I am 23 years old, otherwise good health and on no medications. I have never smoked in my life, I have never taken drugs, and I do not drink. About 6 months ago I fell ill and couldn't get better even after about a month and a half. A doctor prescribed me medication for pneumonia, which eventually cleared things up after about 1 week. By the end of my sickness and every time I have caught a cold since then (my immune system isn't the strongest and I've caught about 4-5 colds since then, all minor) I have been finding black specks in my mucus. They are definitely not dried blood, they are small and look like they are composed of small fibers. They are pure black and if I let them dry and touch them (gross, I know) they actually smear much like ash. The only answers I've found online relating to black dots in mucus are from smokers, but not only do I never smoke but I am never around smokers at all, no one close to me smokes and I avoid it anytime anyone near me is smoking.
Black specks in the phelgm can be suggestive of lung disorder or the disease not being cured fully.I will suggest you to return to your Doctor and explain him these symptoms.A detailed examination of the lungs and airways along with X ray/CT scan would be required to rule out the exact cause.
@mglasmann if you are still active on here I would appreciate your input. I am also 23 and finding these black/grey specs in my mucus. Same as you I am a non smoker and find that the specs smear like ash. Were you ever able to determine the cause?
Thank you for the helpful responses, all (and sorry for only replying after so many years, I hadn't seen the newer replies)! Unfortunately my doctor at the time was unable to determine any cause even after seeing the specks himself- but 5 years later I'm still finding these specks appearing nearly every time I catch an illness... I have had xrays and CT scans since that time with no detected abnormality, and while I do wear eyeliner, these specks /only/ appear when I am ill so that seems unlikely.
@ksand88 I'm sorry to say no cause was ever determined for me, though the problem still occurs now and again! If you are still active and had any diagnosis I'd love to hear as well!
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