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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. ...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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Coughing up green phlegm, feeling sick and bloated. What could be wrong?

Coughing up green phlegm, feeling sick and bloated. What could be wrong?

Possibly....: Your symptoms may be due to acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. This could also be due to pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, especially if a fever is present. In order to be diagnosed and treated, see your doctor. Depending on the findings, you may need an antibiotic. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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I have had a cough for almost two months now. Now with the cough my jaw hurts & im coughing up phlegm & stomach acid. My sinuses are also very conjest?

I have had a cough for almost two months now. Now with the cough my jaw hurts & im coughing up phlegm & stomach acid. My sinuses are also very conjest?

Two weeks: If your infection has not resolved in two weeks, then you should go visit a doc. I had a coworker have sinus infection and he ended up in icu. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up alot of phlegm but is not sick at all... Both of my sides lose stomach hurt.

I'm coughing up alot of phlegm but is not sick at all... Both of my sides lose stomach hurt.

Allergy: Is most likely your "culprit"

You need something to supress that cough and an anti-histamine cough medication is available OTC (Over the counter) Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation!
Just a thought!
Hope it helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Is this really a simple cold/ flu? Still sick after 3 days. No stuffy/ runny nose, yes coughing up phlegm/ blood, throat irritation, loss appetite.

Is this really a simple cold/ flu? Still sick after 3 days. No stuffy/ runny nose, yes coughing up phlegm/ blood, throat irritation, loss appetite.

Influenza: It may be influenza or a flu-like illness, but coughing up blood is disturbing. If this does not stop in next several days or you have fever, shortness of breath or other new symptoms you should go and get seen by a doctor and evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm - happens every morning but it has been 3 hours. Need to make it stop?

Possible allergies: Phlegm in the morning may be due to allergies or inhalation of dry air overnight. Other possibilities include nocturnal reflux or infection ...Read more

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I am coughing up phlegm and I don't have a cold?

I am coughing up phlegm and I don't have a cold?

Allergies: Most common cause of phlegm production is allergies. Consider drinking more water to thin the mucus, try otc antihistamines and use nasal saline rinses. If symptoms persist, see and ENT doctor or allergist. ...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. ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Possibilities: Blood mixed with sputum usually occurs with either bronchitis or pneumonia. Pure blood (hemoptysis) may be more concerning for other problems (heart disease, airway diseases, etc). ...Read more

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My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

Worms?: Patients with the largest of round worms, ascaris lumricoides, may cough up worms. I have seen them come out of the ear drums and the nose. But these do not "look like worms" - they are worms, and not mistakable for anything else. If you can describe your husband's phlegm in more detail it might be helpful, or take a specimen freshly coughed up to your local doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

Mgt: I would suggest seeing a Pulmonary specialist and your PCP. A sample may be provided for lab testing.
Does he have any respiratory difficulty, such as shortness of breath? If so, I would advise going to the Emergency Dept. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

Infection: If the phlegm is foul smelling or tasting it usually means there is infection. Coughing is away for your lungs to try and clear this material and help resolve the infection. Vast majority of infections are viral. Stay hydrated, using an expectorant like guaifenesin can be helpful in the mucus and make it easier to clear. If no improvement in 7 to 14 days, or worse, see your doctor ...Read more

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What to do if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

What to do if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

Chronic cough: If you have been producing phlegm for more than two months, a work up is indicated. This may include an imaging test such as an x ray or ct scan. In addition, your physician can evaluate the sputum for a variety of bacterial, fungal and viral causes. It is also important to have a TB skin test called a PPD test. Prmg respiratory will rev records at fax 858 259 9689. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a cold and have been coughing up phlegm for the past two days. Why is my phlegm thicker and darker in the mornings?

I have a cold and have been coughing up phlegm for the past two days. Why is my phlegm thicker and darker in the mornings?

Thick mucous: Mucous is thicker and darker in the morning because there is less water content in the mucous. Overnight, you simply don't drink the amount of fluid that you would during the day. Hence, mucous tends to be drier and therefore darker and thicker. A good way to combat thick mucous is to use a "mucolytic." This is a medicine like Guaifenesin. It's the drug in Robitussin (guaifenesin). Also drink more water ...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)

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