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Doctor insights on: What Causes Mucus In The Lungs

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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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What causes a bad cough very little mucus and a small pain in one lung?

What causes a bad cough very little mucus and a small pain in one lung?

Dry cough: The list is long, including asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip, chronic sinusitis, pertussis, medication side effects sch as ace inhibitors, the list is long, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can airborne allergens cause greenish mucus or colored mucus from lungs and nose not in large amounts just small particles?

Can airborne allergens cause greenish mucus or colored mucus from lungs and nose not in large amounts just small particles?

Sure: Sure, only small particles are necessary to cause an allergic response. There are times in allergy season when certain offenders are visible, as in the spring when oak pollen covers you car in a green dust, but most of the time these particles are not visible to the naked eye. ...Read more

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Can constant overbreathing from chronic hyperventilation syndrome cause excess mucus to form on my lungs? I don't know if the mucus is from allergies.

Evaluation: Without exam, chest x-ray and some lab work any answer will be incomplete. See pulmonologist in your area, they will help. ...Read more

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Can chrnoic hyperventilation syndrome cause extra mucus to form on your lungs? I'm trying to figure out if this is asthma or a dif breathing disorder.

Can chrnoic hyperventilation syndrome cause extra mucus to form on your lungs? I'm trying to figure out if this is asthma or a dif breathing disorder.

See your doc: Hyperventilation shouldn't cause this, please see your doctor for a complete evaluation if your are having difficulty breathing. That can be a sign of many different conditions, some quite serious. ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Not usually: It is highly unlikely that the mucus would end up in your lungs. Typically it is swallowed. ...Read more

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If U take a diuretic at a high dose, can it dehydrate lungs over time & cause increased mucus because I keep getting bronchitis since even in summer?

If U take a diuretic at a high dose, can it dehydrate lungs over time & cause increased mucus because I keep getting bronchitis since even in summer?

Diuretics=a tool for: Reducing kidney's ability to reabsorb as much water as brain orders. Thus not a cure; only treatment for excess body water retention/intake. But tools do not solve reason (s) & often drive additional problems, e.g. compromise lung mucociliary elevator http://goo. Gl/IXDw19 function, thus bronchitis. Confront reasons for problems. MyPurMist device very helpful for assisting lung cleaning ability. ...Read more

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For many years, sometimes when I lie flat/sleep I have very small amount of mucus in lungs/throat. When I get up I am instantly fine. Normal? Causes?

Lungs: Sounds like you may have some fluid in your lungs be it mucus or other fluid. When lying flat, the surface area involved in your lungs increases making you more short of breath. Causes are several including but not limited to chf, pleuritis, rad, asthma variant, mild copd, bronchitis, etc. Etc... Get eval, best wishes. ...Read more

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Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Is CHF likely at age 20-30? Sometimes when I wake up I have small mucus in lungs. No sob, no other symptoms. No family history heart issue. Other cause?

Yes: CHF is likely at young age also but your symptoms probably are not related to chf. Please check with your pcp and get evaluated. It may be just sinusitis. ...Read more

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High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

Infection/spot: You need to follow up with your physician for a ct scan of your chest. It sounds like you have bronchitis or pneumonia; however, all bets are off in a smoker: get checked! ...Read more

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For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

Globus etc: Hi MelaniH~ you have REFLUX which is the central issue, because GE reflux while recumbent can cause gastric fluid to enter the esophagus and spill into the lungs. This will give you irritation in the esophagus and cause globus sensation and can cause irritable airways and lower respiratory obstruction witth asthma symptoms. See your doc. See a GI doc. Get lung functions done, start asthma meds thx ...Read more

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I can't take Mucinex (guaifenesin) due to impact on GI track, any other medicine to clear mucus;? It becomes obstructed between my throat and lung, causes discomfort

I can't take Mucinex (guaifenesin) due to impact on GI track, any other medicine to clear mucus;? It becomes obstructed between my throat and lung, causes discomfort

Find the cause; RX: Mucinex (guaifenesin) is a marginally useful drug. It would not make much difference whether you take it or not.
You need to go see a pulmonologst and ask him to find the reason for your chronic cough? Is it asthma? Or some respiratory allergy? It is best to treat the cause.
As for thick mucus, best solution is drink liberal amounts of liquids so you are well hyderated.
Also try a home remedy using honey+lemon. ...Read more

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For 2 days I have had dried blood in nose & I clear throat a few streaks of blood in mucus spit out. Clear chst X-ray 3 mth ago. Causes? Lung cancer?

