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Coughing up small pieces

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 10, 2008
  • 10:29 AM

For the past few years now, when i wake up first thing in the morning I have been coughing up what look like small pieces of oats. They tend to vary in size with the largest being about the size of a small peanut, but they smell horrible - like really bad breath?

I suffer from type 2 Diabetes and dont know whether this is related?

Can anyone help?

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  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is what 1-st come into my mind,if there are no other symptoms.Have you got T.B ,have you lost weight recently,did you noticed fine lines of blood in your cough?If your answer is positive to any of these questions then your condition might be a more serious one
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 00:59 PM
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  • Sounds like tonsil stones. Look in the back of your throat with a flashlight and you'll most likely see little balls of crap (or more specifically, food/saliva/mucus/oral bacteria-any wonder they smell like death?) hanging there. If you take a Q-Tip, you should be able to dislodge most of the big ones. They aren't medically serious though, between 5-25% of adults w/ tonsils have them, most just never notice ar just don't know what they are. P.S.-Don't poke too hard. Stop when you start to bleed.
    lstevens 9 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 00:59 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply; what is a Q Tip?I used to suffer a lot with tonsilitus and my Doctor tells me that my tonsils should have removed when I was younger and to have the op now would be too risky?It would explain your diagnosis.Regards,Sounds like tonsil stones. Look in the back of your throat with a flashlight and you'll most likely see little balls of crap (or more specifically, food/saliva/mucus/oral bacteria-any wonder they smell like death?) hanging there. If you take a Q-Tip, you should be able to dislodge most of the big ones. They aren't medically serious though, between 5-25% of adults w/ tonsils have them, most just never notice ar just don't know what they are. P.S.-Don't poke too hard. Stop when you start to bleed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2008
    • 08:37 PM
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  • These are tonsillar otoliths and they develop in the crevices and folds of tonsillar tissue. Typically, the tissues are tortuous and hyperplasic from allergies. An evaluation by an ENT would probably be of benefit. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • November 16, 2008
    • 11:55 PM
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  • Sorry for being USA-centric, a Q-Tip is a cotton swab.
    lstevens 9 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 08:46 AM
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