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Cold, sore throat, cough, phlegm with black dots. Drinking water, healthy diet. Causes and treatment?

Hi, my name is XXXXXX. Two weeks ago, i came down with a bad cold . symtoms were a sore throat , fatigue , bad cough , body aches, etc. it never totally went away and i still have phlegm from nose and throat, SEVERAL times per day that a cough up and spit out. the phlegm has black dots n this has been prolonging for bout 2-3 months. I ve tried drinking lots of water, lots of rest, and eating very good. it will not go away. I m nervous because of the black in the stuff i cough up. can you advise me, please? Thank you! XXXX also, i m still fatigued and feel flu-like symtoms... they seem to come and go pls advice tq YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

The black dots in the stool may be dried or old blood. Blood can be seen with inflammation or infection of the upper respiratory tract, it should resolve with the infection.

The cough associated with a viral upper respiratory tract infection can sometimes last up to 6 weeks in some persons.

In your case the persistent nasal discharge and post nasal symptoms would be contributing to your cough. You may want to consider the use of a topical steroid nasal spray and an oral antihistamine. A decongestant would also help, these often may be found in combination with anti histamines.

If the symptoms persist you should consider visiting an ENT doctor for evaluation

I hope this helps
Answered: Fri, 11 Apr 2014
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