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Snot and Mucus Decoded: The Meaning of Snot Colors

Updated on September 28, 2016
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Ever wondered what the color of your mucus means?
Ever wondered what the color of your mucus means? | Source

Booger, mucus, runny nose—whatever you call it, it is still gross. But did you know the color of your snot can tell you a lot about what is going on inside your body?

That’s why doctors ask extensive questions about your mucus color and texture, which can be a clue to your illness. If the trail of clues indicates that you just have a common cold, then hydrate and rest, and with time it will go away. But other colors and textures might mean you need to see a doctor.

Clear, white, yellow, green, brown, red, or gray—what does your snot say about you?

Do you know what boogers are?

Boogers are made of dirt and dust that has gotten stuck inside your nose. The mucus covers it, and it eventually dries up.

Snot Color Meaning Chart

Color
Cause
Treatment
Clear
This is normal, though excess clear mucus could indicate allergies
If caused by allergies, take antihistamines.
White
Dairy
Avoid dairy.
Yellow
Your body fighting off a virus or cold
See your doctor if it lasts more than a week or you develop a fever.
Green
Bacterial or fungal infection
See your doctor if it lasts more than a week or you develop a fever.
Blue
The bacteria Pseudomonas pyocyanea
See your doctor if it lasts several days.
Orange, red, or reddish-brown
Blood
See your doctor if it lasts several days.
Brown
Smoking
Smoke less.
Black or gray
Dirt, dust, or pollution
Stay indoors when pollution is bad.

What Is Mucus Anyway?

It lines the nose as well as other organs, acting as a guard against bad stuff that might enter the body, such as dirt and germs. It is made of water, cells, salts, and mucin, which is a glycoprotein.

It goes by different names depending on it location in the body. Here are some terms you may here, all referring to mucus found in the upper respiratory system:

  • Snot—the stuff coming from the nose.
  • Phlegm—the stuff in your throat and anything that you might cough up.
  • Sputum—a coughed-up mixture of mucus and saliva.
  • Postnasal drip—the stuff that flows from the nasal cavity down the throat.

Mucus Decoded: In Depth

Its color and texture can indicate what is going on in the body and can be signs of a virus, infection, or other problem. Read below to find out what the color of your mucus may mean.

Clear

Clear mucus with the consistency of glue is normal, although excessive amounts could be due to allergies.
Clear mucus with the consistency of glue is normal, although excessive amounts could be due to allergies. | Source

Normal mucus is a clear color and is thick and viscous, similar to the texture of glue. You probably don’t have any infection or virus if your snot is clear. As long as your body isn’t producing too much or too little of it, and as long it is the right texture, you should be in good health.

If your body is producing an excess amount, the likely cause is allergies. Talk to your doctor about appropriate treatment.

White

White snot can be caused by dairy products.
White snot can be caused by dairy products. | Source

Snot that is a white color typically comes from eating and drinking dairy products. Fat in dairy products can make it thicker and stickier, making it difficult to breathe. If you have a cold or sinus infection, avoid dairy to reduce congestion and breathe more easily. The presence of white mucus alone is no cause for alarm and is considered normal.

The Phlegm-Dairy Connection

Did you know that the body produces about a liter of mucus a day?

Talk about being snotty.

Yellow

One possible sign of a viral or sinus infection.
One possible sign of a viral or sinus infection. | Source

If you have yellow snot, it can mean that you have a virus or a sinus infection. Light or bright yellow typically means that your body is fighting off something, most likely a cold. The color is usually brighter at first, possibly even appearing neon yellow. It typically darkens over a few days. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria typically produce a golden-yellow mucus. Dark yellow phlegm could mean bronchitis or another type of infection in the chest.

If it's yellow, that does not necessarily mean that you need to go to the doctor. It just means your body is fighting against something. Remember, as of yet, there is no cure for the common cold, and antibiotics will only clear up bacterial infections. Viral infections just have to run their course. The best cure is your body’s own defenses.

See a doctor if the symptoms worsen or last longer than a week. You should also see a doctor you have a fever, headache, or a phlegmy cough for more than a few days.

Green

It is caused when white blood cells respond to infections and inflammations.
It is caused when white blood cells respond to infections and inflammations. | Source

Green can signify a bacterial or fungal infection. The green color is produced by a type of white blood cell that responds to infections and inflammations. When the white blood cells die, they burst, releasing a green pigment. The green pigment mixes with the mucus, giving it the green color. The color is usually brighter at first and darkens over a few days.

When your sinuses become inflamed, they swell. This causes mucus to become trapped in your nasal passages. Over time bacteria and fungi can begin to grow, in which case you might need antibiotics.

If the symptoms have lasted more than a week or seem to be getting worse, see a doctor, especially if you are experiencing fever, cough with sputum, headache, and sinus pressure.

Blue

Caused by Pseudomonas pyocyanea, also known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Caused by Pseudomonas pyocyanea, also known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. | Source

Mucus can turn blue because of a certain bacteria called Pseudomonas pyocyanea, also known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It's fairly rare—about one in 10,000 stuffed-up people will have blue snot. If it changes to a thick blue color that lasts several days, it is probably time to see a doctor.

Blue can also happen if you have inhaled blue powder or something else blue in the air. If this is the case, it should clear up within a day or two.

Did you know that you can have different colored mucus in each nostril?

There could be an infection or sore in one side that is not in the other. Now that's a nose of a different color.

Orange/Red/Reddish-Brown

Orange, red, or brown can be a sign of blood. This is a common asthma symptom.
Orange, red, or brown can be a sign of blood. This is a common asthma symptom. | Source

If your mucus is tinged red or reddish brown, it is usually a sign of blood. The presence of blood is not necessarily a cause for alarm. The blood can come from a variety of causes. For example:

  • When the sinuses become inflamed, they can begin to bleed.
  • Frequent nose-blowing can cause sores to form at the base of the nose. Taking care to blow and wipe the nose gently can prevent this.
  • The tiny blood vessels in the nasal passages break easily, causing blood-tinged mucus. This can happen if the air is too dry, in which case using a saline spray to moisten the nasal passages will help.
  • Asthmatics often have reddish/pink snot.
  • If you are coughing up red or brown phlegm, it could be a sign of bronchitis.
  • Smoking can also irritate nasal passages, leading to slight bleeding. This, combined with tiny tobacco particles, will turn it a reddish-brown.

If there is a significant amount of blood that has lasted several days, you should see a doctor to determine the cause of the blood and whether treatment is necessary.

Brown

Brown mucus usually stems from smoking.
Brown mucus usually stems from smoking. | Source

Brown or brownish-red snot is typically associated with smokers. It is mixed with particles from the cigarettes. Smoking can also irritate nasal passages, leading to slight bleeding. Smoking can also cause people to cough up the brown/red phlegm rather than just blowing it out of their noses.

The way to ease the production of brown phlegm is to smoke less.

Inhaling dust and dirt, while often leading to gray or black mucus, sometimes can also give it a brown tinge. Continue reading to find out about snot caused by pollution.

Black/Gray

May be a sign of air pollution.
May be a sign of air pollution. | Source

Dark-colored mucus generally happens from inhaling pollutants in the air. The job of the mucus is to trap dirt or other particles and prevent them from getting further into the body. If there is ash, dirt, dust, smoke, or similar substances in the air, your nose will trap it.

Did you know that you could have purple, pink, or even blue snot?

Mixing up a pitcher of Kool-Aid can turn your snot the color of the drink if you accidentally breathe in a bit of the powder. Be careful not to breathe in powders, though. Too much of it can get into the lungs and stop the flow of air.

Morning Phlegm/Coughing at Night

If you find yourself coughing every time you lie down, it may be a sign of acid reflux.
If you find yourself coughing every time you lie down, it may be a sign of acid reflux. | Source

If you are mainly coughing up phlegm in the mornings or at night when you lie down, it might be acid reflux. In this case, the coughing is caused by the stomach acid moving up your throat. In fact, this cough can be the only symptom—some people with acid reflux never have heartburn or upset stomachs.

Check with your doctor if you think acid reflux might be a possibility. An antacid or acid reducer might help. Raising the head of the bed about five inches also helps to keep the acid in place. Avoid eating before bed.

Eating healthy foods can help fight off a cold.
Eating healthy foods can help fight off a cold. | Source

Typically, a virus begins by producing an abundance of clear mucus, which turns a bright yellow or greenish color, then darkens over a period of a few days, usually turning somewhat green. At the end of the virus, it may turn a brown/red color. It should then start clearing up, becoming less thick until it returns to normal.

Ways to ease your symptoms:

  • Use nasal sprays, such as saline sprays, to keep the passages moist.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to thin the mucus and keep your upper respiratory system moist.
  • Don't starve a cold. Eating nutritious meals when you're sick is important. Your body needs the energy to fight off the bug.
  • Ease fever and body aches with Tylenol.
  • Reduce swelling and any inflammation with Ibuprofen.
  • Steam and hot liquids can help ease congestion.
  • Take Mucinex or another decongestant to loosen the phlegm and make coughs more productive.
  • Spit out anything you cough up. Don't swallow it.
  • Suck on cough drops to keep the throat moist. A spoonful of honey also can help alleviate the cough.
  • Take antihistamines to help alleviate the symptoms of a cough if it is caused by allergies.
  • See a doctor about antibiotics if yellow or green snot persists more than a few days.
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke.

Remember, strange-colored mucus doesn't always mean there is a problem. You should only be worried if it persists for several days, especially when other symptoms such as fever, headache, and cough are present.

Of course, these colors are just an indication of what could be wrong, not a precise diagnosis. You can still have an infection even with clear mucus. If you are concerned about something with your body, see a doctor.

So what color is your snot anyway?

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      Amber 5 years ago

      I took the quiz at the bottom, and the last question said "What color mucas indicats an infection?" The correct anwser is green/yellow. But the quiz told me that the anwser is clear/white...someone needs to fix that.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Thanks for pointing that out Amber. I checked the quiz and the answers had reset themselves to all be answer A. It should be working correctly now.

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      bjornborgboxers 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Somewhat disgusting, yet very informative. Thx for the hub!

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Disgusting is my specialty. (Maybe I shouldn't brag about that). Anyway thanks for commenting.

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      Jacob 5 years ago

      My mucus is clear and to white to sometimes yellow. But my problem is that it is EXTREMELY thick. Its hard to blow out. How can I thin it up so I can not be congested all the time?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jacob - You can try cutting back on dairy. Dairy can make mucus thicker. You can also try taking Mucinex. It helps thin and break up mucus.

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      cece 5 years ago

      So, my snot is white with some blue (like a navy blue) streaks and sometime's actually clumps of just blue. I've searched everywhere for an answer, and all I see are people laughing saying "did you stick a pen up your nose?" "its a boy!" and so on.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      cece - The whiteness probably means you've had a good bit of dairy. The blue could indicate your body is fighting off something. About 1 in 10,000 people have blue snot. It can be caused by a certain bacteria. Have you used anything powdery blue recently? Inhaling a bit of powder like Kool-Aid can also make your mucus change to that color. How long has it been blue? If it has been more than a few days, you may want to see a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have a cold....and you just helped me decide whether or not to go the doctor. Great Hub on a Gross subject. Thanks!

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      vix 5 years ago

      had bright neon snot for 4 weeks and not subsiding.!

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      vix - It's time to go to a doctor if it has been that long. You probably have an infection or something more serious than a cold.

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      Jacob-k 5 years ago

      What if im not sick and i have a lot of phlegm. I was a smoker so i know that is why i have a lot a phlegm, but there are times when my phlegm does have blackish or grayish lines inside so i am wondering what it means? what got me to look it up was the fact that i had some blood inside of it. almost everyday i do Drink a lot of water sometimes more than what I'm suppose to. Hope you can help

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jacob-k - If you are coughing up stuff regularly, you need to get checked by a doctor. Your lungs need to be checked. If you are a smoker, that is likely why you have discolored phlegm. The blood is serious, though, especially if it has been going on for awhile. It is a sign of infection somewhere along your respiratory tract and could be a sign of something more serious.

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      Rose 5 years ago

      My husband started with a cough, larygitis, and a fever with chills. The fever would come and go. His cough would cause him to spit a yellow/green phlegm. This started about 11 days ago. He has no more laryngitis as of now but he still has the cough. About 4 days ago I caught it also. We have been taking Mucinex DM but that does not seem to help. Any idea's on what this is and how to get Rid of it...very tired reader.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Rose - It sounds like you have a virus. Unfortunately, it will just have to run its course. It usually takes a couple of weeks for it to clear. Runny nose and coughing could continue a bit longer.

      The best thing to do for it is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you want something to ease the symptoms, check with a pharmacist. They can usually point you to an over the counter medicine that will give you some temporary relief of symptoms.

      If the symptoms get worse or continue for more than a couple or three weeks total, you may want to see a doctor for antibiotics. Feel better...

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      kripa 5 years ago

      I have had mucus cough ups increasingly for about 10 years. white and transparent. it is more or less depending on climate/ diet/ exercise. the drs keep telling me its normal but its almost every day! and i didn't used to have it? (aged 31)

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      kripa - I would worry too much about it if the doctors think it is okay. Since the phlegm is mostly clear, it means there isn't any infection. If you are having an excess of it, it could be allergies. Try keeping a log of what makes it worse like certain foods or during a particular season. If you can pinpoint what is causing it, then you can avoid whatever it is. You could also try taking antihistamines to see if it helps. By the way, eating a lot of dairy food can cause excess mucus that has a white color.

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      BM 5 years ago

      I recently got over sinisitis about 3 weeks ago, but didn't finish all the antibiotics because I thought I was better. Now, for the past 5 days, I wake up to a bloody nose mixed with clear when I blow my nose. I have a dry cough that hurts my chest and a scratchy throat with a little soreness and I spit up really thick green or sometimes brpwn mucous.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      BM - Sounds like you either have an infection from your earlier sinusitis still or you have gotten another virus. Probably best to see a doctor about it and get some more antibiotics. The best way to make sure an infection doesn't come back is to finish the antibiotics. Even if you feel better, the bacteria can still be lurking in your body. Hope you feel better soon.

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      kripa 5 years ago

      thank you!

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      BM 5 years ago

      Thankyou!!

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      AP 5 years ago

      I am not congested but the last couple days I have been waking up with redish brown phlegm and a little bit of a sore throat i am positive it is not from my nose because my nose is clear. I usually feel fine by the time I have gone threw the day to bed but then the next morning it will happen again.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      AP - It could be a virus or infection lower in your respiratory tract or in your throat. If it doesn't clear up within a week or two, you may want to see the doctor.

      There is also a possibility it is acid reflux. When you are lying down at night, the acid in your stomach could be flowing into your throat. This could cause a sore throat and the phlegm. It would be a more ongoing problem if this is the case.

      Either way, check with a doctor if the problem continues for long.

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      Ap 5 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Felling unwell 5 years ago

      My mucus is brown.....bit I don't smoke...confused?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Feeling unwell - Brown mucus can also indicate blood mixed with the mucus. It could mean the blood vessels in your nose have broken from blowing your nose or from irritation. It is no cause for worry and is very common. Brown mucus can also happen if there is dirt or other pollutants in the air.

      If it lasts more than a week or two, you may want to go to the doctor.

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      Feeling unwell 5 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Richard 5 years ago

      My mucus is very light and has traces of blood in it .i also have a slight cought and sore throat.we are experiencing harmattan in Africa so i dont know whether its the cause.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Richard - The dust from the Harmattan could be irritating your throat and sinuses. It could also be a cold. If it is a cold, it should go away within a couple of weeks.

      If it is the dusty, dry air, it could last longer. Try staying indoors as much as possible and wearing a dust mask when outside. Using a nasal spray or Neti Pot can help clear out your nose. Antihistamines might also help.

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      Erin 5 years ago

      I have had thick green mucus for about two weeks and now it is changing to yellow. Ideas? I can't afford to go to the doctor. Could this mean I am getting better?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Erin - It could be a sign of a virus that your body is fighting off. Mucus usually goes from lighter to darker in a normal progression of a virus. So the green to yellow is an indication of something unusual. It could be that you are improving. It could also mean you have an infection now. Any other symptoms you may have can help determine that.

      If your body is able to fight it alone, you would start improving within a couple of weeks after getting sick. You could wait another week or so to see. If it doesn't clear up or if it gets worse, you probably have an infection and are going to need antibiotics.

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      Erin 5 years ago

      Thanks :)

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      elanger333 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Very informative and also funny!

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      The title alone made this hub a must-read for me. Right now, I am experiencing some mucus issues myself. Mucinex is my best friend when I feel this way. Very helpful hub and voted up!

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      elanger333 - Thanks! Laughter is the best medicine, so they say.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jeannieinabottle - Mucinex is great for clearing out the mucus. I love the characters in the Mucinex commercials. Thank you!

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      Lucky 5 years ago

      Pls i once in a while cough out brownish sputum, sometimes darker. I just quitted smoking marijuana. I dont smoke cigarettes at all. And sometimes feel some pains at my left chest. What culd this possibly mean?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Lucky - The brown sputum could be from inhaling the marijuana smoke. There are irritants and carcinogens in it that could be causing you problems. You may even have an infection in your lungs. That could be the cause of the chest pains as well.

      You should see a doctor about it because the chest pains could be a number of different things like a sore muscle, your heart, or lungs.

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      Jillian Bogy 5 years ago

      Very, very informative! I've had a cluster of sinus problems for about 3 weeks: first started as fluid in my ears and major earaches; secondly, a sore throat (my first in years - I have no tonsils/adenoids) and post-nasal drip. Eventually, blowing my nose produced thick, green mucus. I made sure to blow my nose a lot, and clear/clean my throat and eliminate as much drainage as possible. I never ran a fever but I did have chills occasionally. Weeks later, my ears pop very loudly whenever I swallow, each and every time. I'm coughing up sputum in - this is SO gross - small chunks of greenish-gray almost solid mucus. The cough is very dry, like a hacking cough. My chest does not hurt, before or after. And blowing my nose so often I'm going through a box of Kleenex a day! Each time, it's yellow - like, sunflower yellow, or goldenrod yellow. Sometimes it's so dark yellow that it nearly appears brown! I'm not a smoker, not do I live with one or hang around people who do. I also live in a rural area with little to no air pollution. I've taken Mucinex DM and this stuff is pretty much laughing at it.

      What the heck is going on?!

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jillian Bogy - It sounds like you have a cold that may be turning into a sinus infection. Since it has been three weeks, you may need some antibiotics to tackle it. Considering what you described with your ears, you may have an ear infection also.

      Mucus in any form is pretty gross. But it's how our bodies keep us well.

      Hope you feel better soon and your tissue usage goes way down!

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      StringyYellow 5 years ago

      Thanks Candace. Succinct, clear and accurate. Your 'hub' not my snot. ;)

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Stringy/Yellow - Is that how your cheese is or are you referring to your snot? Glad to be of help.

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      I have been coughing up white phlegm all night, I have to keep getting up to spit out. I was just wondering if I should go to the doctor ro get ontop of it or wait a few more days to see if it clears or worsens? Any ideas what it could be? I did just travel on n plane and I was thinking I could of caught something from one of the other passengers.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jenny - If it has just been a day, it's probably best to wait before going to the doctor. A lot of doctors won't do much until it has been several days or a week.

      It could be a cold or virus. It could even be sinus inflammation from the change of air pressure of the plane trip.

      You may want to cut back on dairy products for a few days. Dairy products can make mucus thicker.

      If it doesn't clear up within a week or so or if it gets worse, then see about a doctor.

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      wordsmith 5 years ago

      I am a nonsmoker but live with a heavy smoker. I had a slight cold, some stuffiness and when I coughed I coughed up blood and then later I coughed up bright red blood again. Next morning sneezed and had a spec of blood. Haven't seen any blood since (been a week) but have a "bleach" taste yesterday. Does this sound serious? OH, earlier before the blood I was experiencing light green color.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      wordsmith - Coughing and sneezing up blood isn't necessarily serious unless it lasts for a long time. If you had a cold, the blood is probably from inflammation in your sinuses or maybe even a busted blood vessel. If the blood and the discolored mucus have pretty much cleared up, then it isn't much to be concerned about.

      The "bleach" or chemical taste could be from post nasal drip. Or it could be something unrelated. If it is ongoing, you may want to talk to a doctor about it. Here are some more possibilities with it: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Undiagnosed-Symptoms/...

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      Stressed 5 years ago

      I've had a cold with lingering cough now for about 2 months no sign of getting better and this morning my mucus went from being green to a reddish brown colour can u give me some advise do I need to see doctor

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      I was thinking I would have to wait before seeing a doctor, hopefully it clears up soon! Thank you for your help. :)

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Stressed - You should definitely go to the doctor if it has been two months. The cold has probably become an infection. It may not even be a cold if it has gone on this long. It could be allergies or something else.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jenny - No problem. Too bad modern medicine still can't cure colds. Hope you get better soon.

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      lotsasnots 5 years ago

      Some times my snot will be stringy like string cheese and often like a long piece of rope that you can keep pulling and feel it coming loose up in the sinuses? What its that about?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      lotsasnots - That is pretty normal. Snot is sticky, so unless something pulls it apart, it will stay together.

      Have you ever played with slime or silly putty? The whole glob of it will stay together as you pull and play with it. But it can also be separated really easily with just a pinch.

      The consistency of the snot is likely a factor when it does that. The mucus is probably thick enough to stay together but not so thin that it is just dripping.

      All in all it is probably good that it comes loose easily, especially if it clears your sinuses afterward. If your nose is consistently backed up, though, it may mean you have allergies or a sinus infection.

