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Why am I coughing up blood and tissue? 7pack year smoker

Why am I coughing up blood and tissue? 7pack year smoker

Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchitis but the concern is the possibility of malignancy. You need to be evaluated by your doctor to be sure there is no malignancy present. If you are still smoking, your doctor can help you to quit. Good luck! ...Read more

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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


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I am 16 years old and I have been coughing for a few days, I recently coughed up a tiny amount of blood and I'm concerned. I occasionally smoke weed?

I am 16 years old and I have been coughing for a few days, I recently coughed up a tiny amount of blood and I'm concerned. I occasionally smoke weed?

STOP WEEDS: If this tiny blood in sputum scares you enough, that is good. And stop Smoking weeds. It s addicting. Cough could be from Irritation from smoking not necessarily infection. Some times repeated coughing can cause blood tinged sputum. Nevertheless you should be examined by your pediaterician. or Family physician. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I have bloody boogers, I clear my throat and have blood streaks 25 yrs old 9 yr smoke history, lung cancer??

When I blow my nose I have bloody boogers, I clear my throat and have blood streaks 25 yrs old 9 yr smoke history, lung cancer??

No: Lung cancer is not in the nose. cannot say in your particular case, but generally, irritations in the nose are from minor problems. This nosebleed can drain downward especially at night and cause blood streaked sputum. Sinusitis can be helped with antibiotics. ...Read more

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U have a chest infection. Im am coughing up blood and very dark phlem?

U have a chest infection. Im am coughing up blood and very dark phlem?

Possible pneumonia: You may have pneumonis with blood and dark phlegm. You need a chest x-ray. Other causes include severe bronchitis esp when smoking and pulmonary malignancy. ...Read more

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I shoveled snow this afternoon and coughed up some blood afterward i quit smoking 2 weeks ago and now am having shortness of breath what is wrong?

I shoveled snow this afternoon and coughed up some blood afterward i quit smoking 2 weeks ago and now am having shortness of breath what is wrong?

Go to the ER: Hemoptysis can be completely normal, particularly in dry, cold air. But I am very concerned about the shortness of breath. You need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia starting 9/20/12 and was coughing up blood. I am still coughing up blood , how long should the coughing up of blood from thpneumonia ?

I had pneumonia starting 9/20/12 and was coughing up blood. I am still coughing up blood , how long should  the coughing up of blood from thpneumonia ?

Initially: Hemoptysis (coughing up blood) can occur with respiratory infections usually in the form of blood streaks or "rusty" colored sputum but if it is a month later, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I quit smoking marijuana ive been a heavy user but now i stopped cold turkey and i cough out phlegm with brown specks and left lung hurts sometimes?

I quit smoking marijuana ive been a heavy user but now i stopped cold turkey and i cough out phlegm with brown specks and left lung hurts sometimes?

See a doctor: The symptoms might be caused by irritation of your airways or lung tissue, but might also represent an infection of the airways (bronchitis) or lungs (pneumonia). It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you develop difficulty breathing in the meantime it would be best to go to the ER. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been coughing up phlegm all night and finally coughed up vomit and black phlegm twice? I still can't stop coughing I have been a smoker for 5 year

I've been coughing up phlegm all night and finally coughed up vomit and black phlegm twice? I still can't stop coughing  I have been a smoker for 5 year

Possibilities...,: You may have acute bronchitis from either a viral or bacterial infection. You may also have bronchospasm contributing to this cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You really need to quit smoking asap to decrease your airway inflammation. If this cough has been present for more than 3 weeks, chronic bronchitis needs to be ruled out as well. Treatment for all these is available. ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help

Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help

Clearing out toxins: Coughing up black phlegm in your situation is not an indication of pneumonia. Smoke paralyzes cilia, tiny hairs that line the bronchial tubes that clear debris from the lungs. Now that you have stopped, your cilia have started to do their job of clearing out all of the tars & other gunk that has accumulated.This is a temporary phase.You can see a doctor to make sure there's no infection.Congrats! ...Read more

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Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Chest xray: I would recommend a chest xray if not done the addition of a long acting bronchodilator of the cholinergic class especially if you are using your ventolin correctly at least 4 times daily. Occasionally nebulized albuterol is more effective in acute cases. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow phlegm for nearly 3 months. Had xray antibiotics and blood test. Nothing. When i start breathing heavily during exercise it comesup?

