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I am coughing up green phlegm. Why?

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Published At July 31, 2016
Reviewed AtJuly 18, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been coughing up green phlegm for a few days. Now, it started to hurt my chest. Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the symptoms you have described in your query very well.

A productive cough, especially when the mucus turns gray, yellow, or brown, indicates a bacterial infection in your respiratory tract. In many cases, a high temperature is also present. The presence of chest pain further narrows down the diagnosis, pointing towards acute bronchitis. It may have started as a simple viral infection and now a bacterial infection has complicated your condition.

Nevertheless, there is a solution for this condition. First, I would recommend a chest x-ray for a better evaluation. Auscultation of your lungs would also be necessary.

Regarding the treatment, I would suggest a course of antibiotics and mucus expectorants. A combination of Clarithromycin and Bromhexine would be a good starting point in my opinion.

Taking vitamins would help boost your body's immunity and aid in a faster recovery. Make sure to have plenty of liquids and maintain a light diet. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her, and take the prescribed medication with their consent.

I hope this information helps you. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to ask.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Erioli Braholli
Dr. Erioli Braholli

General Surgery

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