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Had the flu 3 weeks ago, lasted just over a week and since then have had a cough. Just recently I have been coughing up green phlegm. Is that bad?

Had the flu 3 weeks ago, lasted just over a week and since then have had a cough. Just recently I have been coughing up green phlegm. Is that bad?

Not necessarily: If you are feeling well otherwise this may simply be your body clearing out material from the inflammation. If, however, you have trouble breathing, fever, chest pain, or other symptoms, go and see a doctor asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more

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I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

I had green phlegm for about 3 weeks with a cough and phlegm is no longer green is it necessary to still seek medical attention?

Maybe not: If u r feeling better and less sick, no temperature u may have had a viral infection and ur body has won. If u continue 2 improve u may b ok. But any worsening of ur cough or u have a color change again b cn. That would b what i personally would do. 4 peace of mind u should c u r pcp? ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

I'm a teenager Coughing for over a month now with green phlegm and also finished a bottle of cough syrup but to no avail?

Consult your Doctor: You have had cough with green phlegm for over a month You should consult you Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.You may need antibiotics after diagnosis is established ...Read more

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When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

When i cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

Bronchitis: This cough producing discolored and also clearer sputum could be due to a bronchial infection which often follows a head cold. It could be due to allergies or postnatal drip. Your doctor could diagnose it after an exam. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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I have a cough with green phlegm and hives. What is wrong with me?

Bronchitis: You may have bronchitis or even pneumonia and should be evaluated. Hives can occur with a variety of infections or treatment for infections due to antibiotic sensitivity. ...Read more

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I've been taking vasican bromhexine for my cough n phlegm n also on antibiotics but i'm still coughing n my phlegm is dark green. Plse help! thanks!

I've been taking vasican bromhexine for my cough n phlegm n also on antibiotics but i'm still coughing n my phlegm is dark green. Plse help! thanks!

Productive cough: The purpose of a cough is to clear unwanted material from your respiratory tract. The material you are taking is a substance designed to liquify the mucous and aid in the clearing of secretions but will not stop you from coughing. If it is keeping you awake you might try something with dextromethorphan in it. Check with your friendly pharmacist. They will have suggestions. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

Typical : Phlegm can change from yellow to white. Many times, infection can look dark yellow, dark green, dark brown. If you have drastic worsening of phlegm or even blood, you should definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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