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Why do I cough up phlegm that tastes like metal?

Blood: Sometimes with a very forceful cough there can be specks of blood or actual amounts of blood in the phlegm. Blood will have a typical metallic/iron taste. ...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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What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

Infection: If the phlegm is foul smelling or tasting it usually means there is infection. Coughing is away for your lungs to try and clear this material and help resolve the infection. Vast majority of infections are viral. Stay hydrated, using an expectorant like guaifenesin can be helpful in the mucus and make it easier to clear. If no improvement in 7 to 14 days, or worse, see your doctor ...Read more

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Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.

Whenever I cough the phlegm that comes from inside has a funny taste which is there after I got an infection cold last week. What can it be? Advice.

Infection: That is a sign of your infection, either from a virus or from bacteria. It should get better. If not better in another week or so, or if it starts getting worse, talk to your doctor. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

About 3 weeks ago I had a terrible head cold and recently when I cough it taste like bleach or chlorine and a lot of phlegm?

Normal: It is normal for phlegm to have a salty taste. It will clear up on its own.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Fever 2days. Residual cough little to no phlegm. I smell like a sick person also bad taste. How long till the smell subsides? Cough n phlegm worse?

Herpes simplex: Viruses are respiratory viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract and cause bronchitis. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so. ...Read more

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Woke up this am, congested, coughing up clear phlegm (taste bad)& a vapor like when. Breathing out in the cold. Very hard to breathe.

URI: Call your doctor if your symptoms seem severe... If "hard to breath" means lungs, see someone right away. Pneumonia is still a dangerous disease that requires treatment even if it starts out as a virus. ...Read more

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I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever I clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! Its annoying.?

I have constant phlegm in my throat. Whenever I clear my throat, the phlegm is thick and white and also tastes like blood / iron. Help! Its annoying.?

Postnasal drip: Mucus is normally present in our membranes but excess amounts can be produced by allergies, sinus problems, deviated nasal septum, excessively dry envirinment, irritants, certain foods, changes in temperature, etc. If the mucus is foul smelling, you may have a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Mucinex (guaifenesin) thins out thick mucus. See an ENT specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesn't clear up quickly! ...Read more

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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Side effect: The metallic taste may sometimes be a side effect of the antibiotics that are frequently used to treat the pneumonia. Hence the metallic taste may not have much to do with the phlegm itself. ...Read more

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What is this brown phlegm with solid stuff mean? I don't smoke but people around me do. It hard to spit out and taste is grose.

Phlegm: If you are coughing up brown phlegm then you have bronchitis. You can get bronchitis even without having chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoke (even second hand) can be act as an irritant which makes the bronchitis worse. As an aside, you can develop chronic lung disease from second hand smoke so be cautious about the company you keep. ...Read more

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I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

I have a bad phlegm taste in the back of my throat. What does this mean?

Throat phlegm: Throat phlegm is often ropey saliva. This is affected by dehydration, infection and certain foods. Easiest fix is to increase h2o intake by a liter a day. Non- alcoholic mouth washes are useuful as well. Brushing your teeth 3-4times a day is important. Any of the causes can create bad breath. Infection will become evident and needs treatment. ...Read more

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Yesterday, I smoked a cigarette for the first time in months. I woke up with the taste still in my mouth and spitting bloody phlegm. What could it be?

Yesterday, I smoked a cigarette for the first time in months. I woke up with the taste still in my mouth and spitting bloody phlegm. What could it be?

Rejection: Your body telling you not to start again. Likely irritation response to the noxious chemicals and heat from the cigarette. Your body was happy without all the carcinogens. Good Luck at staying smoke-free. ...Read more

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Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Metallic mouth taste: There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved.
The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?

I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?

Persistent coughing: Hi Marilyn,
Since your cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it needs to be evaluated. A physician should listen to your lungs with a stethescope and examine your ears and throat. A lung or bronchial infection, new onset asthma or sinus drainage are just three possible causes for a persistent cough. ...Read more

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Nasty chemical taste when phlegm trickles into back of throat. Never had this before. It's not the usual taste of an infection.. on phenexmethypenic?

Nasty chemical taste when phlegm trickles into back of throat. Never had this before. It's not the usual taste of an infection.. on phenexmethypenic?

Post nasal drip: Bad taste associated with post nasal drip is not necessarily a sign of infection, although chronic sinus infection can present this way. Irritation of the throat may be causative for the unusual taste. Need to start by addressing the drip itself. Are there triggering factors for chronic rhinitis (allergy, irritant exposure, polyps etc.)? Chlorpheniramine may help, but read label carefully. ...Read more

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Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?

Strange salty taste, dry mouth, on gravol, many other drugs. Phlegm mostly clear, blood tests mostly normal, hypothroidism. Any ideas, solutions?

Variety of causes: Salty taste is rarely a sign of a serious problem. Most common reasons are: dehydration, meds side effects, salivary glands dysfunction or sinus infection.
Rec. : see your dentist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Metallic taste in phlegm. Not sick. No dental work. Don't drink a lot of water. Comes up everytime I get phlegm in my mouth.????

Zinc deficiency: Patients with phlegm and metallic taste should get checked for vitamin or zinc deficiency. See your PCP for consultation and tests. ...Read more

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I cough up alot of phlegm in the whenever I wake. At times when I clear my throat the taste is gross. Also when I eat I always feel sick afterwards.

Morning flems smell: Bad taste can be from GI reflux or sinus problems and postnasal drip. Teeth problems or gum diseases. Check with your Dr. ...Read more

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I have a viral infection. Still have phlegm and cough. Two days now my mouth and tongue feel burnt. It hurts to eat and everything tastes different?

I have a viral infection. Still have phlegm and cough. Two days now my mouth and tongue feel burnt. It hurts to eat and everything tastes different?

GLOSSITIS: (inflammation of the mouth/tongue) is a common result of some upper respiratory and many stomach viruses.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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