For 2 days I have had dried blood in nose & I clear throat a few streaks of blood in mucus spit out. Clear chst X-ray 3 mth ago. Causes? Lung cancer?

Probably not: The most common cause of blood in the nose and after clearing your throat would be a nose bleed. Lung cancer is exceedingly rare in 29 year olds, and this would not be a common way for it to present. ...Read more

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Could mucus cause chest pain and trouble breathing?

Yes: But so could a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, and other dangerous conditions. You should get this looked at immediately. ...Read more

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My chest hurts and feels congested. I take my proair every hour, as well as my nebulizer. I can cough all the mucus out, which I believe is the cause.

My chest hurts and feels congested. I take my proair every hour, as well as my nebulizer. I can cough all the mucus out, which I believe is the cause.

STOP!!!: You need to go to the emergency room or call your doctor. Very dangerous to take your proair every hour with your nebulizer (hopefully it is not a bronchodilator). If it is, you are overdosing yourself and making yourself sicker. If you are that tight you need steroids to help decrease the swelling in your lungs. Good that you are coughing up the mucus but using proair every hour is a no no! ...Read more

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I have chest congestion after lying down. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I cough up lots of mucus. No other respiratory symptoms. Causes?

Cough: You perceive it in the chest but it really is that you have mucus from your nose which at night drops to the back of yr throat (gravity) where u have cough receptors that make you cough. You should treat your allergies (plenty of OTC meds), get a good HEPA filter for home use and speak to yr doc to get benzonatate 200mg q8h for a few days. ...Read more

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Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis or even GERD. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I can't breath from nose cause of my cough and mucus, the scary part is aside from that I'm having irregular heartbeats. No chest pain. Is this bad?

Insufficient data: R U febrile? U appear to have Flu symptoms or bad cold. Medicines for cold can cause irreg heart beats, & it is good to know what rhythm is on ECG as well as what meds U R taking. You should see an internist. ASAP. Afrin (oxymetazoline) (generic avail) overcounter spray should help clear mucous (only spray sitting up). Little systemic effect, but use gingerly, you nose can become addicted (ie, only clear w afrin). ...Read more

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I have been coughing, chest congestion, and spitting up mucus for 2 weeks no other symptoms can allergies be the cause, I have thm evry year but difrnt?

I have been coughing, chest congestion, and spitting up mucus for 2 weeks no other symptoms can allergies be the cause, I have thm evry year but difrnt?

See doctor: If you have had similar symptoms at about the same months every year, then allergy is a likely trigger for your symptoms. Talk to your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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What would cause mucus to irritate my chest and throat and make me cough been like this for months after I had a cold! After eating and excercise?

Sinus infection: I'm suspicious that you may have developed a bacterial sinus infection following your cold. The mucus which drains from the sinuses will cause you to cough and it may be worse when you lie down. Eating can also increase drainage from the sinuses. You should see your physician. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause some mucus in the throat along with slight chest wheezing?

Can allergies cause some mucus in the throat along with slight chest wheezing?

Yes: Allergies often cause mucus in the throat along with a runny nose and nasal congestion. Mucus in the throat and slight chest wheezing can also be caused by acid reflux from the stomach. ...Read more

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What would cause you to have a thick clear to white mucus in your throat if sinuses and chest x-rays are normal. Only happens after eating, laying dwn?

What would cause you to have a thick clear to white mucus in your throat if sinuses and chest x-rays are normal. Only happens after eating, laying dwn?

Look at diet: Certain foods in your diet can produce phlegm, which is basically mucus. Sweet foods, chocolates, desserts, breads, pasta, anything with gluten, can do this. So you may need a clinical nutritionist to intervene, and help you. Also, not having enough hydration can potentially cause it. Work with your doctor to address this, and you'll be satisfied. ...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