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I coughs up grey phlegm usually late in the evening and nights or early morning, this has been goin on over a month, some of it is hard and tuff?

I coughs up grey phlegm usually late in the evening and nights or early morning, this has been goin on over a month, some of it is hard and tuff?

Need to be checked: Coughing grey phlegm in morning, evening and night may be doe to Allergies, Sisusitis,Bronchitis. You need to drink plenty of fluids and stop smoking if you smoke and check your house for indoor allergens like molds etc
And consult your doctor and get yoursrlf checked. You will need a detailed History and Physical Examination and if indicated Xrays etc to find the cause and treat appropriately ...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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When I cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

When I cough, gray phlegm comes out, sometimes white. What does it mean?

Bronchitis: This cough producing discolored and also clearer sputum could be due to a bronchial infection which often follows a head cold. It could be due to allergies or postnatal drip. Your doctor could diagnose it after an exam. ...Read more

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Two days ago I was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should I go back to the doctor?

Two days ago I was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should I go back to the doctor?

No...you: Showed up with "laryngo" and now manifest the "tracheobronchitis" associated with viruses. Fluids, Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) expectorants. Ifyou develop blood in sputum, temperature greated than 37 c/101f, report to your doc or the er for a cxr. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, cough, with some sneezing, and yellow/gray phlegm. Nobody aches, doesn't bother me to lean forward/downward. Cold or allergies?

I have a stuffy nose, cough, with some sneezing, and yellow/gray phlegm. Nobody aches, doesn't bother me to lean forward/downward. Cold or allergies?

Sounds like a cold: This sounds like a cold and possibly even a bacterial infection. Rest, drink a lot of liquids and you can use neti pot. If your symptoms are not improving in next 1-2 days or start to worsen see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi! I have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. I smoke light cigarettes. What should do to get rid of 'em?

Hi! I have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. I smoke light cigarettes. What should do to get rid of 'em?

Bronchitis: I understand your concern.
Grey phlem is likely due to cigarette smoking and air pollution, it can also be due to or Marijuana smoking.
See the Physician if coughing affects your sleep and day time functioning, difficulty in swallowing or fever.
See Therapist to understand and resolve your feelings of worry, fear, sadness, hurt, resentment for which you may be smoking; plan to decrease smoking ...Read more

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What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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I have mds. I have been having severe loose productive cough for the last 14 days with white/grey sputum. I don't have fever or nasal congestion. Six days ago, i startedtaking 3 pills from the z pack but there has been noresponse. Six days ago, I got an x

COPD exacerbation: What you describe sounds like you have triggered a tendency to irritation of your bronchial tubes. The underlying problem may come from past smoking. At this time, avoid chemicals, perfumes, dairy, smoke, and spicy foods to decrease mucous production. Use of an inhaler could help if you wheeze. Humidifier will help the mucous to come out. Cough suppressant may help. Discuss with your mds. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should i be concerned?

I'm coughing up thick green white and grey phlegm but have no other symptoms of anything. Should i be concerned?

Well,...: Most commonly, a productive cough with discolored mucus, is a sign that you are developing an infection of some sort, so best to see your Doctor and get officially diagnosed so the best treatment can occur. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a grey/blue phlegm come out of my mouth this morning while coughing. Don't smoke and don't live around any heavy pollution. Fluke or problem? :/

I had a grey/blue phlegm come out of my mouth this morning while coughing. Don't smoke and don't live around any heavy pollution. Fluke or problem? :/

Could be nothing: It could be something you ate and the phlegm mix up with it on the way out either way if persistent could be an indication of infection seek a medical advice ...Read more

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I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia?

I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia?

Yes: Pneumonia is an infection of the lower respiratory tract and usually causes shortness of breath, fever and productive cough. Pneumonia produces unusual sounds that can be detected by a stethoscope and confirmed by a chest x-ray. Please consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Feeling very tired and coughing up gray phlegm. No fever but feeling quite swollen. Is this a normal viral infection?

Feeling very tired and coughing up gray phlegm. No fever but feeling quite swollen. Is this a normal viral infection?

Virus: Could be a virus, but anyone who has a cough that has lasted longer than a week, I recommend an exam to make certain they are OK. ...Read more

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Possible infections that causes green phlegm? My hayfever is causing grey bits in my phlegm to come up

Possible infections that causes green phlegm? My hayfever is causing grey bits in my phlegm to come up

Phlegm: This is material that occurs as a result of inflammation in your respiratory tract causing increased secretions and sloughing of damaged tissue. This can be due to allergies, viral or bacterial infections or toxic substances in the air like smog. See an allergist and get tested and desensitized. ...Read more

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I've been sick for 2 and a half months, and when I blow my nose my phlegm is green with grey stuff in it? I don't smoke so what's the grey stuff??

I've been sick for 2 and a half months, and when I blow my nose my phlegm is green with grey stuff in it? I don't smoke so what's the grey stuff??

Sputum: 20 year old woman with persistent respiratory illness.
Do you work in a smoky environment? Studies show that in patients who develop bronchitis, the color of sputum does not necessarily determine that it is a bacterial infection, up to 90% of bronchitis is viral. However, your respiratory illness (not sure if fever, cough symptoms as well or sinusitis) is persistent and you should see your MD now ...Read more

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Spit out grey phlegm every morning. Time to stop smoking?

Spit out grey phlegm every morning. Time to stop smoking?

Absolutely: Anytime is a good time to quit smoking. Depending on how long and how much you smoked and the symptoms, your doctor might order more tests including chest x-ray, breathing tests etc. ...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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What is best for cough with phlegm.

Robitussin: I would recommend doing a sinus wash so that you get rid of the mucous, maybe using mucinex or robitussin. ...Read more

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Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Foamy phlegm with cough lasting over 4weeks?

Cough: If you have not been sick it ma be silent acid reflux or LPR. If you have been sick, it may be bronchitis or walking pneumonia-see your doctor ...Read more

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Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Should a child swim when she has a wet cough and lots of phlegm?

Belief system: If you believe that a child can catch cold from cold weather, then she shouldn't swim. If she is having trouble breathing, then she shouldn't swim. If she is happy, running and playing and mobilizing her phlegm, swimming should not make her sick. Most mothers and certainly grandmothers would vote NO SWIMMING. ...Read more

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Why do 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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more