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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

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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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Hi ive got a bit of a cold and a cough, i dont feel too ill. just a bit tired from poor sleep and a bit stuffy. But i just coughed up two solid chunks of pghlem (sorry for sounding gruesome). Do i need to go to my dr?

Hi ive got a bit of a cold and a cough, i dont feel too ill. just a bit tired from poor sleep and a bit stuffy. But i just coughed up two solid chunks of pghlem (sorry for sounding gruesome). Do i need to go to my dr?

Phlegm: if phlegm is green of dark yellow( not clear), if fever ,if cold persists > 1 week, if worseningn cough, short of breath, wheezing, facial pain, ear pain, throat pain,any underlying disease, would follow up with doctor urgent care. Meanwhile try, Vitc C ( orange juice 3-4 glasses a day x 3 then taper over 4 days to 1 glass a day) antihistamines, elevate head of bed, motrin. f/uw/doc ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

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 more

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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


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