With the cold and flu season coming on, I thought you might be interested in what the colors of the mucus might mean.
White Or ClearClear white mucus can be a sign of good health, although, if a body produces more than the normal amount of mucus which is white in color, then it can indicate a health problem. A running nose with clear mucus can indicate conditions like an allergy, acid reflux or hay fever. Congested sinus can also lead to white clear mucus discharge. Consuming dairy products can lead to a thick white mucus discharge too.
YellowYellow mucus can be an indication that the person may have contracted a virus which the body is fighting against. This usually occurs during common cold or sinus infection. Dark yellow mucus in the throat occurs when a person has chest infection like pneumonia and bronchitis etc.
GreenGreen mucus color may mean that the person may be suffering from bacterial infection. Green phlegm usually develops in those who are suffering from allergies, so watch out for other allergy symptoms as well. Green vaginal discharge is an indication of an infection.
RedBrown or blood stained mucus can be an indication of an irritated throat. It can be most common in smokers. Certain foods and alcohol consumption can also cause the mucus to be red colored. Reddish-pink mucus is also common in asthmatics. Pollution and excessive smoking might also causes the mucus to turn gray