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Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Parenchymal density: Is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture. ...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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3 months after flu: excess sticky clear mucus -no blood, am only yellow phlegm, sleep: lungs dry out w/ rib aches, no fevers, some fatigue. Pneumonia?

3 months after flu: excess sticky clear mucus -no blood, am only yellow phlegm, sleep: lungs dry out w/ rib aches, no fevers, some fatigue. Pneumonia?

Probably not....: With pneumonia, an infection of the lung parenchyma, there is usually discolored sputum that is coughed up consistently and there may even be some blood. Typically, there is a fever with pneumonia as well. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor since it is possible to have pneumonia with less severe symptoms but it is atypical. A chest x-ray can diagnose pneumonia if there is any doubt. ...Read more

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I have excessive phlegm caused by LPR. This causes me to swallow often, Which results in air getting trapped in my GI. Its very hard to belch And it causes pressure and pain in my throat and chest. Why is belching so difficult for me?

I have excessive phlegm caused by LPR. This causes me to swallow often, Which results in air getting trapped in my GI. Its very hard to belch And it causes pressure and pain in my throat and chest. Why is belching so difficult for me?

LPR: Unfortunately laryngopharyngoreflux is not often successfully treated, but a trial of the usual antireflux medications is worthwhile. Forcing yourself to belch only leads to more air swallowing. Instead try drinking hot (not too hot) water to break down the gas bubbles so that they pass down the intestinal tract. ...Read more

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I've lost 15 pounds since march, have a cough, excess phlegm in throat. I've had pelvic and and ult, chest x-ray, echo, blood work, CT of head. What now?

I've lost 15 pounds since march, have a cough, excess phlegm in throat. I've had pelvic and and ult, chest x-ray, echo, blood work, CT of head. What now?

Weight loss: Those tests are a good start at screening for causes of weight loss. Assuming blood tests have looked for thyroid disease, diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, it would be reasonable to obtain ct scans of the chest (due to your chronic cough), abdomen and pelvis. Additionally, if those tests are unremarkable upper endoscopy then colonoscopy could be considered. ...Read more

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Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm: This is something that should be evaluated by your doctor. It can be as minor as allergies or as severe as pneumonia. Your doctor can help you find the answer. ...Read more

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I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin can help loosen phlegm and thin secretions, making them easier to expel with coughing or clearing of throat. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get to phlegm on the top of the lungs?

Can you tell me how I could get to phlegm on the top of the lungs?

Ask again: Sorry I am trying to figure out what you are asking and am having trouble. Can you please ask your question again? If you are asking what's a good expectorant you can use. Then try Mucinex (guaifenesin) ...Read more

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Brown phlegm with blood in the morning is it coming from lungs?

Brown phlegm with blood in the morning is it coming from lungs?

Brown phlegm: It would be either old blood from the nose/lungs' or a possible pneumonia. If you are otherwise fine, you could probably watch it for now, but with any change I would have you see our doctor. ...Read more

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My lungs have phlegm I think. Noticeable when I exercise. It even vibrates deep & low in my lungs, but I feel great & can breathe perfectly. Cause?

Have it checked: Your friendly lung doc can do a thorough history and physical examination. He/she can determine if additional testing such as PFTs, CXR or CT are useful.

Good luck and all the best. ...Read more

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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesn't clear up quickly! ...Read more

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Is it true that phlegm really gets into our lungs when we swallow it?

No: Mucus is formed by cells that line the bronchial tubes. It is cleared into the throat where it typically is swallowed unconsciously. ...Read more

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2 month wet cough. Bronscopy yesterday. Clean put lungs with fluid. Cough was better. Today, have wet cough with phlegm.

