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What does it mean when you have a cold and cough up phelm with blood in it?

What does it mean when you have a cold and cough up phelm with blood in it?

Serious symptom: If you are forty and have been a smoker of ten to twenty pack years and you don't have acute bacterial bronchitis and you know you coughed it up and are not blowing it out of your nose, you should get a chest x-ray. If there is any suggestion of lung cancer on chest x-ray you should get a ct chest and a bronchoscopy, if you have a bacterial bronchitis and you cough up blood 2 or 3 times and you. ...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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I keep coughing up phelm...Its been about 3mths...The doctor said its just an allergy but its very annoying...What can I do?

I keep coughing up phelm...Its been about 3mths...The doctor said its just an allergy but its very annoying...What can I do?

Possibilities...: You may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, especially if you have a smoking history. You need to be evaluated and have pulmonary function testing to determine the etiology of your chronic, productive cough. Then, it can be treated. Perhaps you need to get a second opinion so your cough can be investigated. If you do smoke, smoking cessation is necessary as well! good luck! ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

Spasm: Cough has many causes but common reasons would be a bout of upper respiratory tract infection. Reported coughing can cause neck muscle spasms leading to neck pain and in your case the seeping of it one can be related to the rise in pressure inside the abdomen from coughing. You need to check for stress incontince with your doctor and manage the cough. ...Read more

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Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Coughing up green sticky phelm ?

Possibilities....: If this is a change in color or consistency, it could be due to acute bronchitis caused by an infection of the airways, either bacterial or viral. If you have other symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, nasal congestion, body aches, etc., or if it isn't improving, then see your doctor. If a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...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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Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

For how long?: You have acute bronchitis. Most likely viral but sometimes bacterial. Pneumonia is also a possibility. Do you have fever? You should see your doc if you're not getting better. ...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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A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

Night time cough: Coughing at night could be due to a number of conditions, including acid reflux, sleep apnea, asthma, and heart problems. A primary care physician would be able to help determine the cause. ...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

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