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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

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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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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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?

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

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Can allergies cause phlegm to be light yellow. Don't feel sick, no fever, no coughing?

Can allergies cause phlegm to be light yellow. Don't feel sick, no fever, no coughing?

Allergic Rhinitis: Allergic Rhinitis is often associated w/ increased nasopharyngeal mucus which can sometimes lead to dis colored phlegm, suggest increased hydration - fluids, sometimes warm salt water gargles & nasal saline spray may help clear it up ...Read more

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Sick 1x a month. Cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.

Sick 1x a month. Cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.

Time to see the doc: You are doing so much right! But a month-long productive cough suggests to me it is time to have a doctor listen to your lungs, check your sinuses, perhaps analyze the phlegm. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Always get a flu (cough, cold, sore throat, yellow phlegm) within a week after exercise. A 1 hour gym class and I'm sick. How to prevent this pls?

Always get a flu (cough, cold, sore throat, yellow phlegm) within a week after exercise. A 1 hour gym class and I'm sick. How to prevent this pls?

Exercise/infection: There is some evidence that parameters of immune function can be slightly diminished with intense exercise but this is more than balanced by the beneficial effects of exercise. The probability here is that you are being exposed to classmates with infections that are transmitted to you, and not that your immune system is being compromised. ...Read more

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I have been sick with a cold for ten days, my lungs, head, back hurt from coughing for hard. Flem is light yellow or clear. What do I have?

I have been sick with a cold for ten days, my lungs, head, back hurt from coughing for hard. Flem is light yellow or clear. What do I have?

Viral illness: You probably had a viral flu, but since it has lasted ten days, see your doctor to make sure you haven't developed a secondary infection. ...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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What does coughing up yellow phlegm indicate?

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

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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 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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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?

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 more

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What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?

What exactly does it mean whenyour coughing up yellow phlegm and the next lot you cough up is white?

Varies: Phlegm color can vary: sometimes it can be yellow, sometimes it can be white, sometimes it can be clear. "bad" color types, so to speak, are like brown, dark green, or even bloody. If anything like this comes up, especially with fever, you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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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?

Infection: I do not think it is Severely serious, but may be a sign of infection of course, so best to be evaluated, properly diagnosed and treated as required. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

3 wks not long 4 col: You can't rush Mother Nature! That your cough now is non-productive is good progress and demonstrates that you're on your way to a cure. Your body takes time to heal. Patience, patience. ...Read more

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Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Bronchitis?: Pneumonia? You need a chest x- ray beside an exam. See your doctor. I hope this helps. If you want to talk more about it contact me by e-mail or text chat or video chat at www. Healthtap. Com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Hi, I have been coughing for 6 weeks and producing yellow phlegm. Rib pain has started a few days ago, it's swollen.

Hi, I have been coughing for 6 weeks and producing yellow phlegm. Rib pain has started a few days ago, it's swollen.

Cough: You need to see your doctor and get a chest xray. Maybe bronchitis, pneumonia or cough asthma. See the doctor soon. For the rib warm compresses and ibuprofen may help but with the coughing there is a small chance you may have a fracture ...Read more

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I have a low fever that got better for a day then came back, coughing with some yellow phlegm, and I feel more tired than usual.?

I have a low fever that got better for a day then came back, coughing with some yellow phlegm, and I feel more tired than usual.?

Could be...: Several causes. It may be a viral upper respiratory infection, but it may be bacterial, too, needing antibiotics. If you are a smoker, have asthma or any other lung problems, or have a weak immune system from diabetes or an immune disorder, you should get seen to rule out pneumonia and to check your oxygen level and have your lungs listened to. Otherwise, it is safe to wait a few days and see. ...Read more

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Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!

Can't seem to get rid of this constant yellow phlegm and that's it, seen many doctors and never really directly solve the problem, help?!

Extensive work-up: Is needed to treat your condition.
I suggest you schedule a visit with the pulmonologist
near you. Please make sure you copy all previous records so as to not repeat them.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?

Colored phlegm: Having this come back after Z max suggest that your nasal cilia are not working to remove bacteria.

Humming, green tea with lemon and honey helps.

Ask your doctor about using the Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator to clear this up. The Hydro Pulse restores the nasal cilia
see www. Grossan. Com ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more