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I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday i felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday i felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

Many : Many sore throats will last 7-10 days. Viral infections will resolve on their own. Bacterial infections may need an antibiotic00strep throat needs an antibiotic or there may be risk of complications down the road (kidney, heart). Given your smoking history, i would not wait much longer than that before getting a full evaluation. You are at an increased risk of oral/throat/larynx cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

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


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Fever 102+ horrible cough dark yellowish brownish hard phlegm. Headaches chills sleeplessness congestion. For about a week. Please help?

Fever 102+ horrible cough dark yellowish brownish hard phlegm. Headaches chills sleeplessness congestion. For about a week. Please help?

See a doctor: See your doctor and be careful not to spread this to others or yourself in the future. Drink lots of water, rest and eat nutritious small bits whenever you can. Follow doctors advice once you are seen. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I am recently starting to cough up dark brown flem. I am also having chest pains, thoughout the center of my chest, the lower ribs and back ribs.

I am recently starting to cough up dark brown flem. I am also having chest pains, thoughout the center of my chest, the lower ribs and back ribs.

Go see a doctor : Brown phlegm is bad. Especially if a fever accompanies it. Go see a doc. Getmitmdiagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...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 have copd when i cough there is dark specks in the "phlegm" what is it?

I have copd when i cough there is dark specks in the "phlegm" what is it?

Dark specks might: indicate the presence of blood. It is highly recommended you ask you doctor for a chest X-ray ...Read more

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Why do I cough up dark specs in my phlegm.

Why do I cough up dark specs in my phlegm.

Depends: Dark specs may be blood but may be other. If blood can be coming from back of nose or sinuses, but may be coming from lungs. Blood is concerning when not where it should be, although there is less genral concern when from sinuses. The specifics of the dark spots and their origin needs to be determined. Strongly recommend evaluation by phsyician. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more