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A 47-year-old member asked:

is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hatem Asad
Pulmonology 34 years experience
Blachish phlegm: Phlegm is a result of airway inflamation, which can be of variable color. It is also important to pay attention to the volume, consistancy, timing and associated symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.In general, darker is assocaited with more inflamatory responce that usually lightens up as the condition improves, with the improvement of the other symptoms noted above.In conclusion yes.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Congratulations!: Quitting smoking was one of the most important things you can do for your health so i'm very excited for you. How long ago did you stop? If it was recently, your body may still be ridding itself of the many toxins and particles you were inhaling before. If it is lasting for more than a few weeks, please see your specialist in adult care- family medicine or internal medicine.

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I have recently been diagnosed with COPD and I still smoke. Is it too late to quit smoking now that my lungs are already damaged?

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No: Quitting smoking now will slow the progression of COPD over time and may even stop or reverse some of the effects of COPD (this will take years). But continuing to smoke will definitely worsen your copd, including infections, and affect the lung tissue at a much faster rate than if you didn't smoke.

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