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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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A friend is coughing up black balls in his flem and been sick on a night not every night but just wanted to no if it could be out serious?

A friend is coughing up black balls in his flem and been sick on a night not every night but just wanted to no if it could be out serious?

Yes: Black balls in phlegm are never a good sign; the most likely thing i can think of would be old blood. Advise your friend to get checked out as soon as possible by a doctor. ...Read more

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My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

See a doctor: And have her stop smoking. This is nothing to ignore or allow to continue. Hopefully an exam and chest x-ray will show this is nothing serious, but if she continues smoking it may well become severe. ...Read more

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Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white ?

Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white ?

See either ENT or: Get checked by either ENT or Lung specialist to check for the presence of some toxin, pathogen, or allergen present in the respiratory tissues. Presentation of exudate could vary. ...Read more

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

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

Congratulations!: Quitting smoking was one of the most important things you can do for your health so i'm very excited for you. How long ago did you stop? If it was recently, your body may still be ridding itself of the many toxins and particles you were inhaling before. If it is lasting for more than a few weeks, please see your specialist in adult care- family medicine or internal medicine. ...Read more

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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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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

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When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

Bronchitis vs Cancer: With out going into great detail, your description indicates an immediate work-up with culture, cytology & possible CXR and bronchoscopy. Your brief description indicates a possible serious issue if you are a smoker, or older. ...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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more