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I have dark brown speckled sputum inside clear sputum for 2 months, no cough , X-ray clean, recently increased with flu , no smoking for 1 week, 22y m, ?

I have dark brown speckled sputum inside clear sputum for 2 months, no cough , X-ray clean, recently increased with flu , no smoking for 1 week, 22y m, ?

Brown sputum: Since no cough and negative x-ray would continue to stay away from smoking and follow up with physician within 1-2 weeks. May require more labs and exam. ...Read more

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What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

Sputum colors: You may be describing infected or blood streaked sputum. This requires a physical examination and testing to determine the cause. This should not be ignored as the sputum may be the result of serious disease. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How long will brown sputum last after quitting marijuana?

How long will brown sputum last after quitting marijuana?

It depends: It depends on how frequently you've been using, and whether you have a bronchitis or other infection going on, etc. Smoking anything -- including marijuana -- is a lung irritant. Other infections can also result in brown sputum. Please see your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Hello doctor I am having brown specks in my sputum . But sputum is clear. I am an former smoker?

Hello doctor I am having brown specks in my sputum . But sputum is clear. I am an former smoker?

Sputum specks: Two screening tests to check for lung malignancy would be a chest ct scan and a sputum cytology examination. If these are negative, a thorough nose and throat examination by an otolaryngologist would be a next step if these specks continue or if spots of blood show up. ...Read more

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I always have purulent sputum (sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes brown) all winter long. Should i sheck up with doctors?

I always have purulent sputum (sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes brown) all winter long. Should i sheck up with doctors?

Yes: Absolutely. You should see a pulmonary specialist. If you have purulent sputum daily, at your age, your doctor needs to take a history and be prepared for other tests in case that doesn't lead to an answer. Probably allergies, but there could be asthma, cystic fibrosis and other much rarer problems behind this. If you smoke, step one is stop. Get help from your doctor with this. ...Read more

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What causes brown specled sputum? Quit smoking 3 months ago. Could it be TB?

What causes brown specled sputum? Quit smoking 3 months ago. Could it be TB?

See your doctor : Your symptoms could be due to bronchitis which can be chronic. See your doctor for a physical exam and possibly a chest X-Ray. Talk to your doctor about your concerns about TB and he or she can discuss your risk factors and develop a plan for diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hi doctor. I used to smoke weed but left smoking 32 days before. Now my sputum comes black and brown but mostly black. So I should be worried..!

Hi doctor. I used to smoke weed but left smoking 32 days before. Now my sputum comes black and brown but mostly black. So I should be worried..!

No, lung cleaning: Smoking paralizes the "mucocilliary elevator, " a slow upward flow of mucus from the lungs to help remove particles too big for white blood cells to "eat" and dispose of. Can take a week to a month per year of regular smoking to "clean house." you have to do the rough math, since tobacco usually heavier use than mj. Lungs will work better when process is done! ...Read more

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I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

See MD!: Please see a doctor ASAP! While coughs can sometimes last for a month, they should be improving. You sound like you are not getting better. You may need a sputum culture and/or a chest xray. You may also need antibiotics and/or other medication. ...Read more

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