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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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How to tell why I always have yellow mucus in my nose?

How to tell why I always have yellow mucus in my nose?

See your PCP: One of the first signs of an infection is usually yellow mucus discharge from the nose and/or throat. See your PCP for diagnosis, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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I have dried yellow mucus in my nose help me please how can I get it out my nose?

I have dried yellow mucus in my nose help me please how can I get it out my nose?

Saline irrigations.: If the mucus is yellow, it may represent an infection of the nose, sinuses or nasopharynx (back of nose.) Saline irrigations may help. What is most important is to make a diagnosis of what is causing the yellow mucus. I have stated this over and over again on Health Tap; that you need to ask not what I can do but what is the diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment can be given. ...Read more

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I have dried yellow mucus stuck to my nose help how can I get it gone will it eventually go away?

Yes: Apply a warm washcloth and leave it there until cool. Repeat. Carefully rub away the mucus. Sleep with a humidifier if this is happening in the morning. You may need to see someone to find out why this is suddenly happening. ...Read more

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Almost 2 weeks with cold and I now have bright yellow mucus that I am coughing up and when I blow my nose. ..What is going on?

Almost 2 weeks with cold and I now have bright yellow mucus that I am coughing up and when I blow my nose. ..What is going on?

Probably Sinusitis: The swelling inside the nose from the cold has likely swelled the sinus openings closed, causing a sinus infection. While it will likely go away on it's own (if you wait long enough), antibiotics will make this go away much more quickly. ...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?

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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Just recently I had a big yellow thick mucus w/ blood streaks come from my nose. In addition to this I have a cough that's doesn't go away for a yearnow?

See doc.: Blood from the nose is not necessarily concerning, but cough that persists for this long needs an explanation. Best to see doc and have him look at a few things.... ...Read more

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Yellow/orange/bloody mucus from anus. What could be the problem?

Yellow/orange/bloody mucus from anus. What could be the problem?

Could be many: Things from hemorrhoids, to proctitis, colitis. Generally this is not normal and if it doesn't resolve in a few days best to get examined by a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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My 11 month old has yellow mucus comimg out of her nose plus she sounds congested. What can I give her or do?

My 11 month old has yellow mucus comimg out of her nose plus she sounds congested. What can I give her or do?

Cold: If this has been only a few days that this is happening then give your little one plenty of clear liquids. Use a humidifier, saline drops in her nose and bulb suction. If the symptoms have been present for more than 7 days make an appointment with your pediatrician. ...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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My husband has copd he blew his nose 1 day his mucus was bloody and another 2 days an orange color discharge with blood.

My husband has copd he blew his nose 1 day his mucus was bloody and another 2 days an orange color discharge with blood.

Need more info.: The symptoms, while dramatic, require more information to establish a diagnosis. Was/Is ur husband a smoker? What type of COPD does he have (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, both)? These answers will help ur primary doc or perhaps HealthTap Prime doc answer ur concerns. Epistaxis (nosebleeds) happen to ne1. Chronic bronchitis can b culprit, but most worrisome is cancer, which requires testing for Dx ...Read more

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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

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I've had a cold since Christmas Eve (about 11 days) and when I blow my nose now the mucus is a bright yellow colour, I've also been very tired recentl?

I've had a cold since Christmas Eve (about 11 days) and when I blow my nose now the mucus is a bright yellow colour, I've also been very tired recentl?

Use this or see Dr.: Now that you have noticed a change in color of your nasal drainage, this could be a sign that you are developing a sinus infection. I would recommend that you start using nasal salt water rinses. Use over-the-counter from different brands (Niel Med, AYR,) or you can make it yourself by warming up 8 oz of water for 20 sec in microwave and add ½ tsp of non- iodized salt. Rinse and blow twice/day. ...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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I'm having yellow liquid when I blow my nose. I'm also getting over a pretty bad cold currently. What could this be? Just watery mucus?

Sinus infection: The real question is this a viral or bacterial infection? Unfortunately, cannot be diagnosed online, I suggest a medical examination and evaluation to determine if antibiotic therapy is needed. ...Read more

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I can't breath through my nose, it clog, but I keep having mucus in my nose mostly white but yellow too... I use allergy pills so what's wrong?

I can't breath through my nose, it clog, but I keep having mucus in my nose mostly white but yellow too... I use allergy pills so what's wrong?

Sinus infection?: Good morning,
you can get clogged up nose from congestion of the nasal passage which results in blockage of sinus openings. This can result from allergy as well as an inappropriate response to pressure and humidity changes. Blocked sinuses can result in infection leading to sinusitis of viral or bacterial origin. Bacterial sinusitis needs to be treated with antibiotics. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have blown out of my nose dark mucus that looks like dust and yellow specs that looks like pollen. What does this mean?

Nose filter: One function of the nose is to filter the air we breathe. If there is an excessive amount of dust or large grain pollen like pine you will be able to see it. Sometimes brownish discolored mucous could be from trace amounts of blood from the nose or sinuses.
Try nasal saline. ...Read more

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Inside my nose feels like I have ulcers or scabs & when I look inside I seem to have sores/ulcers. They're flat, whitish, & mucus is white/yellow. Dx?

Not possible to say: Without looking at them. Most likely local irritation and dryness, but you need to make sure it is not more serious condition. Show them to your doctor or ENT specialist just to be sure. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter medicine to use for stuffy nose congestion and coughing up mucus? Its a yellow and brown color

What's the best over the counter medicine to use for stuffy nose congestion and coughing up mucus? Its a yellow and brown color

How long?: If these are from a cold, then a few days of topical nasal decongestant spray may work the best. If these are recurrent or persistent problems, then you need to consult an allergist to find out if you are allergic or whether you have asthma. The cause of the condition dictates the type of treatment. ...Read more

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Had a bad headache, running nose and cough last week. Those symptoms are over but for 2 days yellow mucus with blood. What could this be?

Resid inflammation: Most likely you have some minor residual inflammation left over form your viral/allergy medicated cold you had last week, that shows as pinkish tinged mucus. Stay well hydrated and if that does resolve soon, see the dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Coughing: Use salt eater nose drops to help clear your nose 4 times daily. Use a vaporizer sleep on several pillows. Since its been longer than 10 days that you have been ill, see your pcp. You may have a sinus infection and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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