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Is it normal to cough up black phlegm even after you quit smoking?

Is it normal to cough up black phlegm even after you quit smoking?

Even more so: What your lungs are doing are cleaning themselves out. The black stuff is what was down there! now, your little hair cells and airways have recovered from being smoked on constantly and are working, bringing up the accumulated mucus and assorted crap. It can go on for weeks, and rarely longer. Stick with it and congrats on a great choice! don't falter, have a support system, stick with it. ...Read more

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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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I cough up black phlegm, i quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

I cough up black phlegm,  i quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

Pulmonary: Chances are it will especially since your are young. However if you have not had a chest xray recently it would be a good idea to get one. ...Read more

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I am coughing up black phlegm and a non smoker. What is going on?

I am coughing up black phlegm and a non smoker. What is going on?

See doctor....: You need to see your doctor so your discolored sputum can be diagnosed and treated. What kind of work do you do? There may be an occupational exposure causing this. Your doctor will likely send a sample to the lab for analysis and to rule out infection. You may need a bronchoscopy, where a lighted scope is passed into your airways. So, see your doctor asap so you can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I am coughing up black phlegm. I am a non smoker. What can it be?

I am coughing up black phlegm. I am a non smoker. What can it be?

U: Probably have an upper respiratory infection. If the color is white most probably is a viral infection, if it yellow or green u may need antibiotics so see a doctor. Same thing if it lasts long time, see your physician. ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help

Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help

Clearing out toxins: Coughing up black phlegm in your situation is not an indication of pneumonia. Smoke paralyzes cilia, tiny hairs that line the bronchial tubes that clear debris from the lungs. Now that you have stopped, your cilia have started to do their job of clearing out all of the tars & other gunk that has accumulated.This is a temporary phase.You can see a doctor to make sure there's no infection.Congrats! ...Read more

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Coughing up black phlegm when on antibiotics help?

Coughing up black phlegm when on antibiotics help?

Follow up w/your doc: We used to determine need for antibiotics based upon phlegm color, but no more, as it really makes no difference. I assume your black phlegm hasn't changed in color since starting antibiotics. Sometimes, it just takes a while to get better. If you have a viral infection, antibiotics won't help (but best to finish whatever you've started). Bottom line, follow up w/doc who prescribed antibiotics. ...Read more

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I coughed up thick black phlegm, what can cause this?

I coughed up thick black phlegm, what can cause this?

Dark phlegm: Very dark brown or black phlegm could be fungus, dust particles/ material from a worksite (grinding etc without a mask) or even blood that with exposure to air has become dark. Either way, an evaluation should include a sputum sample and a chest x-ray so your doctor can determine the cause and offer treatment. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

I have acid reflux and last night  i had it come up and this morning I am coughing up light black phlegm.  what could it be. ?

Talk with your doc: There are many possibilities, but a very concerning possibility is old blood from your gut like your stomach when it's irritated [gastritis] or an ulcer. Please talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Can you cough up phlegm with black bits in whilst taking certain vitamin tablets?

Can you cough up phlegm with black bits in whilst taking certain vitamin tablets?

Phlegm: Yes, you can cough up phlegm with black bits while taking vitamin tablets. Your specks you see in it are not parts of those tablets, as they are dissolved in your stomach. See a physician to see what is causing your cough. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you quit smoking you start to cough up a bunch of black phlegm?

Is it true that when you quit smoking you start to cough up a bunch of black phlegm?

See below : Smoking paralyzes the ability to mobilize lung secretions. This will resolve as one stops smoking and may present as increased lung secretions during the first few weeks after stopping. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more