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I have mucus in my chest and when I tap my back and cough I spit up brown mucus ?

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Dr. Gary Greenly
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In brief: Bronchitis

You either have bronchitis or pneumonia, which is a radiologic diagnosis.
Either way you have a bacterial bronchial infection, and with brown sputum, my recommendation would be definitely to treat with a prescription antibiotic. Some physicians may prefer to due a sputum culture prior to initiation of therapy. You need to see a physician, and of course consider smoking cessation if you do.

In brief: Bronchitis

You either have bronchitis or pneumonia, which is a radiologic diagnosis.
Either way you have a bacterial bronchial infection, and with brown sputum, my recommendation would be definitely to treat with a prescription antibiotic. Some physicians may prefer to due a sputum culture prior to initiation of therapy. You need to see a physician, and of course consider smoking cessation if you do.
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