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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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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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Experiencing an asthma flare for almost a month and I have had a productive cough. Today I noticed blood in the mucus I coughed up. Diagnosis, tests?

Experiencing an asthma flare for almost a month and I have had a productive cough. Today I noticed 
blood in the mucus I coughed up. Diagnosis, tests?

See doctor: This shows that your asthma is not under control . I do not see any medication you are taking for this condition either. You need to see your doctor ASAP before you get into more trouble with your asthma. ...Read more

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What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Respiratory infectio: Fever with productive cough and with burning sensation is an indication of infection in the respiratory tract may be upper or lower tract. It could be spectrum of sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis with or without pneumonia. ...Read more

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Heavy chest congestion / non productive cough / after 8-9 day cold / expectorants (2 weeks) not producing mucus / no nasal congestion / headaches :(?

Heavy chest congestion / non productive cough / after 8-9 day cold / expectorants (2 weeks) not producing mucus / no nasal congestion / headaches :(?

See Doctor: Symptoms persist despite over the counter medications next step is to see your doctor for examination, perhaps chest x-ray ...Read more

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Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Stept throat: The most likely thing is that you did not have strept throat unless a culture was done. It is was a strept throat You probably have a viral problem that takes bout 2-3 weeks to get better if you take antibiotics or 13-21 days if you don't. Have others at your work/school had similar problems? Good discussion at Wikipedia for more info. Amox is not drug of choice in US. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

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What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

Possibly...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is a possible cause for these symptoms. If a productive cough lasts 3 weeks or longer, it needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If there is shortness of breath, you should be evaluated today, in an er if your doctor can't see you right away! there is no cure for chronic bronchitis but symptoms can be controlled with therapy! ...Read more

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Feeling ill (on and off) since Oct. Today woke with severe headache, productive cough (thick mucous), pain. Should I go to urgent care or ride it out?

Feeling ill (on and off) since Oct. Today woke with severe headache, productive cough (thick mucous), pain. Should I go to urgent care or ride it out?

See your doc: Sounds like a supra infection in top of lingering symptoms from a previous one. Best will be to check your temperature, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and/or pain, hot tea for hydration and a sick visit with your doc in am. If no doc or unable to see you tomorrow, Urgent Care is your best choice. ...Read more

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I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

Mgt: Fatigue is common after a viral or bacterial illness. I would suggest rest, drinking fluids and checking your temperature. If there is fever, new or prolonged symptoms, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Dr. can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). ...Read more

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I have woken up with my eyes sealed shut from green mucous along with an extremely sore throat, productive cough, red eyes, stuffy nose and exhaustion

I have woken up with my eyes sealed shut from green mucous along with an extremely sore throat, productive cough, red eyes, stuffy nose and exhaustion

Viral URI: The mucus lining of the eye and of the nose and throat can be simultaneously infected by a virus at the same time. The usual treatments you might take for a cold are in order here. Keep the eyes clean with warm moist cloths but unless the vision is significantly disturbed or the eyes start to become painful, you can probably let this run its course. ...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