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Where Does Mucus Come From When You Cough
Smoke or broken bv:
Several items can contribute to the brownness of your mucus in the am.
If you are coughing, small broken blood vessels can leak a few red blood cells contributing to the discoloration but more often it can be related to smoking and or tobacco byproducts. If you are concerned a sample should be brought into your md for a culture and sensitivity test. ...Read more
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
Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally... ...Read more
Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more
I have had a loud cough for about a month now, it produces mucus after a lil while of coughing, I get annoying coughing attracts at night and days.
I was sick the coughing stop, but when I force myself to cough its still loud and there's still mucus, but it doesn't do it on its own, will it go away?
Windpipe: This may be an aftermath of tracheal irritation after a viral upper respiratory tract infection which was associated with coughing up mucus. This residual irritation should eventually resolve without antibiotics unless you are coughing up discolored sputum in which case you should consult your physician for treatment. ...Read more
Hi am having a dry cough with itching and mucus but when I cough it does not come up. What could it be?
Got woke up this morning by a cough with mucus in almost threw up it was like food was trying to come up never happened before?
Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more
Mucus: Simplest thing is a mucus thinner called 'mucolytic' such as regular Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin). Active ingredient is Guaifenesin which is very safe. Also drink plenty of fluids (water) to thin secretions while taking Guaifenesin and making it easier to cough out. Ask yourself why you are having a productive cough, and address the cause itself if possible. For example, quit smoking. ...Read more
No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids. ...Read more
Post nasal drip: 60 yo male with coughing up clear mucus in the morning only. Mucus pooling in the back of the throat leading to coughing can occur in the morning because of the hours laying down and post-nasal drainage. Post-nasal drainage can be caused by allergies or infections. If ongoing long-term symptoms, get tested for allergies ...Read more
Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Cough/mucus: The best approach for dealing with excessive cough and mucus is first to identify the cause or reason for the symptoms. Once the cause is found, then specific treatment options can be offered. Cough with mucus can be symptoms of lung infection, asthma, sinus infection, even allergies. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause and offering treatment recommendations! ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of this cough includes gerd, post-nasal drip. Bronchospasm from any cause can also contribute. If you are smoking, smoking cessation to decrease airway inflammation is needed. See your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and the proper treatment rendered. ...Read more
See your doctor: You need to have an evaluation by your doctor to find out what's going on. ...Read more
Cough mucus: Hello~ you are 60y.did you smoke at any stage of your life (probably) and have you been coughing for > 2years (probably), this means that you have chronic bronchitis and that's why. If answer is no to both, then you might have allergies with chronic postnasal drip. You might consider seeing the doc and possibly getting a surveillance chest xray. Thx ...Read more
Cough: There are multiple causes of cough. You may have bronchitis, or post nasal drip from sinus/nasal congestion. Allergies to pollen, dust or mold may also cause cough. Also, stomach acid reflux sometimes causes cough. Check your temperature and consider an allergy medicine such as Zyrtec D, or a cough medicine like Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM. ...Read more
Need answers: Well, how much do you cough-up? When (more in the morning?)? What kind of cigarettes do you smoke? For how long have you smoked? Coughed? Is that light brown stuff ever red? Is the brown stuff in little spots or all smeared-up? Are you getting the impression I'm worried about your smoking? Besides that, it may just be irritation from air pollution, allergies, a mild cold or, oh yes, smoking. ...Read more
Careful...: You don't always want to suppress a cough, especially if there is infection present. So, before taking an otc cough med, it is important to know the etiology of the cough to determine the best med to take for that particular cough. Cough etiologies include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip and sometimes a combination of factors. All these have different treatments. See your doc. ...Read more
Cough: Use over the counter delsym for the cough. Any times the coughs are due to allergies. You may want to try am antihistimine over the counter like Claritin (loratadine) or the nasalcort steroid spray. The steroid spray is the best choice and most efficacious. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more
Old blood-mucous: Get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x ray and stop smoking. ...Read more
I have a cough all year round and mucus when I get a cold u cough so much I have difficulty catching my breath?
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