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Snot and Mucus Decoded: The Meaning of Snot Colors

Updated on April 5, 2017
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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?

Excess mucus can be caused by allergies, viral infections, and bacterial infections, and the colors can vary wildly with all of these conditions as well.

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.

This article will go into more detail about the different colors of snot and what they can mean; but first, a few commonly asked questions:

What Does Bright Yellow Snot Mean?

Though the color of your snot is by no means a definitive way to diagnose an illness, bright yellow snot generally indicates that your body is fighting off an infection of some kind. At the beginning of a cold (which usually lasts 10 - 14 days), the snot may be the brightest, possibly turning green or darker yellow after that.

Green vs. Yellow Snot

You can have an infection and not have green snot, or you could not have an infection and have green snot. There is no direct correlation between the type of infection and the color of snot, though the color of your snot may give some indication as to the length of your infection.1

What About Orange Snot?

Very yellow or golden snot can sometimes look orange, and sometimes a little blood mixed in with the yellow snot can also cause it to have an orange-y appearance.

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 consumption or congestion
Usually resolves itself
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
Viral, 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 or if there is a lot of blood
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,2 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 its location in the body. Here are some terms you may hear, 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.2 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

Dairy does not cause your body to produce more phlegm, though it does cause the mucus already in your body to thicken.
Dairy does not cause your body to produce more phlegm, though it does cause the mucus already in your body to thicken. | Source

If your snot is white, it usually means that you're congested.3 According to Cleveland Clinic, this can happen when your mucus loses moisture and is flowing more slowly due to the inflammation in your nostrils. The presence of white mucus alone is no cause for alarm and is considered normal. You could be congested for a number of reasons. Drinking milk can also cause your phlegm to thicken, thus turning it white.4

Though it might thicken your phlegm, dairy will not increase your phlegm production. Though many people think otherwise, a study published in the American Review of Respiratory Disease found that drinking milk does not increase mucus production.5

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 and that your body is fighting something off. The color is produced by a type of white blood cell that responds to infections and inflammations.1 When the white blood cells die, they burst, releasing a green pigment. The green pigment mixes with the mucus, giving it the yellow color. 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 snot is actually just caused by a thicker concentration of the white blood cells that cause yellow snot. The color is usually brighter at first and darkens over a few days. Though conventional wisdom holds that yellow snot means virus and green snot means a bacterial infection, there is actually no scientific evidence to prove this.

Most doctors, in fact, don't even use mucus color as a reliable tool of diagnosis. Both green and yellow snot can result from viral infections. According to Dr. Matthew Rank, the color of snot is actually more of an indication of the length of symptoms if anything.5

A bacterial infection can result from a virus, however. 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 your sinuses, in which case you might need antibiotics.

If the symptoms have lasted more than 12 days or seem to be getting worse, see a doctor, especially if you are experiencing fever, cough with sputum, headache, and sinus pressure.2

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, you should see a doctor.

Blue can also happen if you have inhaled blue powder or something else blue in the air or because of some other contaminant. 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.
Orange, red, or brown can be a sign of blood. | Source

If your mucus is tinged red or reddish brown, it is usually a sign of blood.2 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.
  • Picking or rubbing your nose can also cause your snot to have a little blood in it.
  • 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.

While a little bit of blood in your snot is not a problem, if you're blowing out large volumes of it, you should see a doctor.1

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.

Black or 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. Those tiny particles are meant to go in your drink, not in your lungs!

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

How to Ease Cold Symptoms

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.
  • 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 if you develop a fever that lasts for more than two 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 over 12 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.

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Sources

  1. Shmerling, Robert H, MD. "Don't Judge Your Snot By Its Color." February 8, 2016. Harvard Health Publications. Accessed April 3, 2017.
  2. Watson, Stephanie. Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD. "The Truth About Mucus." April 10, 2014. WebMD. Accessed April 3, 2017.
  3. Reviewed by Raj Sindwani, MD. "What the Color of Your Snot Really Means (Infographic.)" November 28, 2014. Cleveland Clinic. Accessed April 3, 2017.
  4. "Milk Products and Mucus in COPD." (n.d.) COPD Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017.
  5. Pinnock, Graham, Mylvaganam, and Douglas. "Relationship between milk intake and mucus production in adult volunteers challenged with rhinovirus-2." Feb 1, 1990. American Review of Respiratory Diseases. Accessed April 3, 2017.
  6. Nierenberg, Cari. "You Think It's Mucus, but It's Not." December 10, 2008. ABC News. Accessed April 3, 2017.

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      Paraic 4 weeks ago

      I'm waking every morning with blood and brown snot on my pillow dry snot and blood in my nose very sore head should I be concerned going on months now

      King regards

      Paraic

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      Been sick for 16 days already... 2 months ago

      Nose:

      -liquidy snot is bright yellow

      -thicker snot/boogers are bright green

      The stuff I'm coughing up all the time:

      Light yellow

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      riley 4 months ago

      I have been coughing up solid red yellow, and white mucus from a big bump in my nasal cavity. Any ideas.

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      Bonnita Claus 5 months ago

      In the morning, most days, I have 1 pr 2 clearing of my nose. It is usually very thick pale yellow with some green and often with a very thing thread of blood. It seems to be mostly rubbery. I seldom have to blow my noise the rest of the day, but when in the bathroom or working in kitchen my nose runs with a clear water. I assume a combination of activity and higher humidity brings this about. I have a theory that in the morning I am clearing out what my victims immune system, indicating I am healthy.

      Am I right in thinking so? And have nothing to worry about. All my systems are go... note: 2 years ago I moved, improved my diet, now I no longer live in a state of stress, I have not taken antibiotics now since my last Cold that turned into a sinus infection about 2-1/2 yrs ago. I had one cold this year, lasted about 2-1/2 weeks, never developed a secondary infection, I refused to take antibiotics, waited to see if I developed and infection. My doctor wanted me to take preventive action with Antibiotics. I believe I did right for me.

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      mbroome 7 months ago

      Did a z pack for a cold 2 weeks ago blowing long strings looking light yellow occasionally is this normal. No fever

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      Unins000.exe 8 months ago

      Mine is bright purple . . .

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      Hurt all over 11 months ago

      Yellow/thick headace,pain in chest and back can't lay down without feeling like I'm drowning, took Mucinex DM also Robitussin DM only got worse now hurts to breathe or cough

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      Ruby 15 months ago from United States

      That is SNOT true. Lol just kidding.

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      Cedric Yong 15 months ago from Singapore

      Okay, this is yeeky. But I can see that the yeekier it gets, the more attention you need to pay attention to it. :I

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      Sandi Kroeger 16 months ago from Minnesota, USA

      I have to say that, even after more than 30 years as a registered nurse, I have never seen anyone with blue snot...but reading about all the colors of snot made for a great hub. Thanks

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      aaditirani 16 months ago

      grate post i have ever read in this month thanking you for the useful information

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      IrateOrator 16 months ago

      This article completely grossed me out, but it is very informative and has me considering cutting back from smoking cigarettes

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      Mary 16 months ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great informative hub, I didn't know people could actually have blue snot.

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      John R Wilsdon 16 months ago from Superior, Arizona USA

      This was an extremely extensive hub on the subject of snot. It is a great read during cold season, snot*hing could beat it. I vote this up despite the attempt at humor. Good job.

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      StyleinCraft 17 months ago

      Amazing..!!

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      StyleinCraft 17 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this information.

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      Melissa 17 months ago

      Hello

      I have yellow sometimes green snot. It's been very dry out and cold and I'm wondering if that is causing this? When I use the nasal sprays it's yellow a couple times when I blow my nose then turns clear. I don't have any headaches or fever . Do I have a cold or infection ? Or is just dry ?

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      StyleinCraft 17 months ago

      I’ve done lots of research on blogging and your suggestions are amazing, clear, simple and thorough.

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      StyleinCraft 17 months ago

      Very Interesting. I also wish I knew how to implement some of this complex Features.

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      Guided Abundance 17 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I feel much better but I'm still dealing with Chest congestion. I don't normally get sick and haven't had a cold in over 3 years. Thanks for the refresher course on cold and mucus.

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      Cocky Mommy 18 months ago from New Jersey

      Very informative! I shared this with my sister who has a 5 year old and she is alwaysn googling the colors of his mucus haha. voted up!

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      Ansel Pereira 20 months ago

      This has got to be one of the most detailed posts on varied aspects of mucous I have read in years. Well-researched and engaging in every sense. I used to develop dry mucous as a kid, not anymore. Great hub.

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      greenmind 20 months ago

      Ew gross. But also wonderful. How did you manage both? Great hub.

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      Frank Quake 20 months ago

      I think this can be a good hub in person. I even have a girl World Health Organization has CF thus I've learned lots concerning secretion however such a large amount of individuals don't have any plan. i do know i used to be one amongst those individuals before Her designation and that i suppose this can be terribly helpful for everybody.

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      stella vadakin 21 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi , thought I would read your hub with cold season upon us. I really like the table chart you have included. Thanks, Stella

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful and important article for everyone.

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Good article. Just finish all the antibiotics because Now, I a bloody nose mixed with clear when I blow my nose. Going back to see a Naturopath this time.

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      Aladdins Cave 24 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Hub, full of good information, BAR one !

      I strongly recommend people STOP smoking, not reduce it.

      Gave you thumbs up

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      Monique 2 years ago from Wichita, Ks

      I think this is a great hub personally. I have a daughter who has CF so I've learned a lot about mucus but so many people have no idea. I know I was one of those people before Her diagnosis and I think this is very useful for everyone.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Congrats on HOTD and the tons of comments here, especially since it's very useful, when it's cold and flu season, or due from allergies. Great job with informing us on mucus colors and their causes. Voted up!

