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Black Streaks In Mucus
Stop smoking: The lungs are very delicate, used to extract oxygen from the air and transfer it to the blood. Filling them with soot is very harmful. 4 years of smoking isn't enough to result in cancer but within a few weeks if giving up smoking, the chest tightness and abnormal mucus should stop. ...Read more
Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more
I'm a non-smoker with chronic sinus infections that have no environmental cause. Why am I getting black streaks in my mucus?
I've been coughing up clear, thick mucus with brownish blackish specks for months now. Why is this happening? What is it?
Cough: "brownish blackish specks" may be due to tobacco use or environmental exposure. Since we don't know anything about your medical history, social history or environmental exposures, I recommend you consult your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Had 2 quite runny poos today and both have been very dark brown almost black and looked like it had mucus in it. What's wrong? Should I be worried?
Evaluation: There are several possibilities. You should seek care to have it evaluated. ...Read more
Hello I'm 31 years old and have been smoking since 13 for the last few months it has been. Brown and black. Mucus and what's clear is wormy thick like?
Black specs in mucus: Mucus serves several functions including filtering stuff in the air we breath - this could be smoke particles from wood smoke or if you live in a dusty environment. Sometimes blood as it gets old can appear dark in mucus. If its not a regular occurence probably nothing to worry about if it keeps happening you probably should see your doctor. ...Read more
I cough up black spects in my mucus which is clear every time I lil on my back I cough upmucus with black spects in it?
Mgt: I would recommend saving a sample and showing your PCP. If you smoke, please try to quit. Other possible causes include small amounts of bleeding. The source can vary and may include gastric and upper airway sources. ...Read more
I used to cough out black mucus which has turned out to a white colour. Not much mucus, but only white. Mostly in the morning. Bad?
Sputum color....: Usually, white or clear sputum is considered normal. Black mucous is not usually normal and could be related to an environmental exposure. You need to quit smoking asap to avoid long-term complications like lung cancer, copd, etc. If the black sputum recurs, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I have been sick the past couple of days, and I have thrown/coughed up mucus and a black substance twice. I don't smoke or drink. Should I seek help?
I have brown, black stuff in my mucus while coughing. The rest of transperant. I smoke 3 cigerates per day. What can be the reason for this abnorma?
Dust. ..: The environmental....dust and fumes and shoot....coming out in your phlem...........stop smoking first. ...Read more
The day after I have had sex I got this black mucus then after it was black/bloody mucus but isn't heavy and has lasted more than 1 week what can it be?
Irregular: Periods are, by their nature, irregular phenomena. They can range from bright red to black, and everything in between. If this persists, see your doctor. ...Read more
These symptoms: Would require history, physical examination and probably testing to be able to identify the cause. ...Read more
Black mucus: Could be old blood, breathing coal dust or the like, etc. ...Read more
What's wrong? For about a week om a half I've beem coughn up differnt colored mucus and now it has black spots in it
Every morning I wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years.?
Why is there black specs in my mucus? I am a smoker and I used to smoke herbal incense (legal weed) intell it was soon outlawed.
As above: See u pcp for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
I have excessive mucus excreting from all orifices. Thick, gray with black flecks. What can cause this and what will help it go away?
Abnormal: I'm not sure what you mean by coming out of all orifices is it your nose your throat your genitals your urethra your anus. This type from you need to consult the doctor primary care or possibly Healthtap for specific diagnosis and treatment. Please restate your question ...Read more
What type of tea is best for breaking up mucus. I've been drinking hot black tea but I've read that black tea isn't good for mucus.?
Quadriplegic 62 year old male coughing up black mucus, not a smoker. Have had 2 recent cases of pneumonia in the last 6 months. What to do?
Go to ER: The symptoms you report are very concerning for a gastrointestinal bleed. Things can become precarious in a quadriplegic and may cause problems quickly. Hence my suggestion that he goes to the hospital right away. Good luck and take care. ...Read more
I've been sick for about 4 days. Coughing up thick green mucus for the most part. This morning the phelm has turned black. I'm a non smoker.
Mgt: Please see your physician today. You will probably need antibiotics and a radiograph. ...Read more
My son worked at a sawmill for 6 months, ever since that his nosed has been clogged. There was times where thick black mucus would come out any idea?
My gf has a small lump, underneath her chin. It is slightly hard. Recently she has been blowing out slighty black mucus. Is this anything serious?
Not sure they are: Related. Many times the lump under the chin is a cyst. The mucus if really black needs checked out by an ENT doctor. The cyst should resolve on its own and probably will not need treatment if left alone. Recommend talking to your doc about the black mucous. ...Read more
I've been coughing up mucus for months now. I'm 19, male, and smoke. The mucus comes out in a variety of textures and colors. Colors include white, green, grey/greyish-black. Textures include light and foamy, or thick and sticky. Sometimes it has little b
Breast fed: The black strands may be old blooo from chaffed nipples ...Read more
I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much. I cough up mucus with black streaks. Cough when can't breat?
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