Coughing up phlegm every morning...what is this?

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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't really find an appropriate forum...thought this was the closest.
I had pneumonia a few years ago and since I have been coughing to some degree. But over the last 2 months maybe, I cough up a lot of yellow phlegm when I wake up and it continues for about 2 hours. The doctor said it could be scar tissue. I had a chest x-ray and it showed up fine.
I know this is not normal. What would cause this?
I've had post nasal drip for most of my life so I don't think that's it. This feels like it's from my lungs.

Razzle
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It could be allergies, such as to dust mites or something you wear for sleeping. Also, have you been tested for Asthma? Sometimes Asthma can occur at night and then when the asthma settles down, the body tries to get rid of the extra mucus produced by the inflammation in the airway. Acid reflux may cause this as well, because of the irritation that can happen when refluxed material gets into the airway.

Might be interesting to see what a pulmonolgist or allergist would say about this.
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Stari
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Remember if you cough up or blow out anything green it is a sign of an upper respiratory infection.
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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 6/30/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Well the mucus is yellowish-white. I do have allergies (dust pollen, etc). I had an asthma test about 3 years ago and it was fine. And I do have GERD..I can't remember if that started before or after the pneumonia...I think before.
So I should have another asthma test? And allergies can really cause your lungs to have stuff in them like this?

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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
phix
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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 7/4/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys
I went to the doc and he listened to my lungs and looked in my nose. He said it's probably not asthma b/c I don't have that trouble breathing out. He thinks it has to do w/my GERD and post nasal drip. So he upped my Prevacid and gave me another nasal spray. (I already take 2). Thing is, the stuff I cough up is coming from my lungs, not my esophagus, where the post nasal drip would--I think--go. And as far as Gerd, how would acid getting into my lungs cause me to cough up this "stuff"?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 7/4/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Get checked for COPD.......When there is ANY color to the sputum there is infection.....
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   Posted 7/4/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
if your not using one already then maybe try a saline nasal spray inbetween the sprays your using now...
might help!
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yeovandZ
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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ...I just want to ask more about milk allergy??????


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yeovandZ
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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Please help me about this....



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dencha
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   Posted 7/13/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi phixgrrrl,
Do you know of you have acid reflux (GERD)? Do you get heartburn? It's possible that acid is irritating your lungs. That was my experience, and in February I had surgery for my reflux, and for the first time in about 4 years I'm not coughing up tons of mucous out of my lungs.
Good luck with your problem. Hope you find the answer soon!
Denise

phixgrrrl
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I supposedly have gerd. I've been on prevacid for a few years. I've upped it to 2 pills/day but haven't seen a difference yet. Honestly I don't mind coughing to get it out...I just don't want it to be b/c something serious is happening. My gerd doesn't feel that bad. There's a little burning and not at any particular time that I've noticed. I really wanted to get off the Prevacid and have more of a natural remedy when I could afford to see an alternative doc...seems like that will be never.
Why would Gerd cause mucus?

couchtater
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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I too cough up mucus alot and my asthma is alway ready to go off. I went to a GERD doctor who ran MANY tests and found out I had "Silent Reflux". My reflux was all the way up to my epigoltis and was spilling over into my lungs causing my cough and scalding my vocal cords. See a GERD doc they can help you.
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cavalierskye
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   Posted 2/26/2013 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Its just your sinuses draining down the back of your throat. Two things can help. One is sleeping upright which isn't that comfortable or taking sinus night medication which dries up the sinuses and no more phlegm in the morning!

Lu2011
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   Posted 2/28/2013 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing...in the morning I have cough attacks and today my nose is running like a facet.  I have been diagnosed with asthma, which doesn't come out as trouble breathing (except in intense cough attacks) but as a tickly cough.  The cough/nose phlegm is just stuff trying to come out.  It does clear after awhile being up.
 
PS - I see your original post is quite old.  Do you still suffer from this?
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Wilmey
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   Posted 2/28/2013 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Learning from my own experience, I'd say that if you haven't seen a lung specialist, you should.

For nine years I went through hell with my lungs, being told by the doctors I'd seen in those years that I had chronic bronchitis, and I just had to learn to live with it.

I never believed that was what I had. In my younger years, I would have seen a lung doctor on my own, or asked my doctor to refer me to one. When I started coughing up what looked like bloody scabs, I was sent to one, and the diagnosis was Microbacterium Avium-Intracellular Complex (which is in the TB family).

I remember one question on the papers I filled out there. It was what color was my sputum.

Had I seen him seven or eight years earlier, the outcome might have been drastically different. I was put on the three top antibiotics used to treat this infection, for a year and a half. After the first few months, they'd done absolutely nothing - except maybe cause a few side effects, like my blurring vision.

ra1592
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   Posted 4/10/2013 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is a couple months old, but I am having the same problem...I started coughing up stuff back in May after aspirating sea water while scuba diving.  At first, it was bright yellow...the ship's doctor didn't think anything of it.
 
