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Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Parenchymal density: Is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture.

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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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How long will I be coughing up phlegm after surgery?

How long will I be coughing up phlegm after surgery?

Post-op phlegm: Hello, post op productive cough depends on the surgery and type of anesthesia. Hard to determine. Ask your surgeon.

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I'm going on a date later and I want to temporarily relieve the coughing up phlegm and the dry cough that comes from the common cold. Suggestions?

I'm going on a date later and I want to temporarily relieve the coughing up phlegm and the dry cough that comes from the common cold. Suggestions?

Upper respiratory: Infection are a nuisance but contagious. Do, the date a favor and cancel not cover up. She will appreciate and go out with you later!

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Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Generally normal: It may take a few weeks for the cilia (lung hair cells) and edema (swelling) to subside. Over the counter cough suppressants may help. Increase water intake. If cough persists more than a few weeks or mucus becomes discolored it's time to see your physician.

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Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Garlic allergy: You hve a garlic allergy which produces muvus in yhe form of a post nasal drip and that in turn is causing your coughing and fluid in your ears. Seek help from your foctor or allergist.

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I have phlegm in my throat/chest. I have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when I laugh I cough up phelgm?

I have phlegm in my throat/chest. I have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when I laugh I cough up phelgm?

Multiple causes: This can be due to a post nasal drip pooling the secretions in the throat that you cough out. Since yo don't mention feeling ill or having fevers. Its likely secondary to the season change and allergy

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I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

Yes: Whooping cough, or pertussis can cause excessive, protracted coughing. Small membranes in the throat may burst with hard coughing and blood may come up with phlegm. You may benefit from meds to supress the cough, especially to help you sleep.

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I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

Depends: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation.

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I'm a non smoker coughing up phlegm every day, why?

I'm a non smoker coughing up phlegm every day, why?

Post nasal drainage: Most common cause is chronic postnasal drainage from allergies or sinusitis. Also, chronic reflux disease could result in increased mucus production/sensation in throat.

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Why would a person start coughing up phlegm that is salty?

Why would a person start coughing up phlegm that is salty?

Nasal Source Likely: Increased nasal drainage due to irritants, or allergens. The drainage causes post-nasal drip/drainage, irritates the throat and causes cough. On a normal day we produce approx 1 liter of mucous, which we politely swallow without saying YUCK! When there is a cold virus, or and irritant, or allergen, this number multiplies, and either our noses run and drip, get stuffy, or post nasal draining.

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Nonsmoker coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year?

Nonsmoker coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year?

Chronic cough: Chronic cough is not normal. The 4 major causes of chronic cough are asthma, chronic sinus problems, post nasal drip from allergies and stomach acid reflux. There are many more less common triggers. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can assist in identifying cause (chest x-ray, breathing tests) so that a reasonable treatment approach can be taken. Don't live with it!

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I wake up at night coughing up phlegm. Is there anything wrong?

I wake up at night coughing up phlegm. Is there anything wrong?

Possibilities: Acid reflux and post nasal drainage can both cause nighttime coughing spells. Raising the head of the bed may help some.

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Is it bad that I've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Is it bad that I've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Needs Eval: A persistent cough that is productive needs to be evaluated. You may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm of any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. It needs evaluation so proper treatment can be rendered. If you smoke, you need to quit today!

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What does it mean when you're coughing up phlegm with black stuff in it?

Tar?: Smoking, inhalation, or blood may cause discoloration of sputum which is mucus from lung with content of cells and contaminants to be eliminated. Nasal blood, mucous, could mimic in some settings.

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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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