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I quiet smoking for a long time why am i just coughing up black stuff?

I quiet smoking for a long time why am i just 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 more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I cough up black stuff, why?

I cough up black stuff, why?

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 more

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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 more

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What possible causes of a cough that brings up a black substance are there?

What possible causes of a cough that brings up a black substance are there?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What does it mean if you cough up black slime?

See a doctor: It means you should see a doctor for further evaluation. Nothing else is recommended until you see a doctor to further evaluate since this is obviously not normal...Right? ...Read more

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What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

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 more

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What will make u cough up clear jelly like stuff?

What will make u cough up clear jelly like stuff?

Bronchitis: Probably viral. Drink plenty of fluids, rest, take acetominophen or ibuprofen. You can get OTC cough medicine with expectorant. Time will heal. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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