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Why do smokers cough up sputum?

Why do smokers cough up sputum?

Smoke deposits: Tar and other materials in the smoke get deposited in the lungs. Coughing it out is the only way the body can get rid of it. Otherwise it would build up to the point that one couldn't breathe over a few months. Over time, the normal cleaning mechanisms of the lungs and windpipe get overwhelmed and the effects of smoking multiply. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

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


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Wheezing after quitting smoking?

Wheezing after quitting smoking?

How long after?: If you just quit smoking very recently, the wheezing can come from the resultant increase in sputum production that occurs after the bronchial tree's mucociliary elevator starts up again (long story) and as such may stop after several weeks. However, the fear would be that emphysema has already set in, and this wheeze would be permanent, then. ...Read more

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How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

Treatment...: If you have symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, decreased appetite, body aches, cold symptoms, etc., then you most likely have acute bronchitis which is treated w/ antibiotics. If you have no other symptoms, then it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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I quit smoking but no cough?

I quit smoking but no cough?

not a problem: Congratulations for quitting - this a great thing you have done for your health. Not sure how much you smoked, or how long, but quitting does help any changes in your upper airway to recover fully. Some smokers have a cough when they stop because the 'cilia' in the windpipe come back to life! if you have no problems after quitting, great! stay off for good :-). ...Read more

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Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

?Dangerous: Dangerous is not the best word to use, but you should simply get yourself a good examination and maybe even some testing such as a C-Xray to assure the Brown tinged mucus is not blood you are seeing in your mucus, or a bacterial infection. Great job that you stopped smoking! Now just see the Doc for an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Cough green stuff: And your question is? Need lots more information to be able to help. Consult with us here. ...Read more

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Losing my voice and coughing up brown phlegm?

Losing my voice and coughing up brown phlegm?

See doctor.....: Coughing will sometimes result in vocal cord inflammation which will make your voice hoarse. Discolored sputum is a sign of airway inflammation usually due to bronchitis, either acute or chronic. See your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. If you are smoking, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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No cough after quitting smoking, why?

No cough after quitting smoking, why?

What's the problem?: You quit. Congrats. Why do you think that quitting would cause a a cough. Be happy and worry about something else. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

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

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Sore throat coughing up phlegm and blood?

Sore throat coughing up phlegm and blood?

Need more info: My recommendation would be to see a doctor asap since coughing up blood never has a benign cause. On the other hand it would be helpful to know how long you have been ill, to whom you were exposed, whether you smoke, have fever, chills, nausea, shortness of breath, etc. Make a list of everything and take it with you to the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff ?

Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff ?

Depends: Are you a regular cigarette smoker? If your use of Marijuana was heavy, then your lungs may have some gunk to clean out. If this goes on for more than a week or so, you may need your family doc to evaluate your lungs. ...Read more

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Gerd making me cough up brown stuff?

Gerd making me cough up brown stuff?

GERD: Reflux up to the throat can make you cough, but it is typically a dry cough, and never productive of brown sputum. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Im coughing up clear stuff?

Im coughing up clear stuff?

Probably noinfect: Clear sputum is usually non infectious post nasal drip that makes its way to your vocal chords. Nasal washes plus Claritin may get rid of it.... That is presuming this is new and temporary. If it has been going on for years you will need a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?

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

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Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Silver linings: Sometimes it takes feeling ill to help people really get serious about quitting. If so, it's doing you a favor. 34 is not too old to have the changes you make be very significant - you should be able to avoid COPD (a good choice!) Worry may not be needed and once it motivates you - send it packing! Two weeks is still w/in normal range for healing, but see your Dr. if it goes on. Get a Star! ...Read more

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Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...Read more

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When will I stop coughing / hacking after quitting smoking?

When will I stop coughing / hacking after quitting smoking?

Possibilities...: Your cough may be a sign of bronchospasm. It is possible you have COPD as a result of your smoking. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease airway inflammation so congrats on quitting. You need to see your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and treated. There is no cure for COPD but treatments are available to control symptoms, including the cough so see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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Cough up phlegm from smoking marijuana? Am i already getting a smokers cough? I've been smoking mj past 3 months daily. Could this cause this?

Cough up phlegm from smoking marijuana? Am i already getting a smokers cough? I've been smoking mj past 3 months daily. Could this cause this?

Yes, it could be: Smoking any substance irritates the airways and lungs and can lead to coughing, mucous, etc. So yes, your cough could be caused by your smoking. Of course, mj can cause other side effects as well. ...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


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