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      Misha 2 years ago

      two days ago iwas a lil disoriented then i left work and instantly felt like i had a sore throat, the was fine for w few hours then i went into shakes and sweats and tried to sleep with no luck lol.... had to pee alot and had extreme fatigue in my bones and body.

      i took some benilyn and my throat felt a slight bit better but nothing else really...then i started sneezing and it doesnt feel or sound like my normal sneewze its itchier and more squeeky than normal idk whyi think this but i do it doesnt feel like a normal sneeze... anyways my mucus is chunky whit/yellow and it has slightly bloody patched nothing over the top or anythiing but it has beentwo days now of like me sneezing a glob half way across the room of this gross stuff...i do have pets which i have slight allergy to so i assume they are making my nasal passage more irritated but i just wanted to make sure its not too serius

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      hoov45 2 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

      I had no idea that snot and boogers were so interesting! Nice work here on this unusual topic. Keep up the great writing. Voted useful.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Who'd have thought snot could be so interesting! Great Hub.

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      regular teen 2 years ago

      im 13 and i have brown mucus come out but i don't smoke

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      Lloyd B. De Guzman 2 years ago from Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

      A very informative article. Nice!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Wonderfully written and thoroughly explained. It may be "gross" to some but that's just a part of life and you want to make sure that you're always healthy and kickin'. Great informative hub. Voted up.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Beautifully written article about a not so beautiful subject. Very informative, thank you very much for posting.

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      Ammon Beardmore 2 years ago

      This is gross yet extremely helpful! Thanks for posting.

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      Sunshyne1975 2 years ago from California, US

      Very informative hub. I just went to the doctor today and he told me I have severe allergies. Uggh. Everything is blooming early this year and that doesn't help one bit, or the fact that every person that walks in front of me lately seems to be a smoker. lol. (and if I had blue snot I would FREAK OUT) Thanks for the hub!

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      IrisMcdonald 2 years ago

      I really appreciate this article and will be passing the very clear very informative information on to friends. I think it gives people simple guides to reassurance and confidence to trust their own judgement .

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      Jodie 2 years ago

      Excellent and informative article :)

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      wingedshadowwolf 2 years ago

      Found this site because my snot has the bright yellow color of a highlighter marker! I'm just getting over a cold so this must be it hanging on, or a secondary infection. I've had some really green/yellow snot before but this was a new color to me!

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      Oscar Jones 2 years ago from Alabama

      I have previously experienced acute sinus infection that turned into viral pneumonia that put me out for thirty days. it started I believe it was triggered by sanding, using sheetrock mud and the mixture, I was snotting up white pasty phlegm but when the sinuses got to draining, I was bigtime dehydrating and then all colors and then solid black/ lung phlegm, but you can argue it was still sinus infection drainage, I could not hold my head up,serious headaches put me down, and put me out of consciousness. , could not stay hydrated, oh what a royal mess. well at the end of it and after air vaced to hospital 400 miles away, and thirty days I will never remember, doctors mixed up something one last time to try to save me, it was something like septra-antibiotic, while under almost total oxygen.. end of story, I am well today.. I am thankful. I will say this, A doctors recommendation is that you ask for real Sudafed from behind the counter with decongestant,. that the new aids outside on the shelves are not effective. pheneffreline is not able to do what the old Sudafed meds can do. --

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      The Schreibfeder 2 years ago

      This is the most beautiful hub on this site. Thank you for blessing me with it. Voted up.

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      Mynoseistired 2 years ago

      Hi. I have had ( what I thought to be a cold) for about two weeks now. Sometimes my mucus is clear, sometimes it is yellow, yesterday it was brown. I don't smoke; and my other nostril is painfully dry. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      sore chick 2 years ago

      Ok so im 24 i have been smoking for 10 years. Now i have been sick for 5 days. My throat has been swelled the whole time at first i coughed up dried blood then the next day i did again fever and all except the blood was fresh. I started taking antibiotics from the hospital now i feel like i got a big chuck of dried phlem. Ahhhhh it hurts wat should i do

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      Erica petras 2 years ago

      So my mucus that I coughed up last night was a thick gooey, like brownish reddish color. I have a sore throat and I haven't been getting much rest because of how I feel. Help?

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      Solaras 2 years ago

      Thoroughly disgusting; totally useful - Voted thumbs up and useful. Thanks for sharing with us!

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      Fatima Sultan 2 years ago from Manama, Bahrain

      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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      Cotswold-G 2 years ago

      Fascinating. Thanks.

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      ptosis 2 years ago from Arizona

      Had a nasty head cold in Oct. It was like Gorilla Glue or a one-armed Octopus that was so thick you could stretch it 3 feet and wouldn't snap. Had plugged Estruction tube, after steroids, and Bactrim I still have a problem. At one point had a chicken embryo come out. Clear mucus with a yellow blob in the middle. My face feels like somebody decked me. Going to dentist in Jan when insurance kicks in.

      Thank you for allowing me to talk about gross stuff.

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      Muhammad Haris 2 years ago

      My mucus is brownish in one side and yellowish in other, in start (about 2 weeks ago) it was yellow, then green and now i am taking cefixime trihydrate and mucus is brownish, what does it means?

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      Giant1309 2 years ago

      My mucus is clear but with very light specs of blood I have a sore throat so I don't know whether this has anything to do with it. Any reassurance would be great

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      Katlin153 2 years ago

      My mucus is bloody and i have a sore throat. That might tie in with my mucus problem. A student in my class cant miss a day in collage, and he has strep throat. Now my throat hurts and i have bloody mucus. I am 80% sure i have strep now.

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      allie 2 years ago

      Ive been blowing like a yellowish-green looking mucus for 3 days now its feels as if i cant breath at night because i wake up and blow my nose four times befor i cant breath out it. I have been using my inhaler cause im an asthmatic sorry i cant spell it right.cause im haveing a hard time breathing

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      Alex 2 years ago

      I've had an illness of some kind, symptoms coming on rather suddenly; painful chest, cough, nausea, runny nose, a raised temperature and a bit of an upset tummy. At first the snot was green, but now it seems to be more clear. Is this a good sign? A sign of recovery? I do hope so, because I feel awful haha.

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      Kalyan 2 years ago

      I have been having bad mornings I'll wake up I outside every morning and my nostrils will begin to swell like if I try blowing my nose there's nothing there but I have to spit up mucus during the morning every morning I went to the doctor she said it was respiratory infection but It never went away I use mucinex it doesn't really help much but it's really thick and I have to spit it up or I can't breathe because it blocks the air way I don't blow my nose anymore it basically goes down my throat and I'll have to spit it up to get rid of it that way and at night I have to constantly clear my throat and spit up little mucus it's yellow like a almost darkish yellow any help with that?

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Kris - You may have irritated sinuses. It could be caused by allergies, irritants, or even if your body is fighting off something. Try taking Mucinex with decongestant. Steam usually helps with sinus pressure. A warm compress can also. Hope you feel better soon!

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Mel - Do you wear blue eye shadow or other makeup? If so, it could be caused by that. If not, then you definitely should have it looked at.

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      kris 2 years ago

      So I haven't been sick at all, but two days ago I woke up with a killer headache (which hasn't went away yet), & a burning at the top of my throat behind my nose. Alot of pressure! I've only been able to blow my nose once in three days! It was THICK, yellow, & had a good amount of blood in it.

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      Mel 2 years ago

      Hello, on and off for the last two years or so sometimes when I'm feeling a bit rundown or coldy I have an irritated eye which keeps watering until a spit up a small kind of solid bluey grey ball. Only millimeters thick. It is a kind of soft chalky texture when broken. Should I get this checked out? Thanks :)

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Becky - Wow! You've definitely had a hard time getting answers. My guess is that it wasn't just mucus. But there isn't any other way I know of to find out what exactly it was.

      If you are worried about your health, though, I would suggest seeing a gastrointestinal specialist. They can check you out, test for parasites, and maybe even do a colonoscopy to look in your intestines to see if there is anything to be concerned about. That may ease your mind about the mystery stuff.

      Good luck! You may not get a definitive answer about the stuff, but you can get reassurance about any problems.

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Mark - It means there is a busted blood vessel, probably just from being irritated. No need to worry unless it goes on for several days.

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      Geoffahfah - There is a small percentage of people who have problems with sinus rinses. But most people can use them without any problems and they find them helpful. Anyone using them should make sure to follow the instructions and get a doctor's approval first.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Just wanted to say very informative hub! I've always wondered what the different colors mean. Now I know. Voted up!

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      Becky 2 years ago

      Hi me again, ok am going to brave the question! As I can't find a way to personally email you. Hoping you will reply soon.

      I will cut to the chase.... Had something sticking out of my orifice eek! It wasn't with a bowel movement, it was after some very terrible pressure feelings in my lower bowel, and itching.. After investigation I found this thing sticking out so pulled it. I put it in a test tube bottle and added water to be able to see it clearly. I studied it and tried comparing it to vegetables I had eaten to see if they had come out I digested I even took some toilet roll and added that to the water to see if it looked the same, that broke down quickly and so realised it was not that. I then thought I was dealing with some kind of flat worm and as this had distinct markings I spent some time looking at lots of close up pictures of worms in humans and found one that looked identical and it was a tapeworm. I then freaked as you would do and rang the docs. My doc was not in for 5 days but I didn't feel comfortable sharing this information with anyone but him so decided to wait it out. I got to speak to him on the phone days later and he agreed to send it off.. I ended up taking it to my local hospital and long story short they lost it, then found it, then wouldn't test it because it was in a liquid, when I tried to get it back to send to tropical disease they said they would look at it after all and needed to wait for the technician to come in to look at it. So by now it was 2 weeks before he looked. When I handed it over it was still in the same form, had not changed shape, puffed up, it was just degrading, as in the distinct markings were becoming fainter. I imagine after another week they would have been very faint indeed. The report back to my doctor is that is was mucus. And now my doctor won't help. I have been ill for years with many unexplained health problems and am concerned that I have had a tapeworm and I feel that maybe if I knew that mucus could stay the same when exposed to water, that would help me find the answers I need desperately.

