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i am coughing up phlegm and i don't have a cold?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Allergies: Most common cause of phlegm production is allergies. Consider drinking more water to thin the mucus, try otc antihistamines and use nasal saline rinses. If symptoms persist, see and ENT doctor or allergist.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

Is it bad that i've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

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Dr. Raj Syal
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
No: Most likely these symptoms will pass. Allergies have been really bad this year due to the lack of rain.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Take a specimen in: Take a specimen of his sputum to your doctor to let him/her look at it and possibly send it off to be analyzed. Either you are confusing thick mucous as worms or he may have an infestation of parasites. If he travels outside the us this of a higher possibility.
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My husban is a smoker and has been coughing up phlegm with black spots. What could this be?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Abnormal sputum: This could be traces of blood or other substances. Your husband needs a thorough medical evaluation to rule out cancer and other serious disease of the lungs.
A 48-year-old male asked:

How can you tell coughing up phlegm warrants a visit to a doctor? If it's yellowish in color do I need to be concerned?

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Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Yellow greenish phlegm may indicate infection requiring antibiotic therapy. See your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Nonsmoker coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Chronic cough: Chronic cough is not normal. The 4 major causes of chronic cough are asthma, chronic sinus problems, post nasal drip from allergies and stomach acid reflux. There are many more less common triggers. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can assist in identifying cause (chest x-ray, breathing tests) so that a reasonable treatment approach can be taken. Don't live with it!

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