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Cough sometimes blackish and some time clear cough from throat from last 7-8 yrs.

cough sometimes blackish and some time clear cough from throat from last 7-8 yrs hello, doctor. I am a35 year old male, I have a problem that when i whoof , I cough sometimes blackish and some time clear cough from throat from last 7-8 yrs, and I have not any other symptomatic problem, I do not smoke. once I consult a chest specialist he told me its nothing, just overlook if you do not have any problem associated. Now whats your advise sir. Thank you
Asked On : Sat, 15 Jan 2011
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
1. Black sputum in the morning may be due to air pollution, if you drive a lot, have any occupational or environmental exposure to sources of smoke, irritant fumes, chemicals or hazardous materials.
2. Get a Chest X-ray PA view done.
3. Get your sputum examined for the presence of fungus or dried blood.
4. Lung Function Test will be useful if you are now developing symptoms.
5. Is your phlegm increasing? This may signify chronic bronchitis setting in.
Answered: Sun, 16 Jan 2011
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Thankyou for your kind advise sir.
yeah it may contain dried blood, i guess sometime a dot of red blood cell also came out when I phlegm, but its very rare. sir work place environment is clean and i do not drive much. sir can you mention the test name regarding sputum and lung function.
Sir if their is dried blood cell found in the sputum, what willl be your diagnosis, should i bother or panic. till the date i have not any developing symptom.
Answered: Mon, 17 Jan 2011
ENT Specialist Dr. Sumit Bhatti's  Response
Occasional blood in sputum (phlegm) limited to a few minimal spots/ flecks / streaks may be due to a minor infection or intense coughing damaging small blood vessels (capillaries) in the delicate lining of your throat and lungs. This is considered normal if you do not have any other signs or symptoms and the sputum tests, chest x-ray and lung function tests are normal. There is no need to panic. Sputum tests include routine culture, smears and cytology. Lung Function Tests also will have to be done under supervision of a Chest Physician (MD Chest). The list of causes of blood tinged sputum is endless; sometimes it is not blood and even allergic cells (eosinophils). Do post your results here.
Answered: Tue, 18 Jan 2011
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