      I hope I haven't freaked anyone out.. And this is a very unusual question but if I can't find the answers I need here please could you tell me who may know. Thanks so much.

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      mark 2 years ago

      what if it is color red

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      Will B. 2 years ago from Cheyenne, WY.

      Not so sure I would trust netty pots tgough , my uncle had severe reactions with his sinuses even with distilled water. Doctors informed him that the inflammation in his sinuses mixed with arid conditions caused bleeding sores and and infection. The netty pot caused it to become to dry after the rinse.

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      Becky 2 years ago

      Hi again. I put a post up a while ago and I didn't get the answer I needed but you said to try again and you will see if you can help. However I feel embarrassed about it and wondered if I could PM you somehow? Thanks

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      cammyshawn 2 years ago

      Great hub and great information! Don't forget nasal rinses and sinus flushes help the body deal with inhaled allergens and excess snot. They help prevent progression to sinus infection. Be sure to use only distilled water though.

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      L Sarhan 2 years ago

      This has to be one of the most disgusting topics, I have seen. lol BUT this is an amazingly helpful Hub, packed with great information and advice. Nicely, done!

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      I always wondered what caused snot to be green. Great hub, full of informative advice. Thanks.

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      thebrownbear 2 years ago

      Thank you for this informative hub. I have often wondered what the different colours have meant over the years and have never taken the time to look it up. So I appreciated getting some answers after reading this since I'm just getting over a cold myself.

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      sonic 2 years ago

      Hi. Just hi.

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      Rebecca Sutton 2 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

      I will spare you the gross-factor, but let's just say your hub was very helpful ;) Thank you!

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      melissaannec - If you aren't taking an antihistamine, try that. A nasal spray like Nasacort might be good to try also. If that doesn't help, you might want to talk to a doctor about the possibility that it is acid reflux or something that needs antibiotics.

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      melissaannec 2 years ago

      I'm a ex smoker. I have Problems with coughing up dark green and thick mucus. It seems to be never ending. I've had bronchitis before, loose my voice several times a year. I cough up phlegm very regularly.

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Becky - What is the further question you have? Maybe I can help or point you to somewhere else.

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      Becky 2 years ago

      Again thank you for your time in answering me. It has and it hasn't given me the answer I seek. I don't know how to find the answer I need?

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Becky - If it the piece were just mucus, then it should break down in a similiar way. But the thickness of the mucus and consistency and exact ratios of ingredients of it could be different in different parts of the body.

      One of the purposes of mucus from the nose is to clear out "junk" that gets in like dirt, dust, etc. Gastric mucus that could come out from down below protects and coats the inside of organs as food is processed. So even though "pure" mucus is the same basic stuff all throughout the body, other stuff like dirt or food or digestive juices is very likely to be mixed in with it when it comes out, ahem, orifices. That could affect the way the mucus would break down.

      And additionally something coming out of the anus might not actually be mucus but something else the digestive system has processed that just happens to look like mucus. Does that answer your question?

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      Becky 2 years ago

      Brilliant thank you for answering that. Now to take my question further as gross as it may sound. I tested a piece of dried nasal mucus (it came out dry) by putting it into a tube filled with vodka... My very un medical preservative lol. I returned to it the next day to find it looked like a fluffy white cloud. So that obviously follows with your response. So if mucus is mucus, if a dried piece of something was protruding from the anus and it was put in the same vodka solution, should it break down exactly the same as I'm assuming it would? Or could the fact that it may have been there longer internally affect the breakdown of it? I know it seems bizzare but I will elaborate further when I know the answer to that. Totally appreciate your reply and a very interesting site.

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      Candace Bacon 2 years ago from Far, far away

      Lori - Thanks for pointing that out. Mucus color is not the only indicator doctors use to diagnose. Don't ignore serious or long-lasting symptoms.

      Michelle A - Hope your problem got cleared up. It sounds like it was a bad cold. Hope it ran its course and you are feeling better.

      bizg - VapoRub often helps with cough. Mucinex with a decongestant is another good medicine to take when you have a cold.

      Burger - Hope you are better now. Sounds like you had a cold or virus back to back or one that turned into a sinus infection.

      Yorik - You should look into allergies. You may be allergic to certain foods that are causing you problems. Check with an allergist or with a ear, nose, and throat specialist.

      Kathleen Odenthal, jlpark, Glutathione PRO, and securityproducts3 - Thank you! :)

      Leslie Ann - It could be just junk from the cigarettes that you are coughing up, but you should definitely be checked by a doctor to make sure.

      Becky - Yes mucus throughout your body is made from the same essential elements - water and glycoproteins. Hope that helps.

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      Becky 2 years ago

      Hi. I hope I have found the person that can answer my question about mucus. Can you answer is the mucus that comes out of the nose essentials made from the same elements as the mucus from throat and then to go further than that.. Anal mucus? If you answer that mucus is mucus wherever in the body that may help my search for information. Then you may be able to help with the question that would come off your reply. I'm hoping so anyway.

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      securityproducts3 3 years ago

      Wow this was super interesting, thanks for posting!

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      Leslie Ann 3 years ago

      I have been a smoker for 11 years.... but I'd say for the past 1 1/2 years, (I had a cold but very much better.) I have been coughing up this grayish, speckled, and thick phlegm. I know I should quit and I have definitely cut back but I don't know if I should be worried. I cough it up at all times of the day. It's awful! Any advice or help would be awesome! Thank you so much!

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      Ken Williams 3 years ago

      Gross, and eye opening! Great hub!

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting hub! I liked that you explained how it becomes green etc - as a nurse I knew WHY it was green, but not how it got green!.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Not to sound snotty, but I am quite the mucus queen and found this hub extremely insightful! thank you for this. voted up and shared!

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      Yorik 3 years ago

      I had a cold like forever, it recurs every week or in 5 days I have severe headaches, a sore throat and mucus that starts from light green to dark green and then brown or dark red, I have visited several doctors and none have been able to pin point my aliment could u pls point me out in the right direction

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      Burger 3 years ago

      So I was sick for a couple weeks and my mucus was think yellow with brown speckles. Then a few days after I got better I'm sick again. But this time with more mucus and its more of an orange yellow color with specks... Other symptoms are sore throat, headache , body aches and pains, chills and difficulty sleeping... Just wondering if I should be worried or just let it run its course or what? Thanks

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      bizg 3 years ago from USA

      This is such a great article . I am having cough and cold , and reading whats different colors of mucous mean is very interesting. Is vicks vapor rub the best thing to use at this time?

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      Michelle A 3 years ago

      Coughing up white foamy phlegm a few times during the day and a couple hours at different times during the night for about a week. Now my left ear is clogged. I am on a diet eating no fat and no dairy, please help can't deal much longer. Can't breathe our talk during coughing fits. Cough drops don't help neither did nasal spray or mucinex. What's wrong with me? Don't have money to c Dr.

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      Lori 3 years ago

      Hi, Just wanted to add that a few years ago when I had really bad pneumonia the phlegm from my lungs was white. White can often mean pneumonia so never ignore it if you have a deep cough along with it.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Sanya - That is definitely something to discuss with your doctor. The black could be from something you are breathing in (smoke, air pollution, dust, etc.). If you can figure out the cause of that and eliminate it, your mucus problem might clear up.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Alex - Mucinex with a decongestant may help. Using Vaporub on your chest and/or the bottom of your feet can help with nighttime coughing as well. If it hasn't cleared up yet, then it is probably time to see a doctor about it.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      giant1309 - The change in smoking could definitely be part of it. If your lungs are clearing out, it's a good thing.

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      sanya 3 years ago

      i have severe cold for the last few months...and now m feeling better...but nowadays my mucus colour turned black....worried about that...m pregnant also..pls give advice....

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      Alex 3 years ago

      I've had a cold for just over a week so far, and I've been kept up coughing most nights. I've tried various medications to ease this symptom, as well as taking honey, herbal tea, etc, but nothing seems to ease the congestion in my throat. The mucus from my nose has turned from green, to yellow, and, as I discovered today, an orangey-red colour. Any suggestions?

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      giant1309 3 years ago

      I have cut down on smoking whereas before I would have around six a day I am having 1 a day so I am wondering whether my lungs are trying to clear out of all the toxins

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Shawny - It could be just your allergies flaring up. Now is a peak time for allergies with the season change. But it could also be a cold. Colds can come on overnight like that. It's hard to say. In either case, get lots of rest and drink plenty of water. Try taking some Mucinex D to help get rid of your congestion.

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      shawny 3 years ago

      Out of the blue I woke up to a really bad sore throat so I took a cough drop and drank some hot tea and took my allergy meds..but I did cough up a little bit of yellowish greenish enoy that was going down my throat..I felt fine yesterday I don't think you can catch a cold that fast...so what do you think singly you it's just my allergies or could be turning into something more..right now j feel the post nasal drip in a way in my throat is still a little bit irritated

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      giant1309 - It may be a sinus or respiratory infection. If it has been going on for more than a couple of weeks, then you may want to check with a doctor to get it cleared up.

