Lungs and Airways

Fluid in the Lungs – Causes and Treatment

Fluid in the lungs is a broad term to describe two possible conditions that may give characteristic symptoms, like a bubbling sound in the lungs (rales) when breathing. The fluid accumulation may be inside the lung (pulmonary edema) or outside the lung (pleural effusion), in the space between the lung and chest wall. The >> Read More ...

Causes of Chronic Cough – Persistent, Constant Coughing

Definition of Chronic Cough A cough is a forceful ‘push’ of exhaled air that is either done voluntarily or as a reflex action (involuntary). A chronic cough is usually considered to be any cough that is persisting for more than 3 months. It may be constant, where the patient coughs every few minutes or it can >> Read More ...

Coughing and Spitting Up Blood or Bloody Mucus

How Can the Blood Appear in the Mouth? Blood, appearing in the mouth, can originate from the mouth, throat, nose, paranasal sinuses, voice box (larynx), windpipe (trachea), bronchi, lungs, gullet (esophagus) or stomach. A person coughing up blood without knowing the exact cause should seek medical care promptly. Blood in >> Read More ...

Mucus: Causes of White, Yellow, Brown, Grey, Black Phlegm

Colors of Mucus  (Phlegm, Sputum) Phlegm may be clear (white), yellow/green, brown, grey, black, pink, orange, containing red streaks, or frothy. Phlegm is mucus (sputum) coughed up from the chest. It reveals inflammation in the respiratory organs below the vocal cords (voice box, windpipe, bronchi and lungs). From the >> Read More ...

Coughing Up Excessive Phlegm (Mucus, Sputum) from the Throat

What Is Phlegm? Phlegm (pronounced flem; from Greek phlegma = inflammation) is an informal name for mucus coughed up from the throat. In this article, a term phlegm will be used only for mucus produced in the mucous layer of bronchi and windpipe (trachea). Medical term for phlegm is expectorated matter or sputum. Phlegm >> Read More ...
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