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Coughing Up Black Phlegm Non Smoker
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
?Dangerous: Dangerous is not the best word to use, but you should simply get yourself a good examination and maybe even some testing such as a C-Xray to assure the Brown tinged mucus is not blood you are seeing in your mucus, or a bacterial infection. Great job that you stopped smoking! Now just see the Doc for an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more
25 yr old/9 pack hisory, cxr clear, coughed up decent sized blood streak with brown tar, lungs sound clear, lung cancer?? clear throat constantly
Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial infection which may respond to an antibiotic. Recurrent symptoms should always be evaluated by the doctor. Do not smoke or use any tobacco products... 'Prevention Works!' ...Read more
Blood in mucus: Probably small amounts of blood coming from your throat or your sinuses. Sounds like you are very ill. Might be best to see a physician and get some meds and advice so you will get better. Good luck! ...Read more
Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?
Could be: You should go to see your doctor as soon as possible. Coughing up blood is abnormal. It could be caused by different abnormalities either from the lung or upper airway or could be something else. Lung cancer could be a possibility -especially with your long time history of cigarette smoker. See your doctor now and have further evaluation- ie. Ct chest etc. Please consider to stop smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
25yr old/9yr smoking history, quit2mnths ago, clear chest xray, lungs sound clear, clear throat con. coughed up decent sized streak of blood,lung can?
Good for you!: Congratulations on quitting smoking! The symptoms you describe are common in newly-quit ex-smokers. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures in the bronchioles of the lung that normally act to carry bacteria and foreign bodies from the lungs. The cilia become non-functional in smokers, resulting in an accumulation of debris in the lungs. ...Read more
Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?
Mild chest pain..crackle in throat.coughing brown phelgm.quit smoking before 2 months.chest xray clear.laryngoscopy clear.
Chronic cough: A prolonged cough can occur for a number of reasons. Common causes include allergies, exposure to mold or other environmental toxins, GERD as well as chronic lung conditions. Due to the duration of the cough (2 years), recommend to see your doctor for an office visit and chest xray. ...Read more
Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more
Have histoplasmosis and have a barking cough coughing up green mucous and red tinted mucous.Had bronchoscopy 4 days ago?
Call doctor: Best to call your doctor who did the bronchoscopy four days ago. They need to be made aware that you're having green mucus, and blood tinged sputum. They will be able to better assist you in providing treatment plan, or follow-up to return to the office. You may need to be placed on medications. Plus this needs to be documented in your chart. ...Read more
Smoke deposits: Tar and other materials in the smoke get deposited in the lungs. Coughing it out is the only way the body can get rid of it. Otherwise it would build up to the point that one couldn't breathe over a few months. Over time, the normal cleaning mechanisms of the lungs and windpipe get overwhelmed and the effects of smoking multiply. ...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
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