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Doctor insights on: Coughing Up Brown Specks

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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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Brownish cough in the morning, what does it mean?

Brownish cough in the morning, what does it mean?

Go see your doctor: Without more information, it's difficult to give more specific ideas. First, if you smoke, it's time to stop. Second, if you're short of breath, you may be experiencing reactive airway disease and be in need of a short acting bronchodilator such as albuterol. Third, if you have a fever, it's a good idea to go see your family doc to see if you have pneumonia. Most bronchitis is viral so no antibiot. ...Read more

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Chesty cough for week browny flem ?

Chesty cough for week browny flem ?

Get in: If you are having fever, shortness of breath, or achiness with your cough then you should get in right away to be seen. A cough like this can be a viral illness that can clear on its own, but if you are very sick, get in to make sur you do not have a pneumonia. Try some honey with lemon for the cough. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

Lots of things : Chronic bronchitis? Bronchiectasis? The answer depends on your age, medical history, tobacco use, duration of symptoms, and so on. This is why doctors need to do a history, physical exam, and occasionally other tests to take care of many of your questions. ...Read more

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Sir am working in super market soft drink section.Now sir some time brown cough coming...What is this....Am very confuse?

Sir  am  working  in super market soft drink section.Now  sir some time brown cough coming...What is this....Am very confuse?

Not the soft drinks: It is not an effect of the soft drinks directly. You probably have allergy, and yes it could be to the soft drinks if they pop. The color of your secretion is from the cells involved in the inflammation. Allergy sometimes causes popping of the superficial blood vessels and cause yellow or brownish secretion. Eosinophils and basophils from allergy can also cause discolored secretions. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How come i cough out brown mucus in the morning?

How come i cough out brown mucus in the morning?

Smoke or broken bv: Several items can contribute to the brownness of your mucus in the am. If you are coughing, small broken blood vessels can leak a few red blood cells contributing to the discoloration but more often it can be related to smoking and or tobacco byproducts. If you are concerned a sample should be brought into your md for a culture and sensitivity test. ...Read more

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Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

Is it okay to cough up brown mucus after waking up?

No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids. ...Read more

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I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

I cough up clear mucus with light brown stuff in it. What is it? And why?

Need answers: Well, how much do you cough-up? When (more in the morning?)? What kind of cigarettes do you smoke? For how long have you smoked? Coughed? Is that light brown stuff ever red? Is the brown stuff in little spots or all smeared-up? Are you getting the impression I'm worried about your smoking? Besides that, it may just be irritation from air pollution, allergies, a mild cold or, oh yes, smoking. ...Read more

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I have green cough because of cold . but from day before yesterday i am seeing brown( slightly red) 1 or two dots in the cough. It is not much. ?

I have green cough because of cold . but from day before yesterday i am seeing  brown( slightly red) 1 or two dots in the cough. It is not much. ?

Do you smoke?: Unless you are a smoker, mucus of any color, such as yellow, brown or green is the sign of a more serious health issues which has to be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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When I wake up I have to hack up some phlegm. ( very little) it is brown in color. I am 38 f. Former smoker. I don't have a cough. Is this normal?

When I wake up I have to hack up some phlegm.  ( very little) it is brown in color. I am 38 f. Former smoker. I don't have a cough. Is this normal?

Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been coughing for 5 days and just now after woke up and cough i had brown phlegm what could this be? This is the first time and after its clear

Could be a little: Blood, but not to be alarmed.The most common cause of blood in sputum is simple bronchitis.C ur doc for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Every morning after waking up i get brown coloured cough. i have a little high b.p 146/88 & tonight my face is a little puffed. feeling worried! help?

Every morning after waking up i get brown coloured cough. i have a little high b.p 146/88 & tonight my face is a little puffed. feeling worried! help?

Get seen: A cough for more than 3-5 days, could be due to bronchitis from a bacteria. See a doc. If you are taking any cough meds, they may be raising your blood pressure (and they don't work anyway and can make you worse). Stop them. If you have trouble breathing, fever over 102, or vomiting, go to an ER. Otherwise see your doc soon to be checked. See http://tinyurl.com/osmaxzo ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough a brown thing from your throat?

What does it mean if you cough a brown thing from your throat?

Depends....: If it is from the airways, it may be a sign of acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It may have originated from your sinuses and be a result of post-nasal drip which may indicate a sinus infection. Your doctor can tell the difference by examining you and then will be able to treat the problem. ...Read more