Understanding Mucus Color
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When's the last time you looked at your mucus color? Noticed any mucus color changes? Understanding mucus color can help you tell your health status.
Transcript: When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not?...
When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not? Well, clear thin mucus is usually the sign of a healthy system, but if there is a CONSISTENCY and COLOR change, there may be something wrong. If you have a bacterial or viral infection your mucus turns LIGHT YELLOW or GREEN because white blood cells that respond to an infection contain a green-tinged enzyme. It mixes with the mucus in your nose or the phlegm in your lungs and throat, changing the color. Because there is a good chance this colored mucus is a symptom of a viral infection, don't run to the doctor or take antibiotics. Instead, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest to beat the bug. If you don't feel better in a week, THEN it's time to go to your physician. If your phlegm is thick and DARK yellow, DARK green or brown, it could indicate that your infection may have traveled to your LUNGS. If your primary symptom is constant coughing, BRONCHITIS is a real possibility. Smokers who have a persistent cough may have CHRONIC bronchitis, which can be a symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - or COPD - the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you suspect you have chronic bronchitis, quit smoking and visit your doctor. DARK YELLOW or dark green phlegm may indicate PNEUMONIA. If the cough is also accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, sweating, chills, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and chest pain, you should see a doctor. BLOODY phlegm is an alarming symptom. It can indicate all kinds of trouble including tuberculosis, lung cancer or a pulmonary embolism -- a blood clot your lungs. Head to your doctor or the emergency room immediately. You should also seek medical assistance if you're coughing up pink, frothy mucus-this symptom could indicate that you have pulmonary edema, or fluid in your lungs. However, regardless of your mucus color -if you're really feeling unwell, see your primary physician-sooner than later. To learn more about respiratory health, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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