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Black Phlegm

post #1 of 41
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I have a really scary question. I am in complete denial about this because it scares the hell out of me. For the last four or five years or so, I've been coughing up thick clear phlegm with black spots in it. It does not appear to be dried blood. It almost seems tarry, for lack of a better word. I do not smoke. I did smoke for about five years when I was much younger- maybe 4 cigarettes a day- so honestly not much. I also used to smoke marijuana a bit, but also not excessively. I quit smoking both about the same time- I'd say 2000/2001 or so. I work in an office- so I don't think I'm exposed to anything too awful, except for maybe recycled air.

I have brought this up with a Dr. only once, and he basically blew me off (it was not my normal dr). I am honestly scared to go to the dr about this. I cannot find anything really about this on the internet. The only things I've found regarding black phlegm are 1. having the black lung (which I think they mean entirely black phlegm, where mine is just spotted), 2. smoking crack (which I do not do and never have done!!!), 3. and I found a very small amount of information tying it to smoking marijuana. In that tiny amount of information, however, it said it should go away a couple months after you quit smoking.

There is no rhyme or reason to when it happens. Sometime it wont happen for months, and then other times I'll cough up black phlegm on 3 or 4 occassions in one week. I do not have a cough, I do not have more trouble breathing than normal (I have very mild asthma that is normally triggered by my anxiety attacks-which are now very rare), I really don't have ANY other symptoms.

I think I'm going to break down and go to the doctors office, but I was hoping someone else had an idea of what this may be??? Maybe someone has gone through this before, or knows someone who's gone through this before?

I'm wondering that since the phlegm is so thick that maybe this is some kind of nasal infection with post nasal drip?

Please help me, I am really stressed about this :

Edited- I forgot to mention that in 2000 the office I worked in caught on fire and I was in the building while it happened. We worked on a skeleton crew after that in my managers house with some of the equipment that had tons of smoke damage.
post #2 of 41
I'm sorry, I don't blame you for being worried! I have no idea what could be wrong, but I'm guessing your instincts or right on...
Good luck finding out more!
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 
FYI- should this happen to anyone else...

I went to the doc and found out it is NOT coming from my lungs.

She believes it is actually coming from my sinuses That's probably bad too, but at least I'm probably not dying. She did say she's never ever seen anything like that, so that's a little bizarre. Dp thinks my body is just super good at cleansing itself out and I'm getting rid of the everyday pollution we breathe in... Wishful thinking?
post #4 of 41
Interesting! Thanks for updating (glad you're not dying!!!)
post #5 of 41
Did you ever use to smoke? If so, it could be Tar comming out of your lungs. Nevermind you got it figured out, glad your okay, and thanks again for the pump, just waiting for the parts you forgot to send with it
post #6 of 41
Thread Starter 


I'm glad I'm not dying too and pump parts are on their way! I feel like such a turd
post #7 of 41
a loong time ago i was learning kundalini yoga and ayurveda from this man.
coughing up black threads was sppose to mean really deep detoxing.. so maybe your just removing some deep seated emotional stuff..
post #8 of 41
Thread Starter 

Update!

You guys are not going to believe this.

It's liquid eyeliner. When you get liquid eyeliner in your eye, it kind of spreads and gets back into your sinuses.

And I was scared

Just wanted to post in case this happened to anyone else!!!
post #9 of 41
Whoa! That is so weird. I'm really glad that I don't wear eyemakeup now!!! But, it sounds like your sinuses are working Wonderfully. Thanks for updating, I never ever ever would have guessed that. :
post #10 of 41
Wow!!!! Did they test it, or did you suddenly figure that out yourself. That would be quite the realisation!
post #11 of 41
Oh my gosh, that is so crazy! :

I wanna know how they figured that out too........Totally weird!
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by Eli's_mommy View Post
You guys are not going to believe this.

It's liquid eyeliner. When you get liquid eyeliner in your eye, it kind of spreads and gets back into your sinuses.
I actually wondered about that. I've seen the same thing happen to myself.

Tear ducts drain into the sinuses/nose.
post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 
It was a sudden realization, but I called my physician who says that is most likely what it is! It was wild. I used to have anxiety attacks about this and thought I was dying! Sheesh
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by Eli's_mommy View Post
It was a sudden realization, but I called my physician who says that is most likely what it is! It was wild. I used to have anxiety attacks about this and thought I was dying! Sheesh
Oh my goodness!
post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by Eli's_mommy View Post
You guys are not going to believe this.

It's liquid eyeliner. When you get liquid eyeliner in your eye, it kind of spreads and gets back into your sinuses.

And I was scared

Just wanted to post in case this happened to anyone else!!!
:


s!! glad it was nothing serious.



fwiw i used to think i had intestinal worms.... until i took a Microbiology course and decided to dissect my own feces one time to check (once i knew what i was looking for!). it turned out to just be fiber and mucous (from eating stuff like shredded with with lots of dairy, which tends to make my poo mucousy). : just know you're not alone with your freaky body worries.
post #16 of 41
OMGOSH!!!! Thank you!! I have had this off and on for years, out of my nose...snot or whatever. I was sure I had lung cancer and was too scared to ask the doctor. I DO wear liquid eyeliner and notice it gets in that tear duct spot often. Thank you, what a relief!!

And "they" say makeup doesn't get into your body. HA :
post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by Kimmiepie View Post
OMGOSH!!!! Thank you!! I have had this off and on for years, out of my nose...snot or whatever. I was sure I had lung cancer and was too scared to ask the doctor. I DO wear liquid eyeliner and notice it gets in that tear duct spot often. Thank you, what a relief!!

And "they" say makeup doesn't get into your body. HA :
Oh! I'm so glad I could help you!!! I just know the fears I had when I dealt with that. Try not wearing liquid liner and make sure it goes away....


I'm not doing liquid anymore. I'm all pencil baby.
post #18 of 41
that is sooooo weird!!!!!
post #19 of 41

Re: Black Phlegm

Oh, my God. I can't believe we found this posting. I have the same thing and could never find anything online. My doctor was looking at me like I'm crazy just this afternoon. I brought her in a sample (which hasn't been tested yet). She was throwing things out there like Tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, Cancer. I'm currently being tested for TB, which I've had shots for in the past.
I came home crying. I'm a 39 year old wife/mother of 2 little ones. I was so scared I called my husband freaking out. He found this posting. I've USED black liquid eyeliner (Almay) for years and years and years and have had this problem the whole time. I can't tell you how relieved I feel. : I thought I had a brand new disease or something.
I'm still going to get tested for everything just to be sure and tell my doctor what I've found. But, thank you so much for posting. I can at least relax now...
post #20 of 41
So wierd...this has been happening to me too........and I always wear liquid eyeliner....like every day!!!
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