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I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday I felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday I felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

Many: Many sore throats will last 7-10 days. Viral infections will resolve on their own. Bacterial infections may need an antibiotic00strep throat needs an antibiotic or there may be risk of complications down the road (kidney, heart). Given your smoking history, I would not wait much longer than that before getting a full evaluation. You are at an increased risk of oral/throat/larynx cancer. ...Read more

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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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I have a sore throat, aches, headache, coughing up brown phlegm?

I have a sore throat, aches, headache, coughing up brown phlegm?

? Bronchitis: Your description sounds like an upper respiratory infection with phayngitis and bronchitis. If it persists, you may need to see a regular doctor to consider antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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I've had a very sore throat, hot and cold, tiredness and brown phlegm for 2 days. The phlegm is not being coughed up, but from the back of my throat.

I've had a very sore throat, hot and cold, tiredness and brown phlegm for 2 days. The phlegm is not being coughed up, but from the back of my throat.

What to do:: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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Slight sore throat, had migranes but passed. No frequent coughs but hocked bloody brown phlegm, no fever, non smoker, age 23.Feeling ok, need to worry?

Slight sore throat, had migranes but passed. No frequent coughs but hocked bloody brown phlegm, no fever, non smoker, age 23.Feeling ok, need to worry?

Probably ok: Probably from the sore throat. This is probably more common that we think it is since most people don't cough this stuff out. As long as your breathing is ok and it does not recur then I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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Just came to a cold climate. Fever and headache on first day. Fever subsided the next day but now with sore throat and brown phlegm. Also coughing.

Just came to a cold climate. Fever and headache on first day. Fever subsided the next day but now with sore throat and brown phlegm. Also coughing.

Sick after s move: Often when one moves to a new place, there are new viruses that you do not have immunity to. Big you feel it is not an ordinary cold see your new doctor to be on the safe side. You never know when pneumonia could be just starting. ...Read more

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I started coming down with mild symptoms a few days ago, woke up today with bad sore throat, ears, sneezing, and producing brown phlegm.

Mgt: I would suggest checking your temperature. Your PCP can check your throat and lymph nodes for swelling and pain. A virtual appointment can also be made. In the meantime, please drink fluids and rest. ...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.

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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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Sore throat, headache and face pain. Hoarse voice. No cough. A chunk of brown reddish phlegm just came up my throat by itself. Should I see dr?

Sore throat, headache and face pain. Hoarse voice. No cough. A chunk of brown reddish phlegm just came up my throat by itself. Should I see dr?

May be a virus - but: For significantly sore throat w/ swollen tonsils/lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w/ this several times/day. You can gargle w/ Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w/ honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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Had a heavy cold last week, no fever or real cough. Worst gone. Now have sore throat, producing brown/red phlegm, slight tiredness, shivers, no cough.

Had a heavy cold last week, no fever or real cough. Worst gone. Now have sore throat, producing brown/red phlegm, slight tiredness, shivers, no cough.

See your doctor: It is common to develop a bacterial infection like pneumonia after a viral respiratory tract infection. (I.e. A cold) This usually occurs shortly after the viral illness begins to improve and requires antibiotics. Symptoms vary but include fever, chills, chest pain, productive cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, tiredness, loss of appetite, etc... You need to have a doctor examine you. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and I am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

I have a sore throat, swollen glands, my ears hurt when I swallow and I am bringing up red/brown phlegm. What could it be?

Pneumonia?: This sounds like a standard respiratory viral infection that might have progressed to bronchitis or pneumonia. "Red/brown" suggest your sputum (phlegm from the bronchi or lungs) contains blood. See a doctor to be checked for bronchitis or pneumonia and possible need for an antibiotic prescription. Do it immediately if you have fever, chest pain of shortness of breath, or cough up obvious blood. ...Read more

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I've had a very sore throat for the past 3 days and have been spitting up phlem, but half the time there's blood or red/brown flakes. Is that serious?

I've had a very sore throat for the past 3 days and have been spitting up phlem, but half the time there's blood or red/brown flakes. Is that serious?

Epistaxis: Have it checked anyway to make sure. By your symptoms you have upper respiratory infection or inflammation. The mucous dries up the superficial vessels from the kisselbach's plexus to the back of the throat, they pop and get mixed with the secretions especially in the morning. It still could be from the lungs although less likely. It is best to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Sore throat 7 months. Had red holes @ above bk of tounge. Large clumps of blood in brown plegm when sort/sneeze. Neck pain. Body pains. Fatiage. Drows?

Sore throat 7 months. Had red holes @ above bk of tounge. Large clumps of blood in brown plegm when sort/sneeze. Neck pain. Body pains. Fatiage. Drows?

