes: An allergist or ENT comfortable treating different types of rhinitis may be needed to narrow the scope of potential causes for your rhinitis/post-nasal drip. Antihistamines do not work for all subtypes. A more targeted combination therapy will likely be more effective for you. Good luck ...Read more

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Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

No it won't: Singulair (montelukast) helps reduce inflammation in the airways, upper or lower, helps as an adjuvant therapy on the long term, not meant to treat acute or chronic bacterial/viral infection of the respiratory tract. See your doctor for evaluation, possible chronic rhinosinusitis. You may want to see an Allergist/Immunologist if you have access to one or an ENT specialist, best wishes ...Read more

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Thick yellow nasal discharge mixed with blood, painful tender spot middle of forehead just above eyebrows?

Thick yellow nasal discharge mixed with blood, painful tender spot middle of forehead just above eyebrows?

Sinusitis: If your symptoms have been going on for a short period of time, less than a week, then I would favor that this is an upper respiratory infection or viral cold. However, if your symptoms have been going on for longer than 7 to 10 days, then I would suspect that this may be a sinus infection. In that case, antibiotics may be needed to help alleviate your symptoms. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Nasal discharge for 2 weeks, sometimes music coughed up, yellow or green. Slight headache or pressure behind eye brows. Very thick mucus.

Nasal discharge for 2 weeks, sometimes music coughed up, yellow or green. Slight headache or pressure behind eye brows. Very thick mucus.

Sinus infection: Symptoms classic for sinus infection. May need long course of oral antibiots and mucus thinning meds. Would definitely see ent. ...Read more

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8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

Nasal congestion: If only pseudoephedrine worked, nasal congestion is the problem. I don't know what you meant by having tried everything (nasal steroid/nasal antihistamine, LTM). Perhaps it is time to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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How to stop my nasal discharge?

How to stop my nasal discharge?

Cause?: It depends on what is causing it. If you have hay fever, an antihistamine pill may help. If you have a cold or oversensitive nose, there is a Rx nasal spray which may be effective. Tell us more. ...Read more

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What actually is nasal discharge?

What actually is nasal discharge?

Nasal response: Fluid produced by the nose in reaction to a pathogen, allergen or foreign body. It is the bod's attempt to flush out the offending particle in the nose. Your nose produces a liter of post-nasal drainage a day in its attempts to cleans the air we breathe, preparing it for the lungs, by the sweeping mechanism of the cilia of the nasal lining. ...Read more

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What could cause blue nasal discharge?

What could cause blue nasal discharge?

Blue eye shadow: Best explanation is blue eyeshadow or eye liner that gets into the the tear duct which drains into the nose. ...Read more

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What is done for constant nasal discharge?

What is done for constant nasal discharge?

Nasal discharge: Constant nasal discharge may be from recurrent viral illnesses, allergies, sinus infections. Need to determine the cause to know what the treatment course needs to be. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop my nasal discharge?

Diagnosis: If nasal discharge has been going on for a long time, you need a diagnosis. We can not simply stop your discharge without knowing what is wrong with your nose. Diagnoses include, allergic rhinitis, rhino-sinusitis, over use of otc nasal sprays, granulomas, nasal polyps to name a few. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Why do I have black streaks in my nasal discharge?

Stuff you breathe?: Usually this can be due to inhalation of pollutants in the air such as dust, smoke, or other environmental pollutants.

Rarely certain serious fungal sinus infections in persons with a compromised immune system can cause black discharge from the nose (invasive fungal sinusitis). ...Read more

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What can I do about clear nasal discharge and excessive tearing?

What can I do about clear nasal discharge and excessive tearing?

Sounds like allergy: If there is also sneezing, then this would confirm hayfever or allergic rhinitis. You can try Claritin or competing brands. If there is nasal congestion, then claritin-d but not if you have blood pressure problems, heart disease, or stroke. If it is year round or severe, you may want to get allergy testing to see what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has nasal discharge?

What should I do if my baby has nasal discharge?

Suction the nose: Use saline nasal drops and suction the nostrils. This can be done few times a day but not too frequently as it may irritate the nostrils. ...Read more

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Treatment for foul smelling nasal discharge?

Treatment for foul smelling nasal discharge?

Medical evaluation: To determine cause of discharge. Treatment plan will depend of cause (i.e., sinusitis). ...Read more

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What would cause intermittant clear, watery nasal discharge on one side only with no other symptoms?

What would cause intermittant clear, watery nasal discharge on one side only with no other symptoms?

Need to see ENT: When the nasal discharge is clear and unilateral. One needs to rule a fracture in the skull area above the nose especially if there has been a history of head trauma prior to its onset. One may detect whether the fluid is from the brain by testing the discharge itself. ...Read more

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My grand daughter has brown nasal discharge?

My grand daughter has brown nasal discharge?

Foreign body in nose: I do not know the age of your granddaughter. It is common for young children to put small items in their nose. These small items can cause localized infections that can create foul smelling non-clear nasal discharge. I recommend having a doctor evaluate her nose soon. ...Read more

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I have a greenish whitish but watery nasal discharge. Could it be because of bronchitis? What should I do?

I have a greenish whitish but watery nasal discharge. Could it be because of bronchitis? What should I do?

Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is usually a viral infection, and this may also produce other changes in the upper respiratory tract. Without being able to examine you the best thing would be to see your PCP if this does not clear as your bronchitis resolves. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nasal discharge is greenish. My doc says you can't tell too much from the color?

Nasal discharge is greenish. My doc says you can't tell too much from the color?