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      grudale 5 years ago

      I have had a cough for about 2 months now, a cold comes and goes i cough up yellow mucus im not sure what it is could you help?

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      KillerBlancmange 5 years ago

      Hi, for a couple of mornings now (I think, I have a really bad memory) I've been hacking up dark brown (possibly reddish?) phlegm that quickly dries to a gluey consistency. For the rest of the day it doesn't reappear.

      Possible factors: There's bronchitis going around my school and I did end up hugging my friend who was recovering, with my face fairly close to hers, about a week ago (?). I haven't been getting that much sleep and can't really get more considering my schedule without being out of school. I do not use any substances (psychological/allergy meds, tobacco/alcohol/et c) except caffeine, to which I am thoroughly addicted. No abnormal emotional stressors; in fact, I am (was) actually a lot happier than normal due to my birthday last week. Weather has been cold and damp, but nothing out of the ordinary.

      Other symptoms: Persistent mostly-dry cough, mood swings, random crying (lasted roughly 15 minutes), lethargy, throbbing pain in eyes, muscle tension, difficulty controlling force (almost decking someone when I tried to pat them on the head, inability to properly open a door), occasional spates of nervous energy (including leg-twitching so intense that it looked "like @#%$ tapdancing" and manic affect), "blank spots" in memory, severe disorientation, and inability to drink from a water fountain (probably an effect of lethargy or disorientation, but thought I'd include anyway).

      Sorry if this isn't what this is for, I'm just going for as many opinions as possible because I don't want to be mysteriously sick for midterms. You can disregard any extraneous info.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      grudale - If it keeps coming and going, it is probably allergies. Either that or you have an infection. It is probably best to see a doctor if it has been going on for a couple of months.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      KillerBlancmange - If it is happening when you are sleeping primarily, it might be acid reflux from your stomach. Try taking an antacid one night and see if you have the problem the next morning.

      If it doesn't help, it could be bronchitis or some other type of virus or infection. You may want to see a doctor about it if it doesn't clear up soon.

      As far as the other symptoms go, they are likely from lack or sleep or too much caffeine or maybe even school stress. If you end up going to the doctor, be sure to mention them.

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      helpme 5 years ago

      hello, yesterday i had the symptoms of a cold, ache muscles, headache, sneezing. now today i wake up to a sore throat with thick mucus in my throat. ive coughed up a brown mucus from which was in my nose. ive been like this for about 3-4 days. and way i can combat this without going to the doctor? thanks :)

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      helpme - Most doctors won't prescribe anything until after about 5-7 days anyway. So trying to fight it without going to the doctor is the best idea.

      Your best bet is to talk to a pharmacist. Describe your symptoms and ask which over the counter cold medicine he or she would recommend.

      Then just try to take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water and juices. Avoid dairy till it clears up. Eat soup and rest.

      If it doesn't improve after another week or so, then it is time to think about seeing a doctor.

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      abybaby 5 years ago

      i have been paranaoid for the last 15 days ..........in my cough in the morning i am seeing a brown spc very tiny ....once every 4 to 5 days .....i went to gp my throat and x ray and blood tests are clear but still i am worried ......i wonder if it is blood then shud appear daily how can there be 5 to 7 day gaps ....i have no other symptoms of illness please advise......

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      Frustrated... 5 years ago

      last april I had gotten a cold/flu an had a bad cough, most of the symptoms went away except I was left with the feeling of mucus in my throat and wheezing which happens mainly at night when im trying to sleep.i dnt feel any kind of.pain,.its just the wheezing at night an blood in my mucus that I spit out every now and then..i started taking allegra d thinking it was allergies an its the only thing thats stopped the wheezing but I have to consistently take it..i never got checked by a doctor because I have no medical..:(..do u think I might have a serious ailment or can it just be allergies?..if allergies, can it really be year long?

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      Nicci 5 years ago

      I started with a cough weds before xmas and had it since iv been doctors twice first time he said it was viral and now he doesn't know as its just phlem in my throat its making me sick everytime i cough i bring food up or clear froffy liquid with white/yellow snot in it iv had chesty cough medicine, tickly cough medicine and sudofed for sinisitus which helped clear most of it up 5 weeks on and im so tired i dont know what to do any suggestions please x

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      bay 5 years ago

      I'm not a smoker but sometimes like today I woke up and coughed, a quarter size yellowish piece of orders phlem came out. What causes that?

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      abybaby - If the doctors checked you out and aren't worried, then you needn't worry either. Coughing up a bit of stuff every now and then is normal for a lot of people. Mucus catches pollutants in our bodies. It could just be junk in the air that your body is getting rid of.

      Unless it starts happening more frequently or you start coughing up more and more, it is likely just mucus doing it's job.

      By the way, if it is mostly happening in the morning, it could be a bit of acid reflux. If that is the case, taking an acid reducer at night would help.

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      Frustrated... - It could definitely be allergies if the Allegra helps the wheezing. Wheezing can also be a symptom of asthma. If you get short of breath, it could point to asthma also.

      It may happen more at night because you are lying down and the mucus is dripping down your throat making it harder to breathe. Nighttime acid reflux is also a common reason for night coughs. It could also explain the stuff coughed up. An acid reducer might help if that is the case.

      You could try different anti-histamines to see if another kind would help more. Zyrtec might be better for you. If it is allergies, taking an anti-histamine daily is about your only option. Nasal sprays help some people.

      Make sure to wash your bed sheets every week. Sticking your pillows in the dryer for about ten minutes may help also. It can help get rid of any allergens.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Nicci - If the doctor isn't sure, I don't have much else to tell you. I would suggest taking an anti-histamine for a few days to see if it helps. You may be developing allergies. You could also try an acid reducer if you seem to be coughing up stuff from your stomach.

      If things don't get better soon, I suggest seeing a specialist like an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

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      bay - If it isn't a daily thing, then it is probably just normal mucus. Maybe there is extra pollutants in the air and your body produced extra mucus. Coughing stuff up from time to time isn't abnormal.

      If it is happening a lot, it could be allergies. An anti-histamine might help.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Fascinating...and more than a little disgusting! I think I would totally freak out if I had blue mucus, but as a person who's allergic to just about everything, I've spent more time than I'd like to admit dealing with the stuff. Thanks for an informative read!

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      Audidude21 5 years ago

      I'm a smoker and just recently quitted lately I've been having a weird pain in my throat when I swallow also I've been coughing up mucas clear mucas with tiny not all the way black but brown specks in my mucas? Is it lung cancer? I've only smoked cigs for 2 years off and on. Should I be concerned?

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      laura 5 years ago

      very informative thank you! mine started with some chest pressure than just slight coughing up little buits of thick yellowish green stuff. i started taking olive leaf, tumeric, onion/honey syrup, vit e,& vitc c, and its taken chest pressure away, now just little more coughing stuff up and little runny nose. runny nose is clear, but stuiff i cough up is slightly yellow still, hopefully its going away! thanks :)

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      livelonger - I have had a purplish mucus when I've made Kool-Aid. That was strange! Disgusting as it may be, many people have to deal with this subject on a daily basis. Thanks so much!

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Audidude21 - I wouldn't worry about cancer just yet. If it hasn't been going on for very long, it's probably a cold or maybe an infection.

      A lot of people report sore throats and coughing up mucus after they stop smoking. It is actually a good thing. It is your body clearing out the bad stuff like toxins and carcinogens from the cigarettes and the lungs start repairing themselves. Here is more info about it: http://www.ehow.com/about_5032414_coughing-after-q...

      If it lasts for more than a few weeks, you may need to see a doctor, but otherwise, it isn't abnormal.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      laura - Sounds like you have your cold under control! Now all you have to do is just wait for it to run its course. Feel better soon.

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      laura 5 years ago

      thank you! :)have to recommend olive leaf to everyone, it cured my reoccuring tonsilitus and i haven't had to take an antibiotic in past couple years.get well everyone!

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      Eric 5 years ago

      Hi, i was sick for a couple of weeks, so took a z-pack, but I have a cough still lingering.... My mucus is clear but I still feel like there's mucus in my lungs....

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      laura - I'll have to remember that next time I get sick. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Eric - It may take another week or two for it to clear up completely. You might also need a different type of antibiotic or another round of antibiotics to get rid of it. If it doesn't go away, you may need to see a doctor about it.

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      rach 5 years ago

      Im pretty pos. I have pleurisy. I have every symptom and its hurting so bad. I also have a cough that produces white clear sputum or pphlem with browny spots. Taking a zpac with. 2 days left. What about the pleurisy? What should I do?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      rach - If you think you have pleurisy, you should probably see a doctor. You may need a different type of antibiotic and some anti-inflammatory medicine. If you have a lot of fluid in your lungs, it may even need to be drained.

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      Kiki2012 5 years ago

      i've been sick for the [ast 5 days ,but i dont have a cough. could it just be a little head cold?

      also all that wrong is a stuffy nose! when i started getting sick, the mucus came out clear now when i blow its yellow could that be a sign that im just getting better?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Kiki2012 - Yellow mucus usually means that your body is fighting off something. It probably is just a cold. It will take your body about a week to fight it off. If you aren't cleared up after that, you may want to see a doctor.

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      Madridista12 5 years ago

      Hey, I have an old sore on my nose. Not inside, on top. Whenever I try to blow my nose it hurts. But when I do my right side throws out blood wit snot. Ppl say its from the infection, any tips?

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      Madridista12 5 years ago

      sorry I mean cold sore on my nose.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Madridista12 - Most cold sores are caused by a type of virus. The virus is a type of herpes. If the sore you have is caused by the virus, the bloody mucus could be from that infection. Or sometimes cold sores pop up when your body is stressed. Like if you get a cold.

      The sore might not be caused by that virus. Only a doctor would be able to tell you for sure. Your doctor can also prescribe medicine to help with cold sores if you get them frequently.

      If you aren't worried enough to see a doctor, there are lots of home remedies and other treatments for cold sores. Most pharmacies have over the counter ointments to put on cold sores. Some people say putting ice on it soothes it. Tea tree oil and aloe also help some people.

      The sore and mucus might clear up on their own, but if not, you should go to a doctor. If it gets worse, then definitely go see a doctor.

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      Cough cough 5 years ago

      Edit "nutrition meal" to "nutritious meal" and thanks for the info!

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      manubanu 5 years ago

      My 12 yr old son has been suffering from nasal congestion for the past 8 months .Initially we thought it was due to seasonal allergies and he was prescribed some allergy medicines.The problem persisted , then we tried to change his diet but nothing helped and his condition only got worse. Finally I took him to a ENT specialist who came up with this possible reason. According to the doctor his condition is due to acid reflux . The acid is travelling back all the way to his nasal passage causing inflammation of throat and nose and thereby producing all the mucous. He has been adviced to completely stop eating late in the evening and has been scheduled for a CT scan next week to explore for any other possibility.Will this change in eating habit improve his condition? He is really miserable and can use up a whole tissue box in a day.BTW his mucous is yellow in color.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Cough cough - Thanks. It's fixed.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      manubanu - I actually had this problem as well. Acid reflux can cause upper respiratory problems because the stuff from the stomach is sitting in the throat. Eating close to bedtime does cause problems for some people. It might help him to avoid eating a couple or three hours before bed. Here are some of the other suggestions I have discovered.

      Raise the head of his bed about 5 or 6 inches. Make sure he drinks plenty of water. 12 might be too young for acid reducers, you can check with your doctor on that. Digestive enzymes and probiotics can also regulate the digestive system.

      Really the best way to solve the problem is to figure out the cause. It could be too much stomach acid. Some people also have too little stomach acid that can cause reflux. It could also be the H. pylori bacteria. Again you will need to check with the doctor about that. A hiatal hernia is another possible cause. The tests he is going to do should turn up any irregularity like that. Food allergies have been known to cause stomach problems as well.

      Good luck figuring out the problem.

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      bpsav 5 years ago

      Hi, I've been kind of sick this past week and I can't figure out what is wrong! The first day of my symptoms I had a very slight cough. The following day I had a 100.4 fever and the chills along with a stuffy nose and the small cough. The day after, the fever seemed to go away but the congestion and minor cough were still there. Now today I feel great except for my darned stuffy nose and now wheezy phlegmish cough. Throat doesn't hurt and mucus has been very clear throughout the week. Any idea if this is a small virus or maybe just a very big case of allergies?

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      Kiki2012 5 years ago

      okay, can this be a serious condition or not? I have a head cold i guess i do because all i have is a stuffy nose that doesn't seem to wnt to get better but the mucus is hite and i've been sick since last thursday!!but when i breath either through my nose or my mouth, i can feel air in the back of my throat and its really bothering me! but can it be something serious or not????

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      bpsav - A virus is more likely mainly because of the suddenness and how quickly the worst symptoms passed. But allergies aren't entirely out of the question. Allergies can cause fever as well. It will probably take a few more days or a week before it runs its course. If it lingers, it may be allergies. If you feel like it is starting to become an infection, you may want to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Kiki2012 - If it has only been a week, it is probably just a cold and not anything more serious. It sounds like your nose is congested. Mucinex would probably help loosen the mucus so that you can breathe better. If it goes on for more than a week or so more, check with a doctor.

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      katrina 5 years ago

      hi im real worried ive got thick white mucus with flecs of blood in it if had a chest xray in december and came back clear i only notice it wen ive got a cold more than anything doctors thinks its coming from throat or sinius do u know what it cold be

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      fhashi 5 years ago

      Helllo I've had green snot for a while and a very chesty cough and I sneeze at least 8 times a day I have a rash on my nose (near mouth) and most mucus is green like neon green... It isn't changing and I'm very ill ...... Shall I go to the doctor because I'm also getting flem in my mouth ........... But thanks

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      katrina - If you are eating or drinking a good bit of dairy products, it can cause your mucus to be white and thick. Cutting back on the dairy might help. If it seems to be a cold, then there isn't really anything unusual. If it is happening regularly, it could be allergies and you may need to take an antihistamine. If it persists, you can go see an ear, nose, and throat doctor to pinpoint the problem.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      fhashi - If it has been more than a week, you may need antibiotics to clear it up. If it has only been a couple of days, the doctor can't do much to help. The neon green means your body is fighting off something.

      Is the rash from blowing your nose? If so, a little bit of neosporin or lotion on it may help. If it seems more like a cold sore, then there are over the counter ointments for that. Sometimes a cold or flu can cause rashes.

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      Manju 5 years ago

      Hi, I have dust allergy and often i use to fall sick.But for the past few days I am often pop- up a light yellow hard and even it smell very bad, everytime after brushing. And I also feel that somethings is in my throat. May i know, is it Phlegm... Do i need to consult a doctor immediately... or is there a home remedy

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Manju - It is probably allergies or maybe even a cold or virus. Try taking antihistamines and Mucinex to help clear up some of the mucus. If it goes on for more than a week or two or if it gets worse, then you may need to get checked out by a doctor.

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      nene 5 years ago

      for about four days ive been stuffed up but this morning i woke up and started coughing up dark thick green mucus and blowing clear or yellow from my nose but when i cough it feels so thick that it starts to give me pain in my ears it hurts to move

      help please

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      nene - It sounds like you have a cold. The best thing is to go talk to a pharmacist to get the best type of medicine. Mucinex will help thin and loosen the mucus so it won't be as painful.

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      lowcarb 5 years ago

      This morning I had orange phlegm, not one of the colors that you mention at the top of this page. What does this portend?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      lowcarb - Orange mucus can be happen when yellow mucus becomes tinged with blood from your nasal passages. If you are coughing it up, there may be a bit of blood somewhere along your respiratory tract or you may have an infection. If it goes on for more than a few days or about a week, you may need to see a doctor for some antibiotics.

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      Jay 5 years ago

      I woke up this morning feeling awful. The feeling was most attributable to a hangover (i.e. light sensitivity, headache, some nausea) though I had not drank alcohol last night and I felt fine. After that I coughed up brown mucus with streaks of red in it, I am a smoker, so that seems the most logical reason for that; however, do the hangover-like symptoms indicate some sort of infection that could be related to the mucus, or is it an entirely separate issue?

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      sophie 5 years ago

      Hi for the past month I have been waking up with reddish mucus every morning. It is also very clotty. What does this mean?

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      nate 5 years ago

      I stopped smoking cold turkey about 6 days ago and sometimes in the morning i will cough up mucus with streaks of blood in it. It only happens in the morning and no other times. I know the body has a lot of different symtoms after quitting smoking. I just want to know if this is normal.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Jay - The symptoms you describe could be a cold or flu or even just an infection. That could explain the mucus also. If it goes on for more than a few days or if it gets a lot worse, then you may want to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      sophie - If you are waking up with the mucus, it means it is happening during the night. It could be nasal drainage that is getting trapped while you are lying down. If you are coughing it up, it could be acid reflux.

      Try an antihistamine to see if it helps. If it keeps happening, see a doctor. You may have an infection.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      nate - It is definitely normal to cough up stuff after quitting smoking. It may keep happening for a few weeks or months as your lungs start getting rid of the toxins and repairing themselves.

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      Joe 5 years ago

      it is nice to see something put so plan so the kids can see read and know what it all means and learns something from it

      Thank you for the time you put into this site

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      Angela 5 years ago

      Been dealing with some sort of virus for the past week... Startedout with a cough & congestion. Snot was clear, but started coughing up yellow & yellowish brown phlegm. Today is day 6, and the cough has started to go away, but now I am completely stuffed up and when I blow my nose, the snot is green, sometimes almost neon green. I thought I had a viral infection, but does this snot color indicate bacterial?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Joe - Thank you for your kind words. That means a lot.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Angela - It could mean you are developing a bacteria infection. But more than likely it is just be the normal progression of the cold. Mucus typically goes from clear to yellow to green during the course of a virus. And neon green can mean your body is still fighting it off.

      Try taking a decongestant to help relieve your sinuses. Check with a pharmacist about the right one for your symptoms. If the mucus doesn't go back to clear within a week or so, then you might need antibiotics.

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      ralph 5 years ago

      What happens when your snot is orange????

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      tanyat21 5 years ago

      My friend has like 1 inch green thick boogers/mucus that comes out 1 to 2 times a day. She says it's hard too blow out cause thats how thick it is.She says when blowing almost makes her "black-out" & its like blowing out a green 1 inch pencil. She says its been going on for about 3-4 weeks. Dont know if its coming from her sinus,chest or stomach as she had a physical(normal). Or can it come from white blood cell count?

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      ralph - Orange mucus can be caused when yellow mucus becomes tinged with blood. The blood vessels in the nose are very tiny and can break easily as you blow your nose. If it doesn't clear up in about a week, you may want to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      tanyat21 - If it has been going on for that long, she probably has a sinus infection and will need antibiotics to clear it up. The "black-out" feeling is probably from lack of oxygen since her nose is so stopped up. Mucinex may help thin and loosen the mucus to help get rid of some of the congestion.

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      Alec 5 years ago

      I work for the IT department of a Nutraceutical wholesaler. My sinus has been killing me for a week. So my co-worker snuck in and told me to take 2 Oregano pills in the morning and one after lunch until my sinus aches went away. After one day of treatment I was noticing quite an improvement, today I took the pills and tonight, I blew my nose and the whole sinusitis infection come out in one big mass. Now after a tingly face for a little bit everything feels better. Try Oregano, it definitely worked for me.

      Another note I is I had started an asian diet the week before, so was only eating Wonton soup and rice noodle type meals. The dairy thing definitely has something to do with the overbundance of mucus. This was my dryest "cold like" symptoms/sinusitis I ever experienced. Had to convince people how sick I felt for a week.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Alec - Thanks for sharing the tip. Oregano has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is good to take for sinus problems. There are so many natural remedies out there that work as well or better than many medicines. And dairy is definitely something to avoid with a cold. Thanks again.

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      marcii 4 years ago

      Well I have all clear snot so Im pretty sure its allergies however my throat is so sore orange juice burns it and just today I blew my nose and a thick wad of green and red snot shot out. The rest of it is clear and thin. Where did the sticky pasty ball come from?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      marcii - It could have been something stuck further up in your sinuses. Since your throat is so sore, you may have a virus right now. That could explain why your mucus is turning green. The red means your sinuses are probably irritated.

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      Stacy 4 years ago

      I have yellow mucus but only sometimes it comes out but I feel it in my chest and I feel like I can't breath I'm taking mucinx and drinking a lot of water the tightness in my chest went away but I still can't breath that good .......what I do about this

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      ash 4 years ago

      Ive been looking for at home remodies for sometime now. about 3 weeks ago i got over a two month sickness of coughing and mucus. I didn't go to the doctor because i dont have medical insurance. I finally got over it like 3 weeks ago and now its coming back but this time with a severe sore throat. I looked in the mirror and my throat has white on it....anyone know anything.

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      Ethan 4 years ago

      So I've been sick for about 2.5 days now. I am a smoker. My problem is that I have this dry cough. It wouldn't be so bad if I was actually coughing stuff up. This morning I gargled with some warm water and coughed up some red/black and brown mucus. Is there some antiseptic for your throat?? Or anything that will let me cough stuff up?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Stacy - If it is a virus or cold, it will just take time for your body to fight it off. If it has been more than a week or two, you may have an infection. See a doctor if it doesn't clear up within another day or so.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      ash - White spots on your throat could mean strep throat, especially since you are having a sore throat as well. You don't necessarily have to go to a doctor with strep throat. Most of the time your body will fight it off without antibiotics.

      If it seems to linger for more than a couple of weeks, you may need to see a doctor. In a small percentage of cases strep can linger and turn into scarlet fever or other complications.

