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Doctor insights on: Coughing Up Red Chunks

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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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Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Lung infection: I assume you don't always cough up hard brown chunks of phlegm, just on occasion when you're feeling ill. That nasty looking phlegm represents your lungs reaction to infection, commonly viral, bacterial or fungal. Your family doc can help you decide if any (antibiotic) treatment is warranted. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. If you're short of breath or feeling worse, go see your doc. ...Read more

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When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

Bronchitis vs Cancer: With out going into great detail, your description indicates an immediate work-up with culture, cytology & possible CXR and bronchoscopy. Your brief description indicates a possible serious issue if you are a smoker, or older. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia about 2 weeks ago and I have continued to cough up nickle and sometimes quarter sized chunks of yellowish mucus.

I had pneumonia about 2 weeks ago and I have continued to cough up nickle and sometimes quarter sized chunks of yellowish mucus.

That may con-: tinue for a while as your lungs clear themselves of infection and inflammation. The mucous will turn white and then clear, and you will stop coughing in several weeks to a month. ...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 dont get PNA thanks ...Read more