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Coughing Up Brown Specks
My dad is ouking and coughing up brown saliva with brown specks.. he says it's blood, but it's not red. He's also had a double lung transplant before.
Partially oxidized: Blood darkens when it is exposed to air or oxidizes. ...Read more
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
I had allergies for the past week (sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose). However, the last two days ive been coughing up thick phlegm with brown specks.
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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
No: May be blood in your mucous. Make appointment to see your Physician, and take in a sample of your brown fluids. ...Read more
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
When I wake up in the mornings I cough up a clear but kind of brown mucus with flaky brown stuff in it what could it be?
I am 19 , and i have this minor cough but i also have thick mucous with brown dots , should i be worried, ? been two weeks now
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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