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A 48-year-old female asked:

why do i cough up dark specs in my phlegm.

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Dr. Barry Marged
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Depends: Dark specs may be blood but may be other. If blood can be coming from back of nose or sinuses, but may be coming from lungs. Blood is concerning when not where it should be, although there is less genral concern when from sinuses. The specifics of the dark spots and their origin needs to be determined. Strongly recommend evaluation by phsyician.

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Is it safe to take cough remedies containing phenylephrine while pregnant?

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Yes: You need to take only the recommended dose. Do not take any over-the-counter remedies that contain Aspirin or Ibuprofen or medications like them while pregnant.
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Is it normal for my baby to throw up after coughing?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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No: The most common cause of vomiting after coughing is gastroesophageal reflux. A persistent severe cough with vomiting after the cough could be a sign of whooping cough, a very dangerous illness especially in infants.
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Do all babies throw up after coughing?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Infants and young children throw up after coughing so frequently that we have a medical term for it: post-tussive emesis. You don't need to see your doctor just because your child vomits a little bit of phlegm after coughing, but if you think he's having difficulty breathing, if he turns blue (not red) when coughing or if he passes out after coughing he definitely needs to be seen by a physician.
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My baby has a bad cough, should I be worried?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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respiratory : If the bay looks ok (eats and sleeps well and does not have a high fever) you can wait and see but if the baby is having any kind of dificulty or she/he is very young you should call your pediatrician, keep it hydrated.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What should I do if my baby keeps coughing up lots of mucus?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Call Your Doctor: Your child needs to be examined to determine the cause of their symptoms. Some possibilities include a cold, allergies, bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia. The only way to know if it is serious is for your pediatrician to examine the child.

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