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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 ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

Ear fullness ringing: I sometimes add ear drops like cortisporin to decrease the ear fullness as it contains steroids. I also add an antihistamine (like Zyrtec) as it decreases the inflammatory process. Sometimes I use Astelin /astepro a nasal antihistamine spray in lieu of Flonase. Elevating head of bed and treating GERD, if presen, t w/ Zantac may help as GERD can exacerbate inflammation. f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

Good that: Your asthma is under control. You will need to maintain your steroid treatment for at least three months and wean off from your albuterol gradually. Oftentimes we forget that using a nebulizer also loosens up nasal mucus that drains in the back of the throat causing persistent coughing! Continue your meds as prescribed. Talk to doctor if concerned or condition worsened. ...Read more

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Excessive nasal drainage and corresponding cough to go with it. What's the best plan of action to be better in 24 hours for my acts?

Excessive nasal drainage and corresponding cough to go with it. What's the best plan of action to be better in 24 hours for my acts?

Manage symptoms: Saline nasal rinses, hydration and Mucinex can help to clear mucous. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can reduce drainage but would not use it during day as it is sedating and affect mental performance. Honey and dextromethorphin can reduce the cough. Sudafed can treat the congestion. Good luck on the test. ...Read more

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Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Flora shifting: If no fevers or significant pain--let it run! In fact, take Mucinex (guaifenesin) to keep things thin and flowing. Your body is likely re-balancing the flora in its sinuses, and this should stop about double the time you were sick. If fevers/pain, then see dr / urgent care. ...Read more

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Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Yes: An allergist or ENT comfortable treating different types of rhinitis may be needed to narrow the scope of potential causes for your rhinitis/post-nasal drip. Antihistamines do not work for all subtypes. A more targeted combination therapy will likely be more effective for you. Good luck ...Read more

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I have thick white mucus in nose and eyes. I also noticed that vaginal discharge is white but not like cottage cheese. What does this mean?

I have thick white mucus in nose and eyes. I also noticed that vaginal discharge is white but not like cottage cheese. What does this mean?

Unrelated: These two things are unrelated. Could be seasonal allergies for the nose and eyes. The vaginal discharge could be a myriad of things. If you're really worried, you'll need to see your primary care doctor for a more compete evaluation. Could try over the counter allergy meds in the mean time. Hope this Helps! ...Read more

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8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

Nasal congestion: If only pseudoephedrine worked, nasal congestion is the problem. I don't know what you meant by having tried everything (nasal steroid/nasal antihistamine, LTM). Perhaps it is time to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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When I tilt my head back to R or Left & lie down, thick, clear nasal drainage suddenly runs out. Could that trapped drainage be causing my dizziness?

When I tilt my head back to R or Left & lie down, thick, clear nasal drainage suddenly runs out. Could that trapped drainage be causing my dizziness?

Allergic Rhinitis: Yes this could be causing dizziness. Some of our balance centers are located in the middle ear which could be blocked. A decongestant such as Claritin-D, Allegra-D or Zyrtec-D may be helpful along with a nasal spray such as Flonase or nasonex (mometasone). ...Read more

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Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

No it won't: Singulair (montelukast) helps reduce inflammation in the airways, upper or lower, helps as an adjuvant therapy on the long term, not meant to treat acute or chronic bacterial/viral infection of the respiratory tract. See your doctor for evaluation, possible chronic rhinosinusitis. You may want to see an Allergist/Immunologist if you have access to one or an ENT specialist, best wishes ...Read more

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I have pcos and have had head ache for 2 days. Now I find thick clear mucus-like discharge with bright red blood drops...Very little though. Help?

I have pcos and have had head ache for 2 days. Now I find thick clear mucus-like discharge with bright red blood drops...Very little though. Help?

Unrelated problems: Pcos is not related to headaches or vaginal discharge. Those problems would need separate evaluation. Pc os certainly does cause irregular periods though. Vaginal discharge could indicate yeast, bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community.
Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER
Dr Z ...Read more

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What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

Sinusitis: Inflammation of the maxillary sinuses will often result in pain in the maxillary molar and premolar area. The roots of these teeth are in such close proximity to the floor of the sinus that the pain becomes referred. ...Read more

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I am experiencing bloody nose and nasal drainage. My nose has bleed once or twice every week or every other week for this past month nose also liquid?

