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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
No: After someone stops smoking there will be a period of weeks of increase sputum production due to recovery of the function of your airways. After six ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Even more so: What your lungs are doing are cleaning themselves out. The black stuff is what was down there! now, your little hair cells and airways have recovered ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Widman
31 years experience Emergency Medicine
Pulmonary: Chances are it will especially since your are young. However if you have not had a chest xray recently it would be a good idea to get one.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
See doctor....: You need to see your doctor so your discolored sputum can be diagnosed and treated. What kind of work do you do? There may be an occupational exposure ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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U: Probably have an upper respiratory infection. If the color is white most probably is a viral infection, if it yellow or green u may need antibiotics s ... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Clearing out toxins: Coughing up black phlegm in your situation is not an indication of pneumonia. Smoke paralyzes cilia, tiny hairs that line the bronchial tubes that cl ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Follow up w/your doc: We used to determine need for antibiotics based upon phlegm color, but no more, as it really makes no difference. I assume your black phlegm hasn't ch ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Dark phlegm: Very dark brown or black phlegm could be fungus, dust particles/ material from a worksite (grinding etc without a mask) or even blood that with exposu ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
31 years experience Family Medicine
Talk with your doc: There are many possibilities, but a very concerning possibility is old blood from your gut like your stomach when it's irritated [gastritis] or an ulc ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
48 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Phlegm: Yes, you can cough up phlegm with black bits while taking vitamin tablets. Your specks you see in it are not parts of those tablets, as they are disso ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
35 years experience Addiction Medicine
See below : Smoking paralyzes the ability to mobilize lung secretions. This will resolve as one stops smoking and may present as increased lung secretions during ... Read More
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