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What does grey colored phlegm during cough indicate?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman

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Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2015 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Question: Hi doc I'm 21 I started smoking at 18 and I have quit smoking now but when I try to cough greysh phlegm comes out Plz tell me what that means
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
something that needs treatment.

Detailed Answer:
As the lungs heal up they get rid of accumulated gunk from cigarettes but that looks like the bottom of an ashtray (brown). Grey is a sign of infection and needs treatment fairly soon. The lungs do not fully heal that soon after stopping cigarettes and remain susceptible to infection. Infections often start without fever.
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