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Mucus (Definition)

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


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I've been coughing up clear, thick mucus with brownish blackish specks for months now. Why is this happening? What is it?

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

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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?

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?

Stop smoking: First, you need to stop smoking, no questions, no excuses. Secondly, a dark, thick, colored mucus may be indicative of an infection, possibly viral or bacterial. Best to get evaluated to determine if you require an antibiotic to get better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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My mucus have black specs in it. I don't smok or have a cold.. Should I be worried?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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 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?

See Doctor ASAP: There may be more information necessary, such as a physical examination, to ensure there is nothing dangerous. See your doctor as soon as possible. Call 911 if you develop leg swelling, shortness of breath, dizziness, or chest pain. ...Read more

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The day after I have had sex I got this black mucus then after it was black/bloody mucus but isnt heavy and has lasted more than 1 week what can it be?

The day after I have had sex I got this black mucus then after it was black/bloody mucus but isnt 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

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Black/bloody mucus is it my period?

Black/bloody mucus is it my period?

Probably: Periods can differ greatly from month to month. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rash on calves and black mucus?

What to do if I have rash on calves and black mucus?

These symptoms: would require history, physical examination and probably testing to be able to identify the cause. ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up perfectly round balls of mucus with black spots all in it?

Black spots: The black spots could be small flecks of dried blood, inhaled particles, or fungus. Recommend having mucous ball cultured and examined under the microscope. ...Read more

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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. ?

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.
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Not good: Need far more information and a detailed exam and possibly some imaging studies and exams of sputum. Do you smoke? Work around toxic materials you could inhale? Are you immunosuppressed? See a pulmonary doctor and get diagnosed and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

Quit smoking!: You know that what you are doing is not good for your health. Quit smoking while you are ahead. Get nicotine patch if you can not quick cold turkey, though doing cold turkey is the best way to go. I know that it is easier said than done, but you can do it. ...Read more

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Is it bad to swallow the mucus you cough up? Even if it's blackish colored?

Typically OK: It is OK to do this in general as you swallow mucus from sinuses all the time with post nasal drip, but if you have black mucus, you should get that looked at and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Two periods in one month a week apart the second one is brown/black blood with this mucus like brown cloud and very painful please help?

Two periods in one month a week apart the second one is brown/black blood with this mucus like brown cloud and very painful please help?

Exam: I am sorry to hear about the inconvenience and pain of your second period. While it's not terribly uncommon for us women to occasionally have an abnormal period or cycle and bleed more than once one month at times during our reproductive years or have irregular bleeding, this black blood and extreme pain is not "normal." See your doc so she can examine you and rule out something more serious ...Read more