8. Increased mucous secretion
Mucous has wonderful biological uses. It acts as a lubricant and is a veritable foreign substance trap. Dust, bugs, germs, and bacteria have no hope of reaching the lungs when there is mucus present. It is the lungs’ first line of defense and one shudders to think of the possibilities were these harmful substances to reach the very organs which we could not survive without. But, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Mucous is not excluded from this.
The common cold and other conditions result in the over-secretion of mucus. During the course of the illness, this mucus is expelled via coughing. By the time the patient is recovered, the lungs dry up and phlegm ceases to be a problem. If this is not the case, and mucous is present without the accompanying illness, there may be something wrong in the lungs.
The presence of unexplained mucous is reason enough to consult a doctor. Furthermore, you should take note of the color and consistency of the mucus. Clear mucous, while not without problems, does not necessarily herald a worrying ailment. Green, yellow, or even red mucous on the other hand, can be very concerning.
Blood coming out of any orifice should be reported to a doctor, this includes the lungs. Conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis or even cancer result in bloody sputum. Before self-diagnosing and jumping to any conclusions, first one should consult a doctor. Through a series of questions and tests, they should be able to identify and hopefully treat the underlying disease or condition. Mucous does not signify doom and gloom, but it should not be persistently ignored. Especially if it is compromising ones breathing.