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pinkish phlegm

i've never seen phlegm this colour before, any ideas what this could mean?

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Not familar with this I have some strange coloured phlegm a few weeks ago. I would ring the nurse. All the best from Annie

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thanks Annie but i don't have a nurse, xxx

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I meant the BLF nurse. tel 03000030555. If you do decide, do it quick - weekend - all the best from Annie x

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It's all that red wine you have been drinking. :-) :-)

Sorry Rose, I have no idea but someone will.

polly xx

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oh is it and how would you know that then madam? got it happens to you to Ha Ha,

rose xxx

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no but i did stop smoking saturday, and today i'm coughing like a goodun,

so i don't know,

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Crossed my mind with the beetroot - it can affect any sort of body waste (for want of a better word!!)

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no nothing like that, i've got abit of a sore throat where i've been coughing

so much,

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its not the answer, but thankyou both for trying to help me, xxx

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Lindierose if you have a sore throat and have been coughing tons it could be first signs of an infection. If you are coughing loads the pink sputum could be a little capilary, but you might want to get checked out at the docs.

With love

XXX

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i've never had a chest infection before, but i get ear and throat infections every

year, but never had this before, xxx

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It would make me worried until I had an answer phoning the BLF helpline and speaking to a nurse before the weekend is good advice from annie80. Not being gross but is there a funny taste in your mouth when this happens.

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yeah it tasts abit like salt i suppose,

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Get an answer lindierose before the weekend. Could be something to do with the sore throat and coughing.

Lib x

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Hi

Most likely it is due to the coughing - you have a broken small blood vessel somewhere either in your throat or lungs so a small amount of blood is turning your sputum pink - it can be quite common and a bit scary the first time it happens.

It probably will stop over the weekend but if it gets worse or is still happening on Monday call your GP etc.

Mark

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thanks libby and mark, its stopped for the moment so i'll just keep an eye on it, if it starts

again and gets worse i go to the walk in center or the hospital,

rose xxx

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Hope it settles down rose.

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I agree Rose. I think that all the extra coughing has burst a little capiliary. This has happened to me before when coughing a lot. A salty taste usually means an infection coming or a cold.

But best to check with the doctor - don't take any chances.

Bev x

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Hi Lindierose, I have experienced pink phlegm. I have bronchiectasis and before diagnosis I experienced pink to dark brown phlegm every time I had an infection and sometimes when I did not. I found it frightening. Please talk to your doctor and consultant as it is important that this information is known. After diagnosis I was given the correct meds and I feel better than I have for 3.5 years. Good luck. Maximonkey

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