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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.
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replied September 16th, 2011
Hello,

Welcome to ehealthforum

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.

Take Care!


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replied May 27th, 2013
Eyeliner can go in the eyes and secreted through the nose which is why it would be so thin and smudge sorry this is so late
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replied June 23rd, 2013
@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?
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replied March 1st, 2015
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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replied December 26th, 2015
Hi there!I can relate to you. it's been years i've been finding answers to this as well and no luck. Like you i hate smoking and there' no way for me to be near smokers as it makes me can't breathe.Hopefully we can get answer to this please get back to us if you find answers. will do the same.
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replied March 2nd, 2016
How often do you blow your nose into tissue when you aren't sick? Probably not often. When you are sick you produce more mucus. Because of this any dust particles or pollution you inhale gets caught in this. This is the job of our mucus, to catch pathogens and debris and prevent it from entering our air cavities, but typically we don't tend to blow it out or notice it's full of garbage unless we are sick. My guess would be one of two things, when you are I'll your thick mucus is catching air contaminants and you are noticing them bc yiur blowing your nose and coughing up phlegm. This actually happens to me also...but only when I'm in the gym and they have the fans on. The crap on the blades circulates in the air when I'm high up on the step mill and I breathe it in. When I'm not sick and the fans are on I don't notice I've inhaled anything. Take notice of any circulating air products in your home or environment, take a look at the allergen forecast and see if it's pollen OR the other possibility is its mold. Mold in the home and environment can cause exactly what you are describing. It can also cause constant upper respiratory illness and fungal growth in the lungs. Do a little research on mold and then move forward with testing and talk to your physician if need be. Hope this helped
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replied August 16th, 2016
Could this be a poor air quality issue? Had it for years and it doesn't seem to do anything. Could still swim a lap under water or run a 7 minute mile.


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