      Taking aspirin for the inflammation and sucking on throat lozenges can help with the sore throat.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Ethan - Sometimes Mucinex will help break up mucus so coughs can be more productive. It just depends on what is causing the congestion. Chloraseptic spray is also good for sore throats and dry cough. You can also talk to a pharmacist about other over the counter medicines.

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      Ethan 4 years ago

      How can I find out what's causing the congestion without seeing a doctor? It feels like phlem or whatever is stuck to my throat, but when I cough it's just dry and nothing comes up. It's also sore. Will mucinex break up the stuff in my throat?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Ethan - If you don't want to go to a doctor, your best bet is probably to talk to a pharmacist. They are usually really good about pointing people to the best type of medicine to take according to the symptoms.

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      maria 4 years ago

      I just coughed up a huge chunk the size of a ping pong ball it is bright red and brown and looks like pieces of tissue is attached to it I had a fever for two days loose watery diahrea and white and yellow puss spots on my tongsils it looks like strep throat but I have had strep throat in the past and never coughed up anything like this what should I do should I be alarmed I don't smoke overall I'm healthy

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      maria - It sounds like you have a virus of some kind. It could be strep. I don't think the stuff you coughed up is something to get alarmed about just yet. It is probably just mucus that is tinged with a bit of blood. If your throat and nose are irritated, a bit of blood isn't abnormal. If the virus doesn't clear up in two or three more days or if you keep coughing up huge amounts, then you may need to see a doctor. But once or twice of coughing up something is typically just your body's way of clearing out the excess mucus from the virus.

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      Helen 4 years ago

      So glad to know I am not alone. On Friday - I sneezed twice, my nose dripped once - I thought it was from spicy food I was eating - when I went to go spit - it was a lot but a very dark green. I have a headache - but in the face - other than that - other than the headache - I look and feel fine - outside of the dark green stuff I occasionally have been spitting up.

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      Sash 4 years ago

      Ive only ever had green flem when ive had a cold... yet the last few ive had a nose like a tap... drip drip drip... Except its yellow.... Bright bright yellow, almost like ear wax. Its crazy, have a wee cough nothing to indercate i've got a cold... Donno tho, very strange.... Any suggestions..?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Helen - Sounds like a cold or sinuses. The ache in your face is probably your sinuses. An aspirin will help with the headache. If the green mucus lasts for more than a week or two, then you may check with a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sash - It is more than likely a virus your body is fighting off. Mucus typically darkens over a period of few days. It is common for mucus to start out yellow then darken to green. There are some types of bacteria that can cause yellow mucus, though. So see if changes color again.

      If your body can fight it on its own, it should clear up within about a week. If it lasts longer than that, you may need to see a doctor about antibiotics.

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      April 4 years ago

      My doctor told me I had a throat infection but later on that day while showering I coughed up a lot of yellowish pleghm almost like ear wax with reddish brown traces is this my throat infection clearing up?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      April - Maybe. It could also be excess mucus your body is getting rid of.

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      louromano 4 years ago

      thank you! :)have to recommend olive leaf to everyone, it cured my reoccuring tonsilitus and i haven't had to take an antibiotic in past couple years.get well everyone!

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      nicola 4 years ago

      i thought i had heartburn its started yesterday, going to bed hoping it would have gone in the morning! since this morning i have been bringing up brown mucus but i dont have a cough or cold. the only wasy i can describe the pain in my throat/chest is its like when u swallow food that you may not have chewed properly and it hurst as you swallow. any advice please?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      louromano - There are tons of great natural cures out there. I'll have to remember olive leaf.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      nicola - That sounds like acid reflux. The stuff from the stomach comes up into the esophagus. Acid reducers like Prilosec may help. You may want to talk to your doctor about it as well to see what is causing it.

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      Danya D 4 years ago

      Hello! I've never had anything like this before, it started two days ago (now on my third), I started to lose my voice and the coughing began at day two. There has been lots of yellow mucus, a lot of dry coughs, a few small fevers, and I have been trying to drink lots of water and take long showers. Still it does not feel like it's helping. I feel like I've gotten over the worst now but my throat still bothers me and my voice is even worse. Last night I couldn't stop coughing and that never happens. Is there anything else I can do?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Danya D - I have heard a lot of people talking about how well oregano oil worked for them. You could try that. You can also try throat lozenges and cough drops. Hot liquids also help sooth coughs. I lose my voice often also. If it is mucus causing the problem, Mucinex can help break it up so your coughs can be more productive. If the dry cough lasts for more than a few days or gets worse, you may want to see a doctor.

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      Danya D 4 years ago

      Thanks so much cocopreme! I'll see if I can work around to getting oregano oil. I got some throat lozenges. I feel great now, I'm getting my voice back, my mucus is now light yellow, my nose runs every now and then, my cough is going on four days, is more deep and a bit less dry. I've had pneumonia before and almost died of it when I was little and these coughs do resemble it a little and hope they don't get worse. Mucinex probably my best bet so I will work on it. Not many people are considerate like you are to take time and answer all these questions for free thanks again.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Danya D - Mucinex probably is your best bet. Glad you are starting to feel better. Hope it clears all the way up soon. And you are very welcome. It is nice to know I am appreciated. Thank you.

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      someone 4 years ago

      hi i'm so glad this place is still active with people who actually respond to their readers. anyway i've lately been sick, with a fever. it started last friday and right now its wednesday. ive been having a runny/stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, coughing, and i tend to sweat and burn up while i'm sleeping, even in thin covers and with the fan on. i took tylenol and advil which got rid of the head ache and sore throat. so now i just have those other symptons plus some sneezing that just started now. also i'm taking anti bitotics. and the color of my snot is kind of clear-yellow with some blood.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      someone - It sounds like you have a virus. If you are taking antibiotics, it should keep kill any infection and help your body fight off any bacteria. Just make sure to finish all the antibiotics so the bug doesn't pop back up.

      Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. The night sweats are probably from the fever. The Tylenol should help with those.

      You should start feeling better within a few days. If you are still running a fever after the weekend, you may want to check with a doctor. Otherwise, just get plenty of rest so your body can focus on getting well. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      czechsmix - It is probably nothing to worry about. It could be post nasal drip from allergies or just a random nose bleed even. The blood vessel in the nasal passages and very tiny and delicate. They can break very easily.

      You could try some nose spray to help moisten your nasal passages and help clear it up. If it keeps happening for more than a few days, then you may want to see a doctor to figure out what is causing it.

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      4 years ago

      ok my snot is clear with white dots in it what does that mean

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      X - It probably means your mucus is thickening. This could happen if you've been eating a lot of dairy. Dairy products can make mucus turn thick and white.

      If you have breathed in something white and powdery it could also cause dots in your mucus.

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      SlightlyWorried 4 years ago

      I hadn't been able to blow my nose recently, no air flow at all actually, but today 2 clumps of a bloody raw meat like substance came out of my nose, one from each nostril. I have air flow again, but my snot has been bloody ever sense. Should I be worried about what that was?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      SlightlyWorried - That was probably what was blocking your nasal passages. The red is from busted blood vessels, more than likely when you were blowing your nose.

      It probably isn't something to worry about unless it keeps happening. Then you may want to talk to a doctor about it.

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      Jerome 4 years ago

      I had a sore throat two days ago. It was the kind that usually kicks off a cold. Yesterday, I was feeling tired and congested. I was spitting up mucus that was a mixture of yellow, greenish-yellow, and even a little brown, but I had no cough. Today, I only spit out one cluster of mucus, and it was yellow. I feel fine again, but I'm not sure I really am. I have been sick one other time this year already, except last time with a cough. Should I see a doctor?

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      Racheal Gray 4 years ago from Manchester, Tennessee

      My snot keeps changing colors. Sometimes when I blow my nose the mucous is clear, and then the next time it's green, and the next time it's yellow. What could this mean? I've had a cold (or what I thought was a cold) for about a week now. I had a sore throat also.I have just now began to feel better. I am still coughing and my nose is still congested. It started in my chest, then moved to my head, and now it is in my nose. I usually get sinus infections but have never really had allergies. Should I see a doctor?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jerome - It sounds like a virus. If you are starting to feel better, there probably isn't any need to see a doctor. There isn't really anything they can do for a virus. It just has to run its course. If you feel worse again, or if it doesn't clear up in a few more days, then you may need to go.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Racheal Gray - Since you are feeling better, you more than likely don't need to go to the doctor. It is probably a virus. Mucus normally changes colors as your body goes through different stages of fighting off the bug. Mucinex will probably help loosen the congestion.

      If you are still congested and if your mucus isn't going back to clear within a few days to a week, then you may need to see a doctor.

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      Racheal Gray 4 years ago from Manchester, Tennessee

      What if my mucus has went back to normal but the sore throat has returned? It is so painful at night I can't even talk. Does this mean I may have strepe? Should I see a doctor anyway or just try to take some antibiotics and see if that clears it up?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Racheal Gray - If it has come back, you may want to see a doctor to find out exactly what is going on. A doctor will be able to tell you if antibiotics will help you.

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      barent 4 years ago

      i don't get colds, i take organic juices, i take plenty of vitamin-c. [and it does not cause kidney stones,thats mainstream BS]. there is, and are, cures for the common cold,do some research for folks!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      barent - Those things are good ways to prevent colds because they boost your immune system. But they won't cure a cold once you are already sick.

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      Concerned wanna be ex-smoker. 4 years ago

      My doctor wants me to submit phlegm samples but i have been smoking and i don't want him to find out because he will flip on me. Can the lab prove that i have been smoking and can they give that info freely to the doc?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Concerned wanna be ex-smoker - Usually a phlegm sample is tested for either bacteria, fungi, or tuberculosis. The lab won't do any forensic-like tests to determine if you smoked. BUT, smoking can make your phlegm a brownish color. So, the color and texture might give it away.

      As far as the lab communicating with the doctor about it, it depends on where the lab work is going on. A lot of places do the lab work on site. Some send the lab work off to somewhere else.

      If you are having health problems, it is probably best to go ahead and do the samples. The doctor needs to know what is wrong with you so you can get better even if it means you have to face some lecturing about smoking.

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      Laydi Pahuku 4 years ago

      My snot stopped being dark green, but is now a really light tinted green that sometimes has a greyish streak through it. I also just coughed up some redish-brown stuff.

      I quit smoking a couple weeks ago. I had a couple a few nights ago but other than that have not had any.

      What is this ?

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      Patricia 4 years ago

      I have had a sore throat with a lot of coughing which brings yellow green mucous it has been about 5 days. Productive cough? I always spit out the mucous. Sometimes it is hard to get it out. How long should i wait before seeing the Dr.? I have been taking ACV with lemon and honey. It doesn't seem to be helping. I' m thinking about oregano. Do I get the oil or leaves for tea? Health Food store or supermarket?

      Help!,,,,,

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      lex 4 years ago

      I woke this morning and I had orange fluid coming out of my nose when I blew it and it's been 30 min now and I had to blow my nose and then I had clear mucous...I sometimes have sinuses cause of my dad. he past away from having cancer from sinuses..should I go get it checked out?

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      jana 4 years ago

      Hello,I have lot's of white ,thick mucus and every other day I see white things that I have to take out by pressing it in my tonsils ...it's really bothering me and I'm worried...

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Laydi Pahuku - It could be a cold or it could be from quitting smoking. It is normally to cough up stuff and have discolored mucus for awhile after you quit smoking.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Patricia - Usually doctors can't do much until it has been a week or so. Then they might prescribe antibiotics or any other kind of medicine necessary. So if you haven't improved any, you may need to see a doctor after another day or so.

      Any type of oregano is fine. It even comes in pills. Health food store or maybe even a pharmacy is your best bet.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      lex - If it has just been going on for a day or so, then it is probably just sinus irritation. The orange is probably from a tiny blood vessel that popped and mixed with your mucus. Unless it keeps happening over more than a few days, it isn't a cause for major concern.

      If you are concerned about getting cancer as well, you can talk to the doctor about it and get regular screenings.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      jana - The best thing to do is probably to see a doctor about it. It could possibly be tonsillolith, which are basically clusters of debris that form in the crevice of the tonsils. See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsillolith.

      As far as the thick, white mucus goes, try cutting back on dairy and see if that helps.

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      David L. 4 years ago

      I've had a bad cough for about 3 weeks now and the phlegm is a light yellow color. Also after I cough I get a nose bleed. Should I see a doctor?

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      Emily 4 years ago

      I have brown snot but I don't smoke nor I have been inhaling any smoke....... Freeeaaakkyyy

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      David L. - You probably should go to a doctor. You more than likely have an infection that is going to need antibiotics to treat.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Emily - You may have a bit of blood in your nasal passages. That can cause mucus to turn a brownish color.

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      Sally 4 years ago

      Cocopreme:

      I was in WA DC (live in CA) this past weekend, where we did a lot of walking out in the cold. Saturday night was BEYOND cold! So Sunday morning is when I felt sick. Had a fever, chills, and body aches. But no cough and no headache.

      Then starting Tuesday, I had a cough that began. Still with a fever.

      Wednesday, no more chills, but still had a fever. And I coughed up a yellowish mucus in the morning.

      Thursday, I woke up with my voice scratchy, fever, cough, and more yellowish mucus.

      Friday, voice got worse...so this morning (Saturday), I decided to go to the doctor. He checked my throat and ears and said it looks fine. But said I have a mild case of laryngitis. He prescribed me the antibiotic: Azithromycin, and a cough syrup.

      When do you believe I'll get my voice back? And he didn't tell me, but am I contagious? I live with my family and it's been 7 days now and they're all fine...but what if I were to kiss someone...because I'm on antibiotics, can they still catch it?

      Thank you!

      Still with

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sally - Usually you are not contagious after being on antibiotics for 24-48 hours. I would avoid contact for a day or two, if you can, just to be on the same side.

      As far as your voice goes, it is hard to say. If it was caused by the bug you have, it may come back as soon as the medicine kicks in. But there is no guarantee. I've had laryngitis that has lasted for weeks.

      There are lots of things you can do to help your throat and hopefully get your voice back quicker. Hot drinks and soups are good. So are humidifiers, throat lozenges. You can also try gargling with warm salt water. The best thing to do is to just let your voice rest. Hope it comes back soon.

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      Sally 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your quick reply!

      Lastly, you said after 24-48 hours on being on antibiotics, I'm no longer contagious, does this mean the other person cannot get ANYTHING that made me sick, correct?

      And the fact that I had a fever, does that mean it's bacterial and not a virus?

      My mucus now goes between yellow and clear...mean anything?

      Today was day 1 of my antibiotics...

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sally - Both bacterias and viruses can cause fevers, so that doesn't really indicate either way. It was more than likely a virus, but it's hard to say. You may have had a bacterial infection or bronchitis as well since the doctor prescribed you antibiotics.

      As far as being contagious, there is a slight chance that you could get someone sick even after all of your symptoms have disappeared. But after the first few days and after being on antibiotics, the chance of that goes way down. Here is some more info about it: askville.amazon.com/virus-bacterial-chest-throat-infection-long-contagious-start-end/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=2379270.

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      Sally 4 years ago

      Thank you SO much!!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sally - You're welcome!

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      Sick in New Hampshire 4 years ago

      Hi, I've been sick for about 10 days now- began with a sudden sore throat for the first 3-4 days (occasionally coughing up some green/orangish gross chunky mucus). Then the sore throat went away and the green stuff started escaping from my nose. Now, over the past 4 days or so, I've had a persistent cough. It's sometimes dry, and sometimes got green stuff in it. I also still have a runny nose, though it doesn't run as much as before (expelling clear stuff with streaks of green). My throat is pretty hoarse from all the coughing, and there are some red spots on my tonsils it seems. I've been taking 2 vitamin C tablets/day for the past 3 days and drinking lemon-honey tea before bed... but it's been 10 days, and I feel like my condition has improved very little (save for the burning sore throat at the beginning). Should I see a doctor?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sick in New Hampshire - Yes, it is probably time to see a doctor, especially since there hasn't been much improvement. It sounds like it is time for antibiotics.

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      Barbara in Missouri 4 years ago

      I am hoping you might be able to shed some light on a condition i have going on right now. I am 52 yrs old and have had a bad sinus on the right side, with a deviated septum for about 25 yrs. I have had repeated infections.

      I was recently in the hospital for 7 days. sick to my stomache with intractible vomiting, the right side of my nose and sinuses are feels very strange. I had an MRI that showed an enlarged limph node in the back of my neck. i have a foul smell and taste in my nose and throat. my head hurts , but only on the right side. my right ear itches inside terribly, when it isn't hurting. do you have any ideas as i was released today, but my fever has returned. what kind of test could they perform that will enable them to see the infection if that is what it is.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Barbara in Missouri - You could have an infection just in the right side. Have you ever been to an ear, nose, and throat specialist? That might be the best type of doctor to see.

      They may do what is called a nasal endoscopy using a long snake-like scope with cameras on the end to be able to see up your nose. They may do other types of scans or x-rays to see what the problem is.

      If it is an infection, antibiotics should help. You may need to ask about surgery for the deviated septum.

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      ladysonoma 4 years ago

      My snot is white. Yes, I've been drinking milk in my tea with lemon!

      Otherwise, it's a light green...lol

      I have a cold right. Great article, I found it amusing. I guiggled and wheezed myself into a cough, and up came more mucus...EW! Lol..

      No, seriously, thanks for posting this! :)

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      Kieron 4 years ago

      Hi, my nose has been running light water for 2 days , it's been running that bad that my nose is sore from blowing/rubbing it. Also in the morning the flem/mucus I cough up is thick green and I mean very thick not like the usual green mucus I've had before. I'm not overly worried but this seems a bit different to other flu's or colds, mayby it's manflu ;-)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      ladysonoma - Tea is good for colds, so drink up! Better the mucus come up than go down! Thanks and feel better.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Kieron - It could just be a different strain of virus than you have had before. (You might be right about the manflu, ha ha) It could even be allergies. The stuff you are coughing up in the mornings is probably mucus that pooled in your throat while you were lying down and sat there too long. Hope it clears up soon!

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      Sick of being sick 4 years ago

      Hey! About two weeks ago I started to get snotty so I blew my nose and eventually I started to get nosebleeds in both nostrils, which is usually normal for me because I tend to blow harder, but this time I wasn't blowing hard at all. Ever since then, I can hardly breathe because of the hard snot building up in my nose. It's usually all blood but sometimes it's green and yellow mixed with blood spots. The inside of my nose hurts a lot, even if I just touch the outside. There is also a really painful ball inside one side of my nostril, I thought it was a pimple because when I picked the hard mucus near it, the part over the ball was clear and yellow like dried pus. It hasn't gone away though, and now I've been getting a mucus build up and I have to clear my throat a lot, but nothing is coming out if I cough. I've been using nasal spray for the past week, morning and night but it only stops the running nose, not the hard snot build up. I'm going to the doctor today so I can finally clear this up!

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      syeda 4 years ago

      hi i want to ask about my father my father have heart problem surgen said for baypass but he want stud now the stud ok but after that the nose to much running like water when the nose stop running they have got pain in chest line and the pain comes only when he go for shopping and outside the house and the water color is white could you tell me what is this i m very thankful if you tell me

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      Jonny 4 years ago

      My mucus was a dark gray and then right after I coughed again and it was yellow and red I've been coughing up a dark green mucus for about six months now what should I do?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sick of being sick - Going to the doctor is probably the best bet. You could also try Mucinex to loosen up the mucus. Hope it clears up soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      syeda - If he has recently had heart surgery, that might be something you need to see a doctor about. The runny nose could be allergies or maybe a bit of a cold. It could just be irritation from the oxygen tubes they used during surgery. But if he is having chest pain, he should get it checked.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jonny - If you have been coughing stuff up for that long, you should probably have a doctor check it out to see what the cause is. The most likely cause is allergies and an antihistamine may help. It could also be acid reflux.

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      Genowfer 4 years ago

      I have had a runny nose and sore throat for over 2 months. I have been prescribed 3 different types of antibiotics which have not worked. I have had a chest x-ray which was clear. My nose is constantly blocked and my voice is going hose because I am coughing all the time. I was diagnosed with pemphogoed over 3 years ago. This has resulted in my immune system not helping to attack any infection. I have been taking tablets to help. At the moment I blowing my nose every 5 minutes and feel tired all the time and

      Generally out of sorts. I am at the end of my tether. I am currently waiting to see an ear nose and throat specialist. Any suggestions

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      tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

      this is a great hub :) my family suffers from allergies, so we have always had to be "up" on snot colors (lol) in order to know when it was time to go to the doctor for antibiotics. i knew clear and white was ok and that yellow and green meant infection, and i have experience brown (ex-smoker), and the other colors made sense, but i have never in my life heard of blue mucus!! learn something new everyday, right? great hub...voted up and awesome!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Genowfer - Since the antibiotics don't seem to be working, it doesn't seem to be bacterial or an infection. Have you tried taking antihistamines? Nasal sprays might also help.

      Sometimes hoarseness can be caused by acid reflux. It can also cause upper respiratory problems like runny nose and cough. The ear, nose, and throat doctor should be able to tell you if that is the case. Taking acid reducers could help if that is the case.

      Other than that, allergies would be my guess. Hopefully the specialist can get to the bottom of it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      tiffany delite - Surprisingly, (and disgustingly) mucus can come in a rainbow of colors. Sounds like you know exactly what hues mean a trip to the doctor. Hope your mucus stays clear. Thanks!

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      Genowfer 4 years ago

      HI Cocopreme

      Thanks for your advise, I never thought about allergies hopefully when I go see the ear, nose & throat doctor I should mention it.

