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Is there a reason why I am still coughing up mucus when i'm not sick anymore?

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Dr. David Menchell
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Persisting cough

Even after the acute phase of an upper respiratory infection when you are no longer contagious, the membranes and glands lining the nose and windpipe can remain somewhat inflamed.
Inflammatory cells in these membranes produce chemicals called secretogogues that continue to stimulate mucus-producing cells. This inflammation and excess mucus production can persist for days to weeks.

In brief: Persisting cough

Even after the acute phase of an upper respiratory infection when you are no longer contagious, the membranes and glands lining the nose and windpipe can remain somewhat inflamed.
Inflammatory cells in these membranes produce chemicals called secretogogues that continue to stimulate mucus-producing cells. This inflammation and excess mucus production can persist for days to weeks.
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