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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...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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What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

You Are Ill: You are ill. You have a cough and you are producing purulent sputum. You need to be seen by your physician urgently. That is what this means. ...Read more

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Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Whats it mean when u cough up white mucus?

Cough: It means there's some irritation. Need to figure out where it is and what's causing it. If you're a febrile you likely don't need to worry. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for like a week. I woke up yesterday spitting bloody mucus and Having some bloody mucus on and off all day. I'm fine today tho. What is it?

I've had a cough for like a week. I woke up yesterday spitting bloody mucus and Having some bloody mucus on and off all day. I'm fine today tho. What is it?

Bronchitis: Most common cause of bloody sputum with cough is Bronchitis. Given the fact that its lasted for shortwhile its most likely bronchitis. If symptoms persist and new symptoms start something serious will be suspected. ...Read more

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What does it mean i cough up yellow mucus every morning just mornings i don't feel sick?

What does it mean i cough up yellow mucus every morning just mornings i don't feel sick?

Post nasal drip: During the night, significant amounts of mucus can collect in the upper airway, back of the throat/nose. Upon awakening, the body's response is to expel this mucus to clear the airway. When mucus is exposed to air it is oxidized (turns yellow or green). If it stays discolored, think of infection, if it goes clear during day, think allergy. An allergist can assist in diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If i cough up yellow mucus does that mean infection?

If i cough up yellow mucus does that mean infection?

Productive cough: Hello, not all yellow mucus means infection. It may be normal mucus that has lost it's water content from dehydration. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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At times mostly in ther morning and sometimes throughtout the day i couch and hard mucus flies out of mouth when i cough what does this mean? I smoke a pack of smokes a day ... Thank you for your attention to my question.

At times mostly in ther morning and sometimes throughtout the day i couch and hard mucus flies out of mouth when i cough what does this mean? I smoke a pack of smokes a day ... Thank you for your attention to my question.

Bronchitis: I am concerned that because of your smoking you are developing chronic bronchitis. These patients will produce significant amounts of mucus several months of the year if not all year long. The best treatment is to stop smoking. Certain medications may decrease the amount of mucus you produce. ...Read more

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My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

Yellow upheaval: Your child has an ailment affecting his respiratory tree. At this time of year the most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection or possibly the flu. The yellow vomitis is probably mucus, but if he has been vomiting for a prolonged period it may be bile. Other causes may be due to allergies or there may be a smoker in the house. If symptoms continue, it's time to get checked out. ...Read more

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I struggle to breathe through my diaphragm and when I do I cough out bloody mucus. My dr. Said blood is from my sinuses. Nothing is helping it though.

I struggle to breathe through my diaphragm and when I do I cough out bloody mucus. My dr. Said blood is from my sinuses. Nothing is helping it though.

Cough: It's somewhat concerning that your symptoms are difficulty breathing along with bloody mucous. If you have chronic sinus problems it is possible that the mucous is from there, but i would be sure to get a chest xray and a lung evaluation to be certain this isn't a primary lung problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Went 2doctor 4 white spot in throat & slightly bloody mucus Prior symptoms b4were consistent backpain. Was prescribed meds &now have cough when exhale?

Went 2doctor 4 white spot in throat & slightly bloody mucus Prior symptoms b4were consistent backpain. Was prescribed meds &now have cough when exhale?

What is question: You are not specific about what you need help with. Did you see a ENT surgeon and get a thorough exam with fiber optic laryngoscopy? This is what needs to be done. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does yellow mucus mean? Should i be worried and should I see my dr? My head hurts and I have a cough and drainage in my ears.

What does yellow mucus mean? Should i be worried and should I see my dr?  My head hurts and I have a cough and drainage in my ears.

Possibilities...: The cough productive of yellow sputum may indicate the presence of infection in your airways, called acute bronchitis. If the infection is caused by a virus, it will complete its course but, if due to bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed. This is a common infection and it is easily treated so see your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Waking up with bloody mucus every morning for about 3 months, no cough, been to the dentist, all good, can blood come up from throat without cough?

Waking up with bloody mucus every morning for about 3 months, no cough, been to the dentist, all good, can blood come up from throat without cough?

Yes: If i were you i would find a physician in your area and have a thorough diagnostic exam to find where the blood is coming from. This is not normal. Probably something minor, but it could be serious. ...Read more

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Was sick for a week,cold moved into ears and now draining to throat been almost a month now and starting to cough up alot of bloody mucus ?

Was sick for a week,cold moved into ears and now draining to throat been almost a month now and starting to cough up alot of bloody mucus ?

Flu epidemic: Flu is all over US. Very likely you have influenza A. Get a swab done in any urgent care.Even if you had flu shot this year , it did not work as virus mutated.drink lot of water.avoid soda,ice water.use a humidifier at night.if no fever,keep hydrating urself.drink hot or green tea 5-8 times a day.buy vicks and apply to cheeks,forehead and throat at night.take hot showers often.if no help,see MD ...Read more

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My nostrils burn and I have a runny nose , wet cough, headache,weak,shaky and puking bloody mucus. DayQuil isn't working.whats wrong ?

My nostrils burn and I have a runny nose , wet cough, headache,weak,shaky and puking bloody mucus. DayQuil isn't working.whats wrong ?

See a Physician: You may have a sinus infection. While the symptoms could be due to a common cold your Physician would be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment ...Read more

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Out of no where I got a very sore throat & raspy.. Thought was allergies. i went to cough and bloody mucus. Smoked 11 yrs ago for 12 yrs cancer??

Out of no where  I got a very sore throat & raspy.. Thought  was allergies. i went to cough and bloody mucus. Smoked 11 yrs ago for 12 yrs cancer??

See doctor : You need to see the doctor for exam and possible chest X-ray. You also need to stop smoking there are a few good medicines to help you if you need help to stop ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

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