Cough which produces mucus

On this page you can find conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Please note that if you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

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Conditions

Acute exacerbation of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Loss of appetite

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Acute heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Coughing up frothy mucus

More information on Acute heart failure is available here.

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Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unusually tired
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)

More information on Bronchiectasis is available here.

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Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), which causes them to become irritated and inflamed.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Chest pain, worse on breathing in
  • Blocked nose
  • Runny nose

More information on Bronchitis is available here.

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Chest infection

Pneumonia is swelling (inflammation) of the tissue in one or both lungs.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Cough
  • Shivering or rigors
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Unusually tired

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Chronic obstructive lung disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Unusually tired
  • Repeated infections

More information on Chronic obstructive lung disease is available here.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Congestive heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Shortness of breath when lying flat
  • Unusually tired
  • Cough which produces mucus

More information on Congestive heart failure is available here.

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Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Repeated infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Blocked nose

More information on Cystic fibrosis is available here.

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