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I am a smoker for 6 years / 7 cigs a day I split up black phlegm in the morning but not the rest of the day what is this?

I am a smoker for 6 years / 7 cigs a day I split up black phlegm in the morning but not the rest of the day what is this?

Quit smoking!: We all have cilia in our lungs. Think of them as little hairs that sweep junk out of lungs. But when you smoke, they can't work so you might end up spitting phlegm more than in past. Most important thing to do is to quit smoking. There's not a single good reason to smoke. If black phlegm doesn't clear up shortly after quitting, go see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Sometimes in the morning I spit out black phlegm. What is it? Is this normal?

Sometimes in the morning I spit out black phlegm. What is it? Is this normal?

Do you smoke?: This can happens to smokers, or someone who stopped smoking couple weeks ago. If tub workmen really polluted area. Black can also mean blood, did you have any other health problems? ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

Talk with your doc: There are many possibilities, but a very concerning possibility is old blood from your gut like your stomach when it's irritated [gastritis] or an ulcer. Please talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Am a 20 year old female, I don't drink nor smoke. I've observed for 5 days that the phlegm from my throat is black in colour only in the morning,?

Am a 20 year old female, I don't drink nor smoke. I've observed for 5 days that the phlegm from my throat is black in colour only in the morning,?

Check filters: This could be due to unclean filters in your home's HVAC system. Your nose/lungs function to filter dust/debris that you inhale. Try this, and see if this symptom disappears. ...Read more

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I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom. My chest xray is clear.

I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom. My chest xray is clear.

Cannot diagnose: You need to see a pulmonary specialist. Need more history and lung function studies. You may have problems with allergies, fungal exposure in your household and other problems of which you may not yet be aware. Go and get fully evaluated and hope this will be diagnosed and treated effectively soon. ...Read more

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My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

See a doctor: And have her stop smoking. This is nothing to ignore or allow to continue. Hopefully an exam and chest x-ray will show this is nothing serious, but if she continues smoking it may well become severe. ...Read more

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Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

Yellow phlegm in the morning, what should I do?

What other symptoms?: There are various associated symptoms that can help determine the cause of your condition.
For instance, are there any of the following associated problems?
- fever
- cough
- runny nose
- allergies
- do you smoke? ...Read more

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My mom has COPD and is a former smoker. I have never been a smoker. How likely is it that I will develope copd? I cough and have a lot of phlegm in the morning.

My mom has COPD and is a former smoker. I have never been a smoker. How likely is it that I will develope copd? I cough and have a lot of phlegm in the morning.

Copd: Are you a smoker or exposed to second hand smoke? If so you may be at risk of developing copd. Already you have cough and phlegm. Other things you have to look for is Alpha trypsin deficiency which can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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Do u believe the color of phlegm in the morning is BEST way to tell if you sick or not? Cough on/off during day. White to brown. I smoke. Stuffy nose

Do u believe the color of phlegm in the morning is BEST way to tell if you sick or not? Cough on/off during day. White to brown. I smoke. Stuffy nose

Not generally: Color of phlegm can change to green or yellow in the absence of bacterial infection, and brown is generally just associated with the continued smoking. It sounds like you have chronic bronchitis, and continued smoking is going to cause more harm, including emphysema/COPD. You need to stop. Please talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking and improve your cough and your health. ...Read more

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For past week I've had small streaks of blood in phlegm in the morning. Some blood stains when blow nose. Not sick with cold or flu. Cause?

For past week I've had small streaks of blood in phlegm in the morning. Some blood stains when blow nose. Not sick with cold or flu. Cause?

Blood from nose: Blood from nose (epistaxis) can be due to the high heat in the midwest & most of the country right now. The heat can dry out mucous membranes causing bleeding and 'small streaks of blood phlegm' and 'when blowing nose.' you may want to see your doctor bleeding becomes excessive or persists. Topical vaseline or Bacitracin on the nasal septum may help protect the mucous membranes from drying. ...Read more

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Hello! I'm 24 yrs old and I had a flu 3 weeks ago. Now I'm feeling better, but I ended up having a phlegm in the morning with a blood clot on it.

Hello! I'm 24 yrs old and I had a flu 3 weeks ago. Now I'm feeling better, but I ended up having a phlegm in the morning with a blood clot on it.

Part of healing: What you experienced is likely a part of the healing process. If bloody phlegm is still present a week from now, it would be time to see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Light brown specks in phlegm, in the morning. Clears up during the day. No cough, no chest pain, no fever. Frequently congested noise. Diagnosed with lpr?

Light brown specks in phlegm, in the morning. Clears up during the day. No cough, no chest pain, no fever. Frequently congested noise. Diagnosed with lpr?

