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What causes yellow mucus in your throat and mouth?

What causes yellow mucus in your throat and mouth?

Throat mucus: Mucus tends to thicken and turn yellow or slightly green as water evaporates from it. The flow of mucus slows at night, so that in the morning you'll feel the mucus in the throat, and there is an urge to cough or expectorate it.
You can relieve this, by staying hydrated and using a saline rinse to help thin mucus and improve mucus clearance. ...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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I have only smoked for 2 months I had about 2 or 3 cigarette a day and have stopped now, the back of my throat is a bit yellow with whit mucus and little yellow bumps also the blog vessels in my mouth have become verry visible. Is there anything serious

I have only smoked for 2 months I had about 2 or 3 cigarette a day and have stopped now, the back of my throat is a bit yellow with whit mucus and little yellow bumps also the blog vessels in my mouth have become verry visible. Is there anything serious

Congratulation.: Congratulation on your decision to stop smoking. The length of time and the number of cigarettes that you smoked not enough to cause any serious damages.
if you continue to be concerned see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing thick saliva or mucus in the back of my mouth where the wall of the throat is. It's been going on for 2 months, no coughing, no colds, just yellow mucus which could possibly the reason why I have yellow snot (not wet) in my nose.

I am experiencing thick saliva or mucus in the back of my mouth where the wall of the throat is. It's been going on for 2 months, no coughing, no colds, just yellow mucus which could possibly the reason why I have yellow snot (not wet) in my nose.

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, post-nasal drop, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. See a doctor soon, here or locally, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat with no fever or body pains. No yellow mucus its all clear and my mouth and I am constantly spitting no mucus just regular spit.?

I have a sore throat with no fever or body pains. No yellow mucus its all clear and my mouth and I am constantly spitting no mucus just regular spit.?

Sore throat: This is often viral, although sore throat may be due to post nasal discharge from sinuses or to acid reflux or other condition. The only way to accurately diagnose this is to be seen and examined by your doctor. Go soon and wish you better. ...Read more

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Why is the roof of my mouth yellow? Not like thrush, but tinted yellow. I also have a very sore red throat with mucus. Does this just sound viral?

Why is the roof of my mouth yellow? Not like thrush, but tinted yellow. I also have a very sore red throat with mucus. Does this just sound viral?

Slight jaundice: You may be suffering from epstein-barr virus or 'mono' which can make you slightly yellow, with throat symptoms as you describe. Everyone's a little different, so the best thing to do is see a doctor for proper evaluation. Jaundice or that yellow color, can be seen inside the mouth, plus also the whites of the eyes if you pull the skin to the side (carefully). Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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There is yellow/green mucus stuck to back of throat and swollen uvula, what do I do?

There is yellow/green mucus stuck to back of throat and swollen uvula, what do I do?

Swollen uvula: This is actually more common than you might think, and you need to get to a physician immediately so you can be appropriately treated. If your pcp or ENT physician cannot see you now, there are urgent care physicians that are available now that can help treat you immediately. So do not wait to get treatment by a physician! ...Read more

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I have a lot of yellow/green mucus stuck to back of throat and swollen uvula. Is there a correlation?

Yes: Your symptoms are consistent with a viral/bacterial infection and the purulent material (yellow/green mucus) is the body's defense mechanism challenging that infection. The swollen uvula is part of this infection. A culture of the throat is first, followed by appropriate and specific medical treatment. See your physician. ...Read more

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I wake up with yellow saliva, coming from the throat. It gets cleared after 2 to 3 times n doesn't show til nxt morn. I feel mucus behind throat n nose?

Viral syndrome: Overnight the junk you inhaled over the day gets cleared so you would sneeze or cough it out in AM. That is natural. If only the last few days, consider viral syndrome or effect of bad air in room or cigarettes. Consider investing in an air purifier. If gets much worse instead of better, may have secondary infection and would need to see doc who can send a sputum culture. ...Read more

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Have a painful sore throat and also the back of my tongue is sore and recently started getting a yellow mucus coming out of my eyes?