Coughing up yellow phlegm for nearly 3 months. Had xray antibiotics and blood test. Nothing. When i start breathing heavily during exercise it comesup?

Inflammation: Likely inflammatory tracheo-bronchitis possibly environmentally induced. Development during exercise may indicate exercise induced wheezing. The yellow color reflects slow transit out of the lung not infection. Possible evaluation includes pfts and if negative a possible methacholine test for exercise related wheezing. If all studies negative a bronchoscopy may be in order as well as a chest ct. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 1.5 yrs ago after smoking in and off for 13 yrs. I have no chest pain, no cough, and am physically active. why am I wheezing ?

I quit smoking 1.5 yrs ago after smoking in and off for 13 yrs. I have no chest pain, no cough, and am physically active. why am I wheezing ?

Airways disease: Smoking is a major cause of lung disorders but may combine with other exposures like pollution to affect your lungs. Sometimes a heart condition may lead to wheezing or you may actually have asthma previously unsuspected. Talk with your doctor about getting a check-up with a lung specialist. You may also need a cardiac check-up. Rarely, wheezing may also come from your throat (stridor). ...Read more

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I was a very heavy smoker. I stopped smoking nearly 10 years ago. Will my lungs have recovered to what they were like before i started smoking?

I was a very heavy smoker. I stopped smoking nearly 10 years ago. Will my lungs have recovered to what they were like before i started smoking?

Smoking: Congrats on sustained cessation of smoking! it is probably one of the most difficult addictions to stop. The amount of "recovery" of lung function depends on several factors, such as number of years of smoking, number of packs per day, amount of emphysema present, other toxins to the lungs (ie. Occupation exposures), and other health issues such as heart disease which is common in smokers. ...Read more

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I am coughing up phlegm and i don't have a cold?

I am coughing up phlegm and i don't have a cold?

Allergies: Most common cause of phlegm production is allergies. Consider drinking more water to thin the mucus, try otc antihistamines and use nasal saline rinses. If symptoms persist, see and ENT doctor or allergist. ...Read more

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I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so i would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough for 2 days i can hardly breathe in deep or i go into a coughing fit im exhausted im coughing and throwing up blood so weak?

I have a really bad cough for 2 days i can hardly breathe in deep or i go into a coughing fit im exhausted im coughing and throwing up blood so weak?

Go to MD or ER: You say you throwing up blood and you are weak, that is bad. You may be weak because you are anemic and you should not wait to worsen. Go to your doctor now or to the er to be evaluated. ...Read more

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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 quit smoking for 17 days i been smoking half a pack for 4 years and i want to know how my lung looks like and also i am not coughing up anything yet?

I quit smoking for 17 days i been smoking half a pack for 4 years and i want to know how my lung looks like and also i am not coughing up anything yet?

Great job: it would be great if you stop and never smoke again. Don't expect to cough anything. Your lungs should be able to recover from the few years you have smoked. ...Read more

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Hi. I feel kinda breathless. Mostly after eating. And then I use symbiocort and it eases me. I have this inhaler since 4 years since once I suffered from bronchitis. Also im a smoker and smoke around 10 cigerettes per day. Bp is normal. But my work is mo

Hi. I feel kinda breathless. Mostly after eating. And then I use symbiocort and it eases me. I have this inhaler since 4 years since once I suffered from bronchitis. Also im a smoker and smoke around 10 cigerettes per day. Bp is normal. But my work is  mo

Quit...: You need to quit smoking asap. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis since shortness of breath can be life-threatening. (i hope your inhaler is not 4 years old?!) you may have copd, depending on the duration of your smoking. You need to see a doctor asap! ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more