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      giant1309 3 years ago

      My mucus is sometime green and sometimes brown. I have smoked for about 5 months but I am cutting down. I am also exposed to the cold alot. Could this be a chest infection or something my nose does feel like it is starting to block up

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      lookng4akwikfix - You are right. Running to the doctor first thing isn't really going to help with a cold. Antibiotics aren't going to do any good for a virus. A trip to the doctor is only in order if you have symptoms of the flu and it is within the first couple of days or if you have developed a sinus infection after a week or two of being sick.

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      lookng4akwikfix 3 years ago

      Thank you so very much for the providing this article! I want to just run to the doctor after a couple of days of feeling like crap. After reading the article and many of the comments, I now realize I should give it a few weeks before making an impulsive decision.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Alsogrosslyenlightened - It is likely one of two things: allergies or reflux. If it is allergies, doing things like taking a daily antihistamine, changing the bed covers frequently, etc. might help. If it is reflux, an acid reducer might help. Raising the head of your bed a few inches could also help. Hope you get to the bottom of the problem.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Jaco - It is not unusual for the mucus to be different colors in different parts of your sinuses. Sometimes there is bacteria or other "germs" that is in only one side that causes a certain color.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      azza - It may have been mucus that had been stuck long enough to dry out and look strange. It also may have been dead cells and other junk from inside your body that the mucus had collected. Coughing up stuff like that is pretty common, so no worries unless it happens frequently.

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      Alsogrosslyenlightened 3 years ago

      When i wake up i almost always feel i need to hock a loogi (sp) and most of the time its green... for over a year now? Suggestions? And thank you for this hub and answering SO MANY peoples questions for SO long.

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      Jaco 3 years ago

      My snot is normally light green, even though I have a stuffy noise/cold right now.

      However I was in the shower and tried getting all the mucus out and my left nostril was easy just some light green snot. But my right one took longer, and after a short while I was blowing out yellow snot, and a lot of it! It was hard to get it out at first, I had to heat my nose with the water from the shower, and it had been built up in there causing my stuffy nose.

      I'm wondering if you know why my left nostril had only light green mucus, but my right one had light green at first, then a ton of yellow behind it built up?

      Thanks for the article by the way!

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      azza 3 years ago

      Hi, I have had flu symptoms for past 5 days, headaches, sore stinging in ears, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, all over body aches, and an extremely sore throat, been hacking up what I can from nose/back of throat as it feels there is something stuck there, well today it came loose and it was a huge chunk of what looked like bloody tissue (wasn't like any mucus I've seen before, had like a raw chicken texture) was greeny brown in color with a huge chunk of blood.

      Any idea what this Was? I was told I shouldve kept it for testing.

      Another thing that was weird, is when this happened, my sore throat pained eased instantly for at least a few hours.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Luss - If you've stopped smoking recently, the blood in your mucus could be from your lungs clearing out, which is normal. The cold may not have fully cleared up yet either. You may have a lot of mucus drainage that was blocking your airway when you tried to breath in or it may be a bit of asthma or vocal cord dysfunction that flared up during the cold. Try taking some Mucinex with a decongestant and drink plenty of water to clear it up. If the symptoms get worse instead of better, then you should check back with the doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Kim - It could be drainage from allergies or you reflux may not be fully under control. You could try some of the natural treatments for reflux (raising the head of the bed, slippery elm supplements, licorice, etc.) and see if it helps any. If not, then it may be allergies.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Danny - That's perfectly normal afteryou stop smoking. It could last for a few more months while your lungs clear out.

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      Iuss 3 years ago

      Hi, about two months ago my Mum had a bad coughing episode and 4 days later I ended up having the same symptoms. And everything what was happening to my Mum would happen to me 4 days later too. Symptoms: very very hard/violent cough for a week and a half, the violent cough stopped after doctor out me on antibiotics, however after the violent cough I (and my Mum too, 4 ays ahead) ended up having tho strange cough where, every time I cough I end up gasping for air, I couldn't breath in and would make a loud inhaling sound. My GP listened to lungs and said it will go away, it's probably an infection. This is very slowly going away, but around 2 months on we still both have it, but it's manageable and slowly getting better. Now, a few days ago I started seeing some red dots when I cough up mucus, when I blow my nose the snot seems to have traces of blood. The mucus from my mouth had traces of "faded" red colour lines in it.

      I used to smoke but quit just before I got this infection and have been smoke free for about 3 months now.

      What should I do? The red lines in mucus got me worries. My nose seems to be blocked and maybe that's what is causing for blood to appear? The weather at the moment is cold and I do have a slight cold like cough/runny nose, could that be why I have traces of red in nose mucus and phlegm?

      Thank you.

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      Kim 3 years ago

      I have been coughing up mucus, mostly in the mornings, for several months. I've had yellow, green, brown, gray, red. Most of the time it's a dark brownish gray color. I also frequently have a cough that starts in the evenings. I do have reflux, but I have been on medication for several years. I also have blood every time I blow my nose.

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      danny 3 years ago

      Hello I've been smoking for about 20 years now I quit 9 days ago my mucus is clear with a traces of blood but very sticky

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      jamil - Sometimes it takes me a week or so, but I always try to give a response.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Dana - It could be a sinus infection. It could have been caused by a cold or allergies or just the change in environment. You should see a doctor about antibiotics to get it cleared up. If you continue having coughing, drainage, etc., after the infection itself is gone, then it could be allergies. Taking a daily antihistamine might help if so.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Brooke - It sounds like you probably had a cold that has turned into a sinus infection now. You should go see a doctor to get it cleared up.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      sickie - If it hasn't improved any, then yes, go back and check with the doctor. Taking Mucinex with a decongestant can help clear out the mucus. Drink lots of water.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Donna - It sounds like it was a cold. If you are still having that much drainage, you may need to see a doctor to get it cleared up. Cutting back on dairy and drinking lots of water can help keep the mucus flowing.

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      jamil 3 years ago

      how very noble and nice to reply to every post

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      Dana 3 years ago

      We have come to Florida for the winter months. Ever since we have been here, I have had what I thought were allergies. I have taken different kinds of medication for allergies and nothing has helped. It has since progressed to almost constant nasal stuffiness with coughing. Coughing brings up green colored little balls of stuff. Where it is coming from I don't know. My coughing is persistent and sometimes very jarring and loose sounding. Any ideas as to what is bothering me?

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      Brooke 3 years ago

      On thec18th December 2013 I got a sore throat (nothing unusual as it always happens after long conversations and doc said nothing wrong with me about that) it turned into a cough that i still have. Im coughing up chunks of green phlegm and my snot varies from green to yellowish orange and now have more cold like symptoms. Sometimes I cough that hard I cant breath and choke, and can hear my chest when I breath deeply

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      sickie 3 years ago

      I have had a cough for like 13 days went to the Dr the other day, all they did was listen with the stethoscope. He prescribed cough medicine with codine. Now 2 days later stuff is finally coming up and is neon yellow/green. Should I go back?

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      Donna31310 3 years ago

      I was sick for about 3 weeks i had a runny nose my eyes were watery i had a cough and would spit yellow and green phlegm i felt really week so i would take dimetapp and use vaporub to put on my chest and throat and it kind of helped and those symptoms are away except for my cough it is really bothering me not that much as time goes by but i would wake up in the night to throw up white phlegm sometimes mixed with green but now its just white and it looks like foam sometimes too my cough is annoying me and it bothers me i had been sick since Christmas now its just the cough i cough a lot at night when im going to go to sleep but i try to keep really warm and cover my nose and it help me sleep but if i just wake up i cough again and when i wake up in the morning i cough a lot and still go spit or throw up white phlegm or it looks like white foam but i used to throw up with a little food but that was way before now its just white and I been taking honey cough drops because i just started college and it helped a lot while i was in class because i didnt cough as much but i dont know if the air or weather i dont know or if the smoke makes me cough again because once i was out of class i started coughing again i feel it gets better but still what can i do should i stay away from certain food?? Would it help at all please help me

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      MzChelle1206 - No worries. That sounds normal. It's only a problem if it lasts for several days. Feel better!

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      MzChelle1206 3 years ago

      This was very helpful information, I have really bad sinuses as well as allergies and I was getting worried when I blew my nose and blood was in the snot as well as bloody boogers. It was just so gross and a little scary to see that happen when it has never happened before!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Gigi - Since you are pregnant, it is definitely not a bad idea to check with your doctor now instead of waiting for your follow up appointment. It is probably just the flu running its course, but it is always better to be extra cautious when pregnant. There may be something more the doctor will want to give you to clear it up quickly so your system isn't strained.

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      Gigi 3 years ago

      Hi, I am 26 weeks pregnant and I got the H1N1 virus. I took tamiflu for three day ( 6 tabs) and now I coughing up this green mucus with blood and also i have it every time i blow my nose. Although I have no fever I am still coughing a lot and having pain around my nose and ears. My follow up appt. is in 10 days. By the way this is my sixth day of being sick.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Drippy - You may have a runny nose when you shower because the steam is loosening the mucus and helping it flow more. The physical activity? Maybe the movement is making it flow. It could be mild asthma or if you are outside, it could be the cold. Unless it is massive amounts of mucus or you have other symptoms, it probably isn't anything to worry about.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Chris - It sounds like a cold that may have turned into a sinus infection. Take Mucinex with a decongestant. Drink lots of water. And it may be time to see a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Ruchi - It could be reflux or it could be caused from excess mucus drainage. You would need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis. You could try taking an acid reducer at night (try Pepcid) and see if it helps. If so, then the reflux is more likely.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      James - The purple mucus could have been caused by a mixture of blood and green/blue mucus or just some strange colored dust you happened to breathe in. If it was just that one day, then it is probably nothing to worry about. If it lasts for a few days, then check with a doctor. The blood continuously may be something to look into, though. It could be a sign of irritation in your sinuses or other problems.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      nancy70 - Definitely finish off all of your antibiotics. You may even need a different kind as well. If it hasn't gone away, check back with a doctor. Nasal sprays do irritate some people's sinuses rather than help. Try not using the spray for a few days to see if it has any effect. Taking Mucinex with a decongestant can also help.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Teemy - Could be a bacterial infection or something else your body is fighting off. If it hasn't cleared up, see a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Hannah524 - Doing things like drinking lots of water, using a humidifier, avoiding chocolate and other asthma triggers are the best things that can be done at home. Taking vitamin C can also help with asthma. Check with a health food store for other natural aids for asthma. Other than that, when your asthma has a flare up like that, you may need to check with a doctor about breathing treatments and other asthma medications.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Manny - The best way to avoid getting sinus infections is to minimize your allergies. Make sure you are taking a daily antihistamine. Figuring out what you are allergic to and avoiding those things will also help. When your allergies are at their worst, try taking oregano oil. You can also check with a health food store for natural remedies for allergies. Try cutting back on dairy and drinking lots of water to help keep mucus from getting thick.

