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What Does Coughing Up Yellow Phlegm Mean
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
What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more
I had a cold with thick yellow phlegm and now the cough is non-productive but not going away - 3 weeks. How long before cough goes away?
Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?
Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more
Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. What can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more
Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?
Having this come back after Z max suggest that your nasal cilia are not working to remove bacteria.
Humming, green tea with lemon and honey helps.
Ask your doctor about using the Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator to clear this up. The Hydro Pulse restores the nasal cilia
see www. Grossan. Com ...Read more
I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?
Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more
I have a heavy cough with yellow phlegm my head pounds with each cough. Now I'm losing my voice. No other symptoms, what could this be?
Cough: Cough with sputum production is bronchitis. Paroxysmal coughing can lead to headache and chest/abdominal muscle discomfort. Headache could also be a symptom of sinusitis which can make cough and sputum production worse. If symptoms don't improve with otc remedies or worsen (fever/ chills/nausea with vomiting which precludes you from being able to stay hydrated/etc)-see a doctor! ...Read more
I have had a cough for the past two weeks. I have been coughing up phlegm that is slightly yellow, but it has a mild smell to it. Is this normal?
Sudden cough starting w/tickle in morning; fever of 38℃ and painful chest. Now cough much deeper + more pain and bringing up dark yellow phlegm. Dr?
Dry cough started end of march then that started producing yellow phlegm a week later. Suptum sample returned fine. No more phlegm, but still have irritating feeling of something stuck in chest + cough.
A lingering cough for 4-6 weeks after a chest infection is not unusual. The causes include
a temporary asthma like condition due to constriction of the bronchial tubes. Patients may notice wheezing but sometimes cough is the only symptom. The cough will improve with inhaled medication to relieve the constriction......But you need to see your physician for a proper diagnosis, and quit smoking. ...Read more
I am suffering from cough and cold with yellow phlegm and mild fever, during summer. What is the reason behind this?
Yellow phlegm, dry/wet cough. Influzena a&B neg. Put on Zpack & atrovent.& have laryngitis. Never had laryngitis b4, is that another symptom?
For years, I've had a hacking cough that brings up gluelike chunks of yellow phlegm. Doctors always say it's the asthma, but even with meds...
The past two weeks I have had excessive phlegm. I cough loads of yellow phlegm and also have a blocked nose. I feel like I gasp for air sometimes too?
I have a cough. Its been more than a month. My xray was clear. The doctor told that I have an allergic cough. But I'm worried because I have phlegm. Yellow in the morning and became white-whitish in the afternoon. Every time I woke up n the morning,
How to treat my cough? It is dry and inefficient. Sometimes yellow phlegm comes up. Sounds very dramatic. Not responding to nyquil, nor albuterol.
Hi, my cough has gotten worse and I have lots of yellow phlegm. I also feel like throwing up and haven't been able to eat. Should I go to the doctors?
Bronchitis: You may have a bronchitis which may be viral or bacterial in origin. If you also have fever I would see your doctor. However if you only have a productive cough you could try an over the counter cough medicine for a few days and if you do not improve you could then see your doctor. Good luck ...Read more
I've had cold symptoms and low grade fever for the past four days. The fever reached 101 twice. I developed a cough with dark yellow phlegm. Is th?
Fever: Most infections of fever and cough of 4 days duration are viral and can be treated with most over the counter medications unless you are getting worse. In this case consider seeing a doctor to start antibiotics. Mucinex DM, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other cough and cold medications (Dayquil or Nyquil) can help with symptoms while your body fights the viral infection. ...Read more
What should I do for a strong congested cough with lots of phlegm sometimes green and yellow. Post nasal drip non stop. Worse at night no fever?
Depends: If the symptoms outlined have been going on for longer than 10-14 days, then this could be consistent with a sinus infection and likely benefit from antibiotics. If symptom duration is less than 10 days, then rest, fluids, chicken soup, etc until the illness runs its course. ...Read more
Asthmatic with yellow/green phlegm and chesty cough, should I see doctor or ride it out? Lungs feel half full so breathing shallow and pf reduced
Had flu-like symptoms (tiredness, mild ache) 2-3 days ago; that subsided but still intermittent cough w/thick yellow-brown phlegm. What should I do?
Sounds viral: Drink plenty of fluids and get eight hours of sleep every night! Eat healthy and take some decongestant/ expectorant if allergy medicine does not help with coughing from Postnasal drip. See doctor if condition worsened, you may have a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics. ...Read more
Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.
Last night I had a fever yellow looking phlegm and a throaty type cough. I also have seasonal allergies but I also have a fever today same with chills?
Please call your doctor as soon as possible. She/he will send a prescription to your nearest Pharmacy!
Hope all goes OK! ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
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