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Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Why do I cough up hard brown chunks of flem?

Lung infection: I assume you don't always cough up hard brown chunks of phlegm, just on occasion when you're feeling ill. That nasty looking phlegm represents your lungs reaction to infection, commonly viral, bacterial or fungal. Your family doc can help you decide if any (antibiotic) treatment is warranted. Average duration of cough illness is 18 days. If you're short of breath or feeling worse, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Pooping white slimy stuff?

Pooping white slimy stuff?

Could be nothing: Or could be a sign of inflammation /ibd or ibs or infection in your colon, anal fissures, remnants of food particles etc. Go see your dr for reassurance ! (pls read link below). ...Read more

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24 month boy. I've noticed dark grape like balls in stool. Very little stool with them. Mucus, globs of soft but solid rope twisted chunks. ?

24 month boy. I've noticed dark grape like balls in stool. Very little stool with them. Mucus, globs of soft but solid rope twisted chunks. ?

Give more fiber+H2O: Important details: ? weight gain, abdominal pain? frequency of bm's? If your child is happy, stooling regularly and seems healthy, then stool appearance is less important. Many children this age are picky and eat less veggies and fruits which can either cause a large, hard stool or pellets. Mucous glands are present in the rectum to lubricate defecation. See doctor if child seems ill. ...Read more

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I just puked up yellow liguid that tasted disgusting should I be worried?

I just puked up yellow liguid that tasted disgusting should I be worried?

Likely normal: What you describe sounds like normal abdominal bile acid that comes up when somebody vomits. If you are having a lot of this you should definitely be evaluated for reasons causing it, such as heartburn, ulcers, gallbladder problems or even infection, among other problems. ...Read more

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When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

When I cough I have black fleshy scab like chunks coming up separate from flem its dence black and rubbery?

Bronchitis vs Cancer: With out going into great detail, your description indicates an immediate work-up with culture, cytology & possible CXR and bronchoscopy. Your brief description indicates a possible serious issue if you are a smoker, or older. ...Read more

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I puked poop...? Like it tasted disgusting, and looking like diarrhea, with mostly small clumps. It smelled like poop too!

I puked poop...? Like it tasted disgusting, and looking like diarrhea, with mostly small clumps. It smelled like poop too!

You need evaluation.: Feculent vomiting can be a sign of something serious in your abdomen, depending on your age and medical history. The most common cause is a bowel obstruction or bowel paralysis, which causes bowel contents to back up. Less common cause is a bowel fistula. Either way, you need to see a doctor to discover the reason and prevent a serious complication. ...Read more

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I threw up brown liquid/dark brown like solid. but haven't eaten. should i be concerned?

I threw up brown liquid/dark brown like solid. but haven't eaten. should i be concerned?

Coffee-ground emesis: ...as you describe may signal the start of you vomiting blood (that has been denatured by the acid in your stomach)--as with hemorrhagic gastritis or a bleeding ulcer. Until proven otherwise, proceed to the Emergency Room now. ...Read more

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Chunky white discharge while pregnant, im 13 weeks...No odor just white discharge and little white chunk things...Is this bad?

Chunky white discharge while pregnant, im 13 weeks...No odor just white discharge and little white chunk things...Is this bad?

Sounds like yeast : Sounds like a yeast infection. Using an over the counter yeast cream is certainly reasonable and then you can schedule a visit with your doctor after the doctor to confirm. ...Read more

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Icky gooey stuff came out. ]does this mean I lost my mucus plug?

Icky gooey stuff came out. ]does this mean I lost my mucus plug?

Probably yes: If your bag of water is still intact it is most likely that you have lost your mucous plug. ...Read more

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Thick chunky white discharge chunks after bf ejaculated in me. Should i be worried?

Thick chunky white discharge chunks after bf ejaculated in me. Should i be worried?

Get checked: Sounds like a yeast infection. You may opt to self-treat with otc option, but as was not protected, the one may be indication of presence of other(s) as well. Your dr / gyn / urgent care / std clinic can do exam and testing as indicated. ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby's poo is so strong i can't say he is constipated because he poos everyday but his poo comes like small hard stones maybe 5 piece?

My 7 month old baby's poo is so strong i can't say he is constipated because he poos everyday but his poo comes like small hard stones maybe 5 piece?

He is constipated: Constipation is hard small stools...Often infrequent too but not always.. Dairy can cause constipation. So can bananas...Try increasing his p fruits first- peach pear plum prune pumpkin papaya- they a ll make one poop. If formula fed, you can try gentle ease or nutramigen and see if that helps, sometimes chiropractic can also alleviate constipation. If none of this works, talk to your doc. ...Read more

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