I saw my regular doctor when I returned home and he wasn't concerned either.  My lungs sounded clear, so he told me it was allergies (even after I told him I aspirated sea water) and told me to make sure to take my allergy medicine every day.
 
I've been doing that since that time for months now and nothing has changed.  I keep coughing crap up out of the upper area of my lungs and it never stops.  I am sick of feeling this way...I cough constantly.  Sometimes, I have to make myself cough very deeply and forcefully to get the gunk out of my throat as it is very, very thick.
 
I can't go to a different doctor as I receive healthcare through the VA right now and do not have insurance, so that is not an option.
 

Razzle
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   Posted 4/10/2013 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Could be a chronic infection. Seawater is not free of microbes...
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portland9
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   Posted 7/22/2013 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi: I know this reply is late in this forum, but maybe someone can benefit from this. Whenever I get a cough starting up, I immediately use a hair dryer in order to breath hot air and kill any bacteria or virus that is starting to grow.
I put the hair dryer in a large paper bag running on low heat setting. Then I breath the hot air coming out of the bag. I do this for about 3 minutes. The idea was from my Father in Law. He had done this for many years, dodging colds and flues before they got real bad. Or you can go to Arizona to the dry desert and wait until high noon when it is about 120 degrees out and breath the hot dry air. That is why many people with lung problems move to that area, it relieves lung issues. But the hair dryer is much more convenient.

nkdtpa
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   Posted 4/23/2014 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My wife has been coughing for 14 years. It's on and off. When it starts it stays for 2-3 months. After that she will be 100% normal. Pattern is not repeatable. We dont know when it is going to start again. It can start in 3 months, 6 months or even 1 year again. Whatever medications you take, it is going to stay for 2-3 months. Definitely it is not seasonal. Other than this issue she is healthy. Eats Vegetarian+Eggs (No meat, fish). Not overweight.

Following tests didnt show anything positive:
1. ENT
2. Pulmonology
3. Allergist
4. Gastro

Tests done: Chest Xray, PFT, Endoscopy, ENT with camera, Vocal card check, Capsule insertion for acid reflux check, biopsy of stomach lining for H Pilori, CT Scan, Yearly check ups and Blood tests all comes normal.

Observations: Lungs stay clear. No post nasal. No acidity.

Symptoms: Cough with clear mucus. Mostly in morning and before or during eating. No cough in night. So sleep is not affected.

I appreciate your input, if anyone of you have any insight or experienced in your family or friends.

Tried Chinese Herbal, Homeo and Accupuncture alternatively.

Bebebe
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   Posted 5/16/2014 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,

Thanks for your help and suggestions. I was coughing up very heavy white phlegm for over a week and then yellow. I let it run as long as possible, a week and a half before going to the doctor. It was so painful. I was coughing up this heavy stuff every 10 minutes.

When it turned yellow I went to the doctor and was given an antibiotic. On day 17, I was coughing up a little phlegm the 3-6 times in the AM and later in the day about 5-6 more times. I am still coughing about the same amount.

This big ball of whatever in my throat, constantly, is very disturbing. I am so much better. Wish I understood what is happening.

dinkley
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   Posted 5/18/2014 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting, I have the same exact problem. I tried GERD medication, then Nasacort, now I'm on day 3 of a Z-pack. So far, no change whatsoever. I had an EUA done in april, and it feels like things got worse since then. My symptoms are phlegm that needs to get coughed out about 1 hour or so after I arise in the morning. The coughing goes on until I feel as though the phlegm has been coughed out. It is yellow. I am now getting phlegm/cough throughout the day. It's tiring.

I had an xray which had a questionable spot ("possibly shadow") in 2010, so they did a CT Scan, which showed emphysema - I do not now nor have I ever smoked! My GP ordered pulmonary function tests which were fine, so he concluded I did NOT have COPD of the emphysematous type. I had an Xray about 2 months ago which was clear.

Does anybody know if they can do a culture and sensitivity with the phlegm that is coughed up?

Bebebe, what is your next plan of attack, if any? Have you seen a pulmonary doc, or an allergist? I don't know what to do next.

Bebebe
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   Posted 5/18/2014 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Dink
I am now draining clear something from one nostril. At times I awaken with dried crust in usually both nostrils. The draining is usually in the AM. The lump in my throat that never goes away and the over-production of saliva that chokes me at times; especially, when I am reclining in bed or falling off to sleep... are scary.

I am going to wait to see what drains. I do not want the doctor giving me anything to stop it at this point. I want to get everything out. I do not want to take allergy shots and this is what the allergist is going to do if I go back to him. I may go to the internist and see what she suggest. She may know, but will not tell me, that all of this is the results of the damage done internally from medicines I was prescribed for a medical condition I do not have. I never had these issues before the Dexilant and URSO 250 (2 1/2 years of this medication).

I will let you know as soon as I make a decision. I have learned to do my research before going to a doctor. I would love to hear from folks who have taken Dexilant and/or URSO.
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