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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

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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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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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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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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When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it ?

When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it ?

Old blood-mucous: get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x ray and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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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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I've been coughing for a week started some mucus but not a lot . Wet cough .Can can't stand smoke anymore . But cough hasn't went away?

I've been coughing for a week started some mucus but not a lot . Wet cough .Can can't stand smoke anymore . But cough hasn't went away?

Doctor can evaluate: A cough that's not getting better should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, to see if there is an infection (viral, bacterial, mycoplasma, etc...), an allergy problem, an asthma problem (would then consider asthma medicines such as inhalers), etc... ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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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

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