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A 27-year-old male asked:

Dark brown mucous from my throat. i do not smoke and my exposure to pollutants is average. i do not feel any other respiratory issue. please help.

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Blood?..: Brown colour may actually come from broken down blood, ie. Hemosiderin. Gums, throat, coughing, sinus cavities can all be a source. This is the most common cause, other than inhaling dust, etc. This can be easily checked by taking a specimen and having it examined for this causes.
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
? infection: Though you may not feel it, dark brown mucus suggests either an infection or some old blood in the mucus. Would have it checked out.

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