I am experiencing bloody nose and nasal drainage. My nose has bleed once or twice every week or every other week for this past month nose also liquid?

Nasal bleeding: The usual cause of recurrent nasal bleeding (epistaxis) in the winter relates to affect of cold and often dry air on the nasal tissues. It can be from one nostril or more likely both. You also describe a nasal discharge indicating a possible infectious or allergic condition. Try humidifying your room and applying very small amounts of Vaseline with a Q-Tip. If it persists see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal drainage. The following also describe me: Nasal congestion, Runny nose, and Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

I am experiencing nasal drainage. The following also describe me: Nasal congestion, Runny nose, and Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

See doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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My Other is experiencing nasal drainage, nasal congestion (stuffiness), sinus pain and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both).

My Other is experiencing nasal drainage, nasal congestion (stuffiness), sinus pain and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both).

URI: Upper Respiratory Infection, most probably viral, rest as much as you can, fluids, soup, saline nasal washes, and pain killers, if no improvement in two to three days, see doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), runny nose, nasal drainage, difficulty breathing through nose (side: both), bloody nose, sneezin...

I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), runny nose, nasal drainage, difficulty breathing through nose (side: both), bloody nose, sneezin...

How long?: If these have been present for months or years, you likely have an allergic condition. If they have been present for less than a week, it is likely from a cold. For the congestion try an OTC decongestant spray but for no more than 5 days maximum- else you will likely end up with more problems. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both). The following also describe me: Runny nose, Sneezing, Nasal drainage, Shortness of breath, and Ear pressure. What should I do?

I am experiencing nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both). The following also describe me: Runny nose, Sneezing, Nasal drainage, Shortness of breath, and Ear pressure. What should I do?

See allergist: If you have trouble breathing (aside from nasal congestion), you are suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma. Although they can often be controlled by medications, it is better to treat the cause by consulting an allergist. In the meanwhile you may try nasal steroid to reduce the nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Have pressure on bridge of nose over a yr now. Worse at the end of the day/at night. No drainage/mucus. Just dry nose. Is this still sinusitis?

Have pressure on bridge of nose over a yr now. Worse at the end of the day/at night. No drainage/mucus. Just dry nose. Is this still sinusitis?

Yes: They could be chronic sinusitis allergic nasal polyp bacterial sinusitis unlikely last this long. Recommend Dr. Visit with your ear nose and throat or allergy specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Sore & painful throat with redness, nose drainage, and clear/yellow mucus with streaks of blood? Sinuses maybe? Smoker (ciggs)

Sore & painful throat with redness, nose drainage, and clear/yellow mucus with streaks of blood? Sinuses maybe? Smoker (ciggs)

Bad cold??: How long have you had these problems? Sounds like there is a lot draining gown your throat as well. Do you have fever? Body aches!? Do your upper teeth hurt? If you have been sick longer than 10-14 days you should see your dr as you might have developed a sinus infection. Use a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom, try not to blow, keep you nose moist with saline spray. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps too. ...Read more

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My husband has copd he blew his nose 1 day his mucus was bloody and another 2 days an orange color discharge with blood.

My husband has copd he blew his nose 1 day his mucus was bloody and another 2 days an orange color discharge with blood.

Need more info.: The symptoms, while dramatic, require more information to establish a diagnosis. Was/Is ur husband a smoker? What type of COPD does he have (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, both)? These answers will help ur primary doc or perhaps HealthTap Prime doc answer ur concerns. Epistaxis (nosebleeds) happen to ne1. Chronic bronchitis can b culprit, but most worrisome is cancer, which requires testing for Dx ...Read more

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Are grey streaks in nasal discharge dust particles? At times when I blow my nose I notice grey streaks in the mucus.

Are grey streaks in nasal discharge dust particles? At times when I blow my nose I notice grey streaks in the mucus.

Grey mucous: In order to respond to this would need to have a specimen and examine it both macro and microscopically. See an ENT doctor. Good luck, and best wishes. ...Read more

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Watery eyes white mucous discharge and white mucus in throat and nose?

Watery eyes white mucous discharge and white mucus in throat and nose?

Allergies: Could be allergies to dust or sign of viral uri? Try otc Allegra (fexofenadine) and ketotifen eye drops to see if you feel better. Good luck. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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