      Kind regards

      Genowfer

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      Quentori 4 years ago

      Yea, my snot is a yellowish/greenish color, i cough it up and sometimes chunks of stuff come out, somedays i dont sneeze or cough, so what should i do, what are those chunks, and should i be worried?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Genowfer - You're welcome. Hope you figure out what the problem is.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Quentori - The chunks are more than likely thick bits of mucus. If this has been going on for awhile, you probably need to see a doctor. You may have a sinus infection. If it is happening some days, but not others, it could be allergies. An antihistamine may help with it.

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      Quentori 4 years ago

      Thank you, you are a big help, im looking forward to getting advice from you for now on.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Quentori - You are welcome!

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      Heather 4 years ago

      at first my mucus was really thick and green, almost neon green, but then it turned clear but my nose is still stuffy and i'm still producing a lot of mucus. Is there anything I can do to help reduce the symptoms?

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      Claudia 4 years ago

      I had a sinus infection 2 months ago, was prescribed antibiotics for 8 days (2 pills per day), and have had clear, watery snot plus yellowish-green phlegm ever since.

      Any idea what's causing the phlegm and snot? Thanks so much for your help!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Heather - Mucinex is probably the best thing to help clear out the congestion and mucus. It sounds like you had a cold, but it is starting to clear up now. You could also try herbal teas to help boost your body back up.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Claudia - It is more than likely allergies. Try taking an antihistamine like Zyrtec or Claritin for a few days. You should notice a difference if that is the problem.

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      w/e 4 years ago

      I dunno about everyone else but my snot has ALWAYS been green, I think. Something must be wrong with me?

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      andrea 4 years ago

      my son is just three and has stuffy nose mostly at night.his breathing sounds like as if there is something stucked in his nose and so he snores. in the morning when he is brushing his teeth, he mostly coughs out a brownwish mucus.he had his tongsils and adenoids removed because of these issues and his condition improved but he had a cold about a month ago and all these night issues have returned.

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      Lynn A 4 years ago

      This has been happening for about a week now, why is it that only in the morning my nose is plugged up and when I blow my nose i have light yellow snot and cough up a small glob of mucus(i know, GROSS!!) then i feel fine during the day and my spit is clear? I do have very slight cough (clearing my throat), other then that, I don't feel sick at all. I've been doing the hot steam bath before i go to bed and its helps to bring out mucus and cough or blow it out so it isn't as bad as before now, i just want to know why does it only happen in the morning??

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      Ak 4 years ago

      Last night out of nowhere i was using my computer when i noticed a drip had started. That was followed by headaches, and eventually vomiting. My snot is dark yellow/brown/ bloody, and my body aches all over. Most likely i have a virus, what would you recommend

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      w/e - It's probably frequent sinus infections most likely from allergies. You may want to talk to a doctor about it. Antihistamines may help.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      andrea - You could try raising the head of his bed a few inches by putting wooden blocks underneath. Sometimes lying with the head tilted can help with drainage.

      It may be allergens on the bedclothes or pillows also. Make sure to wash his sheets at least once a week in hot water. Putting the pillows in the dryer on high heat for about 10 minutes will kill dust mites that could be causing problems.

      If it keeps up, you may want to talk to a doctor about allergies or the slight possibility it is acid reflux. Sometimes coughing up stuff in the mornings can be a sign of acid reflux. Hope you find a solution.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lynn A - You may be having drainage during the day, but it might not be as noticeable. At night, when you are lying down, the mucus can't flow as easily, so it can get clogged. That's probably the case since you have a slight cough.

      Since you don't feel sick otherwise, it is probably allergies. Taking an antihistamine for a few days might help. You might also be allergic to something on or near your bed. Dust mites are a common allergen and can live in pillows.

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      Ak - Theraflu may help you. Other helpful medicines are Tylenol Cold and Flu and Mucinex, if you are feeling congested. Talk with a pharmacist, too. They are usually the most helpful when picking out the best type of medicine for the symptoms.

      Make sure to drink plenty of fluids like water and juice to help your body fight it off. Avoid sodas. Warm soup is a good home remedy.

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      Guest 4 years ago

      Wow I learned a lot! Thank you

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      Spencer 4 years ago

      A few days ago, I got a sore throat. While I was at tennis practice later that day, I got a bloody nose. Immediately after I got rid of it (I get them very often, so i know how do deal with them), my voice sounded different (my friends say it sounds a lot deeper), but i didn't give it much thought then. The next day, I woke up with a stuffed nose (blew it till my nose bled, then used a nasal spray) and a cough(the snot was green by the way). My throat was still very sore and my voice was still weird (I went through most of the day without talking because it was painful and somewhat diffucult to do so). Now (which is 3 days after the nose bleed), the sore throat, stuffed nose (what's still there is yellow now), and cough are gone (my family gets sick often, so we are kind of experts at getting rid of these things), and my voice got a bit better, but it still sounds different. It's not difficult or painful for me to talk anymore, but it's weird talking and not hearing my normal voice (my friends say it sounds deeper). Do you have any idea what is going on or how I can get my voice back?

      Sorry if I put in too many unneeded details, I tend to ramble.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Guest - Glad it helped!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Spencer - It sounds like you have laryngitis. It can sometimes make your voice sound strange or deeper. You may have had a cold or something. That can cause laryngitis. Or just the inflammation in your throat can irritate the vocal chords.

      Normally when you are making a deep voice sound, the vocal chords lengthen. When you are making high-pitched sounds, they become tighter and smaller. But if your vocal chords are inflamed, they can be thicker, which makes a deeper sound.

      The best thing to do is to rest your voice and try not to talk unless necessary. Drink plenty of fluids. Hot liquids like tea may help. Taking something for the cold will also help your throat. Your voice should go back to normal in a few days or a week or so.

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      kerri 4 years ago

      I have been blowing neon green snot out of my nose for the last 2 weeks. I have been on strong Biaxin for 10 days (last dose today) and still have major sinus pain and green snot. Should I be going back to my dr for more antibiotics or just waiting it out. I have a history of pneumonia so I am a bit paranoid. any ideas?

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      Mia 4 years ago

      A week ago I had a silent migraine or a migraine aura without the headache. I was told it could have been from eating something that I am allergic to. Two days later I had a sore throat on the right side of my throat of which went away within a day. I started feel under the weather (more tire than usual with a possible slight temperature)with symptoms of sneezing and coughing. My snot has been green-ish/yellow-ish and now is clear but an abundance of clear mucus still. Allergies or Cold?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      kerri - If you have been on antibiotics for 10 days and aren't feeling any better, then it is either something that antibiotics won't help (viral) or you may need a different type of antibiotic. As far as waiting it out, that is up to you to decide. If there hasn't been any improvement or you are feeling worse, you should probably go back. If you are feeling better, it may not be worth another trip.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Mia - That is hard to say. I would lean more toward a cold because allergies usually cause a clear mucus unless it turns into a bacterial infection. When your body is fighting off something it is the yellow/green mucus most of the time.

      If it happens again and you suspect an allergic reaction, try taking antihistamines. If they help, it could be an allergy.

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      Claudia 4 years ago

      Hi cocopreme,

      You were definitely right on the money! I have heat hives and decided to cut out all dairy to see if it would make the hives would go away. They're gone -- for the most part -- and so is the phlegm and snot!

      I also went cold-turkey on the antihistamines since I was taking them for almost two months straight, and I didn't want my body to become immune to their effects. But as it turned out, when I cut out the dairy, I didn't need the Zyrtec & Benadril anymore!

      Anywho, I just wanted to thank you again for taking the time to answer -- not just mine -- but everyone's questions. This hub is such a helpful resource, especially in a time when not everyone can afford to go to the doctor, urgent care, E.R., etc when they're sick.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Claudia - I'm glad that I have been able to help you and other people as well. Doctors can be expensive and it isn't always necessary to see them with every cold or whatnot.

      It's great that you were able to figure out what was causing your problems. Sometimes a simple diet change can make a big difference. Hope you keep feeling better and stay that way!

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      Leighann 4 years ago

      I went to the doctor today and was diagnosed with strep throat, i gargled with salt water to help ease the pain, but now im coughing up bright yellow phlegm in the morning, and in the afternoon it turned to brown reddish like there s blood in it, will the antibiotics help with this?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Leighann - Yes, the antibiotics should help with that. The blood is probably from the strep blisters in your throat. Once the strep clears up, you should go back to normal. If by some chance it doesn't, check back with the doctor after about a week or so.

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      Ana 4 years ago

      What about orange creamy mucus/sputum? What does that mean?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Ana - An orange color can happen when there is a bit of blood in the mucus. Typically it is a yellowish mucus with blood that turns it orange. Have you had a lot of dairy? That could make it creamy. If it has been going on for more than a couple of weeks, check with a doctor. If it hasn't been that long, it's probably a cold.

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      Cami 4 years ago

      I've been spitting out mucus since last year February when I got a cold. Now whenever I get a cold, the mucus is really thick, lasts for days, but then gets back to me always having to do a hock and spit. I do that everyday.

      What's wrong? I have been doing this for a year now.

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      Lisa McKnight 4 years ago from London

      What an imaginative scientist you are. EEEwww!

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      TLJ New non smoker 4 years ago

      Hi, I've just stopped smoking after smoking off and on for 25 years. At first my phlegm/mucus was white and foamy. Now it is turning ever so slightly darker with little specks in it. I'm hoping that my body is just getting rid of all the toxic stuff that I've put in it over the years. The first 2 days it was difficult to breathe however, it was quite humid here.. I'm on day 3 (with no desire to smoke) and breathing is easier but I'm still a bit winded. Of course, I'm worried about lung cancer however I had a horrible sinus infection that lasted for months and months. Anyway, can you please advise the normal progression of phlegm and mucus after quitting smoking? I realize everyone is different however, as the color changes I get every so increasingly worried. It is not dark or "lumpy" or streaky. It has just specks and it's usually after I've had something dark to drink like coffee or tea but sometimes well after. Thank you in advance for your opinion.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Cami - If it has been going on for a year, it could be allergies. Have you tried taking an antihistamine? And are you eating a lot of dairy? That can make mucus thick as well. If it doesn't improve, you may want to talk to a doctor about it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      ElizaDoole - :) Bodily functions can be gross, but somebody's got to figure them out!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      TLJ New non smoker - That sounds like what is typical after quitting smoking. It is just your lungs clearing out and rebuilding. From what I've heard, coughing up stuff, excess mucus of all sorts of colors and textures, and even runny noses can last a month or even two.

      It may be annoying, but at least your body is getting rid of all the toxins. You'll start feeling much better once all that stuff gets cleared up.

      If at any point in the clearing out you start getting dark green mucus and feel bad, that's when you may want to check with a doctor. All the excess mucus you are having could get infected. Good luck and hope you can quit for good.

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      TLJ New non Smoker 4 years ago

      Cocopreme, thank you for the quick response. You have given me peace of mind.... TLJ

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      Agent Red 4 years ago

      Hi, super thread, really helpful.

      It's the middle of the night and mucus is irritating my thrat.

      I went to the fridge and drank about half a bottle of milk because it was cold and soothing.... Then I saw this site. Is it too late? Can I fix the dairy intake, or do I need to just take it on the chin and not do it again.

      Cheers in advance.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      TLJ New non Smoker - Glad it helped. :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Agent Red - There isn't much to be done about the milk now. Just avoid it in the future if you are having a lot of mucus. Is it just a cold or does the mucus keep you up often? It happens a lot, it could be allergies or even reflux. Try elevating your head more. That often helps.

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      Agent Red 4 years ago

      Thanks for your input. Turns out I have massive white spots on my glands, so I think they are infected and the mucus is just joining the party.

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      HackingCough 4 years ago

      I have typical chest infection - lungs wheezing, coughing up gunk that is mostly clear with smaller harder yellow/dark bits in. I also took deworming medication and there are very small hard white/pale brown bits that look a bit like small sesame seeds in with mucus - could these be eggs and do I need to a second deworm or is it most likely just bits related to the rest of the infection?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Agent Red - If you have white spots on your throat, it could be strep throat. You may want to see a doctor about it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      HackingCough - It is probably just related to the infection. Worms and parasites like that don't typically cause upper respiratory symptoms. It would just depend on what kind of worms and where they were in your body. If you are worried about it, double check with your doctor.

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      Jackie 4 years ago

      Thank you for posting this! It was very informative. The reason I searched the net for this was to see my options, and boy do you supply them. I never like sleeping soon after eating, but one recent night I did and kept waking up. About halfway through the night I started needing to cough at a little 'tickle' in my throat (like, between back of nose and throat, above uvula a good half inch or so), and the next morning I started building a yellow mucus around that spot. Later that following day I would cough about every two hours to get a very impressive circular clot-mucus thingy, with a semi-dry and kinda ripple surface (darker in color, firmer) and attached would be yellowish tinged mucus (like, a good centimeter in thickness, the whole thing is like an impressive goop-chunk). I'm not too worried about it after reading this (acid or perhaps a small injury, but no blood), but I am curious. No other color (well, some clear sometimes, but still with yellow), but about 16 hours after initial tickle with some coughs (which went away after mucus became prominent) my ear started to react, favoring the same side of the sore spot in my throat (a little to the left. Had my tonsils removed, probably close to that). It's annoying, hopefully won't get painful, just wondering if it's something major. I won't worry about it too much (worrying never helps...) but it's always good to get a second opinion. Especially since I get to be all graphic since I can't see you face-to-face. ;)

      Another reason I think it's acid (from sleeping with a meal fresh in) is because it acts up with a bit of orange juice.

      Very informative Hub! I don't know what a hub is, but I tried to use it in place of 'blog' for this. Thank you for writing such thorough information! ^_^

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jackie - You are probably right about it being acid reflux. Like you said, try to avoid eating right before bed. You could try some acid reducers or antacids like Prilosec at night if it keeps flaring up and if you keep coughing up stuff.

      Acid reflux can cause ear aches and even ear infections. As the acid creeps up your throat, it can pool into the Eustachian tubes leading up to the ears. If the reflux continues for long periods of time, it can even cause a runny nose, sinus infection, and especially coughing up a lot of thick mucus stuff.

      If it happens a lot, it might be something to talk to a doctor about, especially if the ear ache doesn't go away. It may turn into an infection. Hope your stomach starts resting easier. :)

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      mandi 4 years ago

      I had a lower back tooth pulled 5 days ago, I have a cough (worse at night) sore throat, and a light yellow mucas that I either lightly blow or cough up. Any ideas what i can take to ease it up? Or just let it run its course? Btw no fever with it

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      mandi - It sounds like a virus, so it will just have to run its course. You can take some over the counter medicine to make you feel better in the meantime. Probably Tylenol Cold or Sudafed Cold. Look for one that covers your symptoms. If you feel congested, then go for Mucinex as well. Nyquil is probably the best nighttime cough medicine.

      Since you just had a tooth pulled, keep a close eye out for any signs of infection like thick, dark green mucus, increasingly sore lymph nodes, or just feeling worse than you did before. If you don't start feeling better in a two or three days, you may want to double check with a doctor.

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      Leanne 4 years ago

      Hey, I have an auto immune disease (porphyria) and I work with kids, bad combo as I'm always getting sick. This time however it is going on 2 weeks and intense symptoms. Clear mucus from the nose but hard yellow chunks from the lungs, and fever, body aches, sweating and loss of voice all come and go. Im thinking sinus infection with bronchial inflammation from viral exposure. What's yr thought.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      I've been having a cold for a week now & I been taking cefprozil *antibiotics* and drinking robotussin as my doctor prescribed but I see no sighn of relief white / clear stuff comes out my nose & sometimes yellow / clear through my throat... I get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids...what do I do now? Is it getting worser? how can i get better?

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      A-choo ! 4 years ago

      I had a cold for about a day but then after it cleared up I still had a runny nose and so it seems like every five minutes I need another tissue. I had a little green snot yesterday but now I haven't noticed anymore even though I still have a runny nose. Any ways to get rid of my runny nose altogether ?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Leanne - You are probably right. If it's been that long and no sign of it getting better, it's probably time to see a doctor. You've probably got an infection because most viruses will run their course quicker than that.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jennifer - If you are already on antibiotics, there isn't much more to do besides wait for it to run its course. It sounds like it is a virus and antibiotics won't get rid of viruses. You could try something like Theraflu or Cold Eeze.

      It might even be allergies if you are mainly just having the excess mucus. If so, antihistamines may help.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      A-choo ! - Other than just waiting for your body to finish fighting off the bug, you could try Mucinex. It may make your nose a bit runnier at first, but it will clear out the excess mucus. Antihistamines help dry up mucus, but they also make mucus thicker. So I don't recommend them unless it is actually allergies.

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      brains! 4 years ago

      okay, what i am experiencing sound kind of like what jackie recently wrote about...

      for the past four months or so, usually around night before bed, i'll have a really hard sneeze, and a piece of "something" will be coughed up with the sneeze.

      it is an off white cream color, and about the size of a pea, and the best way to describe how it looks is comparing it to brains! its hard but slightly sqishy, rippled like brains... what is it?! possibly very calcified snot/phlem??

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      YearsOfPhlegm 4 years ago

      You're just the expert I've been looking for. I am 52 and for at least the last 40 years I have had chronic white phlegm. There are months when I have to expel thick white phlegm up to 6 times a day, and milk fat does make it so much worse. There are also weeks when I have no phlegm at all. I just experienced a period of no phlegm for 3 weeks after taking amoxicillin for bronchitis, and today I started getting the phlegm back. I have noticed the lack of phlegm after previous bouts of sinus infection, and thought it was the recidual decongestant working, but this last time I did not need decongestants. Do you think it's possible I have a recurring infection causing the phlegm? And do you think something simple like oregano oil could be the cure?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      brains! - Well, you are right, the grey matter from your skull has been leaking out. Just kidding.

      Usually when mucus is "chunky" it means that the mucus has been stuck somewhere long enough for it to dry and form into balls. So, yeah, kinda calcified.

      So, what's causing it? There are a few possibilities. It could be post-nasal mucus dripping down the back of your throat and just sitting around too long in there. It could also be caused by acid reflux. Junk from your stomach like tiny bits of food escapes back up the throat and gets mixed with the mucus.

      You could try antihistamines to see if it helps with the mucus. If it happens at night when you are lying down, though, I would be more willing to bet on the reflux. An acid reducer in the evenings might help. If the problem keeps happening, talk to a doctor to get to the bottom of it. And keep your brains plugged up!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      YearsOfPhlegm - If it has been going on continuously for that long, you probably have allergies, maybe even to milk. Allergies cause an excess of mucus, which can make a person more prone to sinus infections. So, yes it can be related.

      Do you take antihistamines? Have you ever seen an allergist? I would start with antihistamines if you don't take them already. Definitely avoid dairy as much as possible when the mucus is at its worst. Allergic reactions can vary and be bad sometimes and then hardly at all at other times.

      If it bothers you a lot, you may want to see an allergist or an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Chronic mucus and infections can lead to breathing problems like asthma.

      Oregano oil is good to take for infections and it can boost respiratory health. It can even help with allergies. So it might help with your problem. It would be worth a shot. Be sure to take extra iron with it, though, because it can affect the body's absorption of iron.

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      YearsOfPhlegm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. I have seen an allergist, and specifically asked him about dairy allergies. The results of the tests were all negative. I have not tried antihistimines except when I've had sinus congestion. I will try the oregano oil first as I'd like to clear an infection if I have one. If that doesn't work after a month I will move on to antihistimines. Do you know of any consequences to long term antihistimine use? Thanks again for you help.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      YearsOfPhlegm - That's probably a good plan. Maybe with the oregano oil and the antihistamines you can get some relief.

      I'm kind of surprised that nothing showed up on your allergy test, but false results sometimes do happen, especially with skin tests. If you still suspect that milk might give you problems, eliminate it from your diet for a few days to see how you feel. Sometimes our bodies don't tolerate certain foods well even though we may not be actually allergic to them. Did the allergist have any thoughts about what it could be if he didn't think it was allergies? There has to be a cause for that much excess mucus.

      At any rate, if the oregano and antihistamines help, then you have a solution. If they don't, you may want to get a second opinion from someone who will take the time to get to the bottom of it.

      There are side effects of using antihistamines for long periods, but they are mostly mild. Tiredness and brain fog are the most common. Decreased ability to fight off viruses, depression or anxiety, increased appetite, alterations in taste are also possible. I would recommend taking them as needed but there are people who take them every day for decades and are fine. Hope you figure out the problem and I hope the solution is quick and easy.

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      Angela Michelle 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting. Thanks for educating me. :)

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      YearsofPhlegm 4 years ago

      I do avoid milk products as much as I can, especially when I am producing a lot of phlegm. I can have plenty of milk products during the few weeks I don't produce any phlegm, with no adverse affects. The allergist didn't have any ideas as to the cause of my phlegm.

      Thanks again for your advice!!!

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      Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

      Wow - I see this hub's not short on attention, but I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in and thank you for writing an article that helps the people help themselves. In times where big business and the pharmie companies have a hand in the decisions of our doctors, knowing how to diagnose simple problems for yourself and others empowers the people. Thanks - this is more than just snot. It's smart.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      angela_michelle - No problem. Thanks!

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      tobi 4 years ago

      I noticed my snot is like 60% red and I recently had a nose bleed, could there still be blood in my nose?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      tobi - Yes, it's very possible, especially if the nose bleed was in the last day or so. The blood vessels in your nose may still be irritated. It should clear up over the next day or so.

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      tobi 4 years ago

      It cleared up today, thank you cocopreme! I was starting to get worried.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      tobi - Good! Glad it's fine now.

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      Christopher 4 years ago

      As a Prison Officer in the UK we had a walk out last Thursday due to pension and retirement changes by the UK Government.