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      Drippy 3 years ago

      Wondering why my nose runs when I take a shower or do anything physical.

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      Chris 3 years ago

      Hi I don't know if I have a cold or a sinus infection. I keep coughing up gree/yellow and when I blow my nose its white or a light yellow but I haven't drank or eaten dairy in days. Its insanely thick too and hard to blow out...I've given myself nose bleeds just trying. Ive emptied 3 different bottles of cold medication used allergy meds nasal spray everything. What is this or what do I do? Ive been like this for almost 2 weeks and am getting sick or living off of soup.

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      Ruchi 3 years ago

      I used to have cough vomiting at morning. .....is it only acid reflux or else coz I have thick grayish mucus at that time...I m not an smoker.

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      Commenter 3 years ago

      Wow, thanks for the info. I always never knew about snot.

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      james 3 years ago

      Hello a quick question. Some times I blow my nose and I get blood in the tissue this is somthing I have just got used to now. But today I felt the erge to blow my nose so I did and there was a fair bit of purple on the tissue...... and help about what this could be would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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      nancy70 3 years ago

      Hi, i've had a bad case of colds, cough and terribles but didnt hepl much. BTW self medicated that same time with nasonex. nt help much. Also took nasonex. That same time, my mucus was dark yellowish. Went to another ent, another round of antibiotics for my sinusitis..oand feel some improvement. If i consume my dose of antibiotics and still have tinge of yellow mucus should i stop antibiotics? , will the antibiotics suffice? Is the steroid spray im taking delaying my healing process...hope for your reply..

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      Teemy 3 years ago

      Well, my snot is sort of reddish, and some yellow. Then, the next day, it had blue. What is going on?

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      Hannah524 3 years ago

      Hi I'm just getting over a cold I've had for 2 weeks but my cough isn't budging I'm asthmatic and when I have coughing fits they can last for 5 mins but I struggle to breath they seem to get a lot worse at night I take my inhaler which eases it for a short while but then I'm at it again I'm only getting around 2 hours sleep a night. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance

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      Manny 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I am sick of antibiotics , i keep getting phlegm almost every month because i have allergic rhinitis and a little breathing problems too .. can anybody suggest me something very effective.. i dont get runny nose or cough much but i often get headaches (sinus kinds - pain with head movements) , sore throats with phlegm which keeps running dowm my throat . Also, usually it starts with white thick phlegm then it gets thick yellow or green for me with black / grey streaks in it . and i have also had acute bronchi infections in past . Please help me

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      yenno - Bright yellow can mean that your by is fighting off a bug. Antibiotics probably aren't going to help at this point. The best thing is to take Mucinex. Look for the kind that has a decongestant in it. Drink lots of water. If it turns to a dark green that doesn't go away after a few days, then you may need to see a doctor.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      FullOfLoveSites - No need to worry. Green is a very normal color for mucus. And a lot of times it clears up on its own after the bug has run its course. If it has been green for several days or more, then antibiotics might be in order. Hope you feel better soon!

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      yenno 3 years ago

      hi, i was wondering i have like this bright yellow phlegm ? Its been bugging me for awhile im abit worried.. what kind of infections cause this?

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      I'm having a green phlegm right now. I think I'm a bit alarmed by what that means as I read this hub. I hope it doesn't get worse! Thanks... I will take antibiotics then.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      MadisonIsaacs - Try Mucinex. Look for a type that matches your symptoms best. There are several different types for multiple symptoms. Drink lots of water. Hope you feel better soon.

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      MadisonIsaacs 3 years ago

      Hey :)

      I'm pretty sure I have a cold. It only started yesterday but it's intense like I have sinus pain and no cough as of yet. I had a really sore throat yesterday and last night but now it hurts but not as bad. My mucus ranges from clear to yellow there is alot tho. I lose all my appetite when I'm sick so I don't think I could eat.

      Do you know any medicines that could help?

      Thank you.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      cala - It sounds like you have another infection or that type of antibiotics didn't actually get rid of it and now it is back again. You could try taking Mucinex for a couple of days to see if it will clear up on its own. If not, then you may need to go back to the doctor for another type of antibiotic.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      bgandy - It sounds like junk that was in your nasal cavity getting cleared out. It could be dead skin cells, dirt, etc. Unless it keeps happening for more than a few days, it is probably not anything to worry about. The headaches could just be your sinuses aching from all that's going on. If it doesn't go away soon, then you might need to consult another doctor.

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      cala 3 years ago

      I had bronchitis and a sinus infection 3 weeks ago, went to the doctor and got put on a Z-pak, got better, but now for a week I have pressure in my sinus cavity on the left side of my nose and last week when I blew my nose my mucus was brown and THICK, it seriously looked like I blew out an earthworm. Today the same thing happened... and i still have the sinus pressure, do I need to worry and what can i do to help this, it's only on my left side...

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      bgandy 3 years ago

      Hi, i have nasal polyps and have just finished a course of antibiotics for pneumonia about 3 days and am on the 8th day of prednisone. I just had a chunk (about the size of a shell macaroni noodle) that is flesh like and pale gray in color come out of my nose. I have had headaches for the last two days. My dr doesn't have a clue...

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Worried - You may want to wait another day or two to see if the problem is back or if the last bits of it are just clearing out. If the symptoms do increase, then you might need to see the doctor again or try calling to see if the doctor can recommend something different. The kind of antibiotics prescribed may not have fully cleared out the infection and you might need a different kind or additional medicine like steroids.

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      worried 3 years ago

      I had blocked nose two weeks ago, the mucus coming out from my right nostril was brownish. The next day, it went from brownish to red. I went to see the doctor and I was given antibiotics, fedac tablets. After taking the medication for a few days, I thought I recovered because the mucus cleared up. This morning, I had really thick phlegm stuck in my throat. I had to gargle some water to cough it up. it was brownish in colour and really hard to cough out from my throat. Do you think I should go to the doctor again?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Alley - If you aren't taking an antihistamine, start with that. Something like Allegra or Zyrtec is fine. Taking Mucinex for a few days might help if you have some congestion. But if the drainage is caused by allergies, then Mucinex isn't a long term solution. If it doesn't improve, you may want to talk to your doctor about allergies to address the cause.

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      Alley 3 years ago

      I have had lots of sinus drainage lately and it's causing lots of coughing and little sleep. What OTC meds would you recommend?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      gotta love ny - Good advice! Sound advice from the doctor.

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      gotta love ny 3 years ago

      started out as allergies went to bad sinus infection with bronchitis= tired, ache, headaches, light sensitivity, sniffing, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, body aches, dry throat with constant congestion running down back of throat, painful ribs with neck sholder pain worse when lean over or cough. doc said antibiotics with script cough syrup with codine and plain musinex. all this with a tons of water. so good luck to everyone out there. hope this will help! when you notice your that miserable just apoligize and take a nap!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      lalala - You may have a bad cold or bug. Try taking Mucinex for a couple of days and see if it helps clear out the mucus. Make sure to drink lots of water. If that doesn't help after a couple of days or if you have other symptoms develop (or bad chest pain again), see a doctor because it may be an infection.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Jerry - No need for concern just yet. 's probably just your body clearing out the junk from the cold. If it lasts more than a few more days to a week, then it may be an infection that might need to be looked at by a doctor. Otherwise drink plenty of water to help the mucus flush it out.

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      lalala 3 years ago

      I've had thick yellow mucus for about 2 weeks and just started having chest pain in the center with one day of bad asthma and bad bp and pulse (the asthma got mostly better bp and pulse is completely better) What should I do?

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      Jerry 3 years ago

      I had a common cold last week. I have been coughing out light brown phlegm for a couple of days. It became a bit brown yesterday and green today. Is this a cause of concern ? I usually cough this out in the morning.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Kay - It sounds like your child had a cold. Green snot is normal and is a sign that your child's body is fighting it off. If the mucus is hard and crusty, make sure your child is drinking plenty of water to keep it moist and flowing properly. Try to keep the nose as clean as possible so the snot won't dry. Using a humidifier can also help keep it moist.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Courtney Breanna - It sounds like you may have another mass in your sinuses. Were they nasal polyps? If so, they often become a chronic problem. Going to the doctor is probably your best option at this point to get it cleared up. You might find a natural cure that works for you, but it would require trial and error and might just be a waste of money. It seems to be a problem that can be reduced with natural remedies, but not necessarily cured once they have already formed.

