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How Many Days Observation Is Required While Experiencing Productive Cough With Green Phlegm Before Consulting A Doctor For Prescription Medication?

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Posted on Wed, 7 Apr 2021
Question: Antihistamine, steam room, saline flushing. I have had sinus issues for over 20 years, had deviated septum surgery and once this discharge is green/yellow it doesn't go away without a zee pac. How many days of coughing up green/yellow flem do I need to endure before a prescription is written?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
within a 5 day period or if symptoms severe

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

With a known history of sinus infections and allergies along with structural changes, you do not need to wait for a long period of time.
If there is no improvement in the mucus within a 5 day period or there is worsening then you should be seen.

If your symptoms are severe eg persistent coughing or fever or feeling generally very unwell or spreads to your chest with shortness of breath or chest pain, then you should be seen and a prescription given

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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How Many Days Observation Is Required While Experiencing Productive Cough With Green Phlegm Before Consulting A Doctor For Prescription Medication?

Brief Answer: within a 5 day period or if symptoms severe Detailed Answer: Hi, With a known history of sinus infections and allergies along with structural changes, you do not need to wait for a long period of time. If there is no improvement in the mucus within a 5 day period or there is worsening then you should be seen. If your symptoms are severe eg persistent coughing or fever or feeling generally very unwell or spreads to your chest with shortness of breath or chest pain, then you should be seen and a prescription given I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions