Coughing up thick yellow mucus

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Nine months after recovering from terrible acute bronchitis, I am still coughing up small blobs of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> sticky, pale <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> all day. My allergist says my asthma is under control, my sinuses are more or less clear, and I recently went to the cardiologist for a full workup. All that's left is GERD, but I'm unsure how to proceed because I hardly have any other symptoms.
It all appears to be from just my left nostril, and while most of it is thick, after I blow for a little bit, the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> stuff turns to a very runny, very <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> fluid that feels almost like a bloody nose dripping out of my sinuses. Sometimes, the color is just a normal, milky yellow, but most of the time it is very dark, and often almost orange. This morning, after blowing a little bit, I noticed there was a fair amount of blood in it.
However, I could tell that it was working because the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> was <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> and dark <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> that was coming <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span>. (Sorry to be so graphic) Moreover, I was able to take deep breathes and hold my notes. After the two weeks, I then would alternate the use of both medicines until I was totally clear. Once, I was clear I started taking one or the other as needed. Recently, I found Mucinex liquid and started using that the night before I had to sing. This has also given me great results. Hope this helps.
By night I had a sore throat and was <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span>-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span>. I have been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span>-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> ever since then. I tried antihistimines over the counter, gel caps, tylenol, cold remedies...nothing has stemmed this mucus which at one time this week turned bery dark yellow - "yeech!" I feel fine otherwise, but this condition has made me use my Albuterol inhaler more often and now I'm almost out of it and need a refill which I don't have the money for right now (a separate issue).
I have a chronic cough and have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> white, sometimes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> phlegm that is really hard to get coughed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span>. I cough that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> everyday, at least 2 times per day. I feel like my eyeballs are going to pop out of my head because I cough sooo hard. If I am on an oral steroid it helps but once off the steroid, it is hard to cough up again. The coughing keeps me up at night. I have been on many, many medications. I tested positive for asthma but the medications for that, are not even working.
My mouth and throat feel dry except that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> feeling in the very back of my throat. The inside of my nose is very dry and when I am able to blow anything out of my nose its a yellow color mixed with dried up blood and a little bit of clear mucus. I've also been told by my allergist that I have chronic PND (post nasal drip) but have never had this weird sensation in my throat up until 3 days ago.
let me know if it works, because I have almost the exact same thing as you. I have no idea why I have this or where it came from. Like I've said "I went to bed normal one night and woke up with this ****" I too have what I call mucus plugs that are hard to cough up, I think they get stuck in my airways. I have no clue why. I have found on these posts, that nobody knows why we have this and that doctor's find it all a big mystery as they can not figure it out either.
I've been suffering for about a week but several months ago it was for almost an entire month Wake <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> inthe morning <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> / green <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> and then it goes clear but it's constant and so sticky - it won't even easily wash off the sides of the basin. Last time I used to wake up inthe middle of the night choking - really horrid problem and the lack f sleep only makes things worse.
I've been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> the same hard, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span>, reddish <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> for months and months. It became a lot more frequent lately and it seemed as if I had a sinus infection. I went to an ENT and he took a culture of "puss" coming from the top of my nasal cavity. The doctor called an told me that it was Staph and it should be curred with antibiotics. After reading several things on Staph, I believe I will go buy the topical ointment as well. Hopefully it will clear it up.
Then, as though it were ready to reproduce, it moved into my upper chest, and I was <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> it <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> all over the place. That, though, was normal <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> and snot... This is totally different - WATERY and yellow AS A CRAYON! It got onto my white business shirt, and I had to bleach it! Could this just be the final-letting-loose of my infection from earlier? Or is it something more serious coming on??
My finger nails are pretty good now apart from my forefingers and thumbs although my toenails are all still very <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> but symptomless. I am sorry that you have so many problems with fluid build <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> - you seem to have a very bad case of YNS. It's the fact that so little is known about it that is so frustrating.
I believe that I have tracheal stenosis--I'm going to the doctor in January, but I cough up tons of white <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span>. It's deep down and sometimes I even gag trying to cough it <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span>. The other lovely part of this is coughing up tonsiloliths in public. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired and I'm just wondering if the mucus could be part of the tracheal stenosis. Thanks!
The cough is stronger before I sleep through when I wake up or when it wakes me up (when it is the worst). At times, the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> coughed out is either <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> (but not much is coughed out) or it is clear and runny but is coughed out in half a mouthfuls. So far there is no blood in it. The doctors at my college and hospital give unhelpful suggestions and I'm at my wits end. I JUST WANT THIS TO STOP! IT'S MAKING ME CRAZY!
