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Coughing yellowish mucus with flecks of blood. Took flexeril, ibuprofen for pulled muscle, bronchitis history. Cold or infection?

I'm coughing up thick yellowish/green mucus. Sometimes it has flecks of blood. And I have this weird burnt plastic taste after coughing. I recently pulled a muscle and was given flexeril and ibuprofen because my right side was seizing up. I have a history of bronchitis, but it doesn't feel like that, because I'm coughing in fits, but not excessively. Is this just a cold or could it be an infection?
Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2013
Hello,
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
If I were your treating doctor for this severe cough with expectoration I would come up with these possibilities , these include.
1 Tuberculosis as there is large amount of expectoration with yellowish in color with greenish and blood in expectoration. Diagnosis can be confirmed X ray chest with clinical and physical examination by a physician.
2 As you didn't mention the duration of disease so very difficult to evaluate diagnosis but may be due to cancer if short duration. Diagnosis can be confirmed by Xray chest .
3 If you are a chain smoker then may be due to smokers cough with added bronchiectasis . Diagnosis can be confirmed by X RAY chest and physical examination as well sputum examination.
Usually greenish phlegm may be due to yeast infection.
In my opinion the best way is to consult a physician and get his opinion .
Good luck. Dr. HET
Answered: Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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