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Could you cough up a piece of your lung?

Could you cough up a piece of your lung?

No: You might cough up any number of unusual things that look or feel like lung tissue or have the form of bronchial tubes. These are normally dried up or hardened mucus, sometimes coagulated blood, occasionally purulent (pus) material. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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If I cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

If I cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

Yes: But it could also come from sinus, nasal passage, pharynx, bronchus and lungs. Color of mucous important, how much, what cough sounds like, hx of lung disease, meds you are on. ...Read more

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I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that I can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that I can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

Need diagnosis....: Your symptoms are likely due to airway inflammation but this can have several etiologies. Possible diagnoses include asthma, acute bronchitis due to infection (less likely if symptoms persist for months), chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis as they all have different therapies. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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Can you cough up pieces of your lungs if your a smoker?

Can you cough up pieces of your lungs if your a smoker?

Smoking: You can cough up debris from the smoke including tar. Stop smoking. It can kill you. ...Read more

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Every so often I cough up somethimg from my lung its a small jelly blob clear. The size of a pea. What r they? It just comes flying out in in 1 cough

Every so often I cough up somethimg from my lung its a small jelly blob clear. The size of a pea. What r they? It just comes flying out in in 1 cough

Mucous: Most likely.
BUT worth having evaluation.
Smoker?
Environmental issues? Animals, asbestos, dust mold etc.
If prior pneumonia or lung issues, then bronchiectasis is possible.
There are also some lung inflammations that cause more sputum ...Read more

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A friend had a spi 4yrs ago. He was cough up blood. The dr says apart of his lung is dead. What does this mean and what can be done to fix this?

A friend had a spi 4yrs ago. He was cough up blood. The dr says apart of his lung is dead. What does this mean and what can be done to fix this?

Cough: Not sure what spi is but sounds like your friend has smoking related lung disease. The dead lung reference may be due to the physician seeing an area where there is emphysema on an x-ray or bases in results of pulmonary function test. If your friend is seeing blood from nose/ mouth, then he/she should be seen by a doctor. Could be a sign of something benign or something malignant. ...Read more

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No known lung issues, never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No known lung issues, never smoked, but is it normal to occasionally cough up mucous with a 1" stringy, hard piece of tissue, helix-structure inside?

No: It is not normal to do so. There are several potential causes from asthma to alleric bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, so save one and bring it in to your doctor. ...Read more

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Could my bronchitis turn into pneumonia if I can't cough up the mucus in my lungs my chest is now crackling instead of wheezing?

Could my bronchitis turn into pneumonia if I can't cough up the mucus in my lungs my chest is now crackling instead of wheezing?

Possible: It is extremely beneficial to cough during bronchitis illness. A course of antibiotics and albuterol inhaler can help prevent pneumonia. Have plenty of bed rest, take fluids and carbs for fast energy, advil (ibuprofen) for fever and generalized achiness. ...Read more

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For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

For two days now I cough up small amounts of thick, clear mucus. I feel like it comes from my lungs but could be from throat. No other symptoms.

Considering your age: And the SEASON

Allergies are my guess for the excessive CLEAR (means not-infected) mucous I your upper airways!


Try an OTC ANTI-HISTAMINE (eg Claritin)

Hope this helps
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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Not normal: While this may not represent a major problem, it would not be considered "normal". A follow up with the thoracic surgeon would be advised. Surgical staples used to remove part of a lung could migrate and be coughed up, but evaluation by the surgeon would be best to make sure this doesn't represent a more serious problem. ...Read more

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It feels like I have a plug of mucus in my lungs and it won't cough up, and is causing hoarseness?

It feels like I have a plug of mucus in my lungs and it won't cough up, and is causing hoarseness?

Cough: This is not unheard of, especially here in the pnw this year. Prolonged coughing and slow recovery can be normal this year. But, if you have not been to the doctor to see if you have pneumonia then it may be time.

Otherwise good hydration and rest is key. ...Read more

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My lungs are very sore and often cough up blood and black, ive smoked marijuan in bongs for three years aswell as cugarettes im 17. There so sore?

My lungs are very sore and often cough up blood and black, ive smoked marijuan in bongs for three years aswell as cugarettes im 17. There so sore?

Cough: Depending on the length of symptoms and whether associated with fever chills weightloss you will need to make sure you don't have pneumonia or some other lung infection. I would get to the doctor for a chest X-ray, lab work and possibly some antibiotics for starters ...Read more

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Can black lung disease cause someone to cough up blood?

Can black lung disease cause someone to cough up blood?