Bleeding tongue: A bleeding lesion at base of tongue persisting for that long with your smoking history must be biopsied and imaged. Go see ENT to check for possible cancer. ...Read more

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Chronic sore throat and phlegm, what condition is it?

Chronic sore throat and phlegm, what condition is it?

Many things: This could be due to allergies, it could be due to acid reflux; you need to check in with your md. ...Read more

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I have chronic sore throat wit phlegm, what condition can it be?

I have chronic sore throat wit phlegm, what condition can it be?

Smoking vs. GERD: A chronic sore throat in a 48 yr. Old man is most commonly associated with reflux of acid from the stomach. Chronic smoking can also be a cause. The 2 combined would cause a chronic sore throat. These are the most common causes of recurrent or persistent sore throat. ...Read more

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I have chronic phlegm for two years and sore throat what condition do you think I have?

I have chronic phlegm for two years and sore throat what condition do you think I have?

Allergies or reflux: Most likely postnasal drop from environmental allergies or reflux in throat. An ENT would be able to diagnose and treat you appropriately. ...Read more

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Week ago or so I had a terrible sore throat and it eventually went away but now I'm currently coughing of phlegm a lot more than normal?

Week ago or so I had a terrible sore throat and it eventually went away but now I'm currently coughing of phlegm a lot more than normal?

Viral: This is a viral upper respiratory tract infection which has travelled to the trachea or bronchial tubes. Since over a week has transpired and you have a heavy, productive cough it no longer is a simple viral infection but now it seems bacterial and deserving of a course of antibiotics. I recommend that your physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment advice. Take adequate fluids, cough syrup ...Read more

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What are the causes of phlegm to congest the throat during a sore throat?

What are the causes of phlegm to congest the throat during a sore throat?

Increased mucus: The viral infection of the throat lining (mucosa) causes inflammation and increased mucus production. The increase is sensed in the back of the throat and stimulates the reflexive urge to clear your throat, cough or swallow. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and have been coughing for 8 ays now and the 8th day, I coughed up phlegm with black phlegm dots in it. Is this bad?

I have a sore throat and have been coughing for 8 ays now and the 8th day, I coughed up phlegm with black phlegm dots in it. Is this bad?

M.D. visit: The black dots may be dried old blood. If you have had any nosebleeds this could contribute to this problem.
If you have a fever or continue to cough, I would recommend follow up. I would recommend avoiding all smoke. A virtual consult is available. ...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 dark yellow phlegm?

Sore throat dark yellow phlegm?

Fever?: By themselves those two symptoms are hard to parse out. Do you have these all the time? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have muscle aches? Anyone else around you been sick? Phlegm plus sore throat makes strep unlikely unless you always have phlegm.... Hot tea, rest, and if you have fevers see your doc. ...Read more

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What's the best home remedy for sore throat? And excess phlegm also? Alwhat to avoid in food?

What's the best home remedy for sore throat? And excess phlegm also? Alwhat to avoid in food?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...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.

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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Sore throat coughing up phlegm and blood?

Sore throat coughing up phlegm and blood?

Need more info: My recommendation would be to see a doctor asap since coughing up blood never has a benign cause. On the other hand it would be helpful to know how long you have been ill, to whom you were exposed, whether you smoke, have fever, chills, nausea, shortness of breath, etc. Make a list of everything and take it with you to the doctor. ...Read more

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Very sore chest and back. Coughing up phlegm occasionally. No sore throat or other symptoms.?

Very sore chest and back. Coughing up phlegm occasionally. No sore throat or other symptoms.?

See a doc: Any cough lasting more than a week and especially one associated with symptoms (chest pain) should be worked up for possible pneumonia. An exam and CXR seem to be in order. ...Read more

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Why do I have bloody phlegm when I wake up? I have a sore throat, some headache and body ache?

Why do I have bloody phlegm when I wake up? I have a sore throat, some headache and body ache?

See your doctor: If your symptoms have been this persistent, you need to see your doctor. He/she will listen to you, do an examination, and possibly run some tests to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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Non smoker. Spitting out tan phlegm with black specks. Been sick 3 days or more with sore throat?

Blood in mucus: Probably small amounts of blood coming from your throat or your sinuses. Sounds like you are very ill. Might be best to see a physician and get some meds and advice so you will get better. Good luck! ...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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Started with sore throat, then hoarseness and now day 3 green phlegm. 99.1 temp. Feel ok. Throat not too sore. Should I see a dr?

Started with sore throat, then hoarseness and now day 3 green phlegm. 99.1 temp. Feel ok. Throat not too sore. Should I see a dr?

May be: Try salt water gargles, saline nasal washes and a fever reducer/pain killer, together with rest and fluids, if no improvement in a day or two, see your doctor, good luck ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more