LPR: Your specks may be coming from your nose and represent dried up blood. Use saline nose drop especially before bed time and use a vaporizer to keep your nasal passages clear. ...Read more

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What to do about dry throat at night and green/yellow phlegm in the morning?

What to do about dry throat at night and green/yellow phlegm in the morning?

Dryness: Drink more water but consider a good humidifier at night buy them by size of your room and close the windows and the door ...Read more

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What could be the cause of spitting brown phlegm in the morning? After a couple spits it's clear and doesn't do it again till morning. No blood when I blow my nose

What could be the cause of spitting brown phlegm in the morning? After a couple spits it's clear and doesn't do it again till morning. No blood when I blow my nose

Need diagnosis: Brown phlegm is probably not from the oral cavity or from the gums. Obviously, you need a proper diagnosis. Although you say there is no nasal bleeding, I would worry more about old blood coming from the esophagus or stomach. An ENT doctor or a gastroenterologist should be consulted. ...Read more

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Is it possible to spit brownish phlegm in the morning because of gingivitis? I clench my teeth when I sleep and I have a cavity that hurts some

Is it possible to spit brownish phlegm in the morning because of gingivitis? I clench my teeth when I sleep and I have a cavity that hurts some

Not likely: Phlegm is usually a description of thick mucus that comes from the respiratory tract. Associating this to a dental condition wouldn't be likely. Smoking, sinus infection, or upper airway inflammation would be more likely. The cavity can be fixed, the gums can be treated, and an appliance can be made to alleviate the clenching. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm in the morning after I wake up on and off for months, sometimes brown. My Dr. Doesn't seemed concerned but still it persists. Also occasionally experiencing a minor sore throat. No allergies to my knowledge and non-smoking,

I've been coughing up phlegm in the morning after I wake up on and off for months, sometimes brown. My Dr. Doesn't seemed concerned but still it persists. Also occasionally experiencing a minor sore throat. No allergies to my knowledge and non-smoking,

Nasal saline: You may have post nasal drip, I would suggest a nasal saline rinse, and changing your pillow to a new foam filled pillow.

If it persists, a further evaluation is indicated.
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Is it normal to have phlegm almost every morning?

Is it normal to have phlegm almost every morning?

Allergies: You may have allergies. The mucous can build up overnight. ...Read more

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Why do I have phlegm when I wake up in the morning?

Why do I have phlegm when I wake up in the morning?

Phlegm builds up: At night from your nose and chest. Sleep may not allow you to cough and clear phlegm out normally compared to when you're awake. Your family doctor and Healthtap can suggest ways you can treat this condition. ...Read more

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What can it be when you are waking up having phlegm, coughing ever morning?

What can it be when you are waking up having phlegm, coughing ever morning?

Possibilities.....: Possible causes of these symptoms include post-nasal drip, gerd, chronic bronchitis, etc. All of these are treatable but they have different treatments so you would need to see your doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Brown specs: Please go to the Pharmacy and I am confident they will recommend the right medicine for you.
You will not need a prescription but you will have to pay a small amount. ...Read more

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Why does I always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough I don't have cough orflu.

Why does I always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough I don't have cough orflu.

Morning Phlegm: Think of gravity as your friend during the daytime when all the phlegm drains down but when you lay down at night, gravity is not your friend and those sinuses fill up with fluid. Then you wake up and gravity pulls everything down the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Wife 29, non-smoker, no coughing or cold but there is blood in her phlegm when she woke up this morning. Should. She be worried?

Wife 29, non-smoker, no coughing or cold but there is blood in her phlegm when she woke up this morning. Should. She be worried?

Concerned: Concerned yes but worried no. I would make an appointment with her doctor and have her follow up with her doctor. There are things that the doctor will need to rule out. ...Read more

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Nonsmoker coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year?

Nonsmoker coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year?

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! ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm - happens every morning but it has been 3 hours. Need to make it stop?

Coughing up phlegm - happens every morning but it has been 3 hours. Need to make it stop?

Possible allergies: Phlegm in the morning may be due to allergies or inhalation of dry air overnight. Other possibilities include nocturnal reflux or infection ...Read more

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I coughs up grey phlegm usually late in the evening and nights or early morning, this has been goin on over a month, some of it is hard and tuff?

I coughs up grey phlegm usually late in the evening and nights or early morning, this has been goin on over a month, some of it is hard and tuff?

Need to be checked: Coughing grey phlegm in morning, evening and night may be doe to Allergies, Sisusitis, Bronchitis.You need to drink plenty of fluids and stop smoking if you smoke and check your house for indoor allergens like molds etc
And consult your doctor and get yoursrlf checked. You will need a detailed History and Physical Examination and if indicated Xrays etc to find the cause and treat appropriately ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more