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Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?

Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?

Unlikely: COPD takes years to develop so this is probably not that. This is probably combination of allergies and poorly controlled asthma. I suggest follow up with your doctor so that you get proper inhalers and perhaps pulmonary function tests to gauge severity of asthma. Congrats on stopping smoking! ...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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My left loung hurts when I breathe im coughing up clear bubbly phlem with strieks of green mucus I do smoke?

My left loung hurts when I breathe im coughing up clear bubbly phlem with strieks of green mucus I do smoke?

Need exam: Smoking puts you at risk for many illnesses so you need a chest CXR. Your symptoms suggest infection that involves the lining of your lung named the pleura which has nerve endings that cause pain with breathing. Smoking damages your lungs and can cause other chronic diseases such as bronchitis and chronic obstructive lung disease. Hope you feel better soon. Ask your doctor smoking cessation. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of clear phlegm with tinged blood in it?

What could be the cause of clear phlegm with tinged blood in it?

Depends: Greatly depends on what other symptoms are associated; it could be as simple as a posterior nosebleed or dry air, or as serious as tuberculosis, lung cancer, or an autoimmune disease. It requires evaluation in person with a doctor. ...Read more

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Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Brown specs: Please go to the Pharmacy and I am confident they will recommend the right medicine for you.
You will not need a prescription but you will have to pay a small amount. ...Read more

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I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough. Is that normal?

I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough. Is that normal?

Normal: Yes, respiratory infections by some viruses might take longer to recuperate and cause cough for several weeks after acute infections. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up clear jelly phlegm balls. Not quite sure what the cause of it is?

I have been coughing up clear jelly phlegm balls. Not quite sure what the cause of it is?

Mgt: This may represent a bronchial cast which is formed in the setting of inflammation of the lung.
I would suggest saving a sample to discuss with your PCP. If you have recently been ill, you may need medications including antibiotics, inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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I have had a consistent cough on and off for 3 months. Phlegm is clear and the cough is not severe however it is persistent. Any suggestion?

Need to see a doctor: More information is needed and you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis, asthma, acid reflux, post nasal drip due to allergic rhinitis, are the main causes of a chronic cough in a young person, in addition to a history and an exam performed by the doctor, chest x ray, pulmonary function tests, blood work might be needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough I had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear

I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough I had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear

Could be a little: Blood, but not to be alarmed. The most common cause of blood in sputum is simple bronchitis.C ur doc for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

Clear salty phlegm anything to worry about?

No: Nothing about the symptoms you describe are specific for anything concerning. All the best. ...Read more

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Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything?

Is daily clear phlegm significant of anything?

Possible: Clear phlegm is often indicative of simple allergies that can cause mucus production. You should be fine. If it persists, see a dr. And there may be some medications that can help the mucus production. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Phlegm throughout the day, gets worse when I smoke, usually clear, been green once. What could this be?

Phlegm throughout the day, gets worse when I smoke, usually clear, been green once. What could this be?

This could be...: Time to stop smoking. All smokers need to quit smoking. However, the nicotine is extremely addictive, which is why the tobacco industry is able to keep selling so much of their products. One can work with his primary care doctor on quitting. There are ways the doctor can help. Smoke damages the lining of everything it touches, from the nostrils to the distant parts of the lungs. ...Read more

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Is have thick clear phlegm a sign of tb?

Is have thick clear phlegm a sign of tb?

Not really: Mostly TB presents with fever night sweats anoxia wt loss, thick clear phlegm could be due to bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Cough with phlegm coming from my sinus what can I take to clear up?

Depends: If symptoms have lasted less than 7days, use Ibuprofen 400 3 times a day for 3days, then as needed. Take 2 showers a day, as warm as you can tolerate, run the water right on your face to heat and and humidify the mucous, so you can cough it up and blow your nose more easily, then put mentholatum right under your nostrils. The eucalyptus in mentholatum works. If symptoms worse and > 10d, see doc. ...Read more

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Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years. Nonsmoker?

Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years. Nonsmoker?

Chronic cough: A prolonged cough can occur for a number of reasons.
Common causes include allergies, exposure to mold or other environmental toxins, GERD as well as chronic lung conditions. Due to the duration of the cough (2 years), recommend to see your doctor for an office visit and chest xray. ...Read more

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Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?

Most common: Cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis (a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I started coughing a month ago. Small About of clear phlegm. Voice was horse. Better but, not gone no Other symptoms.?

I started coughing a month ago. Small About of clear phlegm. Voice was horse. Better but, not gone no Other symptoms.?

Viral cough: This sounds like a typical viral cough. Symptoms can persist for up to 6-8 weeks. If you develop fevers, shortness of breath or chest pain accompanied by the cough then you need to visit your Doctor. At this stage it is highly unlikely that you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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6 months ago I got a cold and was coughing up green phlegm. Ever since then I have clear phlegm coming up and every few weeks it goes green again?

Phlegm: Hi! Chronic or ongoing phlegm production could be due to an infection, chronic bronchitis or something like allergies. If this has been going on for 6 months, then it is probably a good idea to get evaluated. You could try an over the counter allergy medicine (such as Zyrtec) to see if you get relief. If you do, then it would give some information on possible cause. Please get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

Requires exam: And evaluation. Possibilities include lung infection/inflammation allergies, reflux of stomach acid, low grade viral infection etc. And requires exam, x-ray and possible pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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I've been coughing on and off phlegm for over a month, it's clear but the weird thing my chest feels like air pockets are in there. What could this b?

I've been coughing on and off phlegm for over a month, it's clear but the weird thing my chest feels like air pockets are in there. What could this b?

Clarify...: Do you mean you can feel air pockets under your skin on your chest? Does the skin on your chest feel kind of like bubble wrap that you can pop? If so, you need to go to the ER for evaluation ASAP! If this description is right, that is called subcutaneous emphysema and the cause of this needs to be diagnosed. For example, you may have blebs in the lungs which burst with coughing. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Cough for about 3 years. Different coloured phlegm...Green, yellow, clear, thick, and bloody?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up clear phlegm with lots of brown spots in it at least 10 times a day, what could this be?

Pulmonary: Do you have a fever? Do you have a history of asthma. If not it sounds like allergies. Do you work around a lot of dust or mold? Sounds like you are being exposed to something in the environment. Wearing a mask might help. If this doesn't get better soon you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my airways are swollen. Had cough with phlegm. And everytime I cough it seems to clear a bit?

Woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my airways are swollen. Had cough with phlegm. And everytime I cough it seems to clear a bit?

Bronchitis: Is an inflammation of the lining of the airways (bronchial tubes). The inflammation (swelling) of the inner wall of the bronchial tube, causes narrowing the of space for air exchange. The space is further increased by secretions. When you cough up thickened mucus, it allows more space for air exchange. Acute bronchitis is most commonly caused by viruses, and rarely requires antibiotics to clear ...Read more

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Phlegm has changed color from yellow to clear and frothy and now it's white. It's been thick the whole time. Diagnosed w/ sinusitis. Is this normal?

Phlegm has changed color from yellow to clear and frothy and now it's white. It's been thick the whole time. Diagnosed w/ sinusitis. Is this normal?

It can be: Physicians are getting away from focusing on the color of phlegm although sometimes it can be helpful. If you were diagnosed with a sinus infection it can be clear, yellow, green or bloody. If they prescribed treatment I would use all the medicines and if worsening get rechecked. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more