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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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My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

Worms?: Patients with the largest of round worms, ascaris lumricoides, may cough up worms. I have seen them come out of the ear drums and the nose. But these do not "look like worms" - they are worms, and not mistakable for anything else. If you can describe your husband's phlegm in more detail it might be helpful, or take a specimen freshly coughed up to your local doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

My husband has been coughing up phlegm that looks like worms. What could it be?

Mgt: I would suggest seeing a Pulmonary specialist and your PCP. A sample may be provided for lab testing.
Does he have any respiratory difficulty, such as shortness of breath? If so, I would advise going to the Emergency Dept. ...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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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 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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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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My husban is a smoker and has been coughing up phlegm with black spots. What could this be?

My husban is a smoker and has been coughing up phlegm with black spots. What could this be?

Abnormal sputum: This could be traces of blood or other substances. Your husband needs a thorough medical evaluation to rule out cancer and other serious disease of the lungs. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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93 y/o female. Been coughing up phlegm Still clear/white Hx of asthma has a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler. No helping. What can I do? OTC expectorant no help

93 y/o female. Been coughing up phlegm Still clear/white Hx of asthma has a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler. No helping. What can I do? OTC expectorant no help

Exacerbation/see doc: This is likely from exacerbation in her asthma from factors such as viral infection, smog, increased allergen exposure etc You need to get her to the doctor ASAP to find out the cause for the cough. At age 93, one's lung function has already declined significantly and thus has not a lot of capacity to spare. Don't wait. ...Read more

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One side of my throat is swollen, hard/painful to swallow, lately I have been coughing up phlegm?

One side of my throat is swollen, hard/painful to swallow, lately I have been coughing up phlegm?

Sounds like a virus: Or possible a bacterial infection. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between the two. It sounds like a pharyngitis, or inflammation of the back of your mouth/throat. This inflammation or swelling, is often accompanied by increased mucous production. That would account for your phlegm. A medical exam could help determine the treatment for your symptoms. ...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'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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I am coughing up phlegm and I don't have a cold?

I am coughing up phlegm and I don't have a cold?

Allergies: Most common cause of phlegm production is allergies. Consider drinking more water to thin the mucus, try otc antihistamines and use nasal saline rinses. If symptoms persist, see and ENT doctor or allergist. ...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