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Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Bacteria versus viru: S. Without running a culture, it is impossible to tell. Certainly thick yellow mucous and a slight cough could be bacterial, but it could also be viral or less commonly parasitic. Best to get checked out if it doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...Read more

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Facial pain, fever up to 103 (fever has stopped), yellow watery nasal discharge, cough, greenish brown sputum. Sinus infection and/or bronchitis?

Facial pain, fever up to 103 (fever has stopped), yellow watery nasal discharge, cough, greenish brown sputum. Sinus infection and/or bronchitis?

Possibly: Or you may be getting over a cold. As a cold improves the nasal secretions get thicker and a little yellow. If you are coughing up thick brown sputum with a deep cough i would be more concerned about a bacterial pneumonia or possibly bronchitis. Most bronchitis is viral and happens as the last part of a cold .If not improving see your doctor. ...Read more

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Watery discharge with white flecks labor?

Watery discharge with white flecks labor?

I am confused!: Sorry, but I don't understand your question. Are you pregnant and have a new discharge? If so, call your OB doc and ask what to do. If not, please ask your question again and clarify. ...Read more

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Productive yellow cough indicates what?

Productive yellow cough indicates what?

Possibilities...: If this is a change in your sputum color, it may be indicative of infection like acute bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection with post-nasal drip. The infection could be bacterial so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment especially if you also have fever, shortness of breath, sinus pain/congestion or if it doesn't resolve after 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Why coughing up bloody mucus?

Why coughing up bloody mucus?

See doctor...: The most common cause for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy can also cause this and must be ruled out so see your doctor asap. If you are short of breath or coughing up a lot of blood, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Foul smelling and mucus stool?

Foul smelling and mucus stool?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak.. no fever no sore throat?

Mgt: If it continues for three weeks or more, it may be a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Nasal saline, fluids are rest are advised. Virtual appt available for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat an thick green mucus ?

Scratchy  throat  an thick green mucus ?

Infection: You have a bacterial infection, possibly sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia. Please sek medical attention without further delay. ...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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Thick yellow sinus discharge?

Could also be viral: Acute sinusitis is usually viral. Consider bacterial if it persists more than two weeks. ...Read more

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Green sticky snot?

Not helpful: The stickiness or viscosity of nasal mucus is not a good predictor of the underlying problem. Other symptoms are better indicators, such as the presence or absence of fever, itchy eyes, sore throat and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works!' ...Read more

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Have histoplasmosis and have a barking cough coughing up green mucous and red tinted mucous.Had bronchoscopy 4 days ago?

Have histoplasmosis and have a barking cough coughing up green mucous and red tinted mucous.Had bronchoscopy 4 days ago?

Call doctor: Best to call your doctor who did the bronchoscopy four days ago. They need to be made aware that you're having green mucus, and blood tinged sputum. They will be able to better assist you in providing treatment plan, or follow-up to return to the office. You may need to be placed on medications. Plus this needs to be documented in your chart. ...Read more

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Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Acute Sinusitis: Allergic rhinitis can cause increased nasal congestion, cough, runny nose that can lead to discolored sputum, facial pain/pressure, nasal blockage, fevers, and loss of taste/smell which are symptoms concerning for an acute sinus infection. Daily steroid nasal sprays and other allergy medications can help reduce or prevent these infections. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Clear/white thick mucus discharge?

What?: From which body opening is the mucous coming from? ...Read more

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Plugged sinuses, blowing clear mucus.coughing up green mucus for 4 days. filled Azithromycin,not started. Green poop normal?!

Plugged sinuses, blowing clear mucus.coughing up green mucus for 4 days. filled Azithromycin,not started. Green poop normal?!

Probably.: If you are taking over the counter cough and cold medicines, stop. They don't work and may change stool color, which is no big deal, but other side effects of these meds may make you feel crummier than if you did not take them! See http://tinyurl.com/osmaxzo and save your money! After 5 days of colored mucus with no decrease in color, go ahead and try the antibiotic. ...Read more

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