      I ended up spending most of the day outside standing in the rain and by the afternoon was sneezing badly. It receded on Friday and Saturday but by Sunday I was affected by a build up of clear mucus in my nose and bright green mucus in my throat aswell as a very pain full sore throat.

      As I am on night shift this week I took a day off sick to rest, I feel better today however I still have a sore throat and bringing up a very thick dark green mucus.

      Should I consider taking one more day off to rest it off?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Christopher - An extra day to rest probably wouldn't be a bad idea. The body needs rest more than anything when you are sick. It sounds like a virus, so you might even still be contagious.

      But it is really your call. If you feel good and don't have extra days off to spare, then go on in. If you are still feeling bad or just not great, then stay home and give yourself an extra day to recuperate.

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      Jennie 4 years ago

      I have had PND for the past 5 years with on and off fatigue and headaches lasting up to 2 weeks at a time. The PND is very thick and very green. I have to try and hack it up every day. Right now I'm having a lot with such fatigue, almost out of breath walking around. Allergy testing was normal except for dust mites. All food allergy test came back neg. I'm so tired of living like this not feeling well more than feeling well. ENT says I dont have a sinus infection that they can see but scans say slight mucosal thickening. They consider that normal. Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jennie - Getting rid of it can only happen if you can figure out the cause. And I think something is causing it because no one considers excess mucus normal.

      Here are some possibilities I can think of: acid reflux, food intolerance, air pollutants or environmental causes.

      Have the doctors checked you for signs of acid reflux? Typically it will cause frequent laryngitis, but thick mucus and post nasal drip can all be caused by it as well. If you seem to cough up more stuff in the morning or if you are waking up from sleep coughing, this could be a possibility. Acid reducers could help in this case.

      Now to possibility number 2. Sometimes our bodies don't tolerate certain foods well. We may not be actually allergic to them, but they can still cause problems. And sometimes allergy tests aren't 100%. False negatives can show up. If you did a skin test, your skin may react differently to a substance than your respiratory or digestive system. Have you noticed any foods that seem to make your symptoms worse? Gluten and dairy allergies and intolerance are common. You could try eliminating them from your diet and see if you feel any better.

      If the air where you live is bad (a lot of pollutants), it could be causing the problem. Especially if you are sensitive to dust mites. A hepa air filter could help. Does cold air or air conditioning bother you? Sometimes it can cause post nasal drip.

      Other than that, I would suggest talking to someone at a health food store or a similar place. They might be able to recommend a natural treatment that could clear it up. If you don't take antihistamines, you could try them for a week or so and see if it makes a difference. You could also try nasal sprays if you haven't already. Good luck with figuring out the problem.

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      LOUISA 4 years ago

      Hi,really dont know what's going on in my body but i know it,s not good,for approximatley 2 years i blow my nose but nothing comes out,i litterally have to get this stuff out with cotton buds everyday as it,s mostly clear but it,s like glue stuck to me i also put it under the microscope and have noticed amongst this stuff it looks like black strands of cotton,this stuff is also coming from various other parts of my mody,mainly my sweat glands,over the last 3 years i have had swabs taken the 1st time nothing came back the 2nd time was staph bacteria the 3rd time was rhodotorola then the 4th time a case of thrush,am at my wits end as knowing seems to know anything or even know where to send me for testing,please help.

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      damieng 4 years ago

      my sputum burns my mouth when i cough up. it tastes like battery acid. any help?

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      Mari 4 years ago

      I have had a cold for about 3 days now. It started off with losing my voice and then the congestion started. My appetite has been gone. I decided I needed to eat and in the middle of chewing a piece of sandwich I coughed, but what came up was bigger than what I had bitten from the sandwich. Scared the hell out of me because it almost looks like a piece of flesh, with a pinkish/reddish color to it and very thick. Granted, my throat feels clear now, but the consistency worries me. When I went to the doctor 2 days ago, she didn't see any infection so now what? Should I go back or should I be grateful my body got rid of this??

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      LOUISA - It sounds like you have something very serious going on. Have you ever been checked for cystic fibrosis? It can cause extremely thick mucus and affect your sweat glands.

      Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. You seem to be prone to infections, probably because the thick mucus is keeping bacteria and germs trapped in your body.

      You could try taking medicines that will thin and loosen the mucus. Like antihistamines and Mucinex. Keep looking for a doctor or specialist who can get to the bottom of the problem.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      damieng - It is probably acid reflux. The stuff you are spitting up is more than likely from your stomach. Try taking an acid reducer like Prilosec or antacids.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Mari - It doesn't sound like it is anything to worry about. It is probably just mucus that was hanging around in your throat and dried out. The food probably dislodged it. Did your voice clear up any after that? Coughing up stuff like that usually helps with laryngitis.

      Unless it keeps happening, there isn't a reason to see the doctor again.

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      Emma 4 years ago

      Hello I'm on my 3rd cold of the year now and I get it around once - twice a day is a lumpy blood streaked yeollowy brown phlegm, which I am unsure if its coming from my nose or my chest. Please could you advise many thanks :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Emma - You could try Mucinex to help thin and dry the mucus. It could be from your nose. But if it thick and lumpy, it is probably mucus that has been in your throat and gotten dry.

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      john 4 years ago

      Thanks for your simple yet informative site.

      I've had sinus drainage, swollen glands behind ears, slight temp for a week. Then it went to a stuffed up nose, flemmy sometimes cough and pink eye in the second week. The flem now is green so I'm guessing that my body is finally beating this?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      John - If you are feeling better, than yes, your body is probably starting to win the battle. If your phlegm is a dark green, it could be a sign of a bacterial infection. They are pretty common with colds. If you still are feeling bad and still having the mucus, after a few more days, you may want to check with a doctor about antibiotics. If your mucus starts turning back to clear, then you are probably good to go.

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      Desperatemommy 4 years ago

      My boys(4and6) keep getting yellow mucus. It goes away and then returns. They already took antibiotics (azithromycin) and are now on singulair and pulmicort. My 4 year old also had a sinus infection while on antibiotics then he got fever. He has had fever for 5 days now. On Monday his WBC were at 15 then Wednesday at 10 but the fever has not gone away and he is even more congested now. I am so confused. They tell me it's viral or allergies but then why does it keep coming back and why aren't the preventive meds working? This has been going on for three months now.

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      Eunique 4 years ago

      I would just like to say thank you so much for posting this, I just found input I have allergies, wow just acquiring allergies at 32 but my mucous has gone through the light to red/brown color and i am able to breathe clearly the doctor has me taking claritin and flonase... I just needed more insight and you have covered everything I also love how you answer all your bloggers questions so again thank you so much for posting this and way above I read where you said gross is what you do I love it cause I'm that way and i always want to know what everything is... Thank you

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      Eunique 4 years ago

      I meant to add that my mucous OS clearing back up, I was really nervous about the red/brownish color until I read your blog

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Desperatemommy - Since both of your boys keep having it, allergies seems less likely to me. It would be strange if they both suddenly developed allergies. But if one of them is worse than the other, then maybe so.

      Since the antibiotics aren't working, it is probably not an infection. And since the allergy medicine doesn't seem to be helping, it may not be that either.

      It could be that they are passing a virus back and forth. By the time it clears up, the virus has mutated enough that they are getting reinfected. If you and anyone else you are around frequently have been sick some as well, then it's very likely.

      Has there been any big changes that could be the cause? Have they started a new daycare or school? Have you gotten a new pet or moved somewhere where there could be more stuff in the air? Do they share a room?

      I would start by checking their room to make sure nothing strange is going on like mold or mildew. Then I would sanitize everything with bleach, all toys, bed, and get them new toothbrushes. If it is a virus, maybe that will keep it from cycling through.

      You could try oregano oil for them. It's good for colds and to help with allergy problems. Just give them a smaller dose than what is recommended for adults.

      I would also start doing stuff to boost their immune systems. Pack in the fruits and veggies. Fish oil capsules are also good. Hope your boys start feeling better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Eunique - Strangely colored mucus can be freaky, especially when it looks like it has blood in it. But oddly enough, it is normal or at least not a cause for panic.

      It's funny how allergies seem to develop suddenly in adulthood, but it's happening to more and more people. There are a bunch of studies going on to figure out why allergies are becoming more common. But at least you know what the problem is and luckily the medicines are helping you.

      And yup, gross stuff can be interesting. Our bodies are fascinating. I know what you mean about wanting to understand it all. Glad this has been helpful! :)

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      april 4 years ago

      Have seasonal allergies which are a bit worse this year than other year. I have a pain to the left of the bridge of my nose in between my eye and bridge of the nose. I also had brown mucus I spit out in the sink this morning. GROSS. BUT I don't have a stuffy nose or drainage during the day...is this just because it was first thing in the morning because I don't have this any other time of the day, or is this the start of a sinus infection?

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      Paula 4 years ago

      I got sick about 6 days ago, my mucous is mostly clear with some red blood. I got a nose bleed when I blowed my nose too hard. Do you know what caused the nose bleed? It happened about 4 times in one day.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      april - It could be either. The pain sounds like it is from your sinuses. If it gets worse, like you start coughing up more throughout the day, then it could be an infection.

      I suggest trying oregano oil. It helps with allergies and with infections. Try antihistamines, if you don't already. An OTC sinus medicine like Sudafed may help you for now. If it doesn't improve or it gets worse, you may want to check with a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Paula - If you are having a lot of mucus draining from your nose, then that has probably irritated the blood vessels along your sinus cavities. And blowing your nose could have busted one, too.

      Try not to blow your nose any more than necessary (I know that's easier said than done). If it keeps happening or it gets worse, you may want to see a doctor about it. Otherwise it will probably clear up when you get over the cold or bug you have.

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      Jen 4 years ago

      I started out about 2 weeks ago with a cold. My symptoms were never that bad, so I didn't go to the doctor. I don't recall having fever or chills, just the sore throat for 3 days and a runny nose. My symptoms seemed to clear up and then came back. Again, everything has been mild so I still haven't gone to the doctor. I am blowing my nose often. Mainly in the morning, my snot will be green or clearish with a little green, so I still haven't gone to the doctor. I admit that I've taken mucinex sporadically but bought a new decongestant today to use on a regular basis. I have delayed going to the doctor based on the ever changing color of my mucus. My symptoms started May 17th and have been mild on and off since. Do you think I need to go to the doctor, or do you think trying a decongestant (and taking it regularly) is the way to go? I've barely had a cough, maybe one day I coughed twice. It's mainly just been blowing my nose A LOT! I've gone through about 4 boxes of tissues. Thanks for any and all input.

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      Fascinated 4 years ago

      I was diagnosed with strep that caused a really high fever three days ago. I have been on penicillin for 48 hours and feeling much better. I thought it was odd my nose started running yesterday (clear fluid), getting thicker by the hour until last night I couldn't breath from my nostrils (yellow phlem-like). I have been blowing my nose all day trying to clear it. Not long ago I blew pretty hard trying to clear my passages again and a half inch by half inch piece of tissue came out. It's clear, and very slightly pink tinged (Almost looks and feels like a raw piece of chicken). It has some blood vessels, and what possibly looks like tiny piece(s) of cartilage wedged in.

      I felt an instantaneous relief of pressure. I can breath again and no more snot! I am more curious than anything and am planning on taking pictures to my doctor. Do you happen to know what it could be?

      Thank you!

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Hello i hv tiny trace of blood in my mucus when i clear my throat. I have no cough and no fever. I did a CBC and a chest x ray they told me its a viral infection maybe. I was prescribed vibramycin for ten days and ibuprofen. I was getting better until i noticed the trace amounts still appear when i clear my throat. It s been three weeks now i also went to am ENT and he asked for sinus ct scan but i feel its still from my airways. Any suggestions plz

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jen - You probably don't need to go to the doctor yet. It sounds like you've had a cold. Really all you can do for that is to just let it run its course.

      If it is still going on after a few more days, then you might need antibiotics. Having a lot of mucus can cause bacteria to start growing.

      If you really don't want to go to the doctor, you can try oregano oil or pills. They have antibiotic properties. They are a bit pricey, but it is cheaper than going to the doctor and they usually help.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Fascinated - It is more than likely just really thick mucus. If the mucus is stuck somewhere for awhile, it can dry out. This is gross, but think of it as a really big booger.

      Mucus traps dirt and other particles that get into our noses. If the mucus sat in your nose for awhile and dried out, it could be thick like that. That's why you were having trouble breathing.

      The pink probably is blood. The tiny blood vessels in the nose can burst very easily. Just blowing your nose could cause it. The antibiotics are probably doing there job.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - If your throat and air passageways were irritated, it could take awhile for them to heal completely. Does it seem as bad as ever or is there some improvement? It's probably just still healing if you are noticing some improvement.

      If it is the same, then the viral infection may not have been the cause. If you are coughing it up, it could be post nasal drip coming down the back of your throat from your nose. Antihistamines and nasal sprays would help in that case.

      If it feels more like you are coughing it up and it happens more in the morning, it could be acid reflux from your stomach. Acid reducers or antacids would help if this is the case.

      If you keep having the problem, you may want to check back with your doctors. You may need a different type of antibiotic to clear it up, especially if you feel like it is from your lower airways.

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Thank you sooo much for the quick reply. I think it is the same as before and i am not coughing only clearing my throat and fircing the mucus out would show me it. I can say that it happens to me anytime but not morning especially after i sit in a smoky environment. Could i suddenly develop allergies that cause irritation to my airways i was never affected from being around smoking people. I do hv some reflux.

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Also can an infection still be there without cough,fever or even chest discomfort? Thx .. I can say it is better since it started with me suddenly filling the metallic taste in my mouth after a stuffy environment and after forcing the mucus out it looked tinged pink reddish and now its only a tiny dot and both only it i force it out no cough. Does it sound like bad allergies causing irritation to either my nose or my airways. If i force it out on normal day nothin only normal. Maybe it got triggered from my viral infection. In my CBC i turned out to have high lymphocytes and low neutrophils thats two weeks ago. Thank you for your patience!!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - Yeah, allergies can develop at any time. A lot of people have adult onset allergies that pop up in their twenties and thirties. If it seems to happen more after being around smoke, then that can definitely be the cause. It could be irritating the lining of your throat, which could be why it is blood-tinged. Reflux can also irritate the throat lining.

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      Paula 4 years ago

      Thank you so much, I was worried there was something wrong!

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      Lea 4 years ago

      This is super helpfull thank you! I am 28 and i just noticed today that it also looks the same first thing when i wake up than nothin. I have the feeling it might be from my esophegus but i have been taking antacids so eventually could be my unresolved airways infection?

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      Tired of Cough 4 years ago

      I've had a "productive" cough for about five days now, with green phlegm. Other than swollen tonsillar lymph glands (it's not too serious... My brother just had the same thing and decided to give it to me. He's better now, of course) I don't have any other notable symptoms, except for sounding like a veteran smoker to my own amusement (I'm not, by the way). This cough keeps me up well into the night. Even my stomach is getting sore from coughing. (I keep thinking I'm going to have some really ripped abs before this is over with...) Everyone says you should spit out what you cough up, but I'm one of those people who just can't spit it out... Instead, I end up nearly barfing my guts up. I honestly have no desire to "lose my lunch" every time I need to cough up a bit of mucus. Is there ANY way of getting over this retched (I can't believe I just said that...) gag reflex so I can get this stuff out of my chest?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - It could be the infection that still is healing. Sometimes it just takes awhile.

      I don't know what type of antacids you are taking, but if you think there is a chance it could be reflux, you could try an acid reducer like Prilosec. That is typically what people with frequent reflux take.

      If it doesn't get better soon, check back with the doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Tired of Cough - If the stuff you are coughing up is really thick, taking Mucinex should help thin your mucus. That might make it easier for you to get it out.

      Honestly, it probably won't hurt to much if you just swallow it. Your stomach will just digest it like anything else. It's just better to spit it out in case there are germs or bacteria in it.

      Here is an article with some ideas about suppressing the gag reflex:

      http://www.wikihow.com/Suppress-the-Gag-Reflex Maybe the retching can be relaxed.

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      Tired of Cough 4 years ago

      Thanks! Maybe some of the stuff in the article will help.

      I'm already taking Mucinex, and I think it maybe helping a little.

      I can take pills no problem, and brushing my teeth is usually not a big threat so far as triggering a potentially lunch-losing experience. It's just coughing up phlegm that causes problems.

      Thanks again for the article! I'll try some of the stuff they suggest.

      Glad to know its no big deal to swallow it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Tired of Cough - You are welcome! Luckily for you it isn't a problem you have to deal with all the time. Hopefully you will get better soon and won't have to worry about the gagging stuff anymore.

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      Tired of Cough 4 years ago

      Happy to report symptoms have lessened.

      Unhappy to report that I have decided Mucinex looks, tastes, smells, and even BUBBLES like a 50/50 mix of corn syrup and Dawn dish washing liquid. There's no accounting for taste, I fear. Is there something else I can take that won't cause Sweetness Overload? Or at least something cherry flavored?

      Also: I've noticed a pressure in my ears that started out as an ache around a couple days (more or less) after I caught this stuff. The ache went away after about a day, but the pressure has stayed around, although it's lessened quite a bit today. Any ideas on how to shake this? Or should I just expect it leave when this infection/virus/whatever leaves?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Tired of Cough - There are different varieties of Mucinex. There is a new liquid version and a melt-away kid version also. Those may taste better.

      The pressure in your ear probably means that the icky stuff has moved into your ear passages. It may even be a sign of an ear infection. There are over the counter ear ache drops that usually help with pain and pressure. Holding something warm to your ear like a washcloth wet with hot water or a heating pad helps, too. If that doesn't clear it up, you can try oregano oil capsules or you may need to see a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Tired of Cough 4 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Hey again! This blog is the best and you are so helpfull just listening to all our concerns:) having someone listening is by itself so very helpfull when a person is worried. I wanted to let u know i went to an ENT who performed a sinuses CT scan which didnt turn out to be the cause. I have been put on a new antibiotic course augmentin 1g twice daily and feeling much better not seeing the blood streaks as often ad before nothing for the past six days! I am curious about one thing yesterday i got into an argument with a loved one and i was very upset and stressed so today i saw again a tiny tiny amount of blood only in morning. Can it be all stress induced?!!!! Tom i got chest doc appointment ill post u with any new findings thanks cocopreme ur so cool!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Tired of Cough - :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - Stress can cause tiny blood vessels to pop, so it is possible that being upset could contribute. It probably isn't the full problem, but stress can make other problems worse. Good luck with your appointment and glad to hear you are doing better.

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      mom&baby 4 years ago

      Thanks for such informative write up. Please help, im breasfeeding my baby, now 11months old, both of us have had flu. I was advise to continue breasfeeding her becaus BM produces antibodies that is good for the baby..

      However this time around, my snot has turned darkish yellow from green on my right nose, but a clearer or lighter green on my left nose, what could it be? my baby now has runny nose with clear liqud from dark green snot.

      Boy, we're really down with the sneezing and coughing stuff this time...

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Yea stress does make things worse tryin not to five a ... Bout stuff m e more so i can focus on my health and well being. Again my appointment with a respiratory tract doctor went good he says my airways are intact after hearing my breath many times. Tom my chest and neck ct results will be out i am hoping they are clear too! I am ending up by presuming my problem started after i bit my lip and many sores started coming out in my mouth and also might have spread to my throat and any dryness from ac or smoke leads to a tiny bleeding of these sores. Is this a possibility? I am a pharmacist i prescribed myself an antifungal suspension to gargle in and swollow medistan. Would still like your opinion abour it.... Thx u are still answerin all our concerns u give hope:))))))

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      Red spots in mucus 4 years ago

      so ive been sick for the past 4 days and i recently found this. (btw my name explains it all). Im also spitting up ALOT of saliva and i can feel a big lump of mucus in my throat (which is disgusting). And every minute i get mucus out of my nose,it comes back in like a second. Ive been taking mucus relief and cold medicine but it isnt helping. Can you please tell me what the problem is and how to solve it?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      mom&baby - If you have been sick for more than about 5 days, you may have an infection. It would probably be a good idea to see a doctor. You may need antibiotics, especially with for the baby.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - Sores in your mouth could cause blood in your mucus. Then they may bleed more if they get irritated. So it is a possibility. The antifungal suspension probably won't hurt.

      Glad to hear your airways look good. Hopefully it will be clear tomorrow and the problem will clear up for good. :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Red spots in mucus - It sounds like you have a cold. You are probably having a lot of post nasal drainage which is why you can feel so much in your throat.

      The blood is probably from tiny blood vessels popping in your nose. It is pretty normal, so no need to worry about it yet.

      Is the mucus relief medicine Mucinex? If not, switch to it. That will help thin and dry out the mucus. You can also try an over the counter nasal spray. That might help clear out the mucus. Antihistamines will also dry up mucus, but I don't recommend taking them for more than a few days if you don't have allergies. You can also try Cold Eeze to try to knock out the cold. There is a nasal spray form of it.

      Otherwise avoid dairy because it will thicken your mucus. If you start getting a dark green color mucus, it could be a sign of infection and time for antibiotics. Hope you clear up soon.

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      Red spots 4 years ago

      Thank you so much, i will try each and of those. Now i dont have to worry.

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Well ct scan for airways and neck are both clear except for a mildly lobular heterogeneous thyroid whatever that means. This should not be the cause for blood its definately the sores due to my previous viral infection and its healing now and quick with the antifungal suspension. But whats the thyroid thing is it thyroiditis due to viral infection ? Thx

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      Delene 4 years ago

      Hi,would like to know if spraying saline solution can clear a up a yellow running nose. My kids have been on antibiotics A LOT and I would like to clear their noses without antibiotics.They don't have fever, just these terrible yellow noses and they are coughing.Will the salt water kill bacteria that lives in the nose?I heard that it is called streptococcus?

