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Have had a chronic cough,coughing fit. Why was fluid brownish?

I have not been feeling the best. I for the last few months and tend to get into a . The other morning I got into a coughing fit and when some of the liquid came up from my lungs I noticed red specs in it. The rest of the fluid was a brownish color. The majority of the time the fluid has some white in it. I did have an X-Ray a few years ago and had 4 mm spots on my lungs. No symptoms of a cold at this time. Should I be concerned?
Asked On : Fri, 6 Jul 2012
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hi troyrobins, if you are a smoker then most common cause is chronic broncitis caused due to smoking and it can in future also cause cancer. So if you are a smoker quit smoking . Other cause could be many to name a few common ones, asthama, hay fever, allergy, gastro-eosophageal reflux etc. For the current situation you need to get a fresh x-ray taken as the old one will not tell the present state of your lungs. The brownish fluid is not a good sign and so you should visit a chest physician to rule out any sort of pneumonia or other severe lung infection or disease. Do not neglect this condition as detection and treatment at the earliest can save lots of morbidity later. Take care.
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