Yes: After the disease had caused severe inflamation and fibrosis/ necrosis. ...Read more

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Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

Heart Disease: The leading cause of death for patients with emphysema is cardiac disease (heart attack) irrespective of the stage of copd). ...Read more

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What causes a productive cough after eating? For the past few days, about 10 minutes after every meal, I cough up a large amount of phlegm from lungs

What causes a productive cough after eating? For the past few days, about 10 minutes after every meal, I cough up a large amount of phlegm from lungs

Acid reflux: Acid reflux, also known as gerd, which is very prevalent in overweight people especially (with 60% of americans being overweight, of course). Constant acid coming up from the stomach causes irritation that induces the formation of mucous, constantly trying to clear by coughing. Reflux is increased with smoking. See doctor for management of condition. ...Read more

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Dr found a lung nodule and I cough up little black specks of a tar like substance for the past 6 months. Have a cough but goes away with allergy pill?

Dr found a lung nodule and I cough up little black specks of a tar like substance for the past 6 months. Have a cough but goes away with allergy pill?

Have it worked up: I would imagine that the MD who ordered the CT is going to follow up with you regarding this find and coughing up black is not normal either. Have you been in area that has tuberculosis? Others symptoms. I advise you to make appointment with the doctor to ask some questions and have a follow up. ...Read more

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I'm so scared I've had a cold and cough but in the mornings wen I cough up phlegm there's been a tiny bit of blood have I got lung cancer?

I'm so scared I've had a cold and cough but in the mornings wen I cough up phlegm there's been a tiny bit of blood have I got lung cancer?

No: These findings not indicative of lung cancer. Cough with occasional sign of blood tinged sputum frequently due to irritation of pharynx where sputum may arise. If symptoms don't improve but progress then chest X ray needed. ...Read more

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Fluid on lungs after gb surgery. Has dementia and cannot walk around much or cough up phlegm. What is the treatment and outlook? Still in hospital.

Fluid on lungs after gb surgery. Has dementia and cannot walk around much or cough up phlegm. What is the treatment and outlook? Still in hospital.

Fluid around lungs: After gb surgery is not common. If the gallbladder was very infected it may be reactive fluid. Other causes, such as pneumonia, should be considered. If it is infection then appropriate antibiotics should be started. If there is a lot of fluid restricting breathing then a tube may be placed to remove the fluid. As long as oxygen levels are good and infection controlled it should get better. ...Read more

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On 2nd day of 6 steroids for bronchitis. Zero lung tightness, just can't seem to cough up stuff. Was wondering if I can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) and would that help?

On 2nd day of 6 steroids for bronchitis. Zero lung tightness, just can't seem to cough up stuff. Was wondering if I can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) and would that help?

Mucolytic: Many patients have trouble coughing up phlegm and mucolytics such as a gaufinesin (mucinex) are definitely a good option. Other patients experience relief from humidified air- best of luck. ...Read more

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For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

For years have globus sensation in throat and can cough up mucus but it's still there, reflux no heartburn and sometimes can't fill lungs. Causes?

Globus etc: Hi MelaniH~ you have REFLUX which is the central issue, because GE reflux while recumbent can cause gastric fluid to enter the esophagus and spill into the lungs. This will give you irritation in the esophagus and cause globus sensation and can cause irritable airways and lower respiratory obstruction witth asthma symptoms. See your doc. See a GI doc. Get lung functions done, start asthma meds thx ...Read more

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5 months dry cough up right lung pain tingling fingers & toes. Headache around temple, jaw clenching chest xray CT scan pft with challenge ideas?

See doctor: Hyperventilation from the anxiety may be causing your tingling and headache. Need to see dentist re. A device to wear at night to protect your jaws and teeth. However, the dry cough is another issue. Do you have any nasal or acid reflux symptoms? ...Read more

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I am borderline positive for sjogrens and I cough all year round. I always cough up fluid. Is there something I could use to make my chest comfortable?

I am borderline positive for sjogrens and I cough all year round. I always cough up fluid. Is there something I could use to make my chest comfortable?

Sjogren's: Hello. The diagnosis of sjogren's will cause all the mucus in the airway thick and tenacious. The best thing to do is to try your best to drink as much water as you can. Use a humidifier at night and use a saline mist for you nose. This needs to become a regular pattern to support your airway humidification. See your doctor for additional therapy options. ...Read more

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What can help me cough up this thick phlegm stuff up out of my chest?

What can help me cough up this thick phlegm stuff up out of my chest?

Cough: Cough with thick phlegm can be treated with medications like guafenecine. But you really need to find out the cause of the cough before you start mucolytics. ...Read more

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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