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Is It Normal To Cough Up Black Phlegm Even After You Quit Smoking
Even more so: What your lungs are doing are cleaning themselves out. The black stuff is what was down there! Now, your little hair cells and airways have recovered from being smoked on constantly and are working, bringing up the accumulated mucus and assorted crap. It can go on for weeks, and rarely longer. Stick with it and congrats on a great choice! Don't falter, have a support system, stick with it. ...Read more
Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more
Congratulations!: Quitting smoking was one of the most important things you can do for your health so I'm very excited for you. How long ago did you stop? If it was recently, your body may still be ridding itself of the many toxins and particles you were inhaling before. If it is lasting for more than a few weeks, please see your specialist in adult care- family medicine or internal medicine. ...Read more
I cough up black phlegm, I quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever
Pulmonary: Chances are it will especially since your are young. However if you have not had a chest xray recently it would be a good idea to get one. ...Read more
Yes: Stick with it, it will clear up. Good for you for quitting! ...Read more
See below: Smoking paralyzes the ability to mobilize lung secretions. This will resolve as one stops smoking and may present as increased lung secretions during the first few weeks after stopping. ...Read more
Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?
Impossible to say: You need a physical examination of your chest, and may need additional tests, such as a chest x-ray, to really give an answer. Often, some obstruction in the upper airway, like a polyp or an aspirated foreign body, can cause such sounds, but usually there will be cough, sputum, mucus etc. You need to be examined if it is bothering or worrying you. ...Read more
I don't have cough or cold but from past 2yrs when I eat spicy food I coughout jelly like phlegm I quit smoking 4yrs back.
I woke up yesterday with a cough and so sore to cough today I have a /hoarseness voice and coughing up brown phlegm I also quit smoking 2 days ago?
Smoking: Smoke can paralyze the cilia that beat gunk from the airways out of our body. When you stop smoking they can become active again and start to move gunk out. Please hydrate well. Congratulations on decision to stop smoking. ...Read more
I quit smoking marijuana ive been a heavy user but now I stopped cold turkey and I cough out phlegm with brown specks and left lung hurts sometimes?
See a doctor: The symptoms might be caused by irritation of your airways or lung tissue, but might also represent an infection of the airways (bronchitis) or lungs (pneumonia). It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you develop difficulty breathing in the meantime it would be best to go to the ER. Good luck! ...Read more
The first thing I'd: Recommend is to insure that you are drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day. You need to insure that there is enough moisture. ...Read more
I cough up green and brownish phlem I quit smoking 4 months ago could this be the cause? How long should it last?
Green sputum: Suggests an infection with a nasty bug called pseudomonas. See your doc. ...Read more
Quit smoking 4 weeks ago. Since then I have a productive cough with clear mucus and a weird chest feeling. Slowly getting better. Is it because I quit?
Probably not.: I think it is just coincidence. If anything, your breathing should improve when you stop smoking. ...Read more
I am coughing up clear phlegm with small light brown-ish specks. I have had some sort of virus for about 10 days now, quit smoking 5 days ago. Normal?
Normal yes caution: This is typical in my clinical experience with those who kick the habit. You do want to be concerned in this situation if you develop high fever with frequent cough that produces thick greenish brownish sputum, sudden shaking chills. For your scenario, most risk is in going back to cigarettes. There are many better alternatives to deal with cravings and prevent going back down that road. ...Read more
I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?
A bit odd, but: If there are no other symptoms, you could give it a bit longer - but those colors do sound strange. Even many active smokers don't have that. An exam would help you not worry unnecessarily and get you a lot of congratulations for quitting. Doctors love to hear that! ...Read more
Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so I would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more
Just quit smoking, saw 2 doctors for chest pain, they checked with stethoscope and they said I was fine. Should I go again? Coughing black phlem
Phlegm: First: congratulation on quitting smoking! Now, a decrease in mucus production could be related to the overall improved environment in your lungs now that they don't have to cope with the stress of smoking. None the less, former smokers should pay close attention to their respiratory tracts and report any real changes to their primary doctor in addition to getting routine exams. Good luck! ...Read more
Recovering: Smoking damages the cilia of the lung lining which clear out the mucous. If they are damaged then coughing clears the mucous. That you are not coughing indicates the cilia have recovered and the lungs are less irritated so that they make less mucous. Congratulations and keep up the good work! ...Read more
My husband is 27, quit smoking a few months ago and has been sick with a cold for 2 months. Extreme coughing fits in the middle of night. White phlegm?
You are a caring wife.
I understand your concern about your husband due to coughing fits in the middle of night.
Discuss with your husband about all symptoms, intensity, duration and effect on functioning; see a Physician for possible diagnoses of Chronic Bronchitis, Postnasal drip, Asthma, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Have all tests and X-rays to establish diagnosis; and have Treatment. ...Read more
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
Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?
Unlikely: COPD takes years to develop so this is probably not that. This is probably combination of allergies and poorly controlled asthma. I suggest follow up with your doctor so that you get proper inhalers and perhaps pulmonary function tests to gauge severity of asthma. Congrats on stopping smoking! ...Read more
Quit smoking 12/9/12, 23 pack years. Occasionally still bring up brown speckled phlegm. Most times it is clear. Chest xray normal. Mild emphysema. Normal?
I've quit smoking for 3 weeks now, ever since, I've gained 3kgs, coughing out thick green phlegm, mood swings, blocked nose. How to deal with these symptoms?
Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm. No chest pain. What it could be and how long cough last?
Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read more
Dry or while transparent cough since past 6 weeks. Had started when I quit smoking around 7 weeks back. It is normal or something serious. How recover?
Probably normal: Although it's not common, some people seem to cough more than usual soon after stopping smoking. Tobacco smoking slows the normal movement of microscopic hairs that line your lungs. When you stop smoking, these hairs/cilia become active again. When active, they help clear mucus from your lungs. It should improve on own. Drink lots of water. See doc if persists >2 months. Good wishes:) ...Read more
Just quit smoking 2 days ago and my chest has felt tight and I go though a coughing fit a couple time a day. Is with normal? Cough drops have seems to help the coughing
Yes: Smoking causes the hair cells that line the air passages to stop working, which keeps all the crud that smoking puts there, and all the mucus that the body makes to get rid of it, stuck in the lungs and air passages. When you stop smoking, the hair cells start to work, and all this stuff starts to come up. So cough is common, can last weks, and is a good sign - you are cleaning it out. Good luck. ...Read more
Me 43, quit smoking 3.5 months ago, x-rays / spirometer results normal. Recently increased cough, dull pain on upper back. Is it normal?
Is it normal to have an increased cough if I recently quit smoking? I would think it should be the opposite. Also have chest irritation and sore throat
Yes its normal: All the symptoms you're describing can happen after you stop smoking. You might also have gotten a viral infection. Best thing is to 'stay on the wagon' don't start smoking again, and see how you do after another few weeks. If it persists, or if you develop fever, go get checked out. ...Read more
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
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
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