MGT: It is common following a bronchoscopy to have a wet cough. I would advise waiting until the results return usually within 48 hours, and then reviewing the results. An inbox consult is available online and you can upload the results to your records. ...Read more

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Heavy phlegm comes out when I cough. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

Heavy phlegm comes out when I cough. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

Not necessarily: Sputum production can come from postnasal dripwhich normally results from allergies. Also, some patients with sputum have gastroesophageal reflux disease. From a pulmonary standpoint, many patients with a variety of respiratory disorders complain of sputum production. To be sure what's causing the sputum, I would recommend a full history by a physician. ...Read more

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I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

Hard to tell: The only way to diagnose pneumonia will be with physical exam and sometimes chest X-ray can make the diagnosis more clear. If it is pneumonia you need to be antibiotics. Please consult your physician to be diagnosed appropriately and for treatment. ...Read more

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If I have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean I could have bronchitis?

If I have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean I could have bronchitis?

See below: There are a number of possible reasons for a cough depending on the context: Post nasal drip from sinuses, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and other causes. For an overview of the various causes for coughing See > http:///bit. Ly/1PQ3UFM ...Read more

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Sometimes I 'feel' the sensation of air suddenly leaving my lungs. I have consistently had lots of phlegm cause by something asthma related, any ideas?

Sometimes I 'feel' the sensation of air suddenly leaving my lungs. I have consistently had lots of phlegm cause by something asthma related, any ideas?

See an allergist: It may be asthma or allergies. Much more information is needed to answer your question accurately. The best advice I can give is that shortness of breath and increased phlegm sounds like allergies and asthma and an allergist or allergologist can help you. ...Read more

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Pain in ribs and phlegm in throat because I had the cold. Do I have water in my lungs?

Pain in ribs and phlegm in throat because I had the cold. Do I have water in my lungs?

Can't tell: Typically water on the lungs will create a different type of phlegm, like more pink/white instead of mucus/yellow/green. To check for fluid in lungs, get chest xray or physical exam to listen to check and sounds change significantly when it is mucus as opposed to water. ...Read more

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Deep cough burning in lungs. Producing some phlegm? Doesn't burn all the time?

Deep cough burning in lungs. Producing some phlegm? Doesn't burn all the time?

Bronchitis: Sounds like bronchitis. You should quit smoking. Also, you will need a physical exam to make sure there is nothing else going on.
Your doc then should discuss potential treatment options for you. ...Read more

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Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?

See below: Acute viral bronchitis can give a productive cough with yellow/green sputum lasting several weeks. Pain on deep breath may be due to chest wall strain from coughing. However it can be a sign of pneumonia, particularly if you have fever or shortness of breath. You would have to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment if concerned. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

Yes! Your lung cilia: Is trying to return to normal and 'brush' all that debris out of your lungs into your throat to cough or swallow to get it out of there! It is going to take time to do depending on how serious a smoker you were, or how many packs per day for how many years that you smoked. So, do hydrate and drink liquids to reduce the viscosity of phlegm. Cool mist humidifier & a HEPA air filter may help too. ...Read more

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Can clear phlegm that sometimes is white and clumpy be a lung infection? Thanks.

Can clear phlegm that sometimes is white and clumpy be a lung infection? Thanks.

Sure, but unlikely: One of the main signs of an infection is a fever. Clear mucus is generally normal. If you are having any symptoms, you should talk with your family practice doctor. ...Read more

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

See a doctor: Brown spots in your phlegm doesn't sound like properly functioning lungs. I would see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Sounds like: "asthmatic" bronchitis! Are you wheezing??? You may require an antibiotic so best bet is to call your Primary Care Provider! BTW the shower is a GIANT VAPORIZER, that's why its helping!!! Run a Vaporizer in your bedroom if possible....during the day and during sleep!

Hope these "tips" help!

Dr Z ...Read more

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My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days. Some phlegm. Md says no redness &clear lungs. Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days. Some phlegm. Md says no redness &clear lungs. Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

See below:: He could be still recovering from a viral upper respiratory illness-at his age he is unable to clear & coordinate his post nasal drip mucus moving in the back of his throat. Other possibilities if similar symptoms, yet continuing for many weeks/mos: vasomotor rhinitis-not caused by an infection or allergy. Exact cause is unknown. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

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