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What should I do if my baby keeps coughing up lots of mucus?

What should I do if my baby keeps coughing up lots of mucus?

Make an appt.: Mucous production can be normal in a newborn for a few days. In older children, it can signal other issues like allergies, asthma, etc. Diagnosis also varies based on age. Many children on milk based formulas or older children who drink a lot of milk may see improvement by going off dairy. This issue is best answered with a visit with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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've been coughing and everytime I do I cough up flem with streaks of blood what does that mean?

I've been coughing and everytime I do I cough up flem with streaks of blood what does that mean?

Nonspecific: If you have dry nasal passages and recent nose bleeds, you may be coughing up blood from nose bleeds. Frequent cough can also cause broken blood vessel or irritated throat causing streaks of blood. However, what is very concerning is if you have tuberculosis, which causes blood tinged sputum. Go get checked. Avoid coughing on and around others to protect them. ...Read more

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My 1 month old is coughing up a lot of mucous what can I do to help?

My 1 month old is coughing up a lot of mucous what can I do to help?

Mucus: Keeping your baby's nasal passages as clear as possible using saline nasal drops and the bulb suction is the first action. Try and maintain your baby in a position where the mucus in the back of the mouth is easier for them to handle, when they cough, pat them lightly on the upper back while they are leaning somewhat forward. ...Read more

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What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

What to do if I am coughing up yellow mucus!?

See MD: Probably bronchitis or pneumonia. See your md. Probably x-rays and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby keeps pooping and there’s blood in it?

What should I do if my baby keeps pooping and there’s blood in it?

Call your doctor: Sometimes babies develop blood in the stool due to intolerance of milk protein which is easily treated by removing milk proteins from mom's and baby's diet. Blood in the stool can also be caused by a small tear in the anus. Your doctor must assess your baby, however, to determine whether the cause is one of these two, or something else. ...Read more

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Why does excessive mucus run down the back of my throat and choke me? I do a lot of coughing trying to get it the mucus up.

Why does excessive mucus run down the back of my throat and choke me? I do a lot of coughing trying to get it the mucus up.

Sinus issues: You may have an alllergic or non allergic rhinitis or an infection of your sinuses. You can try otc allergy meds and nasal saline. If they do not work see a doctor (ent or allergist), who can evaluate you and prescribe appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What can I do for excessive mucus that runs down the back of my throat? It chokes me and i cough a lot.

What can I do for excessive mucus that runs down the back of my throat? It chokes me and i cough a lot.

Try an antihistamine: Mucus that runs down your throat can have many different causes, and you usually need to see a doctor to figure out the cause and allow for specific treatment. Chronic sinus infections, allergies or acid from the stomach can be common causes. Using an older antihistamine like chlropheniramine can help in some cases and wouldn't hurt to try. ...Read more

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I constantly keep hacking up phlegm. What can I do to get rid of my sinuses?

Allergist: Lets go to the root cause of the problem to find out whats irritating the mucous membranes of nose and sinuses, get ct of sinuses too, and then work on the problem, Mucinex (guaifenesin) might help, steam inhalation helps too. ...Read more

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I keep coughing up black stuff what is this and what should I do?

I keep coughing up black stuff what is this and what should I do?

Workup/Management: I would recommend that you see your physician today. The black color may be dried blood or caused by inhaled carbon. If you had a heat injury to your lung and inhaled smoke, this is another possible cause. Your physician will order a chest radiograph and send the sputum for cytology and cultures. In the meantime, I would suggest treating any symptoms of reflux unless otherwise contraindicated. ...Read more

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I have lost my voice and this morning i coughed up some hard green stuff. I try and cough anything else up but nothing. What should I do?

Stop "trying": You will cough when something is in the right place to bring it up. Forced attempts at cough can cause pain and small bleeding. Try using a vaporizer (steam best if no risk of burns to small kids / yourself) to moisturize air and loosen mucus (=green stuff) as well as help your vocal cords. See your dr if not improving in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I have mucus in my chest that I can't cough up no matter how hard I cough. What can I do to help get the mucus up?

Need evaluation: Whether you have mucus or bronchospasm (narrowing of your lung tubes) would be assessed by an examination by a clinician who may need to get a chest xray, based upon the findings. Feel better! ...Read more

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What does it mean when i keep having a bloody nose and I am also coughing out blood ?

What does it mean when i keep having a bloody nose and I am also coughing out blood ?

It means see doctor.: Bleeding from your cough is likely related to the bleeding from your nose but cannot be sure. You should probably see a doc to evaluate for causes of recurrent nasal bleeding. ...Read more

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Hi yes I wanted to know what it mean when I start coughing my cough sounds like a hoarse and also it sounds dry and I cough up some dark Gary mucues a?

Hi yes I wanted to know what it mean when I start coughing my cough sounds like a hoarse and also it sounds dry and I cough up some dark Gary mucues a?

Mgt: If you have been coughing for more than three weeks, I would recommend an evaluation. Testing may be ordered which may include a chest radiograph and TB test. Do you have asthma? nasal drainage? A virtual appointment may be booked online. ...Read more

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Been coughing (I only cough when using the inhaler) up yellow phelgm for 2 months every other day. I get wheezing so I use my inhaler and it makes me cough and spit out the phelgm once I get it out I feel great. After I eat I have to clear my throat ?

Been coughing (I only cough when using the inhaler) up yellow phelgm for 2 months every other day. I get wheezing so I use my inhaler and it makes me cough and spit out the phelgm once I get it out I feel great. After I eat I have to clear my throat ?

See doctor: It is not unusual to cough up something after using the inhaler when there is inflammation in the airways. I suspect that you have asthma however. Throat-clearing after eating may also be a sign of reflux. It's time for you to see a doctor and get a lung function test. ...Read more

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Is having a really bad dry cough bad for my baby 31 weeks pregnant can't sleep due to the coughing all night keep throwing up clear fluids?

Is having a really bad dry cough bad for my baby 31 weeks pregnant can't sleep due to the coughing all night keep throwing up clear fluids?

Possible: You need to seek medical attention for yourself mamma. Baby is probably doing ok. But i'm concerned about your all-night coughing and throwing up clear fluids. Seek treatment from your ob/gyn especially for maternal health, but also for health of baby. Good luck. ...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