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I have very sore left side chest. Sore to breath (pain seems beneath my left chest and coughing up black phlem. ( non smoker )?

I have very sore left side chest. Sore to breath (pain seems beneath my left chest and coughing up black phlem. ( non smoker )?

Need more info: Please go and see a doctor. The number of potential serious causes which could explain these signs and symptoms is relatively limited but will require a detailed history and physical along with some lab or radiological testing. Hope you are better soon. ...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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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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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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Hi I have been having sore throat and dry resistant cough for about a month. I am coughing out phlegm that has black specks for about 2 weeks now. ?

Hi I have been having sore throat and dry resistant cough for about a month. I am coughing out phlegm that has black specks for about 2 weeks now. ?

? Non-productive cou: Have you talked to your doc about the possibility of an asthmatic cough. Many underlying causes for this including infection, cold temperatures, exercise-induced, allergens, emotional upset. You should see your doc and go from there. ...Read more

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I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom.My chest xray is clear.

I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom.My chest xray is clear.

Cannot diagnose: You need to see a pulmonary specialist. Need more history and lung function studies. You may have problems with allergies, fungal exposure in your household and other problems of which you may not yet be aware. Go and get fully evaluated and hope this will be diagnosed and treated effectively soon. ...Read more

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I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

Possibilities: I would be concerned about asthma and tuberculosis i. Your case. I would also want to know about your work and living circumstances to see if there are any exposures. Reflux could trigger cough at night. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be ...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