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Why Do I Cough Up Brown 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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