      There are medications that can clear up your nasal passages so you might not have to have another surgery if it isn't too blocked. You could also talk to your doctor about things that might help prevent them (allergy meds, etc.) in the future so that they won't get to this severe point.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Kerrie - It does sound like allergies. It could be to a certain foods or something else. You could get an allergy test, but it is pretty expensive. You could also try an elimination diet to try to figure it out on your own. The most common allergies are dairy, wheat, soy, and corn. You could try avoiding each of those foods for a week and see if it makes you feel better. Taking an antihistamine daily could also help.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      nonnof4 - Is the mucus dripping from the roof of your mouth where your nasal passage is? That's the only explanation I can think of. The grey speck sounds like it is some kind of dirt or dust in the air that your mucus is catching.

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      kay 3 years ago

      my child is 22 months and for the past week or so has been having dark green and very hard snot, that very often blocks the nasal passage

      could you please advsise what this could be and ways i can prevent this in the future ..

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      Courtney Breanna 3 years ago

      Hey. I have kind of a complicated situation. I had sinus surgery in December of 2012, because I had been having sinus/respiratory problems every few weeks. I had a migraine every day. I would get sick, get it cleared up and then it would come back almost like it was the next day. I had a mass in my sinuses. Previously, I hadnt had blood in my mucus. But 3 months ago (June) I started getting cold and sinus infections again. I was sick for the entire months of June and July. I went to to doctor and had to have 2 antibiotics. I wasn't sick all of August, but I have been sick since September 2nd. I have tried every over the counter medicine that i'm allowed to take. Last week I started coughing up bright red bloody and green mucus. I don't have insurance as the insurance my parents had on me expired. Yesterday I got a netipot so I could see if I could get the infection out. Okay, so when I put the netipot through my right nostril, it works fine and I get bright green mucus...but when I put it through my left nostril, only so much will go in and then it stops. Then, I blow out bright red blood and bright green mucus as well. The migraines I have, have gotten significantly worse- and are especially terrible in the morning. My head feels weak, my body is extremely tired- but restless. I've had like 3 fevers this month, but they've went away and weren't over 102 F. My chest hurts, especially when I cough. When I touch my throat on the outside, it feels pretty swollen and lumpy. I don't really want to spend money to go to the doctor, but i feel like I might have to. I don't smoke, nor do I drink. Could you give me some advice, please?

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      Kerrie 3 years ago

      I'm constantly sneezing, and blowing my nose. My mucus is clear, but there's loads of it. My nose feels swollen at the top, and when I sniff I sneeze again its driving me mad!!! I think it's an allergy. But to what, it's when I'm at home and work and out....any ideas???

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      nonnof4 3 years ago

      Great useful and clear article - well done!. Whats your view about my postnasal snot? Its clear, always contains a small grey speck but is never coughed - it just spontaneously appears in my mouth - gross.; about 2/day now; if I cough it sounds odd but regular drs can find nothing...as yet! Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Adam - If it has been going for two months, then it is something chronic. Allergies or acid reflux is a possibility, but the aches like that suggest it might be something else going on or at least a combination of things. The best thing to do would be to go to a doctor who can examine you and get to the bottom of it. Hope you get some answers.

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      Adam 3 years ago

      Also my brown/green/yellow mucus is only for short time in the morning then turns clear.

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      Adam 3 years ago

      I have been feeling really exhausted even when a day at work is easy. I have been coughing up brown/green/yellow mucus for the last 2 months! Costant headaches and my whole body aches all the time especially my hands and legs. What's wrong with me?

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      Jacques 3 years ago

      My snot just came out orange and i was alarmed... but after reading this i am at ease :) thanks for the information!!!!!!!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Alvin - The green mucus had probably been in your nose for awhile, long enough to absorb the pigment and other junk your body is fighting. Then the clear was "newer" mucus that your body had made that wasn't in your nose long enough to gather the "junk" that changes its color.

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      alvin 3 years ago

      in the morning i blew in to a tissue and got green snot came out but then i blew again in like 5 minutes and was clear why is that

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Yvette - It doesn't sound like anything more than a sinus infection, which the medicine should help. You can try taking Mucinex to help clear out the mucus.

      When the consistency changes to a more dry mucus, it means the mucus has been in your nasal passages long enough to dry out. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Using a humidifier and inhaling steam are other good ways to keep your nasal passages moistened. Otherwise, just keep taking the medicine and hopefully it will clear up soon.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Adam - If you just stopped smoking recently, then that could be the cause of the black spots and the excess mucus. When a person stops smoking, the lungs start repairing themselves and flushing out all the junk that was in them. That is probably what the black spots are. It normally lasts anywhere from 1 month up to 6 months and any type of cold, sinus, excess mucus problems could be just the clearing process after stopping or even cutting back on any type of smoking.

      There isn't really much that will help the symptoms if the reason is because you recently quit smoking. Just think of it as the healing process. It should eventually clear up on its own. But if the symptoms get worse or you feel like you have an infection, then antibiotics might help and you might need to check with a doctor. Otherwise, just try to drink lots of water to keep your system hydrated. Hope it clears up soon.

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      Yvette 3 years ago

      Hi!

      I'm on my 4th day of my z-pak, steroids, singular, and nasonex. I have allergies n prolly rhinitis as well. Lately I've noticed that when I blow my nose it's either clear or white but then goes to yellow or green but then occasionally it has brown/greyish specks. Sometimes the are mushy, almost have the consistency of potted meat n other times its thick, hard n very stick. Pls help? Could it be something worse?

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      Adam 3 years ago

      Hello cocopreme. About a month ago I noticed I started to cough up a lot of mucus. Started of being just white and slightly yellow but then turned to clear/white with some specks of black. I checked up with my doctor and after verifying that I had a really bad sinus infection, he prescribed me with an antibiotic and a steroid. A week later once I ran out of my medication, I still found myself coughing up some black gunk. Wasn't as bad as before but was still there. I went back to my doctor and he prescribed me with a stronger antibiotic and a refill of the steroids. I just finished the last of my meds a couple days ago and up until today I was coughing up nothing but white and clear mucus. But I think I made the mistake of working out and I just starting coughing up the specks of black again. I used to smoke cigarettes on occasion but I stopped about a month and a half ago. I am a prop 215 medical marijuana patient because of knee problems and sleep deprivation. Lately I have only been smoking concentrates to reduce the intake of carsinogens and to just be healthier with it. I have been cutting back a lot lately since I'm kinda worried.

      Should I be concerned that I started coughing up the black specks again?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      SomeSmoker - No, you shouldn't be especially worried. The brown mucus might be from something else going on. You may have irritation in the lining of your nasal passages or throat that are bleeding a bit and turning the mucus brown. It is common and not a cause for alarm just yet. But if it continues for more than a couple weeks or so, you should check with a doctor to get to the bottom of the problem. The smoking may eventually start to cause more problems for you as time goes by, though.

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      SomeSmoker 3 years ago

      Hey cocopreme, Iv been smokeing for awhile and this is the first time i got brown mucus, Should i be worried?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Nicola K - The red/orange mucus is probably because your sinuses are very irritated and are bleeding some. It is normal and isn't a cause of concern unless it doesn't clear up after another week or so and then you might need some antibiotics to clear it up. Your stomach is probably upset from all the mucus draining into it and you may be right about the flu as vomiting is a common symptom.

      Try taking Mucinex to help clear out the mucus. There are ear drops that you can get from the pharmacy to help with your ear. You can also put a few drops of peroxide in your ears to help soothe it and clear it up. Theraflu and some of the other brands made to ease flu symptoms rather than cold symptoms may work better for you.

      If you aren't better within a few more days, it is probably time to go to the doctor for medicine. Feel better soon!

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      Nicola k 3 years ago

      Hello, I think i have a head cold/ slight touch of flu. I'm getting better but my signus are really bad, my neck is so sore I'm scared to move/ cough or sneeze. I can't hear out of my right ear because it's so blocked. Ive had red and orange snot for 4 days now and im sick of having to blow my nose so often, it's so hard to sleep because my nose wakes me up! My mouth and lips are so sore were I have to rely on breathing through my mouth. I've been taking medication for sinus, blocked nose, colds and painkillers. Been using vick rubbed around my neck, chest, and nose. Also when I have thrown up my then blown my nose, theirs quite a bit of blood, however I thought maby this could be a side effect of stomach acid because I couldn't eat. I'm just a little concerned with the amount of red/ orange snot coming out of my nose.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      ScottishGirl - It might be helpful to see an ENT to help with the current problem. If it is being caused by food intolerances or allergies, you may also want to see an allergist to help with the underlying problem to keep it from happening.

      You may try taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) to break up the mucus and clear out your stuffy nose. Hope you can get some reflief soon.

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      ScottishGirl 3 years ago

      Hi there! I've had a blocked nose for a few days now, not runny just stuffy and use an nasal spray. My throat feels constantly clogged up with thick clear mucus, makes it difficult to swallow/ breath sometimes. Seems to be worse in the morning. I've got some food intolerances. Went to doc and said he could see catarrh and it may be hayfever. Would it be beneficial to go to ENT doc?

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      JD - It sounds like your problem is likely to be one of two things, either drainage at night or acid reflux.

      If it is drainage, the mucus trickling down the back of your nose pools up in your throat while you are lying down. If it is reflux, the acid in your stomach bubbles up your throat while you are horizontal.

      In either case, raising the head of the bed about 5-6 inches may help to keep things flowing properly. To figure out which it may be, experiment with things that will help it. For reflux, don't eat for 2-3 hours before bedtime so your stomach won't be in heavy digestion mode. Avoid foods that can cause reflux like onions, garlic, alcohol, dairy, etc. You could try taking acid reducer at night like Pepcid, but they aren't good to take for long periods. If they do help your problem, then you would want to check with a doctor about ways to control the reflux that don't involve being on acid reducers or inhibitors.

