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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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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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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 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 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

Cough: If you have been coughing up mucous for two weeks, you should probably see your doctor for a good physical exam and possibly a chest X-ray. ...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.
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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

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Light brown specks in phlegm, in the morning. Clears up during the day. No cough, no chest pain, no fever. Frequently congested noise. Diagnosed with lpr?

Light brown specks in phlegm, in the morning. Clears up during the day. No cough, no chest pain, no fever. Frequently congested noise. Diagnosed with lpr?

LPR: Your specks may be coming from your nose and represent dried up blood. Use saline nose drop especially before bed time and use a vaporizer to keep your nasal passages clear. ...Read more

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I quit smoking marijuana ive been a heavy user but now I stopped cold turkey and I cough out phlegm with brown specks and left lung hurts sometimes?

I quit smoking marijuana ive been a heavy user but now I stopped cold turkey and I cough out phlegm with brown specks and left lung hurts sometimes?

See a doctor: The symptoms might be caused by irritation of your airways or lung tissue, but might also represent an infection of the airways (bronchitis) or lungs (pneumonia). It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you develop difficulty breathing in the meantime it would be best to go to the ER. Good luck! ...Read more

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persistent cough, feels like something stuck in back of throat bringing up specks of brown stuff and severe pain on my left breast towards underarm?

persistent cough, feels like something stuck in back of throat bringing up specks of brown stuff and severe pain on my left breast towards underarm?

Many symptoms: If you already have a primary doctor you must contact her/him as soon as possible.
If you do not have a primary doctor please go to the nearest Emergency facility. They will determine what is happening to you and decide to treat. If things go well in the ER that's good. If the Emergency facility doctor cannot fully work out your problem she/he will contact an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Lung infection: I assume you don't always cough up hard brown chunks of phlegm, just on occasion when you're feeling ill. That nasty looking phlegm represents your lungs reaction to infection, commonly viral, bacterial or fungal. Your family doc can help you decide if any (antibiotic) treatment is warranted. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. If you're short of breath or feeling worse, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Gerd making me cough up brown stuff?

GERD: Reflux up to the throat can make you cough, but it is typically a dry cough, and never productive of brown sputum. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Baby with soft stool and cough. It isn't diarrhoea it's more custard texture and is brown?

Baby with soft stool and cough. It isn't diarrhoea it's more custard texture and is brown?

Viral Illness: Viral respiratory infections can be associated with stooling changes including change in consistency/color. Maintain regular diet especially encouraging increased low-sugar fluid fluid intake with diarrhea. Avoid otc cold meds and tx cough w/ humidify air, elevate head of bed, or even pasteurized honey if > 1 to - to dr. If rapid breathing, wheezing, high fever, or wet diaper > 8 hr apart. ...Read more

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I have drank alot of pepsi and dr pepper can that cause my cough up to have brown stuff in it?

I have drank alot of pepsi and dr pepper can that cause my cough up to have brown stuff in it?

Probably: Definitely I have seen brown material from coughing though often it is reflux from the stomach The sodas do not get into your lungs but stay in the back of your throat and can be included with the mucous when you cough If any blood or black material in the sputum then see a provider ...Read more

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I'm 24 and have smoked for 10 years and have asthma, everday I cough up thick brown mucous, why?

Bronchitis: What you are describing is suspicious for chronic bronchitis. This destroys the hairs lining the airways which help keep the lungs clean. Damage from smoking causes mucus to build up, and without those hairs, it collects in the airways. The good news....Much of this can be reversed if you quit smoking before permanent damage is done. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on your inhalers as my asthma as turned worse since I have had a chesty cough and I have been using my blue and brown inhaler alot?

Can you overdose on your inhalers as my asthma as turned worse since I have had a chesty cough and I have been using my blue and brown inhaler alot?

Yes: Yes you can. In addition to what dr labarbera mentioned, the bronchilators if severely overused have caused elevated heartrate, blood pressure and worse. Be careful. ...Read more

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I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes I cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

I am a 37yr old female smoker. I cough chronically more so at night while laying down. Sometimes I cough up mucus that is either clear, green brown.

Cough: If you have a cough with sputum production then you have bronchitis-possibly chronic obstructive bronchitis (COPD) given smoking history. Cough however is often multifactorial and can be worse at night due to gerd/reflux or post nasal drip or aspiration or even irritant exposure (such as from sleeping on down pillows/sleeping with pets/etc) to name a few. ...Read more

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When I cough up mucous its brown but when it drains from the sinus its clear is that normal?

Bronchitis: If your nasal mucous is clear and the phlegm you cough up did colored then it means an infection or other issue is developing in your breathing tube (trachea) or lung. The sinuses are probably not jnfected. ...Read more

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Have cough 12 days now coughing up brown phlegm do I need to see doc or will it go away on its own?

Have cough 12 days now coughing up brown phlegm do I need to see doc or will it go away on its own?

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis. You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If cough and wheezing are progressive a course of steroids may be tried. Cough generates do to spasming is alveoli in lungs. ...Read more

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Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. Is this normal?

Some mornings I wake up and hack up some yellow/brown phlegm. Its usually when I first wake up. I don't have a cough or feel sick. 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