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hi, i have been coughing up phlegm for a few months now. it is clear with little brown spots.

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Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Phlegm from cough: Mostly clear phlegm is fairly normal. You probably have allergies. I would try a nasal steroid like Flonase and use it twice a day. It takes about 3 to 5 days to work. Be patient. You can try a decongestant like sudafed to dry you up until the Flonase kicks in. Good luck! Feel better!
Answered on Feb 5, 2017
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: An inbox consultation may help to determine the next step. I would suggest sputum cultures including a KOH stain for fungus, fungal cultures and AFB. You should also be evaluated by a pulmonary specialist, and imaging may be performed. An allergy to fungus should be considered.
Answered on Feb 4, 2017

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