      If it is drainage, then it is likely due to allergies. You could figure out what you are allergic to. You could also try taking antihistamines for a week or so to see if it is an improvement.

      Hope you can get to the bottom of the problem.

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Karl - Glad your problem has improved so much. Hopefully it will continue to stay that way.

      Shari - :)

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      JD 3 years ago

      When I wake up in the mornings my throat is clogged with brown mucus(a clump about dime size, gross I know) that I cough up and after that my throats sore of a little bit then I'm fine

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      Shari 3 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Karl 3 years ago

      Thx CocoPrene,

      After reading previous post and your advise I have cut back on Dairy products especially Full cream.

      I was actually a big Milk drinker, since I have stopped drinking milk or cut back to a cup a day I have noticed the mucus thinning and some what stop. I have reduced the reliance on the steroidal nasal spray and have noticed my chest is clearer and don't cough in the mornings.

      I just wish that my Doctor advised me of this 3 months back.

      Back to my happy days!!!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Shari Fox Laval - Nasal sprays increase drainage, which may be what you are experiencing. The stuff from your nose may be draining a bit too quickly and that may be what is causing you to cough up stuff like that.

      It probably isn't changing the color of the mucus. The stuff in the back of your nose that has collected the most cold "junk" may have drained first and then the "newer" mucus started coming up (pleasant, I know). It is very common to have a range of mucus colors at one time.

      If the nasal spray feels like it doesn't do well for you, you may want to try something like Mucinex instead. It also helps the mucus to drain, but it doesn't just push it to another spot. It helps to clear it out as well. But it can also cause drainage as it works. Feel better soon!

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      Candace Bacon 3 years ago from Far, far away

      Karl - If it keeps happening continuously like that, then there is some underlying cause. Right now you are just treating the symptoms, not the problem.

      Allergies are the most likely cause. You could ask your doctor for a referal to an allergist or you could try to figure out what it is that is causing the problem. Start by eliminating dairy from your diet for a couple of weeks and see if there is any improvement. Gluten, soy, corn, and nuts are all also common food allergies.

      The coughing in the morning is likely because the mucus has dripped down your throat during the night and hasn't been able to drain properly because you have been completely horizontal. You can try raising the head of your bed about 5 or 6 inches. It may help with the drainage.

      There is also the possibility of acid reflux if you don't notice improvement with checking for allergies. Good luck getting to the bottom of the problem.

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      Shari Fox Laval 3 years ago

      I have had a cold since Wednesday. It's been going around my family. I hate having a stuffy nose so I use Afrin to be able to sleep. A long time ago, I noticed that Afrin seems to push the cold into my chest faster than when I don't use it. I was wondering if Afrin changes the color and or texture of the mucus that I cough up. This morning, I woke up and was coughing up very dark green and thick, almost snotty mucus for the first couple of minutes but as I continued to cough up mucus to clear myself out, it turned to a thinner, clear mucus. Could this have to do with the Afrin pushing my nose snot down to my chest?

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      Karl 3 years ago

      Hi,

      10 years ago I had ongoing problems with acute sinus attacks and was suffering from sever headaches and sore eyes and blocked nose and the list goes on.

      I had an operation on my nasal/nose to open up the passage.

      It helped to relieve the pressure. I am still suffering from Sinus attacks 10 years on.

      Past 3 months I have noticed thick white mucus discharge from my nasals. Seen the Doctor said not to worry but to keep taking steroidal nasal spray.

      The spray helps reduce the production of Mucus.

      I have. Seen the doctor several times and he reassures me not to worry too much.

      Should I be concerned?

      Thick White Mucus, coughing in the morning, blocked nose!!!

      Thx awaiting your reply!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Brooke - If it is that bacteria, you could have gotten it anywhere in public. Bacteria are on everything and can be spread very easily (door knobs, handles, even in food and water). The blue color could also just be your body fighting off "normal" stuff and the color of the pigmentation just looks more blue instead of green for some reason.

      If you are worried about it or if you have several other symptoms, you should go see a doctor to find out if antibiotics are needed. If you don't have severe cold symptoms, then you are probably fine waiting to see if your body knocks out the bug on its own.

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      Brooke 4 years ago

      For the past 5 or so days I've been noticing that my boogers are a dark navy blue, but my normal snot is thin and clear. What does this mean? And I absolutely have not inhaled anything blue so it's not an issue of inhaling something. As far as it being from that strand of bacteria, I don't know how I would get it, as I am never near public water sources (i.e. public showers, hot tubs, pools, etc.), but recently I have begun refilling my tin water bottle from the public water fountain at my university, but I make sure that the water bottle lip never touches the fountain spout. Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Aya Hebi - It sounds like you have a cold or maybe even strep since your throat is hurting so badly. You are doing the right thing by resting. That is what your body needs to fight off the bug.

      Your headaches and the heaviness are probably from sinus pressure. You can try taking Mucinex to help clear the mucus. At this point you may need some antibiotics from the doctor to fight it off, especially if it is strep. It sounds like it has become an infection.

      The cold tea is fine to drink. Chicken soup may help soothe your throat as well. Be sure you are drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Sucking on cough drops or hard candy or using throat spray can also help to soothe your throat. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Aya Hebi 4 years ago

      Hi! I've been very sick the past week. An aching back, & body. I have a bad weakness upon standing and my head aches are out of control; as if my head feels heavy upon lifting or raising . I can't decide whether I am hot or cold.. Mostly staying in bed, because I can't exactly get up . But about my throat; it hurts only on the left side when I swallow . It's bad in the mornings, when I breathe with my mouth open, or when I stop hacking up mucus for awhile & don't salvate my mouth for awhile upon being preoccupied . It's made it painful to swallow, and speak. No cough . Only a bit of every kind of mucus. First it was white(always been rather thick than thin), then light green to some yellowish darker green, recently brown specs some bigger than others. In the sink I just coughed up red, and clear & brown mucus . This is killing me because whenever I get sick a few times a year; this is what I get everytime . Is it because I'm staying in bed too much? Sleeping with my mouth open? Dairy, such as milk and cookies? What should I doI'm 15. what feels the best is cold Lipton iced tea Please help me; what should I do? Chicken noodle soup?

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      Aya Hebi 4 years ago

      Ive also had major problems with sleeping recently . Please help; in pain :(

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      Justin 4 years ago

      Update for anyoneone else with the symptoms: I blew out a (I'm not joking) quarter pound glob just a few hours ago. It was mostly a thick brown with yellow spots, but it had quite a few spongy red chunks. Since then, all of my snot has been clear and my sinuses have been back to normal. I will go to the doctor to make sure it is okay, but for now I am feeling better.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Justin - Some people are more sensitive to smoke than other people. You may be more sensitive than others. It is also possible that you just have a cold or a virus right now. Smoke can make cold symptoms and even allergy symptoms worse, so it probably is a factor.

      Try taking Mucinex (active ingredient guaifenesin) to help thin and loosen the mucus. It should help whatever the cause may be. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep the mucus flowing instead of dry and clumpy.

      The best thing is to avoid the smoke as much as possible. If you can, get farther away from the fires by going to a friend's house or somewhere else. When you are at home, only go outside when necessary and keep the doors and windows closed to keep out any smoke. Wearing a dust mask when you are outside is a good idea too. An air purifier might help as well if you have access to one. Hopefully you will get to feeling better soon and hopefully the fires will get put out.

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      Justin 4 years ago

      I live about two miles from the Black Forest Fire and I have gotten really sick. I have a very bad sore throat and my snot is a yellowish-brown with big red chunks. It is very, very sticky and seems to come out all at once. This morning I inspected it closely,nearly losing my breakfast, and found that it has the consistency of half-dried glue. I know the smoke from the fire is probably part of the cause, but I seem to be the only one with the symptoms. Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Haley-Mae - It is possible that you are having a different color from each nostril or the mucus is coming from different parts each time. As your body fights off the infection and progresses through different stages it can change the color as well.

      I would suggest taking something like oregano oil to boost your immune system and to fight off any lingering bugs completely. If you are interested, talk to someone at a health food store about good supplements for immune strength.

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      Haley-Mae 4 years ago

      I have weird phlegm/sputum. Sometimes it's massive hunks of clumpy dark green, other times its mini chinks of yellow. Am I fighting two different things? One of the articles I looked at said green was "old" infection, whereas yellow was "new". I can't figure out if I have postnatal drip or not, but it feels like I do. I can still breathe through my nose with minor blockage. I have had a several month infection a while back that I took Bactrim for, only to find out I'm allergic to cillin and sulfa :P I thought that the Bactrim took care of it, but I am going to walkin care this morning to get it checked out. Maybe its something old and Something ne ;) It's possible that I am just a walking infection magnet due to a bad immune system (immuno-suppressants, prednisone, methotrexate, rituxan/rituximab). But any way

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Bri - No need to worry. The steam probably loosened up some mucus that had been stuck in your breathing passages long enough to dry up and get hard. Try to drink plenty of water to keep your mucus moist. You can also try taking Mucinex to help clear up the mucus. If your cold doesn't go away after about a week, then you may want to check with a doctor.

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      bri 4 years ago

      I have been such for the past 3 days with just about every cold symptom imaginable,soar throat, runny nose/stuffy nose, and headaches. I was in the shower when I woke up this morning trying to breath in some stream to make my throat feel a little better and I coughed up a huge chunk of mucus that was very firm and had red, green, and medium grey colors. I freaked! I was wondering if in should be concerned?

      Ps I don't smoke smok and never have so I know it can't be from that.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Eric - If this has been going on awhile, you may want to get checked out. Do you use any kind of blue colored powder?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Dustin - It could be a few different things. It might be caused by the smoking. It could also be allergies or even acid reflux. It is hard to say without knowing more symptoms and getting checked out by a doctor. The mucus is probably dark because of the smoking.

