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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Why coughing up bloody mucus?

Why coughing up bloody mucus?

See doctor...: The most common cause for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy can also cause this and must be ruled out so see your doctor asap. If you are short of breath or coughing up a lot of blood, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Bronchitis?: Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or nasal bleeding that has drained down the back of throat. Could also be from pneumonia or even pulmonary TB. If no other symptoms & person is otherwise healthy nonsmoker, it's likely viral infection. See a physician if worried or worsening. ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

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

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Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Been coughing up clear phlegm then this morning it had brown specks?

Brown specs: Please go to the Pharmacy and I am confident they will recommend the right medicine for you. You will not need a prescription but you will have to pay a small amount. ...Read more

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Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Be seen: Coughing up mucus can mean many things, including infections, heart failure, or other things. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

Coughing up yellow and green mucus after waking up?

Probable Bronchitis: Yellow or green sputum in the morning may indicate a bronchitis. When sputum is in a dark moist space for several hours, it becomes more viscid and changes color from a clear or white to yellow and a green. If one coughs up this type of sputum continuous during the day, it probably means that an active infection is going on and it would be wise to ask a physician to examine you ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Coughing up yellow mucus strep?

Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doc. ...Read more

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'when blowing my nose/coughing things up i get brown chunks in phlegm?

'when blowing my nose/coughing things up i get brown chunks in phlegm?

Sinus: When having sinus troubles, wether a cold or allergies or sinusitis, it is normal to have secretions come out of your nose. These can be clear or colored fluid and can have solid particles too. You have to look at other issues to determine if need to see a doctor such as fever, blood, pain, shortness of breath, ...Etc. ...Read more

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Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

?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

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Losing my voice and coughing up brown phlegm?

Losing my voice and coughing up brown phlegm?

See doctor.....: Coughing will sometimes result in vocal cord inflammation which will make your voice hoarse. Discolored sputum is a sign of airway inflammation usually due to bronchitis, either acute or chronic. See your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. If you are smoking, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Have the flu. Coughed up some nasty brownish phlegm?

Have the flu. Coughed up some nasty brownish phlegm?

Just once???: If this continues or you have difficulty breathing, then see a doctor. A complication of the flu is pneumonia which can lead to discolored sputum, shortness of breath, persistent fever, chest discomfort, etc. A chest x-ray can identify the pneumonia and a sputum culture can identify the bacteria responsible. It would be treated with antibiotics. So, see your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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I just coughed up a white frothy foam?

I just coughed up a white frothy foam?

Cough: If you have underlying problems like congestive heart failure or chronic bronchitis / emphysema, contact your doctor ASAP. If you are healthy it just happened it may even get better on its own if not may have allergy or bronchitis, have yourself checked out ...Read more

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Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

Coughing up white frothy phlegm also chest pains ?

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

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Has a cold.. Coughed up nasty browish colored phlegm 2x. Should i worry?

Has a cold.. Coughed up nasty browish colored phlegm 2x. Should i worry?

No. Try taking: Otc cough meds, vitamin c, cough drops. See your dr if cough is worsening, with accompanying fever, chills, shortness. Of breath, spitting of blood etc. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-bronchitis-basics. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?

Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?

Viral URI: Get some rest, plenty of water, over the county Meds for symptoms such as throat or cough drops, Tylenol, ibuprofen, vitamin c to boost your immune system, if persists beyond a week, go see Primary doc. ...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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Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Viral or bacterial: Is either bacterial or viral sinusitis or bronchitis. Depending upon how long you've had symptoms for you may want to speak with your doctor regarding an antibiotic. Also, stop smoking! ...Read more