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Does yellow snot mean bacterial or viral?

Irrelevant: The color of your snot tells you nothing. People who have colds often have yellow snot, but the cold is still caused by a virus. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Sticky thick yellow snot, slight cough. Bacteria?

Bacteria versus viru: S. Without running a culture, it is impossible to tell. Certainly thick yellow mucous and a slight cough could be bacterial, but it could also be viral or less commonly parasitic. Best to get checked out if it doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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I'm having light yellow snot like cm, with no other symptoms. I've had bv in past but this doesn't seem the same as there is no foul smell. Help?!?

I'm having light yellow snot like cm, with no other symptoms. I've had bv in past but this doesn't seem the same as there is no foul smell. Help?!?

Vaginal discharge: Colored vaginal discharge (yellow, greenish, etc) with mucus ("snot like") often indicates infection. Depending on sexual lifestyle and risks, STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas, etc) are possible, and your topic tages show STDs are on your mind. I agree BV is unlikely. Any abnormal, new, or unexplained vaginal discharge should be medically evaluated, so see your doctor soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a vagina discharge that is yellow snot like?

What does it mean to have a vagina discharge that is yellow snot like?

Vaginal "snot": A vaginal discharge that comes from that orifice that does not itch or offends your nose (odor) is normal. And needs to be left alone to avoid more serious vaginal issues. Simply gently remove it if the vagina "blows its' nose". ...Read more

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I have yellow snot like discharge with no itching or smell. It comes and goes, no real pattern. What could it be?

I have yellow snot like discharge with no itching or smell. It comes and goes, no real pattern. What could it be?

Kind of normal: If you are not having fever or pain it could be a normal chronic sinus drainage related to allergy. Take allergy medicine from OTC LIKE BENADRYL (diphenhydramine) AT NIGHT IR CLARITIN during the day drink hot green tea with lemon and honey. Still concern see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am constantly blowing thick bright yellow snot out of my nose. Everytime I think it's cleared it's not, blowing nose upto 20+/day. What's going on?

I am constantly blowing thick bright yellow snot out of my nose. Everytime I think it's cleared it's not, blowing nose upto 20+/day. What's going on?

Rhinosinusitis: Meaning inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinusitis. You need to see your doctor for evaluation and possible need for Rx medications, meanwhile use saline nasal washes often, best wishes ...Read more

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Recovering from allergies, yellow snot still, but breathing better. Feeling stronger than previous days but still recovering. Stay less active still?

Recovering from allergies, yellow snot still, but breathing better. Feeling stronger than previous days but still recovering. Stay less active still?

Increase activity ok: Since you are improving, staying in a sedentary state will not improve you any more than getting out and increasing your activity, which may actually help you recover even faster. Increase your activity as tolerable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Bright yellow snot vaginal discharge that comes n goes. Pain during sex. A.F is 2days late. I'm sure it will show. What's causing the pain n discharge?

Bright yellow snot vaginal discharge that comes n goes. Pain during sex. A.F is 2days late. I'm sure it will show. What's causing the pain n discharge?

Infection ; hormones: Some vaginal discharge can be normal. As you go through the month your hormones cause changes in the discharge. In some cases though discharge can be a sign of infection. Causes incluse yeast, bacterial vaginosis, and stds. There are simple tests that can be done in the office to determine if this is normal or not. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up yellow mucus for 3 days I've also had yellow snot and a cough for about 5 days. Should I see a doctor?

I have been coughing up yellow mucus for 3 days I've also had yellow snot and a cough for about 5 days. Should I see a doctor?

Likely viral: Most infections start out as viral infection and symptoms are consistent with that. Supportive care includes hydration, mucinex, flonase and steam inhalation. Viral infections usually get better in 7-10 days. If symptoms persist beyond this time with out improvement, follow up with a physician is recommend. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My 3.5yr old son has had a cold for about a week or so. And now when he blows his nose, yellow snot comes out. What is going on?

Cold: As noted your child has a cold. As the cold progresses the clear mucus begins to turn yellow because of the white blood cells that attack the mucus. ...Read more

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3 week old baby has thick greenish yellow snot. Sees otherwise fine. No fever. Normal??

3 week old baby has thick greenish yellow snot. Sees otherwise fine. No fever. Normal??

Not rare: Any secretions will color within hours due to normal bacteria living on the nasal membranes. Baby needs a good clean out with nasal saline and suction. Remove irritants from babies environment like dust/smoke/fragrences/etc. These all increase their drainage. If babies feedings decline or s/he begins to "act sick", monitor temperature and contact the doc. ...Read more

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Our 2 month old baby sometimes has yellow snot in her nose? She is sometimes colicky for 2 hours sometimes loud breathing would she have chesty cold?

Our 2 month old baby sometimes has yellow snot in her nose? She is sometimes colicky for 2 hours sometimes loud breathing would she have chesty cold?

Nasal Congestion: You are describing nasal congestion and it is possible the noisy breathing may be caused by that. Clear her secretions to see if that helps her breathing. If her breathing continues to be noisy, if she is working hard to breath, if she has fever or is not feeding well she needs to be seen by her doctor. This does not cause colic. It is possible she may have an ear infection as a cause of her pain. ...Read more

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Yellow snot has tiny streaks of blood (for months). Clear snot has no blood streaks. Cancer? Symptoms include picking nose daily.

Yellow snot has tiny streaks of blood (for months). Clear snot has no blood streaks. Cancer? Symptoms include picking nose daily.

