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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

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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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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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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What could it mean if I clear my throat and spit blackish mucus up?

What could it mean if I clear my throat and spit blackish mucus up?

Get Checked: Blackish mucous is most likely blood but there are other potentials causes. A health care professional will be able to examine you and the mucous and determine what treatment and testing you may need. Get checked out, this is not something to put off or take lightly. ...Read more

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I have a sinus and stuffy nose. When I blow my nose now, the mucus is black in colour. It comes from one side of the nose and the other was clear.

I have a sinus and stuffy nose. When I blow my nose now, the mucus is black in colour. It comes from one side of the nose and the other was clear.

Be seen.: You should be seen by an ENT. There is an unusual infection that can cause black drainage. Of course dried blood can look pretty black too. ...Read more

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Black mucus for 4 days with coughing with low grade fever, now mucus is clear. CBC results normal, ESR 23 (0-15) & monocytes 11.4 (2-10). Reason?

Ok: Nothing in your results is out of the ordinary. Your doctor will treat the other symptoms appropriately but the results do not indicate anything to be worried about. It sounds like your immune system is making you better ...Read more

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Sore with black spot drained green thick mucus then blood/clear mucus. Red, hot, swollen. Still lite green in middle. 2 located on butt! Hurts bad!!!!

Sore with black spot drained green thick mucus then blood/clear mucus. Red, hot, swollen. Still lite green in middle. 2 located on butt! Hurts bad!!!!

No Butts About It!!: Psychedelic, Man! Green, Red, Black. The colors of the flag of Malawi. Far out!! So go to your favorite local downtown Malawiian Physician and get that boil looked at to see if it needs to be lanced or otherwise taken care of. Don't let it get any bigger. It could get serious if it gets out of hand (or out of butt!!)!! ...Read more

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Have a black and blue eye. I did bleed from my nose a bit then stop. Like when I accumulated mucus I clear it through my mouth, see small blood. Er?

Have a black and blue eye. I did bleed from my nose a bit then stop. Like when I accumulated mucus I clear it through my mouth, see small blood. Er?

Trauma?: If it's due to trauma, I'd give it time - nothing you described is worrisome. If there hasn't been any trauma, an evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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I'm having white / clear mucous come out its been like this for 3 days now what could it be?

Discharge: I assume you mean vaginal discharge. Any other symptoms, any recent unsafe sex? Could be a simple yeast infection to an std - please be evaluated by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What does clear/white mucous discharge mean?

What does clear/white mucous discharge mean?

Normal: For most women having some vaginal discharge is normal. The discharge you describe could be related to the ovulatory cycle of your period when discharge can become clear and stringy. ...Read more

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What is light bleeding with clear vaginal mucous?

What is light bleeding with clear vaginal mucous?

Irregular bleed: Irregular bleeding is one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections, polyps, fibroids and hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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What does clear sometimes stringy mucous vaginal discharge signify?

What does clear sometimes stringy mucous vaginal discharge signify?

Cycle points: The mucus discharge from the vagina can be examined to get an approximate idea of where a woman may be in her cycle with respect to her fertile periods such as ovulation, just before menstruation begins, just after it has stopped. Here is a website that is helpful to explain this a bit more:

http://www. Parents. Com/getting-pregnant/ovulation/signs/signs-of-ovulation/. ...Read more

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When I cough, I cough up mucous that is dark almost black. What does this mean?

Check Environment: Most common cause of gray or black mucus is dirt and dust
smoking marijuana can also cause black mucus or phlegm.
Coal miners, can have black mucus.
Exposure to beryllium may give black mucus
chronic sinusitis and pneumonia associated with mucormycosis and aspergillosis infections (fungal). ...Read more

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This morning I lost my mucous plug and now I am dripping clear water-like stuff. Is this normal?

This morning I lost my mucous plug and now I am dripping clear water-like stuff. Is this normal?

Amniotic fluid?: You need to be seen and evaluated. It's possible that you ruptured your membranes and are leaking amniotic fluid. There are other possibilities but it's best to assume it's amniotic fluid until proved otherwise. You need to go to the Ob triage unit at your hospital this evening. Best wishes! ...Read more

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There is this mucous like thing comes out of my vagina it's clear and stretchy no oder why is this happening is it normal how to. Make it go away?

There is this mucous like thing comes out of my vagina it's clear and stretchy no oder why is this happening is it normal how to. Make it go away?

Cervical mucous: You're describing "spinnbarkeit". That's the medical term for the stretchy mucous produced by the cervix when a woman is ovulating. It's normal. ...Read more

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I recently had a bad cold. I feel fine now, but im blowing out and coughing up more mucous than before. Be concerned? Or just the congestion clearing?

Getting better: How you feel is a pretty good gauge. No fever and mobilizing excess mucus is a good sign. Drink plenty of fluids and try to rest. Increasing humidity e.g. a steamy shower will help. ...Read more

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Always have mucous and my voice is always weak and raspy. How can I clear my throat?

Always have mucous and my voice is always weak and raspy. How can I clear my throat?

Increase fluids: Excess mucous and secondary hoarseness commonly occurs with an upper respiratory infection and/or allegic rhinitis. Drinking more fluids, like hot tea with lemon or honey, will help sooth the throat and liquify the thick mucous. If there is no improvement in a few days, then you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I've had a cold with clear mucous for 17 days. No fever. What could it be?

I've had a cold with clear mucous for 17 days. No fever. What could it be?

See below: Just clear drainage? Sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? May be seasonal allergies rather than cold. Otc benadryl/claritin/zyrtec may help symptoms. Saline nasal spray can flush allergens out. If no improvement, see fp for exam. ...Read more

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Should I have a clear thick mucous like discharge after having a c section? Is something wrong

Should I have a clear thick mucous like discharge after having a c section? Is something wrong

Can be normal: If you are experiencing a fever also please see a healthcare professional immediately. Also if you are experiencing itching and or an odor you should be seen. Sometimes after delivery a discharge can be normal but if it bothers you or persists you should have the discharge cultured. ...Read more

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I have a cold. Today when I cough hard, I see a very light tinge of blood in some of my clear mucous. Is this serious blood or just broken capillary?

I have a cold. Today when I cough hard, I see a very light tinge of blood in some of my clear mucous. Is this serious blood or just broken capillary?

Bloody cough: I'm sorry that you're having this difficulty. Your problem is that when you cough hard you notice blood tinges in the sputum that you cough up. This can be quite normal especially at your age. If it continues or gets worse you need to see a physician who will probably order a chest x-ray. Take over-the-counter cough medicine and treat the cold with fluids, cough medicine and rest. Don't worry ...Read more

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Is is unusual to have clear mucous with chronic sinusitis? It only effects me in the mornings. I was diagnosed with it but think its allergies instead

Maybe. Sinus rinse?: Your symptoms are consistent with allergies, though chronic sinus infections can have clear mucous drainage if the infection just thickens the sinus lining and doesn't come out. The morning symptoms are consistent with allergies as well. Sinus rinses (otc like macneil brand) done up to 3-4 times a day may help your symptoms regardless of whether you have chronic sinusitis or allergies. ...Read more