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Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Originally expelling bright yellow phlegm but gradually developed cough with clear phlegm, brown flecks. Former smoker, 10 months off. 2 week timeline?

Bronchitis?: Pneumonia ? You need a chest x- ray beside an exam. See your doctor. I hope this helps. If you want to talk more about it contact me by e-mail or text chat or video chat at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...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


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I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: is an obstructive airway disease. there is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, ( even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...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?

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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Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years. Nonsmoker?

Coughing fits with gagging and clear/milky phlegm with brown flecks for 2 years.  Nonsmoker?

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

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Are flecks of brown in the iris genetic?

Are flecks of brown in the iris genetic?

Yes: Usually those brown spots, known as iris freckles or iris nevi are genetic. However, and growth of these spots or development of new ones should be evaluated by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have noticed my urine has many flecks of brown in it. Not sure what it is, possibly dried blood? I don't know. Can you help?

I have noticed my urine has many flecks of brown in it. Not sure what it is, possibly dried blood? I don't know. Can you help?

Explanations : I am not sure as well. Prepare few samples of urine and check if these flakes really present in all of them. If yes - go to Doctor. If not - nothing to worry about if you do not have any other problems. Occasionally some flakes can be in urine due to different foods you had this day. ...Read more

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I am very affraid...My stools have been white and some are brown with white flecks?

I am very affraid...My stools have been white and some are brown with white flecks?

Perhaps what you ate: If stools are consistently and uniformly white it can mean a bile duct blockage or liver problem. But only specks within the stool suggest it is something in your diet. ...Read more

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I have three small brownish flecks on my finger pad about the side of a pinhead , maybe slightly bigger, not raised or painful , they won't come off?

I have three small brownish flecks on my finger pad about the side of a pinhead , maybe slightly bigger, not raised or painful , they won't come off?

Finger spots: hello~ these are probably tiny traumatic petechiae and due to a small amount of bleeding into the finger pads. As such they contain blood and if you try to pick them off they will bleed. I would leave them alone and wait till they go away with time thanks ...Read more