Brown Phlegm Diagnosis
If you have a bad cold it may well go to your chest, and if that happens, it often results in coughing up phlegm. If you start doing this it is a sign that your upper respiratory tract is inflamed. This may be caused by the cold, an allergy or a more serious bronchial or lung disease.
If the phlegm is brown in colour you should seek medical attention immediately as it may contain flecks of blood which is turning it a rusty brown colour. Even if it is that colour because droplets of blood have mixed with the mucus it is not necessarily anything to worry about. It is most likely caused by small blood vessels in your bronchial tract bursting due to heavy coughing.
The most common cause of brown phlegm is smoking. Every time a smoker puffs on a cigarette they inhale nicotine, tar and resins which get into their bronchial and lung passages and the best way to stop brown phlegm is to quit smoking. Even then it could take a year to get rid of the phlegm from their system.
Different colours of mucus indicate different infections. Green phlegm is indicative of a serious bacterial lung or bronchial infection, while black mucus could be caused by air pollution, excessive smoking or a possible bronchial infection.
If your phlegm is brown keep a note of when you cough it up, whether it is first thing in the morning or any time during the day. You should also tell the doctor if you have any other symptoms such as chest pains, fever or shortness of breath.
If the phlegm is brown do not take any cough mixture because it could mask the symptoms your doctor will need to know to get to the root cause of the problem.
Once the doctor has confirmed the phlegm is not caused by any serious underlying disease there are natural remedies that can get rid of the mucus.
The most commonly used remedy is to put 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of boiling water. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam rising from the bowl. Do this two or three times a day and you will feel the benefits fairly quickly. It also works with Friar's Balsam.
Golden seal is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years to rear inflammation and congestion of the lungs. You can get it in tablet form from any health store.