Sounds pretty normal: This is common to simple nasal irritation from dusts or allergens. Nose picking will often result in damage to the tiny capillaries in the nasal membranes. Your doc can confirm or exclude these suspicions. ...Read more

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Should I be worried my 7 week old baby is sick sneezing out yellow snot. But I suction her with the sucky ball and got dark yellow snot

Should I be worried my 7 week old baby is sick sneezing out yellow snot. But I suction her with the sucky ball and got dark yellow snot

Pretty common: Nasal mucous will color over time due to the breakdown products of germ metabolism. It does not necessarily mean baby has a problem that requires antibiotics. ...Read more

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My left ear is clogged im taking sudogest 30mg and its barely helping have bright yellow snot gotta take the plane and im scared of possible pain?

My left ear is clogged im taking sudogest 30mg and its barely helping have bright yellow snot gotta take the plane and im scared of possible pain?

Clogged Ear: "clogged ear" feeling can be due to inner ear fluid or cerumen in outer ear canal. Inner fluid can cause eustachian tube dysfunction, often w/ concurrent nasal sx. Consider afrin ns 3x/dy x 3 dy, netipot or nasal saline rinses. Need to see md if increased pain, fever or no improvement as congestion clears. ...Read more

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I am congested and found white spots on my tonsils, have green and yellow snot but don't have any other symptoms of being sick. No pain or swelling.

I am congested and found white spots on my tonsils, have green and yellow snot but don't have any other symptoms of being sick. No pain or swelling.

Tonsil stones: Aka tonsilliths are calcified materials that form in the crevices of the tonsils, composed mainly of calcium, some phosphorus and ammonia (hence the odor--halitosis). The true cause of this nuisance is unknown, but it is often considered harmless. Simple removal with a currette or oral irrigation is often adequate to get rid of them. If u r concerned/bothered by it, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have thick dark yellow snot boogers with blood in it along with body aches and dizziness should I be concerned? No cough no stuffy nose no runny no

I have thick dark yellow snot boogers with blood in it along with body aches and dizziness should I be concerned? No cough no stuffy nose no runny no

Depends: If these symptoms have been present for just a few days, it is likely from a viral infection. However if the symptoms gets worse or you develop a fever >102 degree, you should see your doctor If the nasal discharge remains green or become dark brown after 10 days, a sinus infection will need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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14 month old, teething, getting 5 teeth all at once. Has runny nose with yellow snot and has a chesty sounding cough. Is this part of teething or not?

14 month old, teething, getting 5 teeth all at once. Has runny nose with yellow snot and has a chesty sounding cough. Is this part of teething or not?

NO: Cough and cold are not part of teething. It is usually secondary to a viral infection. If your child is having only cold and cough, with no difficulty breathing or fever, you can treat runny nose with nasal saline drops and suctioning nose with bulb syringe. No otc cough medicines are recommended for his age since they don't work and can may have adverse side effects. ...Read more

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I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

URI: It sounds like you may have an upper respiratory infection with associated laryngitis. This could be bacterial or viral and best to see your physician to see if you need an antibiotic and/or medication to reduce swelling ...Read more

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I am experiencing thick saliva or mucus in the back of my mouth where the wall of the throat is. It's been going on for 2 months, no coughing, no colds, just yellow mucus which could possibly the reason why I have yellow snot (not wet) in my nose.

I am experiencing thick saliva or mucus in the back of my mouth where the wall of the throat is. It's been going on for 2 months, no coughing, no colds, just yellow mucus which could possibly the reason why I have yellow snot (not wet) in my nose.

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, post-nasal drop, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. See a doctor soon, here or locally, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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I have had a stuffy nose with yellow snot, sore throat with no cough, and a little bit of blood in my mucus this morning. This all started 8 days ago?

I have had a stuffy nose with yellow snot, sore throat with no cough, and a little bit of blood in my mucus this morning. This all started 8 days ago?

Likely sinusitis: See your doctor for vasoconstrictors and possibly antibiotics. Make note of your blood pressure and if you are on any blood pressure medicines as these can contraindicate some drugs. Also, drink plenty of fluids and consider nasal sprays and mouth washes. ...Read more

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Have sore throat, stuffy nose with yellow snot and my ears hurt occasionally. What could it possibly be?

Upper respiratory: Upper respiratory illness or URI. Some virus is causing these symptoms. Drink lots of fluids, take anti-inflammatory like Motrin for pain or fever. Take cold and cough medication for symptom relief. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough, yellow snot/congestion, sore throat and woke up with crusty eyes, no fever...I'm guessing that she has a virus???

My 5 year old has a cough, yellow snot/congestion, sore throat and woke up with crusty eyes, no fever...I'm guessing that she has a virus???

Viral infection: Viral infection is likely given all the symptoms. Multi-symptom cold preparations not recommended in children under six. Follow up with doctor if ear pain develops or eye discharge increases. ...Read more

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What is the cause of green/yellow sticky snot (with boold sometimes) in the morning?

What is the cause of green/yellow sticky snot (with boold sometimes) in the morning?

Morning nasal: It sounds like you might have allergies, maybe to dust mites or something else in your sleeping environment. ...Read more

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What would cause my cum to be thick and yellow, like snot?

What would cause my cum to be thick and yellow, like snot?

Depends: It could be that you are just having change in your secretions form hormonal changes. Also it may be normal for you if it is normally this way---- but if definitely a change then have your dr look for an infection as well to be safe. ...Read more