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What's causing you to cough up so much sputum? Could it be pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies or something else? Dr. Bob explains how to recognize some of the common causes. For more health tips visit www.drbobshow.com.
In this video a patient presented to the emergency department with flash pulmonary edema. We review the life threatening condition of flash pulmonary edema and its management.
Coughing up mucus is a pathological act of forcibly ejecting the mucus, sputum, phlegm or fluids of respiratory tract (throat, lungs, bronchi, and trachea) from the mouth. Coughing up mucus (Expectoration, mucus here means sputum or phlegm), is one of the most common respiratory tract symptoms. The presence of mucus and stimulation are the direct causes of coughing up mucus. However, behind the coughing up mucus, there is usually a respiratory disease. Some conditions that cause a coughing up mucus, are harmless and can be completely cured or controlled, while some are life-threatening. The coughing up mucus can occur in any population, and the prevalence rate of coughing up mucus is on the rise with the age for the vast majority of people. Excessive smoking can cause phlegm to turn brown because of all the resin, tar, and other particulate matter in cigarettes, which the body tries to cough back up, according to Exline. Phlegm is the result of exfoliation, exudation, secretion and transudation that occur in the bronchial mucosa. It is transported by ciliary movement in the bronchi, from where it passes through the action of coughing up phlegm into the oral cavity. There it is mixed with saliva.
Coughing up blood doesn't necessarily mean something serious is happening. This video lists and describes the possible reasons -- both serious, and not-so-serious, for coughing up blood (known medically as hemoptysis).