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Coughing Up Solid Phlegm
Probably not: Sometimes phlegm will have small amounts of blood. When the blood coagulates it can look like small threads/veins in the phlegm. ...Read more
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
Today i coughed up phlegm that felt solid coming up.it looked like scrambled eggs. This is a first for me so im not sure what to do.
Mucous plug..: Not to worry about....If smoker, allergy get treated ...Read more
I've coughed up a couple small light yellow/green pieces of solid phlegm. The odor is awful. Is this a sign of something very serious?
Hi! I'm having what I assume is a bout of Bronchitis, it's been about 4 weeks, at first I was coughing up bloody phlegm and it seemed sometimes as if I was coughing up a blood clot covered in phlegm, with a very solid consistency. It tastes like rotting
I have had a 3 day flue and yesterday started coughing up a lot of very dry, hard, and solid chunks of green phlem. Why is this?
What is this brown phlegm with solid stuff mean? I don't smoke but people around me do. It hard to spit out and taste is grose.
Phlegm: If you are coughing up brown phlegm then you have bronchitis. You can get bronchitis even without having chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoke (even second hand) can be act as an irritant which makes the bronchitis worse. As an aside, you can develop chronic lung disease from second hand smoke so be cautious about the company you keep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get a 'burning' feeling in the back of my throat and then major draining of phlegm with a chunk of solid material in it..Why?
Probable nasopharyng: The nasopharynx is the area at the junction of the nasal cavity and upper throat which can have both acute and chronic infection. The acute type has a sore throat, drainage, and often ear pain and can be viral or bacterial. The chronic form has chunks of discolored drainage particularly in the morning with persistent daytime post nasal drip and sore throat. Suggest bacterial culture. ...Read more
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