Sometime when her allergies are acting <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> - she'll get a chronic cough only at night. She'll start <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> as the evening goes on and by 2 am - it is constant until about 6am. Then it seems to disappear until the following evening. She doesn't have this problem all the time, just occassionaly, but she gets it for a week at a time. We've contacted to Dr and he'll prescribe her meds but it doesn't work. Could it be something respitory that I haven't encountered ?
And for the past weeks, I have been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> blood, sometimes the blood is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> and fleshy looking. I have been experiencing a sore throat and nausea. I do not smoke, and have not had the flu, my coughs comes any time only when I feel like I have mucus in my throat. What could this be.
I was smoking it regularly, sometimes very heavily for about 7 months. Last week I started <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> green <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span>, and a couple of times there was a small amount of red blood present in clear mucus. I have a terrible cough, that is sometimes accompanied with dizziness. I am not sure if I have a fever(no thermometer)and sometimes feel a little sick to my stomach. I have slight chest pain, described best as a tightness. At night, the tightness gets pretty uncomfortable.
I have been pulling up (not coughing) really dark <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> from this area. Then last night I sneezed and then went to pull the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> and there was a substantial amount of blood in it. Everytime I go to basically suck the mucus from this region out thru my mouth I can almost feel like a pulling sensation and the mucus is very thick. I am just concerned with the blood, but only happens when I pull it up from that spot in my throat near my nose. Not coughing and not regular spitting.
While I'm typing this message I have been clearing my throat at least a hundred time and spitting <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span>. The only time I get any relief is when i'm lying in bed partially on my stomach. I hope someone comes up with an answer to this as it is driving me crazy. And keeping my wife awake also.
Apparently fluid can seep from the back of the nose and go down the throat the brain reacts to stop the fluid going into the lungs which closes the voice box, this then stops you breathing, the brain then realises that the lungs arent working so wakes you <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> and that is why you wake <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> and trying to get your breath, this is how it was explained to me. I have been told that it is not dangerous and that I will always wake up, it is just very stressfull.
over the past few weeks I've been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> a lot of phlegm which is multi-coloured (clear, yellow, orange and green) and I went to see my doctor who diagnosed me with bronchitis, and prescribed me anti-biotics, which it turns out I'm allergic to, so I've stopped them. the phlegm occasionally contains streaks of blood through it, varying in quantity from the tiniest speck to quite thick streaks. I'm an 18 year old smoker by the way.
I get a sore throat (not tonsils but when you swallow) I now go straight on antibiotics and use Bricanyl inhaler although it doesnt seem to have much effect except to cause alot of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> coughed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> from the lungs. It causes me to have spasm <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> and if I cannot control this to 3 or 4 coughs my windpipe closes over making it hard to breath in or out. The last one about 2 years ago stopped me breathing in and out completely for 10 to 15 seconds and I thought I had bought it.
It lasted about two days. Ever since I have had problems breathing and have been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> or blowing my nose a lot. A couple days ago, the mucus began to have a real strong foul odor, and a very bad taste if I coughed it up. I also have some slight chest pains, back pain, neck pain and some morning headaches (I never have headaches). I thought some of this could be caused from all the coughing, spitting and blowing my nose.
• Is she constantly wiggling, wiping, or pushing her nose <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> in what doctors call the allergic salute? • Is the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> that drains from her nose clear and thin (as opposed to yellow or greenish and thick)? • Does she seem to sneeze a lot? • Are her eyes itchy, red, and watery? • Does the skin under her eyes look dark or purple or blue (doctors call these allergic shiners)? • Does she breathe through her mouth? • Does she have a dry cough?
I have never smoked and don't drink any coffee. I also found that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>coughing</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>up</span> the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> only WORSENS the problem. So I have been trying to remain calm and not cough it up. I also saw my doctor who prescribed a nasal spray for possible post nasal drip. I don't think that helped. I had also started using Neti Pot for clearing my sinuses. And also started drinking Apple Cidar Vinegar. This all has helped a bit with the mucus problem. I don't think it is acid refux as I never have heartburn.
I use saline 3 times a day to dehydrate it and I inhale on viks to relieve the pressure i am experiencing. An extra worry is that my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>mucus</span> is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>thick</span> and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>yellow</span>/green. In the past days (and usually when i get a cold), it was watery and transparent/whitish. I called my doctor and he said that it might be indicative of a secondary infection like a sinus infection. He told me to give it another 48 hours and if it doesn't get better, i should go and get checked.
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