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"my 5 year old coughs in the morning for a few seconds & then does not cough again until the next morning w/yellow nasal mucus when I blow his nose?"

"my 5 year old coughs in the morning for a few seconds & then does not cough again until the next morning w/yellow nasal mucus when I blow his nose?"

? Sinus infection: with build up of secretions through the night, drains down the throat when he wakes up and sits or stands upright, keep irrigating his nose with saline nasal wash though, but if the condition persists see his doctor, take care ...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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2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow,now it is clear w/ light yellow.been 7 days. sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow,now it is clear w/ light yellow.been 7 days. sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

Depends: The nasal mucous will color over time from the normal germs that live on the membrane walls.The color means less than the 2yo's pattern of daily activities. If the kid is playful.eating normally and not bothered that it should clear on its own.If the kid's feeds are off, play is less and she is running fever, it deserves a visit. ...Read more

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Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago,and now,for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago,and now,for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

If you must ask...: Get it seen by an otolaryngologist. There are many other possible causes, some serious, some not. But you owe it to yourself to get an answer. ...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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At day 8 after cold onset. Everything else cleared, but when to be concerned about lingering sore throat and excessive nasal mucus (thick/green)?

Cold: The majority of colds are caused by viruses, which can take 2 weeks or so to resolve. As long as you are feeling better, keep taking over the counter meds such as antihistamines. If you start to feel worse or develop new fevers, you may now have become infected with a bacteria and antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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The worst of my cold seems to have passed, but I keep coughing up green mucus, and there was a streak of bright yellow mucus when I blew my nose.

Bronchitis?: This sounds like garden-variety post-viral bronchitis, generally not serious. But see your doctor if it persists more than another week, or if you develop fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, or blood streaking in mucus (either nasal or cought up). If you are a smoker, that's probably the main problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Going to urgi care in the morning. Coughing up green mucus. Yellow mucus from nose and stuffed up. What meds can I expect? Or should I discuss about?

Going to urgi care in the morning. Coughing up green mucus. Yellow mucus from nose and stuffed up. What meds can I expect? Or should I discuss about?

Possibly antibiotics: They may give you antibiotics, but more important to discuss all of your symptoms and duration of symptoms. Mucinex (guaifenesin) and dextromethorphan as listed on your medications is a good start. This may be viral, but the medical provider at the urgent care should be able to elicit the history and exam which will drive treatment. ...Read more

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Now I got flu , and my nose secrete mucus , quest = what's the difference between yellow , green and white mucus ?

Nothing!: Great question! And common misconception, too. We used to believe that mucus color could help differentiate between viral (no antibiotics required) & bacterial (need antibiotics) infections. But studies have shown that this isn't true. So don't give any credence to mucus color. Of course, this makes it problematic for docs to determine when to prescribe b/c indiscriminate use leads to resistance. ...Read more

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Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Acute Sinusitis: Allergic rhinitis can cause increased nasal congestion, cough, runny nose that can lead to discolored sputum, facial pain/pressure, nasal blockage, fevers, and loss of taste/smell which are symptoms concerning for an acute sinus infection. Daily steroid nasal sprays and other allergy medications can help reduce or prevent these infections. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Child 2yr old has cough for a week and had fever for just a day. Green mucus from nose and yellow discharge from eyes now. Should we see dr?

Child 2yr old has cough for a week and had fever for just a day. Green mucus from nose and yellow discharge from eyes now. Should we see dr?

URI: Your child has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. He also has conjunctivitis as a result of the illness. If the fever continues take him to the doctor. In the meantime give him symptomatic care. ...Read more

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I saw doc on Wednesday coughing up yellow mucus and very runny nose fatigue was put on levofloaxcin now mucus is thick and dark green?

I saw doc on Wednesday coughing up yellow mucus and very runny nose fatigue was put on levofloaxcin now mucus is thick and dark green?

Feeling better?: The change in mucous is not significant unless you are not feeling better. If you are getting more cough, short of breath or fever then I would be concerned. The mucous changes due to white blood cells coming to chew up the bacteria and that is a good sign. ...Read more

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No fever cough 5 days throat sore one side at night chest sore after coughing hard, stuffy nose 3 days, green and yellow mucus coughed up. What is it?

No fever cough 5 days throat sore one side at night chest sore after coughing hard, stuffy nose 3 days, green and yellow mucus coughed up. What is it?

Upper respiratory: Although you do not have a fever, you do have significant symptoms. Could be a simple common cold, but it seems your throat soreness is a primary complaint. If this has been ongoing for 5 days you should get checked. ...Read more

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Burning when I cough started out as sore throat two days ago then stuffy nose with yellow green mucus now coughing up same mucus no fever?

Burning when I cough started out as sore throat two days ago then stuffy nose with yellow green mucus now coughing up same mucus no fever?

Bronchitis. many-: -times colds which are viral can lead 2 bronchitis that is bacterial. Get in to see your PCP 4 eval. probably need antibiotics @ this stage. My preference is zithromaz Z pack plus 1 extra capsule. This gives the coverage 4 PPLO infections. Take the same as a Z pack only take You add 1 capsule the first day then finish them out. ...Read more

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I have COPD lately I have ben coughong up yellow, green, dk green mucus I have a runny nose had sore throat but its gone but very hoarse. What can I do?

I have COPD lately I have ben coughong up yellow, green, dk green mucus I have a runny nose had sore throat but its gone but very hoarse. What can I do?

Antibiotic/nasonex: You do not say what you are on or have taken. You need to take antibiotic such as z-pak / levaquin (levofloxacin). Also, should be on anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator i.e. Albuterol or combavent plus spiriva or the newer pressair. May need a course of steroids. As for the horseness, this has many causes but try cough drops first. If you have been on treatment, you could have thrush. Tip-see doc. ...Read more

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Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Frequent coughing. Coughing up yellow/green mucus. Sore throat. Lightheaded/dizzy. Frequent urination. Runny nose. What could cause this?

Infection: You have symptoms of infection. Treat with rest, fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are not better, be assessed by your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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