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Why do I cough up mucus

Why do I cough up mucus

Mucous...: Mucous is formed so that the body can get rid of foreign matter, like bacteria and viruses. If you are coughing excessive mucous, it may mean there is inflammation present in the airways. This could be due to diseases like chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, etc. See your doctor so your condition can be diagnosed and treated. ...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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Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Lung infection: I assume you don't always cough up hard brown chunks of phlegm, just on occasion when you're feeling ill. That nasty looking phlegm represents your lungs reaction to infection, commonly viral, bacterial or fungal. Your family doc can help you decide if any (antibiotic) treatment is warranted. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. If you're short of breath or feeling worse, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark specs in my phlegm.

Why do I cough up dark specs in my phlegm.

Depends: Dark specs may be blood but may be other. If blood can be coming from back of nose or sinuses, but may be coming from lungs. Blood is concerning when not where it should be, although there is less genral concern when from sinuses. The specifics of the dark spots and their origin needs to be determined. Strongly recommend evaluation by phsyician. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up worm like mucus?

Why do I cough up worm like mucus?

Cough: A productive cough can be from postnasal drip, pneumonia and bronchitis. Reflux can lead to a productive cough, but it is usually a dry cough. See your doctor. ...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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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Im coughing up light brown phlegm, how do I stop this?

Im coughing up light brown phlegm, how do I stop this?

Go see your doctor: We used to determine need for antibiotics based upon phlegm color but no more. Majority of upper respiratory illnesses are due to viruses which won't respond to antibiotics, just time. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. Best to go see your family doc to determine whether antibiotics are warranted in your situation or not. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up mucus in the morning?

Why do I cough up mucus in the morning?

Allergies? Reflux?: A person who has a cough producing mucus (phlegm) should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there are allergies, sinusitis, stomach reflux, asthma, bronchitis, or perhaps another problem in the chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

Why do I cough up clear mucus in the morning only!!!!

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

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Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

Why do I constantly cough up phlegm all day long?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies of a chronic productive cough include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. For diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you currently smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

What to do for coughing out mucus when i cough?

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

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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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I have a bad cough and i cough up yellow stuff. How do I treat this?

I have a bad cough and i cough up yellow stuff. How do I treat this?

Depends.....: Is this a change in the color of your sputum? If so, this could be acute bronchitis caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. In general, bacterial infections tend to give higher fever, malaise, etc. But there is considerable symptom overlap between viral and bacterial infections. If your symptoms are worsening or you are not significantly better in 5-7 days, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Not unusual: It is not unusual to sometimes get a bit of blood in mucus when you cough forceful or clear your throat repeatedly. Stay hydrated to thin mucus and reduce the need to cough or clear throat as much. If you are getting a teaspoon or more of blood/ bloody mucus when you cough or clear your throat, you should see you primary doctor promptly. ...Read more

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I am currently having a really bad cough.. little phlegm is coming out but i cough when i exhale. If i dont cough, its like phelgm build up.

I am currently having a really bad cough.. little phlegm is coming out but i cough when i exhale. If i dont cough, its like phelgm build up.

Cough and phlegm: Please go to a nearby Pharmacy and they should be able to recommend a medicine for you. Almost certainly you will pay for your medicine -not expensive, and won't need a prescription. Hope it goes well! ...Read more

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Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Thick Mucus: Greetings. Treating thick mucus first begins with hydration. Try a saline nasal wash like the NeilMed kits. Guifenessin commonly sold as Mucinex (guaifenesin) will also act as a mucolytic. Remember to drink plenty of water and even sleep with a humidifier. These actions should help resolve your thick mucus. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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