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Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Why do I cough up dark green almost black mucus?

Cough: It depends where the mucous is coming from. It can be from the lungs or sinuses. See your doctor to be evaluated. ...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


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My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week.. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?

My husband has a had a wet cough for about a week.. No previous cold or flu. He's now coughing up very dark green phlegm. What could be the cause?

Infection: Viral infections are common and usually go away in time. When the symptoms persist and the color of mucus changes form clear/yellow to dark green/brown, etc. It could signify the condition is caused by a bacterial infection and your husband may need to see a dr. For definitive diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My nose/ chest is very congested and i'm coughing up very thick, dark green (olive colored) mucous?

My nose/ chest is very congested and i'm coughing up very thick, dark green (olive colored) mucous?

Possible infection: You may have a strep infection. Check with your doctor for culture and sensitivity or an empirical trial of antibiotics if after physical exam the doctor thinks you are infected. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I woke up a had a loose cough which was green tinted with dark colored blood... Will Claritin (loratadine) help this or do I have something more?

I woke up a had a  loose cough which was green tinted with dark colored blood... Will Claritin (loratadine) help this or do I have something more?

Cough: Sometimes it is normal to have coughed up a little blood and colored sputum. If this is not happening very often you need to be concerned. Claritin (loratadine) may or may not help. ...Read more

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I've been taking vasican bromhexine for my cough n phlegm n also on antibiotics but i'm still coughing n my phlegm is dark green. Plse help! thanks!

I've been taking vasican bromhexine for my cough n phlegm n also on antibiotics but i'm still coughing n my phlegm is dark green. Plse help! thanks!

Productive cough: The purpose of a cough is to clear unwanted material from your respiratory tract. The material you are taking is a substance designed to liquify the mucous and aid in the clearing of secretions but will not stop you from coughing. If it is keeping you awake you might try something with dextromethorphan in it. Check with your friendly pharmacist. They will have suggestions. ...Read more