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After a case of bronchitis about 3 months ago which lasted nearly 4 weeks i began coughing up phlegm with gray looking flecks in it (sometimes the phlegm is also slightly gray tinged) although i don't cough it up everytime i do atleast 1-2 times a day. i have had almost non stop nasal inflammation and slight feeling of congestion, i blew out some grey from my nose 1 time so far in the past 2 months of this. i have no fever no shortness of breath that i am aware of ( walk far and often and have had no trouble) i do have some post nasal drip. i Did work in a forge for a year (left 6 months ago) and this winter has been a warm wet one (although i usually dont have allergies), my question being what could this be and what can i do about it? i am 25 years old and feel healthy other than this. and seeing this constant gray in my phlegm is really worrying after almost 2 months of this, note: i do not have medical insurance at this time and cannot see a doctor.

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replied February 9th, 2019
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A64809
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
This is post inflammatory irritation in throat.
Its common and not significant clinically. The most you have to do is to have sputum culture.
Do regular saline gargles.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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