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    chunk of mucus/phlegm?
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    pellet1 posted:
    I have been sick for a few days. I went to the doctor when my throat was very swollen, and she said for me to do a nasal wash and gave me a prescription for flonase. I am not feeling much better, though my throat is not as swollen. This morning, I coughed up a large piece of what I guess to be phlegm...? To me, it seemed large, maybe about the size of a cherry tomato. It was a solid mass, but soft when I touched it, with a yellowish/grey color and had specks of blood in it. Not a bright red, but more of a rust colored. I am not sure if it was from my sinuses or my chest, as I have not have much production from my chest, but it seemed really large to come from my sinuses! Otherwise over the past few days, I've coughed up greenish/yellow mucus, but only when I pulled it from my nose and into my throat.?

    Is this something I should go back to my doctor about or is it normal?
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    That phlegm or material could have come from many areas...your nasopharynx or lungs. Sometimes, this firm material is a tonsillith -- an accumlation of food and other debris trapped in holes or crypts in the tonsil surface. It could be from your sinus area as well.

    Unfortunately, I have no way of determining the source or significance of this event based solely on your posting, so I would suggest that you discuss this with your medical provider -- someone that knows you and your case, and of course, someone that has the ability to examine you first-hand.
     
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    dthdfyingspceboy responded:
    I had the same thing happen. I was sick with strep/mono and perhaps a sinus infection, i don't really know. but it was a large yellow/gray gelatinous chunk with specks of blood. i'm pretty sure mine came from my sinus because i was coughing up phlegm from my sinuses at the time and then it just seemed to fall into the back of my throat. i told my doctor about it when i went back for him to check on how i was recovering from the mono and he didn't seem to think much of it. it still perturbs me to think about.


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