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      Hi, I've had a cold now for two weeks but it's getting worse.

      Last Sunday (just over a week ago) I had a really long/heavy nosebleed and I thought that'd be the end of it but all the snot etc came back worse!

      Now, throughout the day it varies from thick neon yellow like bright yellow then thicker green to watery light. I also have a really bad cough due to phlegm but I'm reluctant to cough any of it up as I am emetophobic so it's been there in my throat for around a week now.

      My sinuses are really suffering as everytime I blow my nose (four times an hour maybe), I'm blowing for around 3 minutes therefore popping my ears so they are now really sore too.

      I am asthmatic however it is very mild but my inhaler isn't subsiding my cough at night - as it usually does.

      I'm doing loads of exams at the minute and I really need to get better!

      Help meeeeeeee

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Red spots - You're welcome! :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - Glad it seems to be clearing up with the anti-fungal suspension. I don't know what the thyroid thing is exactly, but it sounds like it may be something like nodules. You may want to follow up on that in case it is something that needs to be biopsied.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Delene - Nasal sprays can help clear out the bacteria, but it won't necessarily kill it. But the spray may help them as long as you follow the directions on the spray carefully. There are over the counter nasal sprays made just for kids. You can also try giving them oregano oil. It is a natural antibiotic. Just give them 1/3 of the adult dose if you do decide to try it. Children's Mucinex may also help clear out their mucus. Hope they get better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Stephanie - It sounds like you have an infection now. You will probably need antibiotics, so you may want to see a doctor.

      If you want to hold off on the doctor, you can try taking oregano oil or pills. They are a natural antibiotic and may help clear up your problem. Also, Mucinex may help thin and loosen the mucus. Hope you feel better soon and good luck on exams.

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      ajaydavis 4 years ago

      hi i have had a blocked nose for a few years now, and some days its completely blocked and other days like to day it wont stop running, its clear in colour and very watery, ( it just runs out of my nose) its really getting on my nerves, i have been to see the doctor they told me to stop taking allergy medicines and it should clear up, do you have any idea, i also went through a stage of not really having a sense of smell.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      Thank you for the help!

      I think I am going to go to the doctors because I have now had 5 nosebleeds in a week and a bit and even for me - I used to have frequent nosebleeds - that is unusual :)

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      Nicole 4 years ago

      I have seen an ENT for my constant post nasal drip, and was told I don't have any sinus issues. I have had a scope done for my stomach, and they found I have a lot of stomach acid, and heartburn constantly, they are also testing me for celiac. I cough all day long, but then it subsides at night, and in the morning i am coughing up large amounts of clear to white very thick mucus. I am a smoker, however smoking does not seem to make it better or worse. I dont' cough when talking, i don't have trouble breathing, and it seems to get better after i've eaten. Do you think it is being caused by my stomach problems? I'm worried its something serious, and the doctors can't seem to put their finger on whats going on.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      ajaydavis - Did the doctors think the allergy medicine was causing the blockage? Antihistamines can dry up mucus making it hard for it to flow properly.

      Something is causing the excess mucus. If you think it is allergies, maybe you should see an allergist to figure out what exactly you are allergic to. Avoiding it may help your runny nose without having to take antihistamines.

      Dairy and gluten are very common allergies. You could try to eliminate them from your diet if you don't want to follow through with an allergist.

      You could also try nasal sprays instead of allergy pills. It may clear up the mucus without causing it to become too thick.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Stephanie - That's probably a good idea. Frequent nose bleeds like that should get checked by a doctor. Hope you get better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - Glad you have gotten to the bottom of the issue and it is clearing up. You really had to do some running around to figure it out! :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Nicole - Acid reflux can cause post nasal drip. The acid pooling in your throat can irritate the upper respiratory system.

      A gluten allergy, dairy allergy, or any type of allergy can cause acid reflux (heartburn) because it can irritate the stomach. So figuring out if you do have an allergy may help with the problem.

      You can try an elimination diet to see if you feel better. Try gluten free for a week. If that helps, it could be the cause. If it doesn't, you can try eliminating dairy or anything else that could be a possibility.

      By the way, if you are eating a lot of dairy, it can make your mucus thicker. Switching to a more stomach friendly diet can also help with the acid. Doing things like eating smaller, more frequent meals helps a lot of people. Since eating seems to help you, eating several smaller meals a day may work.

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      Lea 4 years ago

      Yea well if ur body acts up u need to find out y n this blog is the best people can benefit from each others experiences! Had to run around hospitals for a month n its summer so beach is out there! And all i needed was a dentist..

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      cheryl taylor 4 years ago

      Hi , i have had a throaty cough for a couple of weeks now , with lots of clear mucus, now my throat is irratated and burning , but at the same time i have heart burn and indigestion, i am so tired with the coughing, can you help with what might be going on , please

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      judy 4 years ago

      my husband has clear liquid that runs from his nose when he bends over forward it runs out of his nose... Why does this happen and how can he stop this from happening

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lea - At least you know now. Glad this has helped. :)

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      cheryl taylor - The cough could be from the acid reflux, especially with all the other symptoms you are describing. Acid reflux can keep people from getting a good night's rest, so that could be why you are so tired.

      If you aren't already, try taking Prilosec OTC. Some people find it works best to take it first thing in the morning before breakfast. For other people it works best if they take it at night.

      You should also switch to a stomach friendly diet. Avoid acidic food and things like dairy, heavy grease, onions, and garlic.

      If you keep having problems with it, you should see a doctor. You may even need to see a stomach specialist. Continuous acid reflux can damage the throat. It could also be something like H. Pylori that you would take antibiotics for.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      judy - The clear liquid is more than likely just mucus. If there is an excess amount in the nose, it can very easily drip out when you bend your head over. Gravity takes over when the liquid changes position from the movement.

      Basically he will need to figure out what is causing the excess mucus. Taking an antihistamine regularly will probably clear it up if he has allergies. Nasal sprays may also help.

      If he doesn't really have any other symptoms, it probably isn't anything to worry about and may not be worth taking a daily antihistamine. He can try bending over slowly or trying to keep his head straight when he bends. Or maybe just keeping a tissue handy like in his pocket.

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      sue 4 years ago

      Hi, I started with a sore throat two and a half weeks ago and developed a chesty cough after one week and i was coughing up orange mucus. The doctor gave me amoxicillin which has reduced the mucus and changed it to yellow but my chest is so tight and i still have the cough should I go back to the doc or let it run its course?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      sue - If it hasn't improved once you finish the course of amoxicillin or are close to finishing, then definitely go back. Especially if your chest still feels tight.

      It could be that you have a virus that will need to run its course. It could also be that you may need a different type of antibiotics to wipe it all out. Typically the worst bugs to get over are when people catch one type of virus and then catch something else at the same time. That may be why your symptoms changed after a week. There is also a slight possibility that the chest tightness and cough is cold induced asthma. But don't panic about it.

      More than likely it's just a virus that your body is still fighting. So finish the antibiotics and if you haven't improved, check back with the doctor to see what the problem may be. Taking Mucinex may help clear up your chest congestion as well.

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      sue 4 years ago

      Thanks for your advice

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      sue- You are welcome. Hope you are feeling better.

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      Ihatepnd 4 years ago

      Can post nasal drip be linked to a tooth infection? I have had yellow mucous for several years, which could match the timing of an on-going minor problem with a tooth.

      The last time I flew it was agony and I won't fly again until I can get this sorted.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Ihatepnd - It's very possible. The reverse can happen (sinus pain can cause toothaches).

      Flying definitely increases sinus pain and pressure. So if you are having problems, flying can make it feel worse.

      If you don't already, you can try antihistamines to see if it will help with the PND. Have you had the tooth checked? I guess having it taken care of is the only way to know for sure.

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      Jeff S 4 years ago

      Wow I can't believe you're still replying to people! That is amazing of you! Haha.

      My story is that a week ago my sore throat started out very severely with a good amount of pain in the throat, accompanied by muscle aches and a sore neck/glands. I was basically in bed for the following 4 days, and then felt well enough to have a night out, although my voice still sounded a bit "sick." That night and the morning after, the pain returned to my throat and over this weekend is has eventually receded again. The color of the phlegm I was coughing up started out clear, then proceeded to be yellow, dark yellow, etc. (ie. the normal progression), and at this point is now clear. However I'm still coughing up a fair bit of it, a lot more frequently after waking up from a nap or after sleeping for the night. Also, my voice still sounds "sick," but for the most part I'm feeling fine now, other than some pressure in my sinuses. For the most part however, I have nothing to really blow out of my nose when I try to alleviate the pressure.

      I'm thinking I may just be fine tomorrow morning, but do you have any suggestions as to what might be going on? I've never really had allergies.

      Thanks,

      Jeff S

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jeff S - It sounds like you had a virus or maybe even strep. If you are feeling better, then it is probably just the last leg of the bug running its course.

      The excess mucus is just the body's way of clearing out the bad stuff and flushing it away. If it doesn't start clearing up in the next few days or if it turns a dark green, then you may want to check with a doctor about some antibiotics.

      If you feel like there is still mucus in your sinuses, you could try Mucinex to help thin it out and clear it up. You could try sleeping in a sitting or raised up position for a few days so that the mucus can drain easier without causing so much coughing. Hope you feel better soon.

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      sue 4 years ago

      Hi I wrote to you two weeks ago and you recommended that I went back to my doctor as I was still experiencing tightness in my chest after a week of amoxicillin. Well you were exactly right I have been diagnosed with Bronchitis induced asthma and have been prescribed and inhaler. Sorry to trouble you again but can you tell me is this permanent? My doctor didnt actually give me a straight answer.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sue - It is hard to say whether or not you will keep having asthma problems. Some people go without having any problems until they get sick again. For others, the asthma starts getting worse.

      Just a general guess, though, I would say that it will probably clear up after a couple of weeks and you may feel the tightness and shortness of breath (a mild attack) only during times of stress, heavy exercise, or when you get sick again. So it probably will be permanent, but it may not necessarily be severe. It more than likely isn't going to immediately develop into the type of asthma attacks that will put you into the hospital.

      Now that you are aware of it, you can keep in mind things that could trigger an asthma attack. Colds, allergies, and any type of upper respiratory problem can trigger asthma. So can pain relievers like aspirin and Aleve (Tylenol is okay). A lot of women experience more asthma symptoms during their periods as well. Exercise can induce an attack but that doesn't mean you can't be active. Regular exercise can increase your body's tolerance level.

      It is probably going to be something you will have to consider at times, but you may not have to carry your inhaler all the time. Hope that helps.

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      sue 4 years ago

      Thanks again , you have been a great help

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      Kim 4 years ago

      Blue snot?!? Who knew!!??

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      allen 4 years ago

      i dont know what to do i have had yellow phlegm without a cough for 4 months now in the morning every night i hope it wont be there the next morning and there it is again i took an antabiotic 2 months ago it cleared up after 3 days on it for 3 days and then started right back i have no other symptoms what should i do

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Sue - You're welcome. Hope it helped. :)

      Kim - There are some strange things in nature and with the human body!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Allen - I would suggest taking an antihistamine for about a week to see if it helps. Typically excess mucus is from allergies.

      Are you coughing up the mucus? If so, you could also try taking an acid reducer like Prilosec before you go to bed. Acid reflux during the night can cause phlegm, especially if it is in the morning.

      If neither of those helps, you may want to check back with the doctor. A different type of antibiotic might be needed.

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      Lauren 4 years ago

      You're smart o.o

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      InPain 4 years ago

      So for the past two days i have had a VERY sore throat and it is so hard to swallow. It hurts really bad. And to make things worse, im super congested and the phlegm only wants to come out of my mouth. Its so painful to have to suck it threw my throat to get it out. oh and i also dont have any problems with coughing and i am not a smoker. help?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lauren - :)

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      InPain - You may want to see a doctor for this. There is a chance that it could be strep, so you may need antibiotics. It might just be a cold or virus, but with a sore throat like that you might want to see about a throat culture. Strep (and colds) will usually clear up on their own, but it takes longer and could be a couple of weeks.

      You can try gargling and throat sprays like Chloraseptic. If you really don't want to go to the doctor, you can try taking oregano pills for a few days to see if it helps clear up the bug.

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      annoyed 4 years ago

      For over 2 years my "snot" has been thick and clear/white. and I am always waking up gagging it up. At times its as if there is a lump in my throat and one time i pressed on it and I felt like i had to gag again. I have tried multiple different kinds of allergy meds, mucus thinners- nothing works and this all started happening after i had my sleep apnea surgery.

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      Uhhhhhh 4 years ago

      I smoke a lot...and now my throat hurts....throught out the day i feel like there is something in my throat...and also....there was blood in my phlegm .... this happened today in the morning and a few days ago as well....cud any1 help or suggest anything ??

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      annoyed - What did the doctors do to fix your sleep apnea? There are several different types of surgeries, so I don't know if it is related or not.

      If it is waking you up and the allergy medicine isn't working, I would suggest trying acid reducers at night for a week or so. It may be stomach acid coming up into your throat. It can cause thick and excessive mucus also.

      If that doesn't help, I would suggest seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor to get to the bottom of the problem, especially if it could be something related to the sleep apnea.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Uhhhhhh - If it is happening regularly, it could be allergies and probably the cigarettes. Taking an antihistamine might help. Cutting back on smoking might help, too.

      If it hasn't been going on very long, it could be a cold or just something your body is fighting off.

      If it keeps happening you may want to see a doctor about it.

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      Jon 4 years ago

      I have a very thick, lumpy, opaque, sticky (rubber cement like) substance in my airway that I'm curious about. It's most present in the morning but there in my throat almost any time of day. The volume I can get to come up varies but on average I can get out the amount equivalent to the visible part of an unused pencil eraser. What do you think?

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      Ana 4 years ago

      I have had a consistent sore throat for 2.5 or 3 weeks. During the last two weeks, I have had a stuffy nose and yellowish mucus. No cough. Over the past week, the mucus has thickened and gotten darker. The sore throat and stuffed up nose havent gone away and it hurts to swallow. Most of the time, if i try to clear my sinuses, I cant get any mucus out. It feels like there is something lodged in my throat and when I try to clear it, the thick mucus comes out but my throat still feels blocked. Help?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jon - If it seems like it is coming up rather than down, I would think it is probably acid reflux. The stuff is something from your stomach.

      It could also be post-nasal drainage that is sitting in your throat long enough to dry.

      You can try an acid reducer at night for a few days and see if it is still going on. If it goes away, then you have your answer. If it doesn't then you could try an antihistamine. If the problem is bothering you, you may want to see a doctor about it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Ana - It sounds like you may have a sinus infection. You should probably go see a doctor to get some antibiotics.

      If you really don't want to go, you could try taking oregano oil for a few days to see if it clears it up.

      Either way, taking some Mucinex to loosen up your congestion is a good idea. Hope you feel better soon.

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      BarbaraJu 4 years ago

      For about 4weeks I have a clear mucous coming out on the right side of my nose only. It happens all day long. If I close the left side and blow out the right.... A very small bubble of clear mucus will come. Why would this start all of a sudden and why on the right side only? I also have a slight headache. Thanks

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      BarbaraJu - Sometimes infections or other problems can happen on just one side of the sinuses. It's not common, but does happen on occasion.

      Since it is clear, you may not have an infection. You can try taking antihistamines for a few days to see if it helps. An over the counter nasal spray might also help.

      If it doesn't clear up after that, you may want to see a doctor about it, especially since it seems to be on just one side and since has been going on so long.

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      Guardmom 4 years ago

      Snot question- My 12 year old son is always congested and already had sinus surgery years ago...... Two days ago he had a severe left side headache, above eye, below eye, and nose burning. We increased his nose spray, started Motrin, sudaphed, saline nose spray, and mucinex. He told me he blew something out of his nose that looked like a sponge or thick skin. I said it was probably mucus. Today he still had pain and orange thick mucus and I took him to the dr. They said wait to start antibiotic to see if he can fight it. Since being home he blew out a huge thing that looks like tissue. About an inch long, 3/4 inch wide and 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. It had ridges like tissue and was like rubber. Could mucus have formed to his sinus lining and he is blowing that out? Is that a sign of an infection? Could it be anything else. It was beige in color. Thank you!

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      grossly enlightened 4 years ago

      Just as I suspected, I need to quit smoking. This is getting gross! Thanks for the info.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Guardmom - It could be dirt or other things that have been trapped in his sinus cavities too long or dead skin cells the mucus is clearing away. Or something in the air may have irritated him. It could also be some type of infection. It's kind of hard to say.

      Hopefully he can fight it off without having to take antibiotics. Unless it continues being very thick like that for a long period (a couple of weeks), it probably isn't a problem.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      grossly enlightened - Good luck and hope you feel better!

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      crustygirl 4 years ago

      hi, i'm on day 3 of of 7 day course of co-amoxiclav for a sinus infection and my snot has turned bright orange. not the sort of orange you would get from a bit of blood mixing with yellow snot, we're talking almost flourescent orange. any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      crustygirl - It probably is just a combination of the infection and pigment from white blood cells as your body is fighting it off. It may even be a certain type of bug that has created the strange color. Orange is actually a pretty common color for mucus. I need to add a section for it.

      Since you are already on antibiotics, I wouldn't worry about it too much, especially not just yet. If it doesn't clear up by the time you finish the antibiotics or if your symptoms start getting worse rather than better, then you may want to talk to a doctor about it. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Thanks :) 4 years ago

      Your site is soo helpful!!!

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      jessica 4 years ago

      I had a headache for a few days then a fever and body aches. two days after the headaches I expelled a mass of what it looked like dead tissue surrounded by yellow snot. Parts of the tissue were very hardened. The overall color was a maroon/dark red and inside was whitish tissue. It felt like it was stuck at the back of the nasal sinus where it meets with the throat. Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jessica - It probably was mucus that has gotten stuck in your nasal passage. It likely hardened, which would be the "tissue" looking stuff. Mucus flushes out dead tissue, dirt, and other things. The red is probably a bit of blood from the tiny blood vessels in your nose.

      Though it is gross, it isn't abnormal. If you start having a lot more mucus that doesn't go away after about a week, then you may want to see a doctor. Hope you feel better soon.

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      John 4 years ago

      I have been having mucus with a wide range of colours it really gets me worried, there's yellow, green, blue and red. Any ideas with what's wrong

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      John - The yellow, green, and red are pretty normal for any cold or bug. Mucus can change colors regularly with a cold. Blue isn't completely abnormal, though. If this has been going on for more than a week, it is probably time to see a doctor about antibiotics because you may have a sinus infection.

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      AllergieGirl....Ithink? 4 years ago

      I have clear thick snot in one nostril and thick clear with yello streaks in the other nostril .. But at night I can't breath out one side or both and end up losing hours of sleep blowing and blowing.....and bunches of snot come out every time .. And when I think I have gotten the snot to a breathable level I lay down and am up about 5 minutes later with a bunch of snot running down my face like a nosebleed .. Will vix nasal medication help me? Or should I visit the doctor?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      AllergieGirl - If this has been going on for awhile, then it probably is allergies. (If not, then it is a cold).

      You can try taking antihistamines for a few days to see if it helps. It should dry up the mucus some. I think you are talking about nasal spray, if so, it should help, too.

      If those two things don't clear up the mucus, then it probably wouldn't hurt to see the doctor to get to the bottom of the problem.

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      Katie 4 years ago

      I am a 30 year old female with no significant medical history other than I had my tonsils removed 4 years ago due to chronic infections. I still have a lot of seasonal allergies and nose issues, in which I take an OTC allergy pill PRN. I am having a hard time breathing out of my nose (it feels as though I am breathing through fabric) and I have tried steroid, saline and homeopathic sprays that only help temporarily. I have also tried a nettie pot and I cannot seem to get the flow to the other side. My main concern is I consistently get these seed-like, lime green things that come out of my nose (I think it's more my sinus cavity.) They smell terrible and I can smell the odor when I breath through my nose. Can you tell me how to prevent them or why I get them.

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      4 years ago

      I was told by the doc i have chronic sinus n is given antibiotics to use now n again when it gets really bad but recently i went to another ENT specialist and he told me that some bone in my nose is enlarged and required surgery at this stage, the problem now is that, i notice like 2 days to 3 days now im coughing up yellow mucus from time to time with blood in it......should i be worried and i also use my nasal drops more often in the day and everyday.....desperately need help

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      Helpmecure 4 years ago

      I started off with sneezing and a runny nose with clear mucus. I gave myself 4 days of rest over labor day weekend and began feeling a bit better. I went to work and my client had same symptoms I had but worse. After about six hours, I Brian feeling worse experiencing a runny nose, headache, weakness and sinus pressure even caughing. I took 5000mg of emergency C and a spoon of honey and the cough stopped. I even began using the neti pot for 2 days. Now on day 9, I am still congested and lightheaded, the mucus appears as light yellow. I called my doctor to ask for antibiotic and he said go to the hospital to get hospitalized. I am IGA deficient but medicine usually works so I don't know why he said this to me. Do u have any suggestions?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Katie - It sounds like it is mucus that is hanging out in your sinus cavities too long. It hardens and causes the seed like bits. The smell is probably the mucus being trapped and accumulating bacteria (i.e. rotting). Foul smelling mucus is a sign of chronic sinusitis.

      You may want to avoid the neti pot for awhile since it doesn't seem to be working for you.

      Try taking oregano oil (great anti-allergen, anti-fungus, and antibiotic) for a couple of weeks to see if you notice a difference. You can also try avoiding foods that thicken mucus like dairy.

