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Have luminous yellow phelm difficulty coughing, short of breath, my mother had pluersy/pnumonia two weeks ago could I have caught an infection from her?

Have luminous yellow phelm difficulty coughing, short of breath, my mother had pluersy/pnumonia  two weeks ago could I have caught an infection from her?

Maybe, maybe not: Two people coming down with similar ill symptoms could have caught it from one another, or both of them could have caught it from a third person. A doctor can evaluate to see if antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

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


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Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

What other symptoms?: There are various associated symptoms that can help determine the cause of your condition. For instance, are there any of the following associated problems? - fever - cough - runny nose - allergies - do you smoke? ...Read more

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Please explain what does coughing up yellow phlegm mean?

Please explain what does coughing up yellow phlegm mean?

Sputum: any lung inflammation due to infection, ittitation, allergy and smoking can cause yellowish sputum production. ...Read more

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What does coughing up yellow phlegm mean if you're not sick?

What does coughing up yellow phlegm mean if you're not sick?

Yellow sputum: Well, different reason, it could be due to smoking, exposure to irrtants, chronic sinusitis, Posterior nasal discharge due to allergy or sinusitis. ...Read more

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What can be done to help someone who is coughing up yellow phlegm?

What can be done to help someone who is coughing up yellow phlegm?

See MD: 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

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Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

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

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What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

What does it mean when you're coughing up yellow phlegm and then you cough up white phlegm?

Typical : Phlegm can change from yellow to white. Many times, infection can look dark yellow, dark green, dark brown. If you have drastic worsening of phlegm or even blood, you should definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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