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My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

My girl friend is a non smoker and is coughing up clear flem with black spots every morning. She frequently has sharp chest pains.?

See a doctor: And have her stop smoking. This is nothing to ignore or allow to continue. Hopefully an exam and chest x-ray will show this is nothing serious, but if she continues smoking it may well become severe. ...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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Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Why does i always have phlegm esp in morning eventhough i don't have cough orflu.

Morning Phlegm: Think of gravity as your friend during the daytime when all the phlegm drains down but when you lay down at night, gravity is not your friend and those sinuses fill up with fluid. Then you wake up and gravity pulls everything down the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Smoker! my throught hurts every morning and I cough up flem?

Smoker! my throught hurts every morning and I cough up flem?

Possibilities...: It sounds like you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possible diagnoses include bronchospasm from some other cause, gerd, sinus problems or a combination of factors. Smoking cessation is imperative to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for diagnosis since each of these has a different treatment. Your doctor can also help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms ?

I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms ?

Depends: If it was a one time bloody nose then you could observe your symptoms. If you are having persistent nose bleeds and severe pain a full ear, nose throat exam is indicated. See your doctor for more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

Why Coughing: This may be due to failure of your cilia to move bacteria out. Try stimulating cilia: Green tea with lemon, humming, drink extra water. Pulsed nasal irrigation is designed to stimulate nasal cilia - see www.grossaninstittute.com ...Read more

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3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

3rd day of cold is it normal to cough up some yellow phlegm in morning?

Yes, usually: That is not unusual. Sometimes, coughs from colds can take several days to go away or get better. Obviously, if it gets much worse, or you start coughing up blood, would go see a doc right away. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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After waking up every morning i spit out phlegm. this is not involuntary or with a cough, i just do it. is it normal to have phlegm every morning?

After waking up every morning i spit out phlegm. this is not involuntary or with a cough, i just do it. is it normal to have phlegm every morning?

Normal: It is normal to have phlegm in the morning. Often, it is related to reflux that occurs at night. Try to avoid eating meals late at night, or eating right before you go to bed. Avoid foods that increase reflux risk, and if the symptoms persist you can try trials of acid reducing medication. If they worsen, see and ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Hard to tell: Having just a bit of blood in mucous is difficult to assess. Perhaps having a Chest X ray done can be helpful. If need be a CT scan has a higher chance of ruling our lung cancer. ...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