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Yellow Phlegm Lungs
Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...Read more
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
Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more
Possibilities...: If this is a change in your sputum color, it may be indicative of infection like acute bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection with post-nasal drip. The infection could be bacterial so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment especially if you also have fever, shortness of breath, sinus pain/congestion or if it doesn't resolve after 10-14 days. ...Read more
Fever? : By themselves those two symptoms are hard to parse out. Do you have these all the time? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have muscle aches? Anyone else around you been sick? Phlegm plus sore throat makes strep unlikely unless you always have phlegm.... Hot tea, rest, and if you have fevers see your doc. ...Read more
Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works!' ...Read more
Sore throat, cough & congested nose. Coughing up/blowing out of nose bright yellow mucus. Why is it bright yellow?
As above: See u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Facial pain, fever up to 103 (fever has stopped), yellow watery nasal discharge, cough, greenish brown sputum. Sinus infection and/or bronchitis?
Possibly: Or you may be getting over a cold. As a cold improves the nasal secretions get thicker and a little yellow. If you are coughing up thick brown sputum with a deep cough i would be more concerned about a bacterial pneumonia or possibly bronchitis. Most bronchitis is viral and happens as the last part of a cold .If not improving see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stuffy runny nose no fever sneezing with somewhat productive cough that burns chest when coughing mucus is green yellow and white?
Bronchitis?: Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or nasal bleeding that has drained down the back of throat. Could also be from pneumonia or even pulmonary TB. If no other symptoms & person is otherwise healthy nonsmoker, it's likely viral infection. See a physician if worried or worsening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Direahha, chills, severe congestion, no productive cough, chest wheezing, mucus yellow, green & blood tinted when does come up, ears plugged help!
Have sore throat, swollen tonsils, congestion, rusty mucus in sinus, and thick whitish cloudy sputum with cough. Does this sound like pneumonia?
Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands,hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?
Probably sinus: Your history suggests that you may be suffering from nasal congestion (most likely from allergies) leading to obstruction of the sinus drainage and then infection. Controlling the nasal congestion would be the first step (visit an allergist?). Later on a CT sinus and/or immune work-up may be pursued if indicated. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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