What are the signs of mucus problems?

Mucus symptoms occur when the membranes lining the respiratory and digestive tracts produce excess mucus, often in response to an irritant or allergen, resulting in congestion, breathing difficulties, or diarrhea. It represents the body’s normal response to an uninvited irritant.

Mucus symptoms, such as runny nose and nasal congestion, are most commonly due to allergies or viral infections like the common cold. Bacterial, viral and fungal infections leading to sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia can also cause mucus symptoms of the respiratory system.

Many different gastrointestinal conditions and diseases cause mucus symptoms. Mucus symptoms may occur with inflammatory conditions, including Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder that can affect any part of the intestine. Food allergies, food poisoning, or infections affecting the digestive tract can also cause mucus symptoms of the gastrointestinal system. In these cases, mucus symptoms are often associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, or cramping.

Mucus symptoms vary depending on the cause. Some disorders cause mild mucus symptoms that subside quickly, while others may cause severe congestion in the lungs or diarrhea that requires medical treatment.

In some cases, mucus symptoms may be a sign a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if mucus symptoms are accompanied by serious symptoms, such as severe breathing problems, severe abdominal pain, and high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit).

If your mucus symptoms are persistent or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care.


SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with mucus symptoms?

Mucus symptoms may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the mucous membranes may also involve other body systems.

Respiratory symptoms that may occur along with mucus symptoms

Mucus symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the respiratory system including:

CAUSES

What causes mucus symptoms?

Mucus symptoms, such as runny nose and nasal congestion, are most commonly due to allergies or the common cold. Bacterial, viral and fungal infections leading to sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia can also cause mucus symptoms of the respiratory system.

Many different gastrointestinal conditions and ... Read more about mucus symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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