Have a painful sore throat and also the back of my tongue is sore and recently started getting a yellow mucus coming out of my eyes?

See physician: These signs and symptoms that you are experiencing need to be evaluated by your doctor. He can assess the problem and provide a solution to allow you get well. Don't wait. ...Read more

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I have sinus issues. Very dry conditions in house cause severe dryness in my mouth and throat. Last couple of days I have had blood in my my mucus?

I have sinus issues. Very dry conditions in house cause severe dryness in my mouth and throat. Last couple of days I have had blood in my my mucus?

Typical: Winter weather issue. Consider otc sinus irrigation bottle and use twice daily. Or use saline mister persistently throughout the day. Drink plenty of water. Drying can also be a medication side effect. ...Read more

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Sore throat, feeling is mucus in back of throat. When I get it out, it's yellow, very chunky and has streaks of blood. Cause?

Likely viral: Viral infections can cause inflammation of the throat along with yellowish/thick mucus / postnasal drip, and even streaks of blood. If you develop high fever or severe difficulty swallowing or significant blood, seek medical attention. Other wise, try salt water gargles, humidifier, and neti pot.
Take Care! ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow/white mucus, sore throat and glands around neck. Been 15 days & not better. What could cause throat to be sore for this long?

Coughing up yellow/white mucus, sore throat and glands around neck. Been 15 days & not better. What could cause throat to be sore for this long?

Need throat culture: Although the symptoms may still be due to a viral infection, it is time for you to obtain a throat culture to specifically determine if you have a bacterial infection of the throat and obtain specific antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I get a bitter taste in my mouth after eating and even after just brushing my teeth. What causes this? I also have mucus in my throat but am not sick

I get a bitter taste in my mouth after eating and even after just brushing my teeth. What causes this? I also have mucus in my throat but am not sick

Gum disease: Bitter taste can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This condition should be checked by a dentist. It is a painless condition, but can induce serious complication. ...Read more

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Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Infection: You have symptoms of infection. Treat with rest, fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are not better, be assessed by your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What causes a yellow discoloration on the roof of your mouth and throat?

What causes a yellow discoloration on the roof of your mouth and throat?

Hard to say: Hard to say without more information. Recent, forever? If it concerns you, get evaluated by oral & maxillofacial surgeon ...Read more

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What causes a sore throat, mouth yellow in color, thick phlegm in throat? This has been going on for over a month.

What causes a sore throat, mouth yellow in color, thick phlegm in throat? This has been going on for over a month.

That's a long time: Mono is from the EBV virus, and can cause swollen glands and big tonsils. Strep throat can do the same thing, but strep throat needs antibiotics. Some other infections can cause similar symptoms. Sinus infections can drip cloudy mucus down the throat. This all means that a trip to the doctor would be wise. Be sure to tell the doctor if one has recreational activities like oral sex. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip cause dry mouth? My mouth has been pretty dry for over 24 hours, been clearing thick mucous from throat. Drinking plenty of water

Can post nasal drip cause dry mouth? My mouth has been pretty dry for over 24 hours, been clearing thick mucous from throat. Drinking plenty of water

Possibly: If the post-nasal drips are very salty, then you may end up with a sensation of dry throat like after swallowing a mouthful of seawater. On the other hand, your dry mouth may also be from nasal congestion leading to mouth breathing. You need to get checked out for possible sinus infection as well if the problem persists for more than 10 days or gets worse in the interim. ...Read more

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What causes me to spit clear, slimy mucus up for 2-3 hours after waking up in am? Do I have pockets in my throat to hold the drainage or what?

Postnasal drip: You are most likely having postnasal drip. The back of your nasal cavity, mouth and throat are connected. While you are lying horizontally sleeping, the mucous drips down the back of your mouth into your throat and collects there. After you wake up and are upright, the mucous sitting on the back of your throat is irritating causing you to cough it up. ...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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Can strep throat cause your tongue to hurt and yellow?

Can strep throat cause your tongue to hurt and yellow?

Strep: The tongue in strep is usually red with enlargement of the papillae that make it resemble a strawberry or raspberry. All the best. ...Read more

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What would cause a condition where mucous builds up in the back of my throat, my tongue drys out, and it creates a vacuum when I try to swallow.

URI, post-nasal drip: It causes the mucus that forms in your sinuses/nostrils to drop down into the back of the throat. The dehydration caused by reduced water intake or fever or other stuff makes the tongue dry and thickens the mucus that nearly blocks off the opening when your swallow muscles tighten. It must feel awful - try to drink water a lot - take mucinex (guaifenesin) as directed - neti-pot may help - inhale menthol steam. ...Read more

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Cause of large, pale lingual tonsils touching epiglottis with yellow sticky mucus? Have follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma -what else can cause this?

Cause of large, pale lingual tonsils touching epiglottis with yellow sticky mucus? Have follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma -what else can cause this?

Tonsils: I suspect you mean the "regular" tonsils which are also called the pharyngeal tonsils. The lingual tonsils are at the base of the tongue and you wouldn't be able to see these yourself. They are both part of the Waldeyer's ring in the oropharynx. Lymphoma & carcinoma can certainly affect this area. Chronic tonsillitis and Mono are other infectious causes of tonsillar enlargement ...Read more

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Have gerd. Was on aciphex (rabeprazole) for years but stopped like 6 months ago. Now my spit is like a yellow mucus. Is this post nasal drip caused by gerd?

Have gerd. Was on aciphex (rabeprazole) for years but stopped like 6 months ago. Now my spit is like a yellow mucus. Is this post nasal drip caused by gerd?

Possibly: Ph probe studies have shown that acid reflux from the stomach can reach the nasopharynx (area behind nose). You may go back on Aciphex (rabeprazole) to see if this resolves the yellow mucus. What you describe is a nonspecific sign of inflammation. ...Read more

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Can thrush on tongue cause nauseous feeling in throat when eating. Also feels like something in back of tongue all the time. Is coated yellow, white.

Can thrush on tongue cause nauseous feeling in throat when eating. Also feels like something in back of tongue all the time. Is coated yellow, white.

Antifungal rinse: Thrush on the tongue, besides altering your breath, can alter the taste of food. The main reason is that the tongue has taste buds and these can be altered with thrush.

You should see your dentist to prescribe and anti-fungal mouth rinse that you can swish and gargle with. That should quiet down the thrush and you should regain normal tasting. ...Read more

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I have a persistant excessive mucous in my throat and white coated tongue for nearly a year. Reoccuring sore throat. What is the cause and how to treat?

I have a persistant excessive mucous in my throat and white coated tongue for nearly a year. Reoccuring sore throat. What is the cause and how to treat?

LPR: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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I have problem in breathing. There is mucus at the back of my throat which remove through my mouth. How to prevent too much mucus formation?

I have problem in breathing. There is mucus at the back of my throat which remove through my mouth. How to prevent too much mucus formation?

Possibly PND: You may have PND, postnasal drainage, caused by chronic sinus inflammation. As a result, the drainage can accumulate in the back of the throat especially after lying down. The mucus then triggers the body to cough. See your primary care doctor or family physician to see if that's the cause. Sinus inflammation is commonly caused by untreated or poorly treated sinus allergy. Hope you get better soon ...Read more

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I wake up with mucus in my mouth/throat all the time. Should I be worried?

Allergies?: You could be suffering from nasal allergies that cause you to have post nasal drip. Seek the opinion of an allergist. ...Read more

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Son has thick, thick yellow mucus back of throat no sinus or allergy problem what is causing?

? Sinus disease: And the thick mucus draining at the back of his throat is coming from his upper airway, nasal cavity and sinuses, so better get seen by his doctor for evaluation, usually saline nasal wash can help, but if he he has bacterial sinusitis/rhinitis, antibiotics would be needed, good luck ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more