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Why Am I Coughing Up Black Stuff
Cleaning up lungs: Smoke tends to shut down ciliary function. Those are little hairs in lungs that sweep out junk. So if you smoke for a long time, there's a tremendous amount of stuff building up in there that needs to come out. That's why smokers often report more coughing after they quit - that's their cilia returning to life & cleaning house. Obviously more complicated than that but hopefully makes sense. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Go see your doctor: While we no longer, if ever, use color of phlegm to determine if antibiotics are necessary, black stuff sounds out of the ordinary, especially if you smoke. You didn't mention any fever, sweats, chills, unexplained weight loss, or shortness of breath. Nor did you mention your (a)vocation or any environmental exposure. Still, it's a good idea to go see your family doc for an evaluation. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
My friend hasn't been eating for 3 days and she pukes out stuff and has a really bad cough. This seems to always happen to her. Should she check it?
I am a smoker and smoke 5-6 cigarattes everyday. I have complaint of cough which is common in all smokers. However i see the cough color as black.
Smoke bits: Cigarette smoke may look white or grey, bit easentially is like any other--black. Think soot on fireplace walls, but in your lungs. 1/4--1/3 of a pack per day should be easy to stop by subtraction method: smoke one less every week (or two) until gone. Keep hands busy w/a pen or a few lollipops. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Productive cough: Some potential explanations for a cough that produces "black" material or mucus includes: dried blood, fungus/mold infection or colonization, particles from smoke or grinding/sanding that a person is exposed to and inhales during their occupation or hobby. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Hi sir, is black cough is any dease, if so got to fix this, as i had done X-ray of check also but its normal?
No, but...: "black cough" is not a scientific-medicine diagnosis but an imaginary disease invented by fantasy role-players -- i happen to be familiar with this creative subculture. If you have an actual cough or some other symptom, your physician knows how to work it up. If there is something else that we on healthtap can do for you, please let us know. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Lots of things : Chronic bronchitis? Bronchiectasis? The answer depends on your age, medical history, tobacco use, duration of symptoms, and so on. This is why doctors need to do a history, physical exam, and occasionally other tests to take care of many of your questions. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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