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Black phlegm

10/13/2008

Question:

I am a marijuana smoker, was a cigarette smoker up until 2 years ago. For the last few months I have been coughing up dark phlegm. Then this morning I was coughing and the phlegm was a dark black color. I`ve had tonsilitis in the last month or so, and it seems to be a recurring problem, and also somewhat of a sore throat. Should I get this checked out? Or is it just from the smoke? Thanks for your help.

Answer:

Black phlegm is both abnormal and worrisome. Please see your doctor soon. While you're waiting to get in, think about why you need the weed?

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University