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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.
Bacterial: superinfection likely. See DrGet a more detailed answer ›
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