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Old 11-06-2019, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by animalcrazy View Post
It's difficult to tell if it's a bacterial infection or viral. You can have a low grade fever and pale yellow mucus with a viral infection. I've been dealing with something since around September 7th. It was bronchitis at first and after almost 8 weeks of feeling better, getting worse, it finally turned into a sinus problem. I went to the doctor about two weeks ago and she put me on a week of Doxycycline and Zyrtec. I started feeling better but now the secretion wheeze is back again every morning as well as the severe nasal congestion and chronic cough. I've had seasonal allergies before but never anything like this. I think my next step is an ENT.

When you say steady yellow mucus do you mean that it's yellow only in the morning or throughout the day? Sometimes secretions that are yellow in the morning means that it was just down there for awhile. It's difficult to tell what the culprit is without a sputum sample sent off to be analyzed by a lab. I'm a retired Respiratory Therapist and I've done thousands of sputum samples. It's not pretty but sometimes necessary because it eliminates the guessing game.
Thanks for this info!
Question on sputum samples. Does a PCP give you a jar for this, or do,you need to go to ENT and or pulmonary doctor to get a culture test done.
And if you are really sick, how long does it take to culture and before they can figure out what antibiotic to give you?
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Travelassie View Post
What Mikala said sounds like a good guideline. I've had a couple of confirmed sinus infections over the years where my sinuses were so clogged up it felt like cement in there, and I couldn't even blow my nose. All that would come out was a small amount of material that looked like pure pus. I also had an intense headache and a slight fever, as well as a very sore throat especially in the morning after I woke up, from the sinus drainage.

The doctor that treated my sinus infections prescribed an antibiotic, but he also told me that decongestants (to promote drainage) were just as important as the antibiotics to clear things up. He recommended Afrin, and that worked well, though it's less effective after a few days use due to buildup of tolerance to Afrin.
Since my youth, when catching a cold, It's going to turn into a sinusis (yellow and green mucus). But I avoid taking antibiotics. Instead of that, I inhale the steam of boiling water and peppermint oil daily. So after a few days it's gone. This is a natural treatment, and you don't have to see a doctor. Alternatively, you can inhale the steam of chamomile.
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:21 PM
Location: Southern California
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If one's mucus is yellow or green, then infection most likely. Clear mucus no infection, I just blow it out in the morning, in the last few yrs morning mucus has been nagging, and before that for some 20 yrs, no mucus. Body changes is all I can say. I can control this issue too with daily dosing of Echineaca which is like an herbal antiobiotic.
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:33 PM
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Don't forget to consider using a sinus rinse or netipot, a life save for city dwellers.
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