He/she is right: The color of your nasal or lung secretions does not tell you much if anything about whether you have a bacterial or viral illness, as they both can cause green/yellow/etc discharges. ...Read more

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I got nasal darkyellow nasal discharge for 2daya now. What can u recomend to take for it to fully stop? I had cold/flu a week before.

I got nasal darkyellow nasal discharge for 2daya now. What can u recomend to take for it to fully stop? I had cold/flu a week before.

Nasal drainage: Since you've had symptoms for about ten days you may have a sinus infection that will require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Occasionally have noticed in nasal discharge a long thin elastic item. Kind of clear or white. Hoping this is normal and not a dead worm?

Occasionally have noticed in nasal discharge a long thin elastic item. Kind of clear or white. Hoping this is normal and not a dead worm?

Mucus: It could be thick mucus or indeed a type of worm. It is difficult to comment without an examination. If you notice this again, keep a sample and take it to your doctor the next time who can arrange the sample to be examined in the lab. ...Read more

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My nasal discharge is a light yellow is it bacterial?

My nasal discharge is a light yellow is it bacterial?

Could be: Can be bacterial, viral or allergic. If it persists see an ent. ...Read more

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What can cause bad breath and yellow nasal discharge?

What can cause bad breath and yellow nasal discharge?

Sinus infections: The yellow discharge id due to bacteria, usually h, influenza, staph, or strep. The bad breath can be from postnasal drip and the bacteria which smells getting to your throat. ...Read more

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Are grey streaks in nasal discharge dust particles? At times when I blow my nose I notice grey streaks in the mucus.

Are grey streaks in nasal discharge dust particles? At times when I blow my nose I notice grey streaks in the mucus.

Grey mucous: In order to respond to this would need to have a specimen and examine it both macro and microscopically. See an ENT doctor. Good luck, and best wishes. ...Read more

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The nasal discharge from my left nostril is rarely clear. Have a cyst in sinus on the same side. Might the cyst be the cause of this?

The nasal discharge from my left nostril is rarely clear. Have a cyst in sinus on the same side. Might the cyst be the cause of this?

Cyst: Generally sinus cysts don't cause any symptoms. May be nasal dryness from climate, from a deviated septum, the onset of a cold or sinusitis. If it persists see an ENT to check it out. You may need a repeat ct scan ...Read more

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My 2yo had a cold two weeks ago. A nightly cough remains. Only when asleep. Slight nasal discharge. What's the deal?

My 2yo had a cold two weeks ago. A nightly cough remains. Only when asleep. Slight nasal discharge. What's the deal?

Post-nasal drip: While recovering from a cold the tissues lining the upper respiratory tract are continuing to regenerate and there is inflammatory material that during the day either flows down and is swallowed or cleared and swallowed without cough. At night, however, there is pooling of material in the back of the throat and coughing helps to clear it. ...Read more

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Long-term alternative to Pseudoephedrine? It's the only drug that helps stop sensation of clear phlegm/snot stuck in nose/PND no nasal discharge : (

Long-term alternative to Pseudoephedrine? It's the only drug that helps stop sensation of clear phlegm/snot stuck in nose/PND no nasal discharge : (

ENT/Allergy: Evaluation is what you need, pseudoephedrine long or short acting isn't the answer, looking for a cause to fix would help you better, good luck ...Read more

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Sir I need to get some advice regarding head heaviness.... How to get rid of it. I have chronic rhinitis but no nasal discharge. Just congestion and h?

Sir I need to get some advice regarding head heaviness.... How to get rid of it. I have chronic rhinitis but no nasal discharge. Just congestion and h?

Possible sinusitis: You may have a sinus infection. Patients with chronic rhinitis and allergies can develop congestion which lead to blockage of the sinus openings in the nose. This can lead to fluid build up in the sinuses, pressure, headache and possible infection. You should see your physician for evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can there be chronic allergic sinusitis with only significant nasal congestion and malaise without any apparent mucus or nasal discharge?

Can there be chronic allergic sinusitis with only significant nasal congestion and malaise without any apparent mucus or nasal discharge?

Yes: You are basically describing chronic sinusitis. Patients with chronic sinusitis typically don't have the nasal discharge that you get with allergies or acute sinusitis. But it can lead to chronic nasal stuffiness/congestion/malaise. Best study for diagnosis: coronal ct of sinuses without contrast - essential for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Barely any nasal discharge, facial pain/pressure/burning/tingling sensation in face/temple pressure/gets worse went bending over. Is it sinusitis?

Barely any nasal discharge, facial pain/pressure/burning/tingling sensation in face/temple pressure/gets worse went bending over. Is it sinusitis?

Could be: Most "sinus" headaches aren't, but your pain could be. There are sinuses way in the back where you can have sinusitis without discharge or drainage. This may not be a benign problem. See your doctor. ...Read more

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When breathe through my nose, foul odor/taste like I'm sick (but I am not). Discolor nasal discharge from left nostril only. Went to ENT, did nothing.

When breathe through my nose, foul odor/taste like I'm sick (but I am not). Discolor nasal discharge from left nostril only. Went to ENT, did nothing.

Dysosmia: You're describing an abnormal smell and discharge, when you breathe the nose, in particular the left nostril. I wonder, if the otolaryngologist did a fiberoptic nasal endoscopy to check the nasal passages. Additionally, imaging may be warranted with a CT scan of the sinuses. I would suggest that you seek a second opinion from a different ENT doctor. There are definitely more options available. ...Read more

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