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

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

Phlegm: You might have upper airway cough syndrome, it means you have discharge from your nose to your throat which causes the irritation there and make you cough and bring the discharge up, the treatment is steroid nose spray. The other reason is that you might have developed allergy to the antigen of the visrus that had caused cold months before, treatment is the same, nose spray. ...Read more

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I had a cold last month nownow i've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be i know a common cold is only 7 days?

I had a cold last month nownow i've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be i know a common cold is only 7 days?

7 days? not really.: Up to 3 weeks, actually; but "coughing up phlegm for a month" is certainly out of bounds for a cold. You'd best go see your doc, bronchitis or sinusitis are definite possibilities. ...Read more

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Every time i catch a cold, i cough up bloody phlegm for about a month afterwards. What can I try?

Every time i catch a cold, i cough up bloody phlegm for about a month afterwards. What can I try?

Possible airway: Cough is one of the lasts symptoms to clear after a cold taking 4-6 weeks to resolve. You may be having airway inflammation more likely to cause bloody mucus. May also have reactive airway disease or cough variant asthma which might clear faster with asthma inhalers. May have acute bronchitis from bacteria so antibiotics. If bleeding persists past time cold passed then suggest pulmonary md. ...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?

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

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