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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

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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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 had a cold last month nownow I've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be I know a common cold is only 7 days?

I had a cold last month nownow I've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be I know a common cold is only 7 days?

7 days? Not really.: Up to 3 weeks, actually; but "coughing up phlegm for a month" is certainly out of bounds for a cold. You'd best go see your doc, bronchitis or sinusitis are definite possibilities. ...Read more

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Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Eating raw garlic for 2 months everyday coughing up phlegm and sinus ears is congested but clearing up. Why? Cough?

Garlic allergy: You hve a garlic allergy which produces muvus in yhe form of a post nasal drip and that in turn is causing your coughing and fluid in your ears. Seek help from your foctor or allergist. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for almost two months now. Now with the cough my jaw hurts & im coughing up phlegm & stomach acid. My sinuses are also very conjest?

I have had a cough for almost two months now. Now with the cough my jaw hurts & im coughing up phlegm & stomach acid. My sinuses are also very conjest?

Two weeks: If your infection has not resolved in two weeks, then you should go visit a doc. I had a coworker have sinus infection and he ended up in icu. ...Read more

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I have phlegm in my throat/chest. I have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when I laugh I cough up phelgm?

I have phlegm in my throat/chest. I have been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now no other problems also when I laugh I cough up phelgm?

Multiple causes: This can be due to a post nasal drip pooling the secretions in the throat that you cough out. Since yo don't mention feeling ill or having fevers. Its likely secondary to the season change and allergy ...Read more

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I'm going on a date later and I want to temporarily relieve the coughing up phlegm and the dry cough that comes from the common cold. Suggestions?

I'm going on a date later and I want to temporarily relieve the coughing up phlegm and the dry cough that comes from the common cold. Suggestions?

Upper respiratory: Infection are a nuisance but contagious.
Do, the date a favor and cancel not cover up. She will appreciate and go out with you later! ...Read more

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Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Generally normal: It may take a few weeks for the cilia (lung hair cells) and edema (swelling) to subside. Over the counter cough suppressants may help. Increase water intake. If cough persists more than a few weeks or mucus becomes discolored it's time to see your physician. ...Read more

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I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

Yes: Whooping cough, or pertussis can cause excessive, protracted coughing. Small membranes in the throat may burst with hard coughing and blood may come up with phlegm. You may benefit from meds to supress the cough, especially to help you sleep. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm in the morning after I wake up on and off for months, sometimes brown. My Dr. Doesn't seemed concerned but still it persists. Also occasionally experiencing a minor sore throat. No allergies to my knowledge and non-smoking,

I've been coughing up phlegm in the morning after I wake up on and off for months, sometimes brown. My Dr. Doesn't seemed concerned but still it persists. Also occasionally experiencing a minor sore throat. No allergies to my knowledge and non-smoking,

Nasal saline: You may have post nasal drip, I would suggest a nasal saline rinse, and changing your pillow to a new foam filled pillow.

If it persists, a further evaluation is indicated.
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What to do if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

What to do if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

Chronic cough: If you have been producing phlegm for more than two months, a work up is indicated. This may include an imaging test such as an x ray or ct scan. In addition, your physician can evaluate the sputum for a variety of bacterial, fungal and viral causes. It is also important to have a TB skin test called a PPD test. Prmg respiratory will rev records at fax 858 259 9689. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told what do you suggest if I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

What do you suggest if I have been coughing up phlegm for 2 months I was told what do you suggest if I have bronchitis from the cold I contacted I was?

Phlegm: You might have upper airway cough syndrome, it means you have discharge from your nose to your throat which causes the irritation there and make you cough and bring the discharge up, the treatment is steroid nose spray.
The other reason is that you might have developed allergy to the antigen of the visrus that had caused cold months before, treatment is the same, nose spray. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been coughing up phlegm for a few months now. It is clear with little brown spots.

Hi, I have been coughing up phlegm for a few months now. It is clear with little brown spots.

Phlegm from cough: Mostly clear phlegm is fairly normal. You probably have allergies. I would try a nasal steroid like Flonase and use it twice a day. It takes about 3 to 5 days to work. Be patient. You can try a decongestant like sudafed to dry you up until the Flonase kicks in. Good luck! Feel better! ...Read more

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It's been over a month that I've been off my meds for my chest infection but I'm still coughing up phlegm& my nose is still stuffed. Should I see a doc?

It's been over a month that I've been off my meds for my chest infection but I'm still coughing up phlegm& my nose is still stuffed. Should I see a doc?

Need more info: It is unclear what type of "chest infection" you were treating and with what. The basic answer to your question is obvious. See a doctor and be evaluated and treated professionally. Good luck. ...Read more

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For the last few months I have been coughing up phlegm that is yellow or white. It can interfere with my breathing at times. What could this be?

