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I have a cough and cold. I just coughed up some phlegm with

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I have a cough and cold. I just coughed up some phlegm with black/dark streaks in it. I know that is not good. Should I go to a cvs clinic or to the er?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr S.A.Alam replied 1 year ago.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Hello, Welcome to JustAnswer and thank you for your question.

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Q... Do you have any other medical issues >

Dr S.A.Alam :

Q... Since when you have this cough ?

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Q... How much streaks were there ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

did it happened once ? or more than one time ?

Customer:

This morning is the first time i noticed the phlegm

Dr S.A.Alam :

Q... Do you have fever ?

Customer:

no i fell pretty good just this nagging cough

Dr S.A.Alam :

If this happened for one time and the amount of black streaks were small

Dr S.A.Alam :

then no need to worry at this stage as this can be due to cough causing trauma to the airway causing bleeding and this clotted blood appeared like streaks.

Dr S.A.Alam :

If this happens again, or the cough remains

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then you need tests like X rays, sputum tests

Dr S.A.Alam :

as this can be lower respiratory tract infection which in ages above 60 can progress rapidly.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Take steam inhalations

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take warm water

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go warm water gargles

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take some honey

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use a cough syrup if you have any at home.

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symptoms like fever, severe cough, more black color sputum/streaks

Dr S.A.Alam :

mean that you need to go to er

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You have questions ?

Customer:

no - I will treat and watch closely. thank you

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You are welcome

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Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
I would have to respectfully XXXXX XXXXX the advice provided by the other expert.

A cough that produces flecks of blood really should be evaluated by a physician. The fact that we are rapidly approaching the Christmas holiday makes it even more important that you seek medical treatment now.

An urgent care clinic, your personal physician or the ER would all be reasonable options. If you wait until the holiday, your only option is likely to be the emergency room.

If you were my patient - I would want to see you. I would NOT suggest home treatment.
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