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Why do I keep spitting brown and yellow orange like phlegm when I wake in the morning?

Why do I keep spitting brown and yellow orange like phlegm when I wake in the morning?

Spit: May be related to a bronchitis or persistent post nasal drip. Do you have any of those problems. Chronic smokers usually have moderate amount of sputum production. If you have fever with this and have not been feeling well, see your physician to have your lungs checked out. ...Read more

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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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What r possible reasons orange phlegm rising from my throat not via cough. Given my PD rx isn't source, nor is orange food/drink. Do have emphysema?

What r possible reasons orange phlegm rising from my throat not via cough. Given my PD rx isn't source, nor is orange food/drink. Do have emphysema?

Otolaryngologist: This substance may be a mixture of mucus, saliva with traces of blood and may be coming from the back of the nose, paranasal sinuses, mouth or throat since you're not coughing it up. It is not a symptom of emphysema and most likely is not coming from the bronchial tubes or lungs which would usually have an accompanying cough. I recommend that you have an exam by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?

Virus &/or allergies: Viral upper respiratory infections can hang around for weeks, but may be compounded by allergies. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see a primary care provider at this point for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Orange plegm, only this morning. Not to bad of a caugh. Had to leave windows open last nigh, 60 in va. Should I be concerned? Non smoker.

Orange plegm, only this morning. Not to bad of a caugh. Had to leave windows open last nigh, 60 in va. Should I be concerned? Non smoker.

Monitor: If the colored phlegm is persistent you may need to see a doctor, it may resolve on its own also if you just had a cold. ...Read more

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Can orange juice make my flem worse?

Can orange juice make my flem worse?

Possibly: Orange juice could potentially cause an inflammatory response when ingested if you have a sensitivity or allergy to it, much like anything else would if there were similar sensitivities. ...Read more

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Could orange juice and vitamins help cure a productive cough?

Could orange juice and vitamins help cure a productive cough?

Actions of vitamins: Most vitamins and minerals are there to help in the kreb's cycle and metabolism of food as part of the enzymes and coenzymes. They are not proven to cure diseases, but they help the body have the energy in fighting diseases and in the repair of tissues damaged by the disease so it goes back to normal. 2 vitamins used as they are are a and k, the rest as coenzymes. ...Read more

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I have had a cold and I coughed up thick phlegm that had a small dot of blood in it. There is a history of cancer in the family. Should I be worried?

I have had a cold and I coughed up thick phlegm that had a small dot of blood in it. There is a history of cancer in the family. Should I be worried?

Depend: In general, blood tinged phlegm is consistent with bronchitis and should clear up after antibiotic treatment. However you need to complete a cxr to rule out any other causes. If persistent blood in phlegm you might warrant a CT Chest. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and have been coughing for 8 ays now and the 8th day, I coughed up phlegm with black phlegm dots in it. Is this bad?

I have a sore throat and have been coughing for 8 ays now and the 8th day, I coughed up phlegm with black phlegm dots in it. Is this bad?

M.D. visit: The black dots may be dried old blood. If you have had any nosebleeds this could contribute to this problem.
If you have a fever or continue to cough, I would recommend follow up. I would recommend avoiding all smoke. A virtual consult is available. ...Read more

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My 6 month old breastfeed baby just started solids and this morning I noticed a orange dot in his diaper. Should I be calling the doctor?

My 6 month old breastfeed baby just started solids and this morning I noticed a orange dot in his diaper. Should I be calling the doctor?

Not yet: If you give him baby jar food, it often contains carotene, which is yellow/orange, and some undigested color may pass through in the stool. Another thing that causes an orange dot in the diaper when he urinates is the reaction of the urine with the drying agent some diapers have to absorb the wetness. It may show as an orange spot in the front where the urine hits the diaper. ...Read more

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On the roof of my mouth there is an orange patch with small red dots that I can feel with my tongue. My dad would think its nothing but I'm worried?

On the roof of my mouth there is an orange patch with small red dots that I can feel with my tongue. My dad would think its nothing but I'm worried?

See a dentist: Some conditions may require further assessment, tests and your dentist may book a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's little black dots in your flem?

What does it mean when there's little black dots in your flem?

Possible old blood: This could be flecks of old blood in the mucus from coughing or something more serious. See a physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Purple/red dots all over from waist down, slight cough, constant intense headache, nausea, flem, cold sweats, sore throat, weakness and drowsy, high bp

Purple/red dots all over from waist down, slight cough, constant intense headache, nausea, flem, cold sweats, sore throat, weakness and drowsy, high bp

MD time: I would go to an urgent care clinic asap. Those "dots" you describe could be something called petechia, caused by low platelets. That sometimes happens in patients with viral illnesses. I can't tell you for sure that's what it is but you should be examined pronto just in case. ...Read more

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What causes black stuff in phlegm?

What causes black stuff in phlegm?

Smoke, old blood: Most common cause of black phlegm would be from smoke such as from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Coal miners used to have black phlegm but now they wear protective gear. Another cause would be old dried up blood from a bad sinus infection or bronchitis infection. Heavily polluted air such as from a recent fire is another possibility. ...Read more

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Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Neither: Phlegm or mucous is a natural body secretion and swallowing it is natural and not harmful. Blowing your nose and expectorating are also ways to get rid of excess mucous. ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous.

As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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