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Chst infectn 4+ wks. Cough blood. 3x biotics + steroids. Doxycyline improved. Week since finish meds. Cough clear phlegm + small blood. What now?

Chst infectn 4+ wks.  Cough blood.  3x biotics + steroids. Doxycyline improved.  Week since finish meds.  Cough clear phlegm + small blood.  What now?

Hemoptysis....: The most common reason for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. If you are still having hemoptysis after being treated for bronchitis, you need further work-up including a ct scan of the chest and a bronchoscopy, where a lighted scope is passed into the airways. You need to see a lung doctor asap to rule out malignancy, another cause of hemoptysis. ...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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I'm coughing clear phlegm and blowing it out through my nose after my flu sickest days is this a good sign?

I'm coughing clear phlegm and blowing it out through my nose after my flu sickest days is this a good sign?

Well: Generally when you have a viral respiratory infections and your secretions become clear it's improving and clearing from your system ...Read more

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I'm still coughing clear phlegm and blowing my nose after about 5 days of the flu. Is this normal?

I'm still coughing clear phlegm and blowing my nose after about 5 days of the flu. Is this normal?

Yes: In fact it is not uncommon to have a lingering coughing for days and even weeks after an URI. Cold symptoms often last about 10 days. However if the nasal discharge persists or sputum becomes dark green after 10 days, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Bronchitis?: Pneumonia ? You need a chest x- ray beside an exam. See your doctor. I hope this helps. If you want to talk more about it contact me by e-mail or text chat or video chat at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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I have a deep hacking cough night and day, also affecting my voice, tired all the time, nothing helps, cough up clear phlegm. Have tried everything. ?

I have a deep hacking cough night and day, also affecting my voice, tired all the time, nothing helps, cough up clear phlegm. Have tried everything. ?

For how long?: Chronic cough can also be either due to reactive airway disease known as asthma, reflux diseases such as esophagitis. If your symptoms are > 1month, time to get this evaluated further with your doc. ...Read more

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Constant Phlegm in throat, very itchy or burn throat, violent cough to clear phlegm and breath out deeply to clear phlegm. 2 weeks of these symptoms. ?

Constant Phlegm in throat, very itchy or burn throat, violent cough to clear phlegm and breath out deeply to clear phlegm. 2 weeks of these symptoms. ?

Drink more fluids: There are other questions that need to be answered. Why speech deficit and vision loss? If this was due to a stroke or other problem, The simple answer is to drink more liquids, especially tepid water and take Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM and an antihistamine to help liquify the mucous and decrease the itch. If it continues you should see an otolaryngologist to determine if there is a diverticulum ...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 have been coughing up clear phlegm with lots of brown spots in it at least 10 times a day, what could this be?

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

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