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ask: Orange-red mucus...sign of a sinus infection, or something else?

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
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I was talking to a good friend of mine today and she was telling me about how she thinks she has her very first sinus infection. Her teeth hurt on one side of her face, her face hurts when she leans over to pick a toy off the floor, and worst of all, she has this orange-red mucus coming out of her nose from the right nostril only.

She is not running a fever, so she was telling me she was thinking of just treating it at home with over-the-counter remedies, but I'm strongly advising her to see her physician. Yellow and green gunk I'm familiar with, but orange? That just doesn't sound good to me. Like maybe blood is in there too or something.

Have any of you ever had this color mucus come out of you before, and if so, what did you do to get rid of it? Did you see your doctor like I think my friend should? Any advice that I can pass along to her would be highly appreciated.

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it's better to go see physician the ticket do it at home because sometimes you think you could take care of it a home and you will most likely make it worse because you do not know what you were doing

January 19, 2015 - 11:54am
EmpowHER Guest

I have the same symptoms right now too and I'm thinking it might be something more than an infection because I had this before and my physician said that it was an infection so put me on antibiotics and it went away hopefully it's just the same problem

December 3, 2014 - 4:36pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

"It might be something more than an infection so I went to my physician and he said it was an infection" wtf ur not making sense.

December 29, 2014 - 6:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

thanks for everyones comments on here. im on antibiotics already and take it 3 times a day. if i miss a dose i get like a neon orange/red fluid type stuff coming out of my nose. its not runny, feels normal like i just need to blow my nose until when i do, it fills up the kleenex. but a neti pot sounds like a good investment. and nasal spray. its been over a week so i think im going to contact my doctor as well.

June 12, 2012 - 11:59pm
EmpowHER Guest

i,ve had a flu/cold that's has plagued me for two month now, it keeps coming and going but doesn't seem to watn to leave my system. i went to docs who checked all my bloods cos i thought i must have some deficciency but they all came back 100% good, however today i felt this thick lump slide down from my nasal passage into my mouth and it was like orange glue, bright orange. i was shocked i,ve never seen thsi before but after reading my post it makes sense to be dried up bllod from an infection cos it probably has been tbhere a while and hopefully it's now leaving my system

January 30, 2012 - 9:08am
EmpowHER Guest

I'm not defending "Coach Virginia" in any way, however, what if she copied and pasted another source that held the exact same contents as WebMD?

June 3, 2011 - 9:42am
EmpowHER Guest

I had a friend who had orange mucus drainage with sinus infections - she went to an ENT specialist who stated that if it's Orange.. it's a fungal infection rather than viral or bacterial - and she had to go on specific medication - it sorted it out fairly quick & hasn't re-occurred either!

December 8, 2010 - 4:40am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Great post and thanks for sharing. The more information we have, the better. I'm glad your friend is better!

December 8, 2010 - 1:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am sitting here trying to find out about orange mucus because I just happen to be sick and have been blowing orange stuff out of my nose and coughing it up from my lungs. I feel terrible, but I have to comment on Coach Virginia's comments about orange mucus..... I just read EXACTLY what she said on WebMD about 30 seconds before reading her comment. I have to agree with the person who thinks that this person has taken the advise from WebMD and posted it on her as if it were an original comment/observation. As soon as I read the comment, I knew where it had come from and then I went on to read the posts from some other person who noticed the same thing. What a funny bunch of posts. Just say where you found something..... no one will think any less of you for it. :-)

December 3, 2010 - 8:33pm
EmpowHER Guest

Garlic probably. I have a really really bad sinus infection. My teeth are killing me, my ears were clogged from the fluid buildup, REALLY bad headaches, my forehead and nose cavities were swollen and clogged.. My boyfriend recommended I try breathing in steamed Garlic 2-3 times a day.

We didn't have any fresh cloves on hand, but we did have garlic powder. The recommended dosage was 2 tablespoons, but I went a little overboard. Not like I can smell anything anyway, right?

First time after breathing it, noticed only a slight difference. Went to bed, woke up feeling like crap as usual, decided to give it another go. Boiled some water, put garlic powder in it, and realized, yesterdays treatment did a lot more for me than I realized, because today, I can actually SMELL. Man was that a pain, but literally within 5 minutes of breathing the steamed water I (This is gross) blew my nose, it popped my ears, hurt like hell, but the stuff that came out was much much thicker than anything before. Very very yellow and orange. I can hear now, I can breathe, my nose isnt clogged. My teeth still hurt and so do my ears though.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic for both bacteria AND fungus. I never knew that!!!

September 5, 2010 - 11:42am
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