      If it doesn't clear up, you may want to talk to a doctor about it. You may have a fungal infection or a bacteria infection that needs antibiotics to clear up.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      D - Before you go through with the surgery, I would suggest you get another doctor's opinion just to make sure the surgery is needed and will help you.

      The yellow mucus and the blood twinges aren't necessarily a cause of huge concern. The blood vessels in the nose burst very easily. So just blowing your nose could cause one to pop. Frequent nasal drop use can also cause a bit of blood.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Helpmecure - The hospitilization sounds a bit excessive. It sounds like a cold that may have turned into a sinus infection. Or you could have picked up a second bug when you met with the sick client. Fighting off two things at once can stress the body.

      With some antibiotics and rest, you should be fine within a couple of days. You may want to check with another doctor just to be sure since you are IGA deficient.

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      Gakell 4 years ago

      Recently getting over a sinus infection, on day five of antibiotics and blew out what felt like gallons on neon yellow snot. It almost looked like think Tang. When I did that I immediately felt relief in my ears. But my sinuses are burning now. I have an appointment with the ENT on Wednesday because this is the third sinus infection I've had in the last twelve months. I was so alarmed because I have never seen mucus that color let alone that much of it!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Gakell - It seems strange, but exotic colors of mucus like that aren't unusual. Your body is probably fighting off something or it could just be from bacteria. The burning in your sinuses is probably just from all the mucus moving around and causing them to be inflamed. Since you keep having sinus trouble, it is good thing that you are going to see an ENT. Hope you stay better.

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      Brittney 4 years ago

      Is it possible to have two different colors in each nostril? In my right nostril it's light yellow easy to blow out and the other side is clear but very thick. I've had a cold for about two days now and I have been staying away from dairy.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Brittney - Yes it is possible. You can have bacteria, fungus, or infection in one side and not the other. The bug could also be affecting one side of your nasal passages more than the other. Try taking Mucinex to clear out the mucus. You should probably keep avoiding dairy till it clears up. If it doesn't clear up or if it gets worse after a week or so, then you may want to visit a doctor. Feel better!

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      James 4 years ago

      Flu-like symptoms for 4 days, fever and cold shivers, stiff joints, headache and sore throat. Cold shivers and stff joints mostly gone now, sore throat has been getting worse. Then today I started coughing up foul-tasting mucus in copious amounts. It's yellowy-orange, fairly pale like straw colour but quite thick. Any suggestions? I've started taking benylin, a cough syrup containing Guaifenesin. Oh and trying to eat lots too, assuming it is a virus.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      James - It probably is a virus. The cough syrup with Guaifenesin is a good thing to take. that is the ingredient in Mucinex which helps to thin and clear up mucus. I have had good success with oregano oil and colds and have heard lots of other people report good things too. Most health food stores will carry it.

      Other than that, just get plenty of rest and drink fluids like water and some juice. If the aches come back you can take a pain reliever. If the throat gets worse or the soreness lasts for much longer (especially if it feels scratchy), you may want to see a doctor about a strep test. Antibiotics will help if that is what it is. Get better soon!

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      Emilyj 4 years ago

      First my sickness started out with a sore throat, then a stuffy nose and now a cough and phlegm. My snot is yellow but my phlegm is a brown color. I can't even barley talk I don't know if it's because the mucus has really added up or what but this whole cycle has been going on for about 4 days now. I've only had the phlegm for two but it's really bad. I can't even cough it up, it hurts my throat to much and I can barley even get anything out. Any suggestions?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Emilyj - It is more than likely just a virus, but since you have a sore throat, you may want to see a doctor about a strep test.

      Other than that, you could try Mucinex to see if it helps clear up the mucus. Pain relievers like Tylenol and Aspirin are also good to take for the aches and pains.

      As far as the laryngitis, you can try gargling warm salty water and taking a couple of spoonfuls of honey. And definitely drink plenty of fluids like water and some juice. Hot tea can also help.

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      Pedro 4 years ago

      Ive was feeling an ear ache earlier in the week that went to a sore throat and then the sinus blockage , I'm taking mucinex dm and my cough has gone from a regular dry cough to a heavy cough following brownish flem!! I'm a smoker and weld and work outside, do you think that is the problem!!

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      Katie 4 years ago

      First of all, this information was super helpful and well-written. The answers in the comments as well. My question is this: my husband has been blowing mucus (not coughing), like a post-nasal drip, that is clear/whitish, but has a streak of blood. It only happens in the morning. He got back from an overseas trip about 9 days ago and said that one of the flights had absolutely horrific pressure issues. It's also getting dry here since it's fall. He has also recently quit smoking. Is this something we should be concerned about? Could the pressure from the plan and the dry weather cause this? It seems to be getting better each day. Thank you!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Pedro - It sounds like you have a virus. The smoking and welding probably do contribute, though.

      The heavier cough is probably coming from more mucus draining. Keep taking the Mucinex to clear up the phlegm and mucus. That is probably the best thing.

      If it doesn't start improving within a few days, you may need to see a doctor about it because it could be an infection, especially since you are having an ear ache. There are drops you can get at the pharmacy to help soothe your ear if it is still hurting.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Katie - Glad to be of help. :) And yes, any and all of those things can be contributing to the mucus he is experiencing. It could even be a mild virus or bug.

      The blood is probably just a tiny blood vessel that popped. It can happen just from blowing your nose. So it isn't something to worry about just yet.

      Since it seems to be improving, there probably isn't much need to see a doctor unless it gets worse. If the mucus is excessive and he wants something to clear it up, he could try taking Mucinex for a few days and maybe even using a saline nose spray. Otherwise, he can just let it run its course and dry up.

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      Lori 4 years ago

      I went to the dr over a week ago. Said I had a sinus infection and put me on amoxicillian. Although I feel somewhat better, I still have very thick greenish/ brown snot. It's mainly from my right nostil.

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      rajun 4 years ago

      i have a blocked eustathain tube for 9 months now changed diet so mucus production has decresed but still got sore throat and tube still blocked help!

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      Cailey 4 years ago

      I have a sinus infection. My nose is completely clear, but my throat is killing me. I was coughing up dark green mucus, then it was light green and this morning it was brown. I went to the doctor yesterday and I have already taken my first two doses of antibiotics. Do you know of anything that will ease the pain in my throat or when the antibiotics will really kick in?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lori - If you have finished the antibiotics, then it may be either a virus or a fungus that the antibiotics won't kill. It could also be a strand of bacteria resistant to that type of antibiotic.

      If it doesn't clear up soon, you may want to go back to the doctor about it. You may need a different type of antibiotic or other medicine to clear it up.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      rajun - I would suggest trying natural remedies like oregano oil and garlic tablets. They can help with allergies and the immune system and all sorts of other things as well.

      Do you know the cause of the blockage? Is it allergies? Have you been checked for acid reflux?

      If it is allergies, taking an antihistamine could help. Acid reflux can cause ear infections, sore throat, and other upper respiratory problems. Acid reducers like Prilosec can help, but they aren't good to be on for long stretches.

      You may need to see a specialist like an ear, nose, and throat doctor if you haven't already. Hope you figure out the problem.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Cailey - It can take antibiotics a couple or three days to start making a difference. You can take a pain reliever like Aspirin or Tylenol to help with the pain. Things like honey and warm liquids are soothing for sore throats as well. Hot tea with honey and lemon is good to drink. Chloraseptic spray can also numb the throat temporarily. Feel better soon!

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      kate 4 years ago

      hey,

      so i was wondering what it means to have a bright orange runny snot? i did just have a tooth removed and there were lots of pain killers involved and i had laughing gas, so would that be why it would be such a strange color? also i have been having cough and at one point a fever and a lot of mucus and snot that have both been the same pastel green color, should i see a doctor?i s

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Kate - Orange mucus usually means that the mucus has some blood in it. It is really easy for the blood vessels in the nose to pop. If you had a breathing tube or anything else like that at the dentist, it could have caused that.

      On its own orange snot isn't a huge concern unless it lasts for about a week or more. It sounds like you may either have a bug or maybe some side effects from the tooth removal.

      Since you did have the tooth removed, it may not be a bad idea to see the doctor if you are still have problems. Definitely go if it lasts for more than a few more days.

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      Peter 4 years ago

      Well, I was diagnosed with acute asthmatic bronchitis in January and was given some antibotics. Everything seemed to be okay after a couple of weeks but I was still coughing up brown/black/grey phelgm. By the way I quit smoking cigarettes around the time I got the bronchitis. After 2 or so months I went back to the doctor and they gave me more antibotics and some steroids. There was a little rattle in my lungs but it went away after finishing the prescriptions. If I remember correctly my symptoms seemed to subside for a couple of weeks until they returned and I made another visit to the doctor. So, I finished about 3 or 4 sets of antibotics over the past months. The doctor basically said I have bad sinuses. Even as of today I continue to cough up gray and thick white mucus and even blood the last 2 days. I think I have acid reflux because of the heart burn I've had lately. Could this be the cause or possibly some other underlying reason?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Peter - The reflux could be the reason. It could also be stuff clearing out of your lungs after stopping smoking. Or maybe a combination of both of those things.

      It takes several months or even a year or more for your lungs to heal when you stop smoking. The carcinogens start breaking up and clearing out. So it may just be your lungs healing.

      I would suggest taking Prilosec for a week or two to see if it helps with the heart burn and reflux. If it also helps with the mucus, then the reflux is probably contributing. In which case, you should talk to your doctor about a long term plan for reflux because it isn't good to be on acid reducers for a long time.

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      Peter 4 years ago

      Thanks for the response. It doesn't seem to have a lot of significant effect on my health or so it seems. It is rather irritating though. I hate having to spit all the time throughout the day or even swallowing when I have to. I'd like to find something to relieve the symptoms because it seems like it's not going away for awhile! Plus, the polluants in the air don't help with my sinus problems. I've mostly just learnt to deal with it.

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      Dawn 4 years ago

      When I have flu symptom, then every morning I wake up I feel lots of mucus in my nose so I spit it up. It's thick and yet its colours is always reddish brown or brownish orange. After spitting it up, I feel ache & dryness in my throat. It takes only for 2-3 days but as I get better, colour of my mucus turns from green to light green. I never had this reddish brown mucus when I had flu for many years. Only started from last year. Is it serious? Or do I have lung infection? Something I'm afraid of.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Peter - I hope you figure out the cause because sinus problems can be annoying.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Dawn - In all likelihood it isn't a lung infection. It may be a sinus infection, though. Did this just start within the last week or two? Or has it been going on for months?

      If it just started, you may need to see a doctor about antibiotics. If it has been going on for awhile, it may be something like acid reflux, especially since it happens mostly in the mornings and your throat is scratchy.

      Red, brown, and orange mucus usually means that there is a bit of blood mixed in, so your throat or nose may be irritated. Talk to your doctor about it if it keeps happening.

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      Dawn 4 years ago

      No, it has not been going on for months. It has happened within this week yet I had it as well some months ago whenever I had flu symptom. As the symptom is gone then every morning I have no bloody mucus at all. Now, I recall I once picked my nose but never strongly/deeply in the nose, then I saw little amount of blood from my nose in my finger. And it happened for 3 days, after that no more blood. What do I have?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Dawn - Then it is probably either a virus. The blood is likely just your nasal passages being irritated and inflamed. A blood vessel in your nose may have popped also.

      If it doesn't get better in the next few days, you may want to see a doctor because you may have a sinus infection. Other than that, just get plenty of rest and drink lots of water and your body should fight it off soon.

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      Dawn 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your response and advice. :) Some day soon I need to see a doctor & get lots of rest now for I've been busy since last month. @_@

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Dawn - Hope you feel better! Rest up!

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      afwifey 4 years ago

      Whew, I was getting scare there for a minute, I have been fighting of Pneumonia and for the last 2 days when I blow my nose my mucus was clear, but this morning it was practically this neon yellow color and I was thinking "What in the heck is going on here" but now I know it's just my body fighting this crud off, thank you!

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      KTCA 4 years ago

      I have been coughing, mostly dry for over a week now. It started just with a scratchy throat. Sometimes the coughs are so powerful they've caused me to vomit and my throat feels scratched. The past two days I have been able to expel mucus. It's mostly white/clear and thick and there has been a little yellow, but not much. I've tried: cough medicine, cough drops, tea, vitamin C. Mints oddly enough seem to provide temporary relief.

      Any suggestions? I don't have health insurance and I've been trying to make time to see my school health center but it is difficult.

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      RS 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I've been coughing for almost 2 months now. It started happening after I went to an amusement park and got soaked twice on this water raft ride. It was a hot summer day so I slowly dried off but my jeans retained the water all night (pretty chilly) until I changed when I got home.

      After awhile I noticed coughing and a lot of mucus in the throat. I constantly coughed it out and it was quite annoying after awhile. Around this time period, I also realized I get hives from the cold exposure to hands, arms, legs, and feet. Do they have any connections?

      Currently I've been coughing less mucus, it is a clear almost yellowish color.

      I'm really concerned about this coughing and hives. I rarely get sick and when I do it is cured very quickly because of my strong immune system. I was never allergic to anything before except maybe pollen but that allergy eventually stopped.

      What's going on with me?!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      afwifey - You got it! It definitely sounds like your body is working to get rid of your bug. Feel better soon!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      KTCA - I would suggest Mucinex. It will help get the mucus flowing and cleared up. You can also try oregano oil pills. They are expensive ($20-30 a bottle), but they usually help with colds. They are a natural antibiotic.

      If it doesn't clear up, you should try to get into the clinic. There is a chance it might be strep throat since your throat is scratchy.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      RS - There are several things it could be. You may have developed a new allergy that triggered around that same time. Since you had hives too, that is a possibility. If you haven't already, you could try taking antihistamines for about a week to see if it makes any difference.

      You may have also gotten a sinus or respiratory infection from being cold. You may need antibiotics to clear it up.

      Since it has been going on for so long, you may want to see a doctor about it to make sure, especially if it doesn't clear up soon.

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      Tracey 4 years ago

      Hi, wonder if you can point me in the right direction. Had a problem with a feeling of the midde/back of my throat feeling clogged, and of having a lum there,up for over a year now. Every morning i hawk up (not cough up from the chest, but hawk up from the back of my throat) a thick jelly like orangy-brown lump of phelgm. This takes about 10 mins to clear my throat out and the more i clear out the yellower it gets/mixed in at the end with clear mucus. Throughout the day i still have this feeling of clogging and will frequently have to hawk up strings of yellow like phelgm. It gets worse again towards nighttime. It feels like the base of my estuchian tube where it connects to my throat is infected. This started with a really bad virus where my nose and estuchian tubes were clogged up like you wouldn't believe (in fact i had this type of bad cold as well a few years ago) but in the morning and during the daytime this clogging won't go away. Been to the doctors who practically shrug their shoulders and tell me they can't do anything for a cold. No pain in sinuses. Have had a few problems previously with what feels like ear infections which only last 2-3 days, but not recently.

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      jm 4 years ago

      'There is no cure for the common cold, yet.'

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Tracey - Well. The first thing that I would suggest would be to explore the possibility that it is acid reflux. Many people with acid reflux (silent reflux) don't have heartburn or the normal feeling of upset stomach.

      The reflux could cause the stuff you are coughing up and the ear troubles. The acid can pool into the Eustachian tubes in the ear when you are lying down. This leads to frequent ear infections.

      If you do have reflux, taking something like Prilosec for several days or a week will help it. If you do try it and it helps, then talk to your doctor about a plan to help the reflux because you don't want to be on that type of medicine long term.

      If the reflux doesn't seem to be the cause, then it may be allergies. Taking an antihistamine daily and adding natural supplements like oregano oil might help.

      Have you seen an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist? If not, you should ask your doctor for a referral. A cold wouldn't be causing the continuous coughing you are having.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      jm - Nope. There isn't. Just remedies for cold symptoms.

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      TryMyGames.com 4 years ago

      I've actually been having an extremely watery eye that keeps flushing out green mucus like 'eye buggers' it finally stopped after a few days but now I'm SICK! Having lots of mucus right now which stinks but thanks a lot for your post about what the different colors mean. Now I know too not to drink milk while sick unless I want thick white snot.

      Cheers!

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      Paige 4 years ago

      A few nights ago I was just relaxing at home when I got a really bad burning sensation in my throat. I looked in the mirror at my throat with a flashlight and saw a white mucus-like liquid running Down my throat. The next day when I woke up my head felt like it was going to explode so I figured it was congestion. So I took mucinex and all that did was being it from my head to my nose, which is now plugged. I sneeze, nothing comes out, I blow my nose, nothing comes out. A few times that I have sneezed, chunks of yellow snot have flown out of my nose but that's really the only movement in there. What else do you recommend I do to get the mucus moving? And where does all this snot come from?

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      Johnson 4 years ago

      I have been smoking on and off for two years (currently was) I seemed to have gotten a bug last week and was sick for several days, just recently I noticed I was coughing up red mucus but soon seemed to pass away, until I found out when I went to clear out my nose their was a bit of blue this time. The transition worries me and I'm not certain if it's serious or simply the after effects of my sickness.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      TryMyGames - Eye gunk is very common with colds. Glad to help and hopefully you are feeling better now.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Paige - I would recommend that you keep taking the Mucinex. That's really the only thing that will actively flush out the mucus. You can try antihistamines or decongestants, but those will just dry up the mucus and keep it from flowing, not get rid of it.

      Steam, hot liquids, and spicy food can also help open up congested passages.

      Other than that, just time. Your body will just have to fight off the bug. Hopefully you will be feeling better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Johnson - The blue could just be something random that you inhaled that your body is flushing out. There are some types of bacteria that will cause blue mucus also. The red is probably just from the irritation of the cold.

      If it doesn't clear up in a few days, you may need to see a doctor about antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria.

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      nokey 4 years ago

      I've been experiencing little solid lumps with a very offensive smell forming in the back of my throat. When I cough or sneeze, they are often forced out. What is the cause of this?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      nokey - It could be thick bits of mucus that is draining down your throat or it may be tonsilloliths. They are basically stones that form in the crevices around the tonsils.

      Check out this article for about them.

      http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-ston...

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      Lee 4 years ago

      For about a week now I'm only congested in the morning and late at night. No cough but in the morning I have thick green mucus an olive green color and it comes out in a compact ... Its a scratchy almost burning feeling

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lee - Since it has only been going on for about a week, it is probably a bug or an allergy to something in the air right now. I would recommend taking Mucinex for a few days to break up the congestion. If it doesn't clear up within about another week, you may want to check with a doctor.

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      carrie 4 years ago

      Amaze-balls! Thanks!

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      James C. 4 years ago

      I had what appeared to be the flu recently and all symptoms have subsided except for a sore throat and painful lumps that I can not identify in my neck, also I am hacking up all kinds of colors yellow, green, brown, what looks like orange, lots of small black pieces of un known matter and small chunks of blood every so often. All of these symptoms have been steady if not getting worse for about 6 days now and I am getting vary worried and need possible diagnoses ASAP.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      James C. - It sounds like your flu may have turned into a sinus infection. You should probably see a doctor about antibiotics at this point. The painful lumps in your throat are more than likely your lymph nodes being swollen to fight it off. If you don't want to go to the doctor, you can try oregano oil to get rid of it. It is a natural antibiotic. Hope you get this response in time to be of help.

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      Brown 4 years ago

      Hi, I've had a cold from about friday night to now. From the day before yesterday I had yellowish mucus, but only once that day. Haven't had it since. All my symptoms are coughing runny/stuffy nose on & off. I've been taking overvthe counter meds, blowing my nose/hacking up what I can, & drink gaterorade & water. I had no clue if im getting better! I feel better but know I'm sick.

      I also had a question, I'm having finals week & I was at school & it felt like I was constantly coughing & sneezing more than I do at home. Is it a weird coincidence or something in the "air"?

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      Erin 4 years ago

      About a week ago I started getting a sore throat and cough. Last year around this time the same thing happened - had a sore throat and docs told me it was strain C strep.... Anyways so this year, I started popping echinacea and vitamin C, as well as taking day and NyQuil to ease it. Sore throat was gone a few days later but turned into runny nose, hacking cough. I figured it was a common cold. The last few days I've coughed out green chunks in the morning and green snot when blowing my nose. It gets better throughout the day, but I am constantly coughing... Might go to the clinic today... Any suggestions? Oh I also have acid reflux and was prescribed pantoprazole 40mg to take daily. I only usually take it when I know I'll be eating certain foods... Don't know if that has any impact.. I hate my life since I was sick throughout the holidays last year too. I wanna die :(

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Brown - It can take a week or more to get over a cold. There might be something at school that irritates you more than at home. Dust, paper, or even the temperature might cause it. You also might be more aware of it at school because it is more irritating to be sick away from the comfort of home.

      If you don't start improving within a few more days, you may want to see a doctor for some medicine. Otherwise get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Hope finals went well.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Erin - It probably was a cold, but it may have turned into a sinus infection at this point. You probably should go to the clinic because you may need some antibiotics to clear it up.

      Since it has only been a week or so, the reflux probably isn't the cause of this, especially since you seem to have a handle on it.

      Maybe you can get it cleared up soon and will be able to enjoy the holidays without being sick this year.

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      justyce 4 years ago

      ive had all the cold symptoms. been taking over the counter meds. even tryed vicks on the feet with socks..hot steam... and sleeping..orange juice... n last night clear mucus was coming out of my noise for few hrs nonstop. then in the morning it was yellowish.. n the rest of the day its clear..throat still kinda hurts.i tryed hot steam couple times...it gets clogged n i cant breath and i ttry to blow it then im fine... but still clear mucus... sometimes it will bee clear with little yellow....any idea?

