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I have had a sore throat, only at night, the last few days, no cough. I have also been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly.

I have had a sore throat, only at night, the last few days, no cough. I have also been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly.

A Little Experiment: Why don't you try the following: go to the nearest ER or Urgent Care, walk in and say to the nurse: " I have been spitting up thick, very bloody, dark yellow phlegm repeatedly. " And see what happens. Go ahead, I suggest you try it right now. Thank you. ...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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For the past 2 days I've been hacking up bloody phlegm, no cough just a sore throat and wisdom teeth coming in. Do I require medical care?

For the past 2 days I've been hacking up bloody phlegm, no cough just a sore throat and wisdom teeth coming in. Do I require medical care?

Bloody phlegm: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. It is likely you will be referred as soon as possible to a Dentist.
Hope all goes well.
Do not delay! ...Read more

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I've had a cough w/ a bunch of phlegm for 2 mth. This sometimes happens after a sore throat but usually it goes away in a wk. Still ok to wait it out?

I've had a cough w/ a bunch of phlegm for 2 mth. This sometimes happens after a sore throat but usually it goes away in a wk. Still ok to wait it out?

Cough with phlegm: May be post nasal drip, reflux, food intolerance(milk, gluten/soy) irritating sinuses when asleep ( head is low andreflux like a tide moves up to mouth /sinus), may be mycoplasma infection-consider Z pk(zithromax if not allergic) may get rid of the cough. Can try ranitidine, ( reflux)l Zyrtec, and elevating head of bed at night and see if that helps. F/u with doctor urgent care ...Read more

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Sore throat several weeks right side near top of throat. No phlegm no cough worse at night after being outside. No other symptoms.

Sore throat several weeks right side near top of throat. No phlegm no cough worse at night after being outside. No other symptoms.

Could be infection: Could be adenitis.... Could be many things. Consult your doctor to look at it and they will also test for strep throat. Needs to be examined if you have chronic symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi I have been having sore throat and dry resistant cough for about a month. I am coughing out phlegm that has black specks for about 2 weeks now.?

Hi I have been having sore throat and dry resistant cough for about a month. I am coughing out phlegm that has black specks for about 2 weeks now.?

? Non-productive cou: Have you talked to your doc about the possibility of an asthmatic cough. Many underlying causes for this including infection, cold temperatures, exercise-induced, allergens, emotional upset. You should see your doc and go from there. ...Read more

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I'm sick with a really bad phlegm cough and a sore throat and when I cough it hurt around my right kidney. What could this mean?

I'm sick with a really bad phlegm cough and a sore throat and when I cough it hurt around my right kidney. What could this mean?

Cough : Since you are on Imuran (azathioprine) which suppresses the immunity, I would highly recommend having a chest x-ray to exclude pneumonia. The pain in your right flank is mostly muscular related to severe cough. ...Read more

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I just got rid of my phlegm with cough recently.but now im having sore throat.it feels like something is stuck in my throat and still have lit cough?

I just got rid of my phlegm with cough recently.but now im having sore throat.it feels like something is stuck in my throat and still have lit cough?

..: To answer this question properly, I'm going to have to review all of your systems. The best thing to do would be to book an appt with me and we can find out what the right answer is and how to get you better fast. ...Read more

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Sore throat, short breath and cough and phlegm. Using asthalin inhaler, but doesn't work. What's wrong with me?

Allergies/Asthma: Nasal allergies can cause sore throat and phlegm, and can worsen bouts of asthma. See your physician for adjustments to your medications and to make sure you don't have bronchitis. Drink more non-caffeinated fluids and do some warm salt water gargling. ...Read more

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Sometime I find blood in my phlegm, I'm sure it's not from my gums. I don't cough or have sore throat, I don't smoke either. Should I be worried?

Sometime I find blood in my phlegm, I'm sure it's not from my gums. I don't cough or have sore throat, I don't smoke either. Should I be worried?

Yes: Bleeding is one of your body's ways of telling you that there's a serious problem. Have you seen a Periodontist, a gum specialist, to rule out gum disease? If do you need to see a Pulmonologist and an ENT. Please do not delay. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

You need to be seen.: The symptoms you describe make me want you to be seen in person. Better safe than sorry. You might have a virus, but it could be more serious. Please go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic right away. ...Read more

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I had sore throat and cough when I throw my phlegm it has a red on it and for the 2nd time the red spot is already gone? What does it mean?

I had sore throat and cough when I throw my phlegm it has a red on it and for the 2nd time the red spot is already gone? What does it mean?

