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Stopped cigarettes after cold, congestion. Coughing mucus with brown spots, sticky sputum. Respiratory infection?

I ve smoked for 25 years. About a month ago I got a bad cold with muscle aches, congestion, etc. I took that opportunity to drop the cigs. Since then I ve been using the patch. After a few days my congestion dissipated, but I started to cough up a lot of phlegm/ mucus with brown spots. The sputum was very sticky and it was very frequent for a couple weeks. Now, almost a month later (and still not smoking ) it seems to have largely subsided but 1-2 times a day I will still cough up largely clear phlegm, sticky with brown flecks. What are your thoughts? Repiratory infection? Process of clearing out my lungs after smoking? Worse....? :/
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Congrats for stopping smoking, though its quite early to wish you.
The problem that you have stated could be mostly due to the infection in your lungs. The smoking for 25 years might have seriously damaged your respiratory immune system making you prone for infection. May be a course of antibiotics with good expectorant and steam inhalation could do good to you. If you find time, do X-ray your lungs once.
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Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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