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What is black mucus from?

I've had a horrible sore throat that turned into a running nose, and now I've congestion that leaves me both coughing up and blowing mucus that has black stuff in it..I am not a smoker, never have been. Wondering if anyone has recommendations or if it's just part of being sick

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Jeda624

Asked by Jeda624 at 4:36 PM on Apr. 18, 2011 in Health

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  • dried blood
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 4:41 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Pollutants, dirt, dust or other things can cause black mucos. I have it after working in the garden and am sneezing from allergies.
    TwinkleLites

    Answer by TwinkleLites at 4:41 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Black could be indicative of blood or waste products.

    Both blood and waste products could be caused by some form of infection...bacterial, viral, fungal, or inflammation leading to bleeding in the lung.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:43 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • I forgot to say I would go see a doctor, just in case. Better safe then sorry.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:44 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Thanks, y'all!
    Jeda624

    Comment by Jeda624 (original poster) at 9:28 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

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