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I have coughed some grey cough. Very little, but the colour is light grey. I am not a smoker. I was suffering from cold. Iam better now. Is it ok?

I have coughed some grey cough. Very little, but the colour is light grey. I am not a smoker. I was suffering from cold. Iam better now. Is it ok?

If you are better: Now - you may be coughing up some remnants of the stuff that built up in your upper respiratory tract. Hydrate really well. Take care. ...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


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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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Every morning I wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years.?

Every morning I wake up and cough up grey mucus wit black splotches is this bad, it has been going on for atleast two years.?

Not good: Need far more information and a detailed exam and possibly some imaging studies and exams of sputum. Do you smoke? Work around toxic materials you could inhale? Are you immunosuppressed? See a pulmonary doctor and get diagnosed and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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Greying out of vision 'during' (not after) a hard cough fit (after inhaling). This greying out becomes white patches in dark during coughing. Normal?

Greying out of vision 'during' (not after) a hard cough fit (after inhaling). This greying out becomes white patches in dark during coughing. Normal?

Yes: This is a normal transient reaction to a hard cough or other types of valsalva maneuvers (sneeze, hard bowel movement, etc). As long as the symptoms resolve quickly, there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Started with 38.2 fever for a day. Then fever went down, started getting cough and blocked up now fever gone but coughing up green/grey chunks only in?

Started with 38.2 fever for a day. Then fever went down, started getting cough and blocked up now fever gone but coughing up green/grey chunks only in?

Bronchitis: Hello~ sounds like the typical upper respiratory tract infection and bronchitis. This does not necessary mean you need antibiotic BUT please go and see Dr in RT so you can be evaluated for pneumonia and if no PNA then steam treatments to clear upper respiratory tract, ANY cough med if you desire, and close follow up to see u don't get PNA thanks ...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 am experiencing morning cough (worsened by: exposure to secondhand smoke) (quality: with gray colored phelgm or mucus, chronic cough).

I am experiencing morning cough (worsened by: exposure to secondhand smoke) (quality: with gray colored phelgm or mucus, chronic cough).

Lessen exposure: Please see your doctor. You are very young for this. You should lessen your exposure to cigarette smoke and any other toxic fumes in your community.

Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up yellowish grey mucus chunks after quitting smoking?

Smoking: If breathing ok, & your exam & chest X-ray are normal, this should stop soon with continued abstinence & supportive treatment for cough. ...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. No body 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. No body 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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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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Cough, sore throat, and coughing up green, gold and grey colored mucus (somtimes w/ red specks)sever loss of energy. No primary doctor should I go er?

Cough, sore throat, and coughing up green, gold and grey colored mucus (somtimes w/ red specks)sever loss of energy. No primary doctor should I go er?

Urgent care: Based on the symptoms you mentioned, it would be more appropriate for you to seek medical attention at an urgent care clinic. These can address non -emergencies, and keep the ER clear for life threatening matters. If you were having difficulty breathing and needing breathing treatments and/or dehydrated etc, then the ER might be appropriate. Google urgent care and several should pop up! ...Read more

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My daughter is really stuffed up and coughing really bad and her poop is grey she is only 6 months old what could the grey poop mean?

My daughter is really stuffed up and coughing really bad and her poop is grey she is only 6 months old what could the grey poop mean?

Poop color...: ..Changes with diet, with viruses, and with many other factors. The color of the poop doesn't concern me unless it's black or red. What concerns me more is she is "stuffed up and coughing really bad." that could just mean she had a cold, or at 6 months it could be something more. I encourage you to err on the side of caution and see he pediatrician. ...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'm coughing up grey mucus, and the last few days have been pretty bad like the last two days it's causing pains to my right side in the back?

I'm coughing up grey mucus, and the last few days have been pretty bad like the last two days it's causing pains to my right side in the back?

See doc: If you are coughing up large amounts of mucus, I would advise you to see your physician, especially if it is causing you pain. He or she can do a full history and physician and determine you just need rest and fluid or if you need antibiotic treatment as well. ...Read more

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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

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I've been coughing up mucus for months now. I'm 19, male, and smoke. The mucus comes out in a variety of textures and colors. Colors include white, green, grey/greyish-black. Textures include light and foamy, or thick and sticky. Sometimes it has little b

I've been coughing up mucus for months now. I'm 19, male, and smoke. The mucus comes out in a variety of textures and colors. Colors include white, green, grey/greyish-black. Textures include light and foamy, or thick and sticky. Sometimes it has little b

Quit smoking!: You know that what you are doing is not good for your health. Quit smoking while you are ahead. Get nicotine patch if you can not quick cold turkey, though doing cold turkey is the best way to go. I know that it is easier said than done, but you can do it. ...Read more

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I'm having grey material in my mucus when coughing. The mucus itself is clear with separate grey fiber like material. Any ideas?

I'm having grey material in my mucus when coughing. The mucus itself is clear with separate grey fiber like material. Any ideas?

Should get a chest x: The duration of cough is important! Are you a smoker? Is the cough associated with fever? Do you have asthma? What melds do you take? All these issues need to be clarified to better understand the reason for your cough! Any occupational exposure to Birds, chemicals or other potential environmental conditions that could continue your cough symptoms? Sometimes gastric reflux may perpetuate or aggrav ...Read more

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Have pains across my middle back and some chest pain, Coughing up clear to a dirty grey/brown mucus with dark particals in it.?

Have pains across my middle back and some chest pain, Coughing up clear to a dirty grey/brown mucus with dark particals in it.?

Your symptoms are: Worrisome for a pulmonary issue. A physical exam, chest X-ray and blood work would be useful. See a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation. ...Read more