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Coughing Up Chunks Of Phlegm
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
Probably not: Sometimes phlegm will have small amounts of blood. When the blood coagulates it can look like small threads/veins in the phlegm. ...Read more
For years, i've had a hacking cough that brings up gluelike chunks of yellow phlegm. Doctors always say it's the asthma, but even with meds...
Sore throat, headache and face pain. Hoarse voice. No cough. A chunk of brown reddish phlegm just came up my throat by itself. Should I see dr?
May be a virus - but: For significantly sore throat w/ swollen tonsils/lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w/ this several times/day. You can gargle w/ Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w/ honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sinus: When having sinus troubles, wether a cold or allergies or sinusitis, it is normal to have secretions come out of your nose. These can be clear or colored fluid and can have solid particles too. You have to look at other issues to determine if need to see a doctor such as fever, blood, pain, shortness of breath, ...Etc. ...Read more
Spitting up fresh, bright red chunks of liver looking phlegm. Not just a little. Looks like a ball of liver broke up in pieces and was coughing up ?
Need to go to ER : Or doc if open right away. Needs immediate evaluation. Please go. ...Read more
What does it mean if i was hungover and throwing up yesterday and barely eating. And today i coughed up phlegm with some blood in it. An chunks of phlegm. What should I do. It kinda hurts to take a deep breathe too.?
I've been coughing up "chunks" of green/grey very dense phlegm for about a year. Extremely tired all the time, sore joints, chronic peri. Edema as wel?
Be seen: Of course you would want to be seen and fully evaluated. There are many possibilities all the way from simple things such as having developed an allergy to something to things like tuberculosis and cancer. A detailed exam and appropriaylte studies would likely reveal the cause. ...Read more
I have had a 3 day flue and yesterday started coughing up a lot of very dry, hard, and solid chunks of green phlem. Why is this?
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