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Yellow Phlegm With Brown Specks
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
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
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
Cough, brown-yellow phlegm, and feeling "under the weather" for 3days. Similar symptoms 3wks ago, took course of ZMax and resolved. What to do?
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
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I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?
Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more
34yr male; diagnosed with croup 3days ago and given a steroid injection. My coughing up brown -yellow phlegm have not improved. What else can I do?
Get re-evaluated: Croup is uncommon in your age, although the barking cough can still be there, anyways, steroids alone might not be helpful, you may very well have sinusitis/bronchitis that needs antibiotic treatment or bronchodilators, please see your doctor again, or seek a second opinion, it's your right ...Read more
Had flu-like symptoms (tiredness, mild ache) 2-3 days ago; that subsided but still intermittent cough w/thick yellow-brown phlegm. What should I do?
Sounds viral: Drink plenty of fluids and get eight hours of sleep every night! Eat healthy and take some decongestant/ expectorant if allergy medicine does not help with coughing from Postnasal drip. See doctor if condition worsened, you may have a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics. ...Read more
5 days after tonsillectomy. Brown, yellow, or green phlegm, possibly pus, that I am hacking up often. No runny nose, worse after sleeping. Normal?
Normal unfun time: It can take a couple of weeks for you to get over it. Use a nasal saline mist hourly while awake if still having a lot of mucous, or at least saline gargles. Ear pain is also common. You may want to chew on gummy candy or gum to see if that loosens up some of the throat muscles spasms. Ask your ENT if they're okay with you using Motrin as that can really help, or if they need to see you back. ...Read more
No fever, cough white/yellow/brownish phlegm. Started 2 day ago. I do smoke, drink diet coke, stuffy nose. I Do have MG. & also under stress! Need Dr?
Exposed to dust&mold have cough congestion yellow/brown phlegm also partial hearing loss in ear over a week not clearing up is it time to see doctor?
1 week of symptoms: Yes, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more
14mth old boy had head cold now chesty cough at nigh/phlegm drips down throat. Nose running brown/yellow mucus. Been 7 days. When see a doctor?
painfully sore throat when I wake past 4 or 5 days. Sizable lump of phlegm is immediate dark yellow/brown. As the day progresses the pain subsides. Concerned about tonsils. First 20 mins every day my throat feels inflammed constricted and tight?
Been sick for a while occasional fever/ vomiting&fatigue as well as productive cough producing yellow brown& white mucus, now I have mostly dry cough producing quite a bit of mucus mostly during the day while working and nothing really at night?
I'm on my périod, yesterday starting sore throat&yellow brown kinda bloody phlegme. No cough no fever no chest pain. Could be allergy? Should I worry?
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
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?
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
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 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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