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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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I used to cough out black mucus which has turned out to a white colour. Not much mucus , but only white. Mostly in the morning. Bad?

I used to cough out black mucus which has turned out to a white colour. Not much mucus , but only white. Mostly in the morning. Bad?

Sputum color....: Usually, white or clear sputum is considered normal. Black mucous is not usually normal and could be related to an environmental exposure. You need to quit smoking asap to avoid long-term complications like lung cancer, copd, etc. If the black sputum recurs, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Every morning i wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years. ?

Every morning i wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years.
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Not good: Need far more information and a detailed exam and possibly some imaging studies and exams of sputum. Do you smoke? Work around toxic materials you could inhale? Are you immunosuppressed? See a pulmonary doctor and get diagnosed and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so i would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more

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I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much . I cough up mucus with black streaks. cough when can't breat?

I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much . I cough up mucus with black streaks. cough when can't breat?

Mgt: If your inhaler is not as effective in controlling the cough, your respiratory plan needs to be adjusted. The black streaks may be dried blood or tar. If you are smoking, avoid all smoke exposure, including second hand smoke. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP, and a follow up can be arranged online. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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When I cough, I cough up mucous that is dark almost black. What does this mean?

Check Environment : Most common cause of gray or black mucus is dirt and dust smoking marijuana can also cause black mucus or phlegm. Coal miners, can have black mucus. Exposure to beryllium may give black mucus chronic sinusitis and pneumonia associated with mucormycosis and aspergillosis infections ( fungal). ...Read more

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Is it bad to swallow the mucus you cough up? Even if it's blackish colored?

Is it bad to swallow the mucus you cough up? Even if it's blackish colored?

Typically OK: It is OK to do this in general as you swallow mucus from sinuses all the time with post nasal drip, but if you have black mucus, you should get that looked at and see a doctor. ...Read more

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My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

My 3week old baby has a cough and has mucus what can I do?

Suporrtive care: As long as the child is eating well, staying pink and does not have a fever (rectal temp of 101 or under the arm 100), then salt water up the nose (ayr, nasalide, ocean nose drops) will help. Generally we recommend these babies be seen even if it seems like just a cold...Because of the age. Your doctor may also want to test for a virus called rsv. Continue feeding normally... ...Read more

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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


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