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Have been spitting mucor for sometimes now. What could be the cause.

Have been spitting mucor for sometimes now. What could be the cause.

Please clarify: Mucormycosis is a dread, thankfully rare opportunistic infection that is extremely serious and should have you in the hospital. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. If an "alternative practitioner" has diagnosed this on a saliva test or something similar, please get with an evidence-based physician. ...Read more

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What is the cause and effect of spitting up of a brown or black mucus? I've been spitting up a dark brown to almost a black mucus. I do smoke. I am trying to quit.

What is the cause and effect of spitting up of a brown or black mucus? I've been spitting up a dark brown to almost a black mucus. I do smoke. I am trying to quit.

Its from smoking: The "tars" - all the hydrocarbons and organic crud in cigarette smoke ( you know the stuff that turns the filter and your fingers dark yellow and brown) is trying to get out. You need to quit. As the famous philosopher yoda from star wars said - there is no try, there is just "do". See your doctor for evaluation, you may have COPD and need treatment, and see if there is lung infection/bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is the cause and effect of spitting up of a brown or black mucus? I've been spitting up a dark brown to almost a black mucus. I do smoke. I am trying to quit.

What is the cause and effect of spitting up of a brown or black mucus? I've been spitting up a dark brown to almost a black mucus. I do smoke. I am trying to quit.

Hello. : Hello. I am not sure. Brown can sometimes means it is tinged with old blood. When you say "spitting up" it makes me concerned that this could be coming up from the stomach. Vomiting up dark brown or black coffee ground material can be consistent with vomiting blood. ...Read more

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Common causes of spitting up blood?

Common causes of spitting up blood?

Get it evaluated: Do you mean coughing up blood, throwing up blood or simply having blood in your saliva? They all have different causes and some can be serious. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can chewing and spitting cause weight gain?

Can chewing and spitting cause weight gain?

No it does not but: No it does not but it is not the right thing to do.Anyone who chews food and spits it has an eating disorder and if not corrected can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Could chewing and spitting food cause weight gain?

Could chewing and spitting food cause weight gain?

Chewing weight gain: I first saw this on a sex in the city episode. It is not a recommended diet plan. The taste of the food, is unlikely to curb your appetitie however, so you are likely to continue to consume the same calorie intake that leads to weight gain. Better to meet with a dietician and come up with a reasonable diet and exercise plan. If you are good 90% of the time, you will do well with your weight. ...Read more

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Could my boyfriend spitting on my vagina cause anything?

Could my boyfriend spitting on my vagina cause anything?

No: Many, probably most, couples enjoy oral sex. I am going to assume you are otherwise intimate and this won't cause any special problems. ...Read more

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What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

See your doctor: Could be bloody post nasal drip, bleeding from back of mouth/throat, or even pneumonia. Definitely a symptom you don't want to ignore. Please make an appointment with your physician. ...Read more

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My baby is 4 months old and she has been spitting up clear liquid all day. What causes this? And is this normal?

My baby is 4 months old and she has been spitting up clear liquid all day. What causes this? And is this normal?

Vomiting: This isn't quite enough info. If the baby has both vomiting and diarrhea, then a stomach virus is likely. If she is only vomiting, then this could be from a different cause. If it's the virus, then wait for at least an hour, after the last vomit. Then sips of Pedialyte, for 1/2 hr, then 1oz/hr, until it's been 6-8hrs. Then advance, slowly. If this doesn't stop it; have her seen. ...Read more

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4 month baby spitting up a lot.Formula change before one month. Only formula fed. What are the causes and remedies?

4 month baby spitting up a lot.Formula change before one month. Only formula fed. What are the causes and remedies?

Many possibilities..: There are many reasons for spitting up-most commonly they not of concern BUT this is should be addressed with pediatrician. Is the baby gaining weight well? Possibly overfeeding? Spitting up is reflux BUT that doesn't mean it needs to be medically managed. More history, vital signs, and a physical exam will direct the next step. ...Read more

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My son is spitting up alittle blackish sputem ,couls eating oysters cause that?? We live in a refinery area also and works in one.and hes sick to his

My son is spitting up alittle blackish sputem ,couls eating oysters cause that?? We live in a refinery area also and works in one.and hes sick to his

Mgt/workup: The black color may be related to a number of things. If there is tar in the air, old blood in any area of the airway, this can cause this color in the sputum. If he is aspirating from his stomach, then this could also lead to this finding. I would suggest collecting sputum and taking it to your PCP for analysis. A virtual appt is available for follow up. ...Read more

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When is spitting up and vomiting cause for concern?

Severe enough to ...: 1) cause inadequate weight gain or weight loss; 2) cause infant to aspirate and develop prolonged cough/wheezing or pneumonia; 3) cause heart burn manifested by unusual fussiness, arching back ; and 4) vomitus (vomited content) looks green (bile). Medical ttention has to be sought. ...Read more

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My 6 mo old son is not gaining weight. He spits up frequently, could this be a possibly cause?

My 6 mo old son is not gaining weight.  He spits up frequently, could this be a possibly cause?

Yes: Weight gain is a "vital sign" for infants. Poor weight gain should be evaluated by your doctor. While reflux can cause poor weight gain, it's only one of many factors to be considered. My friendly advice: remember to keep an open mind. A good doctor will often follow your leads, at least initially. Over-emphasizing any one hunch may lead down the wrong path, and could end up delaying diagnosis. ...Read more

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Baby spits up on and roots right away like nothing happened. What could be the cause of this? I burp him, hold him upright for 10 minutes or so

Baby spits up on and roots right away like nothing happened. What could be the cause of this? I burp him, hold him upright for 10 minutes or so

Reflex: Rooting is actually a newborn reflex. Yes, babies root when they are hungry but they also root when something or someone strokes their cheek. As long as baby is growing well and not fussy due to all the spitting up, random rooting is just fine. ...Read more

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I am on the 13th day of my period, I am just spitting now though. What could be the cause of such a long period?

I am on the 13th day of my period, I am just spitting now though. What could be the cause of such a long period?

Anovulation: Not ovulating is typically the cause for irregular periods. As a consequence of lack of ovulation the ovaries produce too little of progesterone. Instead, the ongoing production of estradiol stimulates the build up of the inner lining on the one hand, but at some point may become insufficient to do so on the other, at which point bleeding/spotting commences. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause you to spit blood? I've been spitting small amounts of blood after doing it and even without doing it in the evening hours.

Can masturbation cause you to spit blood? I've been spitting small amounts of blood after doing it and even without doing it in the evening hours.

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is never normal. If this has been occurring for a while, you should see your doctor to find the cause of the bleeding. Masturbation does not lead to this symptom. ...Read more

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I'm 4 weeks post 2 level ACDF. The incision is closed with no signs of infection. I am spitting 2 sutures. What causes this and do I just ignore them?

I'm 4 weeks post 2 level ACDF.  The incision is closed with no signs of infection. I am spitting 2 sutures. What causes this and do I just ignore them?

ACDF : This is really nothing to be concerned about this is just sometimes people get a reaction to the suture material which is many times superficial and very close to the skin edge usually these will just come out and you can pull them out with a tweezer and they will go away. If there is a concern you should see and let your surgeon know so he can evaluate this further ...Read more