I've been coughing up clear mucous that contains the odd brown fleck, at least once a week for a number of years now, but recently the mucous has all turned brown and you can see its really dark brown from the picture. I got antibiotics 10 days ago which seem to have made it worse, certainly hasn't cleared it up and I'm getting it every day now instead of once a week. Back to doctors on Monday but just wondered if anyone had any idea what's happening here? I smoke under 10 cigarettes a day but have always caught chest infections very easily and it's a guarantee if I get a cold i get a chest infection but never in my life have I coughed up something that looks like this. HELP!
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replied December 22nd, 2014
Thank you for asking at ehealthforum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Brown rusty sputum has many etiologies. Smoking is one of them. If the antibiotics has not responded, it's time to get sputum tested. Seek a pulmonologist and see if it helps.

I hope it helps.Please take good care of yourself and do as directed.I would advise to stay in touch with your health care provider as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and can not be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor where a complete evaluation occurs. I will be here if you need me or have any more questions to ask, i would love to answer.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

Take care

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