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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

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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I coughed up thick black phlegm, what can cause this?

I coughed up thick black phlegm, what can cause this?

Dark phlegm: Very dark brown or black phlegm could be fungus, dust particles/ material from a worksite (grinding etc without a mask) or even blood that with exposure to air has become dark. Either way, an evaluation should include a sputum sample and a chest x-ray so your doctor can determine the cause and offer treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you're coughing up phlegm with black stuff in it?

What does it mean when you're coughing up phlegm with black stuff in it?

Tar?: Smoking, inhalation, or blood may cause discoloration of sputum which is mucus from lung with content of cells and contaminants to be eliminated.
Nasal blood, mucous, could mimic in some settings. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have nasty looking phlegm when you have a cold? Phlegm is yellowish green with black stuff in it. Is this normal? Or something bad?

Is it normal to have nasty looking phlegm when you have a cold? Phlegm is yellowish green with black stuff in it. Is this normal? Or something bad?

Head cold: A viral upper respiratory tract infection typically lasts a week. After that a heavy cough productive of thick, discolored sputum often means that a bacterial bronchitis infection has developed and antibiotics would help to clear it up faster than letting it linger. Fever and chills raise a concern about pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can smoking pot cause the black phlegm from smoking cigarettes to leave your body?

Can smoking pot cause the black phlegm from smoking cigarettes to leave your body?

No: It just adds a bit to it. Marijuana smoke has its own hydrocarbons or "tars, " although they do not seem to be as bad as the ones in tobacco. It does not in any way undo the harm of cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

See either ENT or: Get checked by either ENT or Lung specialist to check for the presence of some toxin, pathogen, or allergen present in the respiratory tissues. Presentation of exudate could vary. ...Read more

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H pylori: could it cause black phlegm, shortness of breathe, and chest pain?

H pylori: could it cause black phlegm, shortness of breathe, and chest pain?

Possibly: If you have an H pylori ulcer with reflux this could cause your symptoms. Please see your doctor to check for this as well as look for other causes. Good luck ...Read more

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Can pneumonia in non smoking adults cause persistent low grade fever with black phlegm for 4 days and later became yellow? Y?

Can pneumonia in non smoking adults cause persistent low grade fever with black phlegm for 4 days and later became yellow? Y?

Yes see a doctor: Yes it can see a doctor I am concern about the black phlegm go and see a doctor you need proper evaluation by a physician good luck. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Viral or bacterial: Is either bacterial or viral sinusitis or bronchitis. Depending upon how long you've had symptoms for you may want to speak with your doctor regarding an antibiotic. Also, stop smoking! ...Read more

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What does black phlegm mean?

Question: Are you a smoker?
Do you work or live in a dusty or dirty environment.
Might this be old blood.
Take an early morning sample in a clean cup to your doc. ...Read more

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What causes excessive phlegm?

What causes excessive phlegm?

Phlegm: Phlegm is the response to an irritant, allergen or inflammatory response which affects the mucus membranes of the nose, throat, lungs and sinuses resulting in the over production of mucus. ...Read more

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What would cause you to have constant phlegm and difficult to bring up?

Inflammation....: Your symptoms typically mean there is inflammation in the airways and maybe bronchospasm. This can be treated with inhalers-steroid for the inflammation and bronchodilator for bronchospasm. If the sputum is discolored and you have other symptoms of infection, you could have acute bronchitis. If not, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP! See your doc ...Read more

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What causes blood spot in phlegm?

What causes blood spot in phlegm?

Blood in phlegm: The most common origin of blood in phlegm is the nasal cavity including the sinuses. Dry, chaffed mucous membranes can bleed and this drips down the back of the throat and comes up with the phlegm. It can also come from bleeding gums or other sources in the mouth. Infrequently, it might arise from the stomach or lungs. If it persists, increases in frequency, duration or severity have it checked out. ...Read more

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Does nutramigen cause excess phlegm?

Does nutramigen cause excess phlegm?