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      SicksinceChristmas 4 years ago

      Hi, this page has been super-informative for me. :)

      Since late Christmas Eve/early Christmas morning, I have been coughing horrendously (and quite painfully) and coughing up white, yellow, and occasionally brown mucus. I'm congested but it seems to be subsiding, though I still have yellowish brown mixed with clear mucus when I blow my nose. My chest feels heavy and my throat feels sore and a bit swollen, though I attribute those to the racking painful coughs, I suppose. I also have had an earache that has mostly gone away in both ears since Christmas as well.

      Any insight would be most appreciated!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      justyce - It sounds like a cold. I would suggest Mucinex Cold to help with your symptoms. The Mucinex will help dry up and flush out your nasal congestion.

      Other than that, get plenty of rest and drink water and juice. And within a few days you should feel better. If you aren't feeling better in about a week, you may need to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      SicksinceChristmas - Since it seems to be subsiding, you are probably beginning to get over the cold. You can try Mucinex D to help clear out the congestion. There is also over the counter medicine to help with the ear ache if you need it.

      If it doesn't show good improvement within another few days, you may want to see a doctor about antibiotics and maybe steroids.

      If you really don't want to go to the doctor, you can try oregano oil pills. They are a natural antibiotic and work well for most people.

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      Laura Goosby 4 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      Hi. I have to say that this is one of the most disgusting articles I've ever read; YET it's the most informative! I read the whole page and learned some things I didn't even know about mucus. The reason I clicked to your article is that I was diagnosed with the flu yesterday (12/30/12) despite getting the flu shot last month (11/28/12). I was coughing, had a terrible headache, and was cold despite the fact that it was 78 degrees in my studio! I went to urgent care and was shocked when the doctor told me. So now I'm home taking Tamiflu, and I'll be out of work for one week. Yesterday evening, I coughed up brown mucus, which alarmed me, so I was curious as to why that particular color. I was surfing the web and came upon this site. I was perplexed by its title, thinking it was some kind of a joke. I was not sure what to expect. Well, I was surprised. Good job!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Laura Goosby - Glad you were amused and informed! I'm not a big believer in flu shots. They only work to keep away one particular strand of flu and there are many out there.

      But I am glad you got to the doctor in time to get Tamiflu, it seems to work well. Hope you are feeling better now and have recovered!

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      Trish 4 years ago

      Hi. Hoping you can help. My 8 year old daughter, on a daily basis, morning and night, has very large, dried, bloody boogers. We think she may just have small sinus passages but not really sure as she has not been seen by her doctor for this. Any ideas?

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      Richard 4 years ago

      I have figured out on my own that very runny snot(the worst part of the cold) is when the infection is raging. The yellow thick snot that comes out if always a relief as it lasts a day or two. It appears to come out at a very pressure. I've done snot rockets and farmer blows and after the cold is dying off the snot comes out very fast and thick. Gross to some, but its the human body, its a marvel of nature.

      Runny nose and you feel terrible, its will get better but soon enough. Yellow thick snot to me is a good sign, the immune system is winning.

      If you feel sick, chop up raw ginger, garlic, cover in cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. The sinuses will clear up fast. I have made this a habit and colds usually last me a day or two. The same cold my family and coworkers fight off for a week. I was a heavy smoker too, so if you really go all the way. You may never catch a cold.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Trish - It is possible. It could also be allergies or something else. A doctor will have to exam her and find out about other symtoms to know for sure.

      The blood is a sign that there is irritation in her nose, but nasal passages are very easily irritated. She is probably also having more than a normal amount of drainage for it to be so bad.

      It is probably more irritating for her once the mucus reaches the point of getting dry enough to be boogers. Make sure she drinks plenty of water to help keep her mucus more fluid. If you can, try to have her blow her nose or clean her nose more often throughout the day so it doesn't get so hard. A humidifier can also help keep the mucus moist longer.

      Finding out what is causing the drainage will probably also help. She may be allergic to something.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Richard - Your cold blast recipe is a good one. All of those things are great for fighting off colds and easing symptoms. The pepper is a great way to open up a stuffy nose. Yellow snot is a sign that the body is at battle.

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      Shell 4 years ago

      hi. Three weeks I came down with bronchitis. I started a course of antibiotics one week ago and have just finished the tablets. I saw the Dr for a follow up appointment three days ago and she said that my chest was clear but tight so I am taking a puffer. I have a repeat for the antibiotic but Dr said I shouldn't need it. However today I have been coughing up some mucus that is pale yellow. My sinuses are also very congested with pale yellow very sticky mucus that is an effort to blow out. Once it's blown out my sinuses feel clear for a while then fill up again. I'm wondering whether it may be best to get the repeat of the antibiotic? Thank you

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      Steph P 4 years ago

      Now I don't know if anyone will ever see this since I scrolled through a mile of comments to post my own, but I do feel this is important to point out. Years ago I had times when I would have blue snot when I would blow my nose, not blue like in the article, but electric blue. Occasionally now it will be black. I asked my dad about it, he is an eye doctor, and we figured out that it was being caused by my eyeliner!! I use pencil eyeliner on the waterline (inner lash line) and when I would get eyeliner over the top of my tear ducts it would cause some of the color (blue, black, pink, etc.) to be transmitted to my sinuses through the tear ducts. I'm sure this is a rare cause, but I know it racked my brain for a good while before putting it all together.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Shell - The best thing to do is probably to contact the doctor and update her on your new symptoms to see if she thinks it is best to take the other round of antibiotics.

      The bug may have gotten a second wind once you stopped the antibiotics or you may have caught another bug while your body is still weakened from the first bout.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Steph P. - I never thought about it, but makeup could definitely change the color of your mucus. Thanks for pointing that out. It may save someone from a freak out when she has purple or pink snot.

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      diana 4 years ago

      hi, ive had a really bad cough that had started out dry and changed to a mucusy one, also when I cough most of of the time I ran out of air and I find myself gasping for air. Does it mean i have an infection? what can I take since Im 15 weeks pregnant?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Diana - Since you are pregnant, you may want to go see a doctor to get treated quickly and find out what is safe to take with the baby. You may be gasping because you are congested and can't get proper air flow.

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      vangogh 4 years ago

      Hi. I've had two sets of antibiotics over a six week period. I've stopped smoking and still I am coughing up black lumps in the morning. The most alarming part started happening about 3 weeks ago. In the morning when I coughed, I literally stopped breathing and couldn't get air into my lungs. It has happened about 4 times and the doctor claims it might be a panic attack. My throat has been sore as a result, and although I feel a bit better (after 6 weeks) the fear of choking and not breathing is scary. Throat still feels tickly and raw, but the muchus is now mainly in the morning. Can you help me, please?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      vangogh - If you've stopped smoking recently, that could be the cause of all the mucus. The first few months after you stop smoking, the lungs start getting rid of the toxins and repairing themselves. People have coughing, excess mucus, and other cold-like symptoms. The black mucus is normal for people who have smoked. And a raw throat can easily happen if you are coughing up a bunch of stuff.

      It is scary when you aren't able to breathe. If that is from mucus clogging your throat, you could try taking Mucinex for a week or so and see if it helps thin your mucus so you don't feel like you are choking. I have had similar choking experiences before and sometimes it helps if I try to swallow rather than cough up the stuff. Disgusting I know, but it beats choking and not being able to breathe. Sometimes taking a sip of water can help loosen the stuff clogging the throat and get it moving.

      If part of it is a panic attack, taking deep, calming breaths and trying to relax your breathing may help.

      Hope you get it cleared up soon.

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      No Insurance 4 years ago

      I have read all of these but personal reassurance is nice. I am out of the country and thought I would have insurance by now......I think it is a cold but I am coughing up dark yellow phlegm and same with mucus. I was sent with different antibiotics which is best? Is there a natural way of dealing with this? Going to the doctor is not an option it is sooooo expensive in this country. Should I try and stay in to get better? Will being in the very cold air hurt anything. I am exhausted and I have a headache but I feel like I need to keep moving. I am okay, right

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      No Insurance - It sounds like you have a cold. Staying in and getting lots of rest is the best way to beat it. The cold air may make your nose run or may make you cough more. Drink plenty of water and juice.

      If you can find some where you are, Mucinex (Guaifenesin) would be the best thing to take. Oregano oil is also a natural way to fight the cold. You can take a pain reliever for the headache and other aches.

      You don't necessarily need to take the antibiotics unless it has been a week or so and your symptoms haven't improved or they get worse. You can look up the types of antibiotics on webmd.com and see which would best suit your symptoms. Hope you feel better soon.

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      No Insurance 4 years ago

      Thank you I will stay put.

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      Amber 4 years ago

      Hello! I've had an on and off cough for the past week and when I wake up my throat feels very dry and scratchy. The color of my snot varies from a dark yellow, to green, to a greyish green. The snot is very thick and runny. I've been doing a nasal rinse, but it hasn't helped. I've also taken DayQuil, but i haven't been taking it every 4 hours like I'm supposed to. I haven't had a fever or any pain; I've just felt tired. 2 weeks I had a stomach bug that lasted for a day and I was vomiting neon yellow phlegm. I was fine for a few days before this started. What could be the cause?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Amber - It sounds like you had a stomach bug and then caught a cold while your body was still weak. At this point you may have a sinus infection. It may be time to see a doctor about antibiotics or a round of steroids. You definitely should go to the doctor if it hasn't improved after the weekend.

      Mucinex with a decongestant would probably be better for you than the DayQuil. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Feel better soon.

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      Cheetah 4 years ago

      Hi! About a month ago I had a very minor cough and sore throat. I got HIVES then. When I checked with my doctor, they said the HIVES were most likely caused by a virus. Now, I have transitioned with neon yellow snot along with a bit of red. (And according to the article the yellow is caused by a virus, and the red is caused by blood vessels.) However, I am not sure what is best to be used and what is not.

      Thank you. And your your article was very informational and helpful.

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      Just some HighSchooler 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I've had a bad runny nose and stuffy voice for the past 3-4 days, and a week from now I'm going to a competition that I need to speak loud in because its a no-mic performance! :o I needed to know if I should or should not pay the fee and catch a rid with a senior from my school,i now know know I just have a cold, so I should be good to go in a week!! Thanks Again!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Cheetah - It sounds like you have a cold. The yellow snot indicates that your body is fighting off something and the blood just means that your nasal passages are irritated. That can easily happen with a runny nose.

      Mucinex is probably the best thing for you to take. If you have other symptoms, you can get the Mucinex D.

      Have the symptoms been going on for a full month or is this just another bout? If it has been going on for awhile, you may need to check back with the doctor about it. Feel better soon.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Just some HighSchooler - Colds generally are over or at least much improved after a week, so you are right. If your voice is stuffy because your nose has been congested, then you more than likely should be better in a week. If your voice is scratchy and hoarse like laryngititis, it may or not be better in a week. Sometimes laryngitis can last for a couple of weeks.

      Your best chance of having a clear voice is to rest it now. Only talk when necessary and don't strain your voice with yelling or singing. Even if it is just stuffy now, straining to talk could make you hoarse.

      Try drinking warm liquids like hot tea to soothe the cold and your voice. Honey and lemon flavored lozenges or good to suck on. Mucinex is also good to help clear up the congestion. Hope you are well before next week.

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      tom567 4 years ago

      what does red snot out of nose mean

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      tom567 - It usually means there is some blood in your nasal passage. The blood vessels in the nose are very tiny and can break easily. So if your nose is irritated even from blowing it, the blood vessels could pop and make the snot turn a red color. It isn't anything to worry about unless it goes on for several days or there is a huge amount of blood more than one time.

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      kittycamara 4 years ago

      I chunks they arent quite hard nor soft and they are thick they are white on one side and redish brown on the other

      I have been getting them for about a year but they get suck in my naustrels or and the opening of my nose in my throat

      what does that mean?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      kittycamara - It sounds like the chunks are mucus that is getting stuck in your nasal passages and drying out. The red part may be where they are stuck to the passages and irritating the sides enough to cause a bit of bleeding.

      You could try something like a neti pot or a saline spray to try to keep your nose flushed out. Your mucus may be too thick for it to drain properly. Doing things like drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier can help keep mucus flowing.

      If those things don't help, you may want to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor to get checked out to see what the problem is.

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      wendy 4 years ago

      Hi thanks for such an informative hub. I have been congested for over a year. Ive had to have my sinus drained twice in my life but when I saw my ent last year he didnt feel my symptoms were bad enough. Since then ive had several new & way morecserious health issues come up so my sinuses , lung, throat & reflux issues have taken a back seat. But this past month ive had many bloody noses & several different colored snot, or coughes up phlem. Yes I am a smoker. I also have barret-s esophogus & have had 2 surgeries in the past 30 days with general anethsthesia. Ok heres my question, when I blow my nose its very sticky on one side but not always on the other, & most timss no matter how much I blow my nose it darely feels like ive cleared my sinus sometimes no matter how hadd I blow it doesnt come out my nose even though it sounds as if I blew my sinuses out, the past few days its been a texture & color as white ivs never seen before, the few times I have cleared my sinus it gets completely stuffed again within half hour. I take zyrtek, chloritrimiton & mucinex, raeely I take benadryl cuz when it dries the thick solid stuff I get panicky cuz im a nose breather & feel suffocating. All this leads to hoarseness, sore fhroat & head & eye aches. We havs an adjustable bed with the head up. Ignore anything that makes no difference & please help. Oh & we found mold in our ceiling. When I was in the hosp a week ago the symptoms cleared up to where I had no cough or stuffed nose & it came back within hours of coming home, & I dont feel like im getting enough air. I use the neti pot/bottle but when it gets this thick it doesnt work it just backs up on me. I hope you can make some sense out of this rambling.

      Thanks Wendy

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      BMan 4 years ago

      Hello... I've been coughing up brownish greyish for about a month now, I used to smoke marijuana and cigarettes for 3 years(about 3 ciggs a day) I have been marijuana free and ciggarette free for about a month now.... I just don't want it to be cancer. My phlem is clear with brown spots in it, but sometimes the whole thing is brownish greyish, should I be concerned? It's been getting better as far as how often I'm coughing it up but I would really like to know if its my lungs clearing up or if it somethin I'm going to die from any advice is appreciated... :/ thanks bman

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      Kris Senegal 4 years ago

      My nose is stopped up! I can't breath waaaaaaahhhhhhnnnn.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Wendy - If the problem went away when you were in the hospital and then came back when you got home, it may be something in your house. The mold is a definite possibility. You should get it cleaned up. If you take care of it yourself, be sure to look up the proper mold removal process because otherwise the spores may stay in the air.

      Another possibility is an oxygen tube when you had your surgeries. Sometimes it can dry out your nasal passages and irritate them. You may want to talk to your doctors about it in case it is a symptom of something else.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      BMan - It is more than likely just your lungs clearing up and healing since you have stopped smoking. It is very normal. It typically lasts about month to 3 months for most people. No reason to panic yet. The brown means it is junk from cigarettes or maybe a bit of blood if your breathing passages are a bit irritated. If it continues more than a few months, then you may need to talk to a doctor about it.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Kris Senegal - Try Mucinex. It should help to in and loosen the mucus so you can breathe again.

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      Nicole 4 years ago

      Hi there! I have been having sinus issues for a little over a month now and I feel like it's getting worse. It started with just a stuffy nose which I'm pretty used to. However, the last 3 1/2 weeks I have been seeing a lot of blood in my tissue after blowing my nose. It's getting to the point of more blood than snot. Kind of getting concerned since its never happens to me before. Any advise?

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      BMan 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your response ill give it some time before I check in with my doctor.... Very helpful blog :)

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Nicole - Your nasal passages are probably very irritated. It could have been caused by a virus or allergies and is just still irritated. Dry air from the heater could make this worse. You could try using a humidifier to help keep your nose moist. Nasal sprays may help with that too.

      You may also need to address the original cause. You might need to see a doctor about the possibility of a sinus infection or allergies. If it doesn't improve soon, you should probably get it checked out in case there is something else going on.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      BMan - :) No problem.

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      Worried 3 years ago

      I have been coughing up brown and blot clot looking mucus since Christmas. It is never in my nose so it isn't the blood vessels in my nose that are causing it. Also, I haven't had a cough or felt sick. I just get that feeling that there is something I need to cough or spit up and I end up coughing/spitting up that. I do not smoke and am a very healthy person. I eat healthy and workout everyday. What could be causing this?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Worried - More than likely, it is one of a couple of things. You could be having post nasal drip that is draining down the back of your throat. You wouldn't necessarily feel it in your nose or have coughing with that. Typically it is caused by allergies or irritants in the air.

      It could also be acid reflux. A lot of people have reflux and don't even realize it. It happens when the stomach lets food escape back up the esophagus. If you are coughing up stuff more in the morning, it may be the reflux.

      You could try taking an antihistamine for a week or so. If it clears up, it may be allergies. If not, it could be the reflux. You could try taking acid reducers for a week or so to see if it helps. If it does, you should follow up with a doctor about it because it isn't good to be on acid reducers long term. If neither of those seems to help, you should check with a doctor to find out what the problem is.

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      Aisha 3 years ago

      I woke up in the middle of the night with a runny nose and I blew it and my snot was green then this morning my nose was clogged and I blew it and its a golden yellow and scared bc we don't have money for a doctor plz plz help me

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Aisha - It sounds like you have a cold, so there is no reason to worry just yet. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and the cold should clear up on its own within a few days to a week. If it lasts more than a couple of weeks or starts to get much worse, go to a health food store and find oregano oil pills. They are a natural antibiotic. They are a bit expensive, but would be cheaper than a doctor's visit. Or you could search around for a free clinic if your symptoms get bad enough. Otherwise you just have to let the cold run its course and your body fight it off. Feel better soon.

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      Ben 3 years ago

      I have a sore throat and in the mornings my mucus is a dark brown/ bloody mix however throughout the day it goes back to a whitish/ yellowish mix. I don't have a fever or any such just congestion, sore throat and occasional chest pains (probably from coughing). I believe it may be a glorified sinus infection but I am not sure. It only gets bad if I lie around for long periods of time. If I go to work and walk around all day I feel somewhat better.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Ben - It could be a couple of things. It could be a sinus infection, like you said. If it has been going on for less than a month, then probably, especially if it started with cold. If you don't want to go to the doctor, you could try oregano oil pills and Mucinex. That might help to clear it up. Otherwise, antibiotics from a doctor may work.

      Since it is in the mornings, and seems to be worse when you are lying down, there is a possibility it is acid reflux. You could try taking an acid reducer like Pepcid at night to see if it helps. If it does, then you should consult with a doctor about ways to manage it without having to be on acid blockers and reducers.

      In either case, raising the head of your bed a few inches could help. It seems your problem is worse when you are lying down. With the bed elevated, the mucus can drain better and if it is stomach acid, it will help to keep it down. Hope you can figure out what the problem is.

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      Ballons59 3 years ago

      Hi! I have had a cold for about a week, and it is clearing up. However, over the passed few days, I have noticed that the snot out of my left nostril is a fluorescent yellow color, but the snot out of my right nostril is clear. Is this bad? I am kind of a hypochondriac, so you know, lol.

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      Nora 3 years ago

      Hey! My snot is red/brown/neon green and I am unsure what its from. It's coming from both my nose and my throat its been going on for about three days and I am unsure what the cause. Thanks I hope you can help!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Ballons59 - It is really common to have the snot color be different in each nostril, so don't panic. The bright yellow color probably means your body is fighting off a bug. The best thing to do is to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Taking Mucinex may help clear it up. If it doesn't clear up within another week or you start feeling worse, then you may want to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Nora - It more than likely means your body is fighting off something, like a cold. The reddish/brown just means that your nose is irritated and there is probably a bit of blood from the runny nose. Drink plenty of water and let your body rest. Mucinex is the best thing to take. You can get one that has medicine for any other symptoms you are having. See a doctor if it isn't better after about another week.

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      Have a Question 3 years ago

      I have been feeling drained for a couple of days went to the doctor they told me I had sinusitis. I took all my antibiotics, but still am coughing up phlegm. Normally mucus is light brown and green when I cough it up, but when I blow my nose is a darker green leaning more towards brown. I have had this for 3 weeks and it is really frustrating. When I breathe in deep I can feel mucus so I cough it up then about 10 mins. later I cough it up. The Dr. says, I have sinusitis and I had an irritated septum, because I recently had to have my ears cleaned. Do you think I need to go back to see the doctor? I have been off of my antibiotics for 3 days.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Have a Question - There are a few things you could try before you head back to the doctor. Mucinex should help to loosen the mucus and dry it up. You could also try taking oregano oil pills for about a week. You can get them at health food stores. They are a natural antibiotic and antifungal, which may help you since the antibiotics alone didn't seem to do the trick.

      If that doesn't work, then, yes, you should probably go back to the doctor. You may need a different type of antibiotics to clear it up.

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      bernadette 3 years ago

      does the colors apply to a 8 mth old, my daughter has a runny nose for a few days but not it has turn to dark green thick mucus, whats your advice besides seeing her pedi doctor

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Bernadette - You may trying calling your pediatrician. A lot of times they can help you over the phone or tell whether or not you need to come in. It doesn't sound like she has an infection or anything serious at this point. It is probably just a mild cold, but since she is still a baby it may be best to err on the side of caution and at least check in with the doctor.

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      Woowoo 3 years ago

      Hey thanks for putting this up! Ive had a cold for a week, and was worried when my snot resembled PVA glue that I had soem sort of weird tropical infection, but now I know I just need to cut back on the dairy a bit. Thanks again :D

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Woowoo - Glad it helped! Feel better.

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