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Yellow Orange Phlegm
Spit: May be related to a bronchitis or persistent post nasal drip. Do you have any of those problems. Chronic smokers usually have moderate amount of sputum production. If you have fever with this and have not been feeling well, see your physician to have your lungs checked out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?
Yellow phlegm: Yellow phlegm may indicate infection of the upper respiratory tract. Of course some slightly tinged yellow phlegm may be normal when you fist wake up. When it is persistent or when there is associated fevers and chills, it may signify a bacterial or viral infection. Most infections will clear on their own and do not always require antibiotics. If these symptoms last longer than 5-7 d see doc ...Read more
Gradual: It may take longer to clear, especially if you are not drinking enough water. ...Read more
Coughing up yellow sputum may be mild and due to a viral infection that should not be treated with antibiotics, but only health care provider can determine that.
It may also indicate a bacterial infection, especially if accompanied by fever, or if underlying lung disease is present.
A visit to an md is the best way to determine if this is serious, or needs antibiotics. Cough meds, xray. ...Read more
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Phlegm has changed color from yellow to clear and frothy and now it's white. It's been thick the whole time. Diagnosed w/ sinusitis. Is this normal?
It can be: Physicians are getting away from focusing on the color of phlegm although sometimes it can be helpful. If you were diagnosed with a sinus infection it can be clear, yellow, green or bloody. If they prescribed treatment I would use all the medicines and if worsening get rechecked. Good luck ...Read more
Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more
The desription of: Phlegm points to infection when yellow, orange or blood tinged, and clear can mean you have cleared a mucus plug. But these are primitive. Allergy, cold and bronchitis can do this, as well as pneumonia...Or cancer. Persistent productive cought needs to be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?
Started feeling unwell yesterday, today been coughing up very thick yellow phlegm with blood in it. Is this normal?
No.: You need to make an appointment with a health care provider for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I've coughed up a couple small light yellow/green pieces of solid phlegm. The odor is awful. Is this a sign of something very serious?
I had a cold with thick yellow phlegm and now the cough is non-productive but not going away - 3 weeks. How long before cough goes away?
Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?
Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more
Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?
As above: See u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. What can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more