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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
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
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
When I wake up I have to hack up some phlegm. ( very little) it is brown in color. I am 38 f. Former smoker. I don't have a cough. Is this normal?
Maybe postnasal drip: Mild nasal allergies can cause some muscus dripping in back of throat/mouth and collects there during sleep and can turn a bit brown in the am. During day, little mucus/drip is pulled down by gravity, but when sleeping mucus tends to stay in back of throat and thus productive coughing/coughing in the early am. If worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Night time cough: Coughing at night could be due to a number of conditions, including acid reflux, sleep apnea, asthma, and heart problems. A primary care physician would be able to help determine the cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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