Irritation: Sounds like you are coughing enough to cause irritation and erosion to the throat. You should see doctor for exam if the cough persists some simple lozenges nay be of some benefit to you ...Read more

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I had a sore throat and cough when I throw my phlegm I saw a red on my phlegm is that because i have sore throat? But i don't have chest pain

I had a sore throat and cough when I throw my phlegm I saw a red on my phlegm is that because i have sore throat?  But i don't have chest pain

Red stuff?: If you coughed hard enough you could break a small blood vessel and that would be the answer. As long as it disappears, fine! If it persists go see your doc for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a slight cold a bit of a snuffly nose but no sore throat or cough, I just brought up phlegm and there is blood in it? Streaks of blood?

Hi, I have a slight cold a bit of a snuffly nose but no sore throat or cough, I just brought up phlegm and there is blood in it? Streaks of blood?

Epistaxis: Bleeding from the nose due to superficial irritation associated with viral URI may occur, and its dripping from the rear of the nose into the nasopharynx may produce small amts of blood in phlegm. If, however, this gets worse or persists beyond the time that the cold clears you should go and be seen by a doctor. Wish you better soon. ...Read more

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I have hayfever. I've had sore throat, cough, wheezy chest, phlegm taste in throat for 4 days, but no congestion. Is this hayfever even w/o congestion?

I have hayfever. I've had sore throat, cough, wheezy chest, phlegm taste in throat for 4 days, but no congestion. Is this hayfever even w/o congestion?

No way to tell w/o t: No way to tell w/o t testing. The "wheezy" cough & phlegm suggests there may be congestion in the lungs. But is it hayfever or a viral infection? Or bacterial tracheitis? They all feel the same more-or-less, but are treated differently. Testing of phlegm, blood (allergy tests), chest X-ray, & other tools available to a doctor can sometimes tell the difference. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to determine the cause. GL! ...Read more

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Hi! I have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. I smoke light cigarettes. What should do to get rid of 'em?

Hi! I have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. I smoke light cigarettes. What should do to get rid of 'em?

Bronchitis: I understand your concern.
Grey phlem is likely due to cigarette smoking and air pollution, it can also be due to or Marijuana smoking.
See the Physician if coughing affects your sleep and day time functioning, difficulty in swallowing or fever.
See Therapist to understand and resolve your feelings of worry, fear, sadness, hurt, resentment for which you may be smoking; plan to decrease smoking ...Read more

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Just reached a cold country. Had a fever and headache, now fever is gone but having cough and bad sore throat, currently coughing up brown phlegm.

Just reached a cold country. Had a fever and headache, now fever is gone but having cough and bad sore throat, currently coughing up brown phlegm.

URI: You are in the midst of an upper respiratory infection. The productive cough indicates there is moderate phlegm inside your lungs. Drink lots of water to help thin it out. Drink hot tea/honey for the cough and consider some cilantro (usually I do pico de gallo) to help bring up mucous. See an MD soon to make sure it's in recovery.

http://www.pdrhealth.com/diseases/cough ...Read more

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I have sore throat no fever been coughing for about 2 weeks/cough gets worse at night. During the day icough up yellow phlegm at night its clear no ins?

I have sore throat no fever been coughing for about 2 weeks/cough gets worse at night. During the day icough up yellow phlegm at night its clear no ins?

Possibilities...: Possible causes of your symptoms include post-nasal drip leading to sore throat and bronchospasm leading to cough. This may be due to a viral infection, including viral bronchitis. Since this is likely a viral infection, antibiotics would be ineffective. If there is no improvement over the next week, or if symptoms worsen, see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read more

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I have body ache/pains, cough, sore throat and phlegm also body is heaty and have chills at night but no fever.?

I have body ache/pains, cough, sore throat and phlegm also body is heaty and have chills at night but no fever.?

Viral infection? : Your symptoms are consistent with a viral infection. Use acetamenifen or Ibuprofen for fever or aches and keep well hydrated. Let your body's immune system do the rest. If your symptoms persist for more than a week, have your doctor check you. If fever occurs let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Sore throat and pharynx for half a year, phlegm at pharynx -> hem/cough. More burping, but reflux diet/pill didn't help.

Sore throat and pharynx for half a year, phlegm at pharynx -> hem/cough. More burping, but reflux diet/pill didn't help.

Chronic pharyngitis : The issues to be addressed would be whether there is post nasal drip from a nasal or sinus condition, sore throat due to chronic tonsillitis, or if reflux is playing a role. You mentioned being treated for reflux, but may not have been optimal dosing and duration of treatment. You need a good ENT exam, fiber-optic nasophryngoscopy, and then treatment can be properly initiated. ...Read more

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I have mild blood in my phlegm/spit when I cough it up. I have not been coughing but I have a sore throat and a bad headache. Help?

I have mild blood in my phlegm/spit when I cough it up. I have not been coughing but I have a sore throat and a bad headache. Help?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is never normal and should always be evaluated by a physician. It should always be considered dangerous until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more than three weeks?

A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more than three weeks?

Virus &/or allergies: Viral upper respiratory infections can hang around for weeks, but may be compounded by allergies. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see a primary care provider at this point for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more