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Cough Up Black Mucus
Quadriplegic 62 year old male coughing up black mucus, not a smoker. Have had 2 recent cases of pneumonia in the last 6 months. What to do?
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
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?
Every morning i wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years.
I cough up clear mucus with black specks. I have needed an inhaler since December. Could this be caused by mold?
Cough: It could be. U need an X-ray and to see a physician ...Read more
Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so i would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more
I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much . I cough up mucus with black streaks. cough when can't breat?
Mgt: If your inhaler is not as effective in controlling the cough, your respiratory plan needs to be adjusted. The black streaks may be dried blood or tar. If you are smoking, avoid all smoke exposure, including second hand smoke. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP, and a follow up can be arranged online. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more
I have strep throat and my doctor gave me amoxicillin and the past few mornings I have coughed up black and bloody mucus. Is that normal?
I used to cough out black mucus which has turned out to a white colour. Not much mucus , but only white. Mostly in the morning. Bad?
Sputum color....: Usually, white or clear sputum is considered normal. Black mucous is not usually normal and could be related to an environmental exposure. You need to quit smoking asap to avoid long-term complications like lung cancer, copd, etc. If the black sputum recurs, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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