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Its about three days i have cough yellow mucus, Three days

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JA: Hi. How can I help?
Customer: Its about three days i have cough yellow mucus
JA: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?
Customer: Three days No other symptoms
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Not sure
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ben replied 18 days ago.
Hello, thank you for trusting JustAnswer with your question. I’m Dr. Ben and I’m here to assist you today. Please allow me a few moments to review your question and I’ll be right back.
Expert:  Dr. Ben replied 18 days ago.

I’m sorry to hear about this problem.

May I ask your age and gender?

Any significant medical problems?

Any regular medications?

Is there any fever, shortness of breath or chest pain?

Any Covid test so far?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Did an Antigen two day ago it was negative
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Im female 38
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Not on medication
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I have little shortness of breathing
Expert:  Dr. Ben replied 18 days ago.

Okay, many thanks.

Clearly there is a respiratory tract infection here, of recent onset. The important question is whether this is one (of the significant minority) that requires antibiotic treatment. Factors that would make this more likely to be the case include fever lasting 4 days or more, purulent sputum (present here), increased shortness of breath (present here), sharp chest pain, sinus pain/swelling (especially if not improving with conservative measures).

There are a couple of factors here, but it’s important to get this right and not use antibiotics too readily because they invariably cause a lot of damage to the healthy gut bacteria (microbiome) which is detrimental for health.

If possible I would suggest managing these symptoms with rest, fluids, paracetamol, nasal saline/menthol initially and seeking a medical examination if the symptoms don’t start improving over the next 7-10 days or sooner if the symptoms get worse in the meantime. This can be accessed by contacting NHS 111.