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      ERIC 4 years ago

      my snot is blue when on a regular basis, im not healthy :/

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      dustin 4 years ago

      I have a very bad case of mucus i am a smoker. I am constantly hacking up mucus all day everyday i have nobeen to the doctor which i know i should. I spend about 15-20 minsevery morning coighing up dark mucus over the toilet then all day threw out the day. And whsay all day i mean all day

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Snotser - Sometimes coughing a lot and hard, deep coughs can cause the cartilage around the ribcage to become inflammed. That is a likely cause of your pain. Taking a pain reliever will probably help it. Something like Aleve that is also an anti-inflammatory is good. If it gets worse or doesn't get any better within a couple of days, then you may want to get checked by a doctor in case it is something else or needs more attention.

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      Snotser 4 years ago

      I have a bad cough and am bringing up a lot of green phlegm for a few days now, however I woke up yesterday with a really bad pain in my back (lung area) and ribs, and is extremely sore to cough now, and find myself very breathless.. Any ideas?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jo Jo - It sounds like a cold and you are having body aches. Try taking Mucinex with pain reliever for a few days. If it doesn't clear up more closer to the weekend, then you may want to go to the doctor.

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      Jo Jo 4 years ago

      I started to get a headache (on Monday) which has gradually got worst as the week as gone on. On Wednesday i started suffering from a really really bad back ache. now my nose is all blocked up and every time i blow my nose a runny greenish/yellowish liquid comes out. i am still getting the headaches but they are not as bad as they were. should i go to my doctor??

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Jade - Sounds like a cold that has just hit you hard. Try taking Mucinex to help your mucus thin out and clear up. If it doesn't clear up in a couple of days, see a doctor because you may need antibiotics.

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      Jade 4 years ago

      I have a lime green thick mucus with lumps in it I have had cold like symptoms for 2 days but not like any cold I've had before only today I've been coughing up this yucky stuff I'm also being sick with it

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Vixen_999 - You can try natural cures to see if it can clear it up. Oregano oil is the best bet. It comes in a pill form. You should be able to find it at a health food store. It is a natural antibiotic. Try asking at the health food store for more recommendations for colds and sinus infections. Taking Mucinex for a few days might also help to loosen and clear up the mucus. Hopefully that will clear you up without a doctor's visit.

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      Vixen_999 4 years ago

      i recently just got over a sinus infection, but now it seems some of the symptoms are back. My sinus's dont hurt anymore but I have the thick almost solid green mucus when I cough it up and when I blow my nose it's almost a green like colour but not as thick nor as dark as when I cough it up. I have been having headaches on and off but no fevers . I currently have a sore throat and lost my voice just today. I am unable to get to a doctore. so is there any way to help fight this without any antibiotics?? I work during the hours that my dr is open and I will not touch the walkins around here. thanks!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Young and dumb - It sounds like you probably have a virus. It might even be strep throat since you have white blisters. Don't panic. It is more than likely not anything serious like lung cancer.

      But smoking anything can eventually lead to serious problems like cancer, runny nose, constant cough, and so on if you smoke regularly. And smoking while your sick can make your symptoms worse.

      If you don't feel better soon, you may need to see a doctor for antibiotics to fight the bug.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Melanie p - Seeing a doctor about it is probably the best idea. Since it has been going on for such a long time, it may be a type of bacteria that turns the mucus blue. A round of antibiotics is likely in store.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      mydubstepstudio - It is definitely good to take control of your own health and to figure out when you should go to the doctor and when you can treat yourself at home.

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      Young and dumb!!!! 4 years ago

      I recently contracted some kind of virus like symptoms and its strange because I never get sick. I started smoking a little bit but only a few months at the most and really picked it up to once a day in the last month or 2. But anyways my nose is dripping clear mucous and is really stuffy, I have a really dry sore throat that hurts when I swallow and has some white bumps on it. Also I had like really bad pressure in my head like when I stand up it hurts. When I blow my nose, sometimes the mucous is clear or yellowish and some times it's bright red almost a brownish orange color. I had a fever so I don't think it's from smoking notebook paper (its a wierd thing me and my friends do) but I've heard that reddish mucous can be a sign of lung cancer so I'm realllllly scared right now. My fevers gone but my throat is still the same maybe a little worse. I don't think it's from smoking paper but its possible and I'm so scared cause my mom cannot find out. I don't know what to do. Help me please!!

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      Melanie p 4 years ago

      I have always had allergies and coughed stuff up but now its been all blue or has gray and blue strans in it for the past month and a half.... I am seeing a doctor next week but i dont know if you can help me out a bit! Thanks, Melanie!

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      Paul Perry 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      wow, who would have thought this woudl be so interesting. It is great to know though, because everyone should realize that taking your own health into your hands and empowering yourself is the true path to health and longevity. Great hub!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Krissykris - It could be either one (allergies or a cold) or a combination of the two. It is really hard to say because the symptoms are so similar. Either way, taking Mucinex for a few days will probably help to clear up some of the congestion. Try one that has an antihistamine in it. That should help in either case also. If your mucus starts to darken a lot more and if the consistency changes a lot, then you may want to check with a doctor about antibiotics.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Bee - It probably just means that your nose and/or throat are irritated. If it has only been going on a week or two, it is probably a cold. If it has been longer then it might be allergies or reflux, but more likely allergies. Don't worry just yet. Check with a doctor if it has been going on for awhile.

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      Krissykris 4 years ago

      Hi, Around a week ago I started having postnasal drip that irritated my throat. Right after it stopped I started having a runny nose and now I have a congested and runny nose with mostly clear snot. However, it also has light green in it. I'm also coughing and sometimes it produces clear phlegm. In my area the pollen level has been high and I'm allergic to pollen so I was wondering if this is the worst allergies I've ever had or a cold. Thanks for the help! :)

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      Bee 4 years ago

      Hi I have a slight fever and don't smoke (and frankly I dont want to.. And let's just say I'm also too young haha) but my phlegm is brown :( I'm pretty worried about it.. Plz let me know what it means?

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      I'mSick:( - No need to worry. Your cold sounds very normal. There is no need to panic about the blood. All it means is that your nose is irritated, probably just from having to blow it a lot.

      Try taking Mucinex D for a few days to clear up your congestion. If you don't feel better after about a week, then you may need to see a doctor. Feel better soon!

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      I'mSick:( 4 years ago

      Hi I've recently gotten a cold, and it seemed to progress pretty quickly. First it start as most of my colds in the past, normally with a sore throat. Then the next morning my nose was stuffy throughout the day it progressed my was rather runny and my throat still hurt. Then when I blow my nose it my mucus went from clear( the day before) to yellowish. But now I'm a little concerned because the next morning when I blow my nose there where streaks of blood within my mucus. I was blowing my nose harder than usual to relieve the stuffiness that had built up. Then when I coughed up some phlegm there was what seemed like streaks of blood there too. Should I be overly concerned about this?? I'm pretty worried that this is out of the ordinary.

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Woowoo - Glad it helped! Feel better.

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      Woowoo 4 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 4 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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      bernadette 4 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 4 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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      Have a Question 4 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 4 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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      Candace Bacon 4 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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      Nora 4 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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      Ballons59 4 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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      Candace Bacon 4 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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      Ben 4 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 4 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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      Aisha 4 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 4 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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      Worried 4 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 4 years ago from Far, far away

      BMan - :) No problem.

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      Candace Bacon 4 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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      Kris Senegal 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      No Insurance 4 years ago

      Thank you I will stay put.

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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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      carrie 4 years ago

      Amaze-balls! Thanks!

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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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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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      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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      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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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

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

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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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      jm 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Dawn - Hope you feel better! Rest up!

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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 - 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

      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 - 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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      Thanks :) 4 years ago

      Your site is soo helpful!!!

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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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      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

      grossly enlightened - Good luck and hope you feel better!

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      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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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      Lauren - :)

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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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      Lauren 4 years ago

      You're smart o.o

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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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      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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      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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      Kim 4 years ago

      Blue snot?!? Who knew!!??

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      sue 4 years ago

      Thanks again , you have been a great help

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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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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 - 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

      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 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 years ago from Far, far away

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

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      judy 5 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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      cheryl taylor 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Nicole 5 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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      Stephanie 5 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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      ajaydavis 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Red spots - You're welcome! :)

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      Stephanie 5 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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      Delene 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Red spots 5 years ago

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

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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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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      Red spots in mucus 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      mom&baby 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Tired of Cough - :)

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      Lea 5 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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      Tired of Cough 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Tired of Cough 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Paula 5 years ago

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

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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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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      Lea 5 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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      Fascinated 5 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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      Jen 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Paula 5 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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      april 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Eunique 5 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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      Eunique 5 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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      Desperatemommy 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      john 5 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 5 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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      Emma 5 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 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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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      Mari 5 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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      damieng 5 years ago

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

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      LOUISA 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Jennie 5 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 5 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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      Christopher 5 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 5 years ago from Far, far away

      tobi - Good! Glad it's fine now.

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      tobi 5 years ago

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

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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Far, far away

      angela_michelle - No problem. Thanks!

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      Lee Tea 5 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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      YearsofPhlegm 5 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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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Very interesting. Thanks for educating me. :)

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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      YearsOfPhlegm 5 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 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      YearsOfPhlegm 5 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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      brains! 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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 5 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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      A-choo ! 5 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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      Jennifer 5 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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      Leanne 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      mandi 5 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 5 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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      Jackie 5 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 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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      HackingCough 5 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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      Agent Red 5 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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      Candace Bacon 5 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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