No, there is no stud: There is a myth about milk giving more mucus. Known allergy to milk protein can cause rashes, gastro-intestinal symtoms or eczema but the nasal allergies are not well documented. Neutramigen being hypo-allergenic milk is much less likely to give symptoms. Many times patient with gerd will have increased mucus production after spicy food or full meal and that can be attributed to food itself. I thi. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of clear phlegm with tinged blood in it?

Depends: Greatly depends on what other symptoms are associated; it could be as simple as a posterior nosebleed or dry air, or as serious as tuberculosis, lung cancer, or an autoimmune disease. It requires evaluation in person with a doctor. ...Read more

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I am coughing up black phlegm and a non smoker. What is going on?

I am coughing up black phlegm and a non smoker. What is going on?

See doctor....: You need to see your doctor so your discolored sputum can be diagnosed and treated. What kind of work do you do? There may be an occupational exposure causing this. Your doctor will likely send a sample to the lab for analysis and to rule out infection. You may need a bronchoscopy, where a lighted scope is passed into your airways. So, see your doctor asap so you can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I am coughing up black phlegm. I am a non smoker. What can it be?

I am coughing up black phlegm. I am a non smoker. What can it be?

U: Probably have an upper respiratory infection. If the color is white most probably is a viral infection, if it yellow or green u may need antibiotics so see a doctor. Same thing if it lasts long time, see your physician. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up clear jelly phlegm balls. Not quite sure what the cause of it is?

I have been coughing up clear jelly phlegm balls. Not quite sure what the cause of it is?

Mgt: This may represent a bronchial cast which is formed in the setting of inflammation of the lung.
I would suggest saving a sample to discuss with your PCP. If you have recently been ill, you may need medications including antibiotics, inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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I am a smoker for 6 years / 7 cigs a day I split up black phlegm in the morning but not the rest of the day what is this?

I am a smoker for 6 years / 7 cigs a day I split up black phlegm in the morning but not the rest of the day what is this?

Quit smoking!: We all have cilia in our lungs. Think of them as little hairs that sweep junk out of lungs. But when you smoke, they can't work so you might end up spitting phlegm more than in past. Most important thing to do is to quit smoking. There's not a single good reason to smoke. If black phlegm doesn't clear up shortly after quitting, go see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Deep and painful cough with sudden onset has persisted for over 5 weeks. Comes and goes throughout day, sometimes producing phlegm. Possible causes?

Deep and painful cough with sudden onset has persisted for over 5 weeks. Comes and goes throughout day, sometimes producing phlegm. Possible causes?

Possibilities..: An acute cough, especially with fever and sputum production, could be due to acute bronchitis or even pneumonia. The continued cough could be related to bronchospasm which can occur after an infection like acute bronchitis and pneumonia. See your doctor since bronchospasm can be treated with bronchodilator and possibly steroid inhalers. Smoking cessation will reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes phlegm in throat and food stuck on it?

Reflux: Phlegm in the throat associated with food may be from acid reflux. When acid reflux makes it to the level of your throat it is called lpr. In some instances chronic inflammation in the tonsils may cause similar symptoms. I rare cases, a pouch like space called a diverticulum (zenker's) can occur in the upper esophagus which can produce mucous and debris. ...Read more

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What causes phlegm in the throat?

What causes phlegm in the throat?

Allergies/Infections: It can be caused by allergies and viral&bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin be the cause of green phlegm?

Can amoxicillin be the cause of green phlegm?

No: Amoxacillin is an amino penicillin and is probably the most commonly used antibiotic used in the usa in a patient who is not allergic to penicillin. I have honestly never heard of this drug causing green phlegm. It is more likely that the antibiotic is being used to resolve the green phlegm. ...Read more

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Is there an electronic cigarette that doesn't cause phlegm?

No: The only area where electronic cigarettes may be somewhat safer is in it the reduced amount of "tars" - complex hydrocarbons produced by burning of the tobacco- found in them. However, they still have many irritants, and many of them (like propylene glycol, used as the propellant) have unknown effects when volatilized, which is true also of the flavorings, colorings, preservatives etc in them. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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