Belleview, FL
A 30-year-old female asked:

I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. is this normal?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Angela Walker
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so i would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out.
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