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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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Had a tonsillectomy yesterday and today my uvula and where my tonsils were are coated in a yellow/green mucous like substance. Is this normal?

Had a tonsillectomy yesterday and today my uvula and where my tonsils were are coated in a yellow/green mucous like substance. Is this normal?

Post tonsillectomy : It is not uncommon to have swelling and some denuding of the uvula after tonsillectomy. This is caused by heat from cautery during removal of your tonsils and is temporary
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Is all this green mucus my scabs coming off after tonsillectomy?

Is all this green mucus my scabs coming off after tonsillectomy?

Healing: After the tonsillectomy the area where the tonsils used to be can turn white and then slowly return to pink. This is the natural course. Scabs are usually dark black/red spots and usually only in a few locations (they don't cover the entire area). ...Read more

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If my son had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, why does he now have white mucus?

If my son had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, why does he now have white mucus?

How long after?: How long ago did your son have his t&a surgery? Where is the mucus you are seeing?
It is not unusual to see cream to white colored material (fibrinous exudate) on the tongue, palate and back of throat for up to 2 weeks after tonsil surgery. Check with your son's surgeon to be sure there are no other issues. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy 10 days ago and for the past few days have been bringing up green blood tinged mucus. Help! Is this a normal part of healing?

I had a tonsillectomy 10 days ago and for the past few days have been bringing up green blood tinged mucus. Help! Is this a normal part of healing?

Let your doctor know: I recommend you call your surgeon and let him know. This should be ok as long as you are not having frank bleeding from your throat. ...Read more

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I'm day 7 post tonsillectomy and started coughing up stringy blood in mucus but I've been coughing mucus constant for about 3 days could it be due to that?

I'm day 7 post tonsillectomy and started coughing up stringy blood in mucus but I've been coughing mucus constant for about 3 days could it be due to that?

Gargle ice water: Try gargling with ice water for 15 minutes and see if that controls the bleeding. If not you should contact your surgeon and let him or her know. ...Read more

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I have recurrent tonsillitis, when I come down with it I also get a lot of mucus on my chest and cold symptoms. Is this normal? Tonsillectomy needed?

I have recurrent tonsillitis, when I come down with it I also get a lot of mucus on my chest and cold symptoms. Is this normal? Tonsillectomy needed?

Not yet: Recurrent sore throat is not necessarily recurrent bacterial tonsillitis. This needs to be documented by positive streptococcus on throat culture at least 3 times in a year that did not respond to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Also, chronically large obstructing tonsils can be an added reason for tonsillectomy. The chest cold symptoms may be from postnasal viral drainage. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My daughter is 2. She had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy yesterday. She just recently coughed up a large amount of yellow phlegm. Should I worry?

My daughter is 2. She had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy yesterday. She just recently coughed up a large amount of yellow phlegm. Should I worry?

Monitor closely...: Keep her well hydrated, monitor her temperature regularly and follow the post surgery instruction that you should have been given with her discharge papers. If any concerns call her surgeon. ...Read more

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I have Gilbert's disease and was prescribed Lortab after tonsillectomy. How can I tell if my liver will tolerate the Acetaminophen well? Eyes r yellow

I have Gilbert's disease and was prescribed Lortab after tonsillectomy. How can I tell if my liver will tolerate the Acetaminophen well? Eyes r yellow

Icterus = yellow eye: Jaundice refers to yellow tinge in skin tone while icterus refers to whites of eyes turning yellowish, both due to excess bilirubin, a consequence of Gilbert's syndrome, which is typically considered benign. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gilberts-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024904. Most folks w/GS should be able to tolerate acetaminophen but keep ...Read more

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5 days after tonsillectomy. Brown, yellow, or green phlegm, possibly pus, that I am hacking up often. No runny nose, worse after sleeping. Normal?

5 days after tonsillectomy. Brown, yellow, or green phlegm, possibly pus, that I am hacking up often. No runny nose, worse after sleeping. Normal?

Normal unfun time: It can take a couple of weeks for you to get over it. Use a nasal saline mist hourly while awake if still having a lot of mucous, or at least saline gargles. Ear pain is also common. You may want to chew on gummy candy or gum to see if that loosens up some throat muscles spasms. Ask your ENT if they're okay with you using Motrin as that can really help, or if they need to see you back. ...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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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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I have an 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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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.

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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