For the last few months I have been coughing up phlegm that is yellow or white. It can interfere with my breathing at times. What could this be?

Coughing 4 months?: If you have been coughing for months it sounds to me like you really need to be evaluated. The mucus could be causing you to have some mucus-plugging in your lungs and that is readily treatable. See a doc soon or an ID person to help you solve your problems. ...Read more

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My 6 month old keeps coughing up phlegm and has a runny nose with clear snot. What should I do?

My 6 month old keeps coughing up phlegm and has a runny nose with clear snot. What should I do?

Runningnose: Use a bulb syringe to suck up the mucus. Use saline nose drops to spray in the children's nostrils several times a day. K eep your vaporizer going. ...Read more

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I keep coughing up phlegm, it started off as a cold like a month ago. My throat is really sore.

I keep coughing up phlegm, it started off as a cold like a month ago. My throat is really sore.

Residual bronchitis: What you describe is residual irritation of the bronchial tubes in your lung termed at this point chronic bronchitis. The soreness of your throat is likely related to the frequency of coughing. The throat is a muscle and it can get sore like any other muscle when over used. You need a cough medicine and possibly antibiotic. See your doctor ...Read more

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Is it bad that I've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Is it bad that I've been coughing up phlegm for about 3 weeks now?

Needs Eval: A persistent cough that is productive needs to be evaluated. You may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm of any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. It needs evaluation so proper treatment can be rendered. If you smoke, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm all night and finally coughed up vomit and black phlegm? I have been a smoker for 5 years now

Go see your doctor: Post-tussive emesis is vomiting after coughing hard enough. In & of it self, vomiting after coughing really hard isn't too big of a deal as long as you're otherwise breathing & swallowing ok. However, coughing or vomiting up black phlegm can be concerning for blood, especially in a smoker. So go see your doctor or go to urgent care/emergency department if necessary. Btw, no good reason to smoke. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm all night and finally coughed up vomit and black phlegm twice? I still can't stop coughing I have been a smoker for 5 year

I've been coughing up phlegm all night and finally coughed up vomit and black phlegm twice? I still can't stop coughing I have been a smoker for 5 year

Possibilities...,: You may have acute bronchitis from either a viral or bacterial infection. You may also have bronchospasm contributing to this cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You really need to quit smoking asap to decrease your airway inflammation. If this cough has been present for more than 3 weeks, chronic bronchitis needs to be ruled out as well. Treatment for all these is available. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm. ..Having a hard time breathing when inhaling...Pain on leftside, hurts worse when I lay down and pain also by shoulder?

I've been coughing up phlegm. ..Having a hard time breathing when inhaling...Pain on leftside, hurts worse when I lay down and pain also by shoulder?

See doctor: If you are having problems breathing, you need evaluation by your doctor or in the emergency room. If you have a cough with sputum production, and problems breathing, you could have a respiratory or lung infection. But you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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?

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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I have a cold and have been coughing up phlegm for the past two days. Why is my phlegm thicker and darker in the mornings?

I have a cold and have been coughing up phlegm for the past two days. Why is my phlegm thicker and darker in the mornings?

Thick mucous: Mucous is thicker and darker in the morning because there is less water content in the mucous. Overnight, you simply don't drink the amount of fluid that you would during the day. Hence, mucous tends to be drier and therefore darker and thicker. A good way to combat thick mucous is to use a "mucolytic." This is a medicine like Guaifenesin. It's the drug in Robitussin (guaifenesin). Also drink more water ...Read more

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I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms. What could it be?

I have coughing up phlegm for a couple weeks, but have not had any other cold symptoms. What could it be?

Virus? Allergies?: A cough is a symptom that can appear with several diseases: A cold, bronchitis, drainage from sinusitis, all which can be viral or bacterial. Allergies with post nasal drip can cause a cough. So do some meds and smoking. If you have no other symptoms, a cold can make you cough up to a month. If it is still present and the mucus is clear see doc. If mucus has color to it, see doc this week. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

I'm coughing up phlegm every night!?

Depends: The body always has a reason for what it does. Consistent coughing phlegm is abnormal. Not everyone who is sick feels sick or has fever. There are many potential reasons for the cough, not all of which will make you 'feel sick' it would be wise and appropriate to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm a non smoker coughing up phlegm every day, why?

I'm a non smoker coughing up phlegm every day, why?

Post nasal drainage: Most common cause is chronic postnasal drainage from allergies or sinusitis. Also, chronic reflux disease could result in increased mucus production/sensation in throat. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more