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Doctor insights on: Coughing Up Solid Phlegm

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Should i be worried if i cough up a phlegm like solid chunk with veins?

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

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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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?

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?

Infection: I do not think it is Severely serious, but may be a sign of infection of course, so best to be evaluated, properly diagnosed and treated as required. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

You have: Most likely have upper respiratory viral infection . When the virus invade the tissue , body reacts by mobilizing the defense mechanism including cells and secretion . The coughing is also body defense mechanism to get rid of excess secretion that interfere with breathing ...Read more

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Why I have solid phlegm everyday over a year?

Chronic bronchitis: Chronic productive cough usually related to chronic bronchitis.However if a non smoker should look for other potential causes. ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

Cough & phlegm discord almost daily?

For how long?: You have acute bronchitis. Most likely viral but sometimes bacterial. Pneumonia is also a possibility. Do you have fever? You should see your doc if you're not getting better. ...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