Coughing up Clear phlem with lots of brown spots?

Bronchitis? Brown phlegm can be from dead tissue the body is eliminating as it fights infection (viral or bacterial) or can be old blood from inflamed airways or nasal bleeding that has drained down the back of throat. Could also be from pneumonia or even pulmonary TB. If no other symptoms & person is otherwise healthy nonsmoker, it's likely viral infection. See a physician if worried or worsening.
Could be blood. Sometimes old blood can look like brown flecks in sputum. Could also be residue from smoking if you are a smoker. If you are coughing real forcefully it is not uncommon to get a little blood in the phlegm, or if you have a very inflamed sinus infection or bronchial infection. I would recommend seeing your doctor to determine what the cause is and whether or not further studies are warranted.

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I have been coughing up clear phlegm with lots of brown spots in it at least 10 times a day, what could this be?

Pulmonary. Do you have a fever? Do you have a history of asthma. If not it sounds like allergies. Do you work around a lot of dust or mold? Sounds like you are being exposed to something in the environment. Wearing a mask might help. If this doesn't get better soon you should see a doctor. Read more...

Hi, I have been coughing up phlegm for a few months now. It is clear with little brown spots.

Phlegm from cough. Mostly clear phlegm is fairly normal. You probably have allergies. I would try a nasal steroid like Flonase and use it twice a day. It takes about 3 to 5 days to work. Be patient. You can try a decongestant like sudafed to dry you up until the Flonase kicks in. Good luck! Feel better! Read more...
Mgt. An inbox consultation may help to determine the next step. I would suggest sputum cultures including a KOH stain for fungus, fungal cultures and AFB. You should also be evaluated by a pulmonary specialist, and imaging may be performed. An allergy to fungus should be considered. Read more...