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recurring throat scab

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  • Posted By: yamani
  • August 10, 2007
  • 01:26 AM

I have had a throat problem for a number of years.My throat is very phlegmy,especially in the morning when i get up,also i will cough up a scab the size of my finger nail ,maybe once or twice every 2 weeks,i have developed a cough 10 months ago which leads to bouts of coughing which last 15 to 20 seconds,my throat will become sore occasionally.
I have taken various cough mixtures,some prescribed by my doctor,and also been prescribed various click inhalers,none of which have cured my problem.
I have recently started taking a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey to reduce the phlegm in my throat,this does seem to have cured the problem slightly but the cough and the scab in the throat are still there.
Does anyone know what my problem is ?the doctors seem clueless.

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  • Get a chest x-ray.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 02:23 AM
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  • look up tonsil stones/debris.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 09:07 AM
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  • In response to the replies regarding my throat problem,had a chest x-ray monster,all clear,no problems there.In reply to the other possibility,its not tonsil stones,but thanks for taking time to post a reply,will keep searching.Anyone else out there who might have a clue as to what i have,i,de be interested to hear from you.
    yamani 2 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 04:02 PM
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  • In response to the replies regarding my throat problem,had a chest x-ray monster,all clear,no problems there.In reply to the other possibility,its not tonsil stones,but thanks for taking time to post a reply,will keep searching.Anyone else out there who might have a clue as to what i have,i,de be interested to hear from you.You don't think is an infection? Perhaps parasites? try Oil of Oregano caplets.What about a reaction to something? Does it get bad with certain foods, fragance? How clean is the room where you sleep? Do you store something questionable in your room? office suplies or books?Frui.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 04:28 PM
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  • The rooms are cleaned regularly and i eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.i,ve been on a few sites concerning oil of oregano,looks very interesting,i,me going to try it,thanks.
    yamani 2 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 10:00 PM
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  • You are welcome.Be careful what you use to clean.Dettol cleaners, and other antiseptics are really bad.http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/facts/safe-fs.htmlFrui.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • August 12, 2007
    • 02:51 AM
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  • Hello,I found your post by googling "coughing up scab" for myself. Your description is *exactly* like my own. I have a tendency toward phlegm, lots of throat-clearing (that runs in my family), and this scab-looking thing about the size of a fingernail that i also cough up about every 2-4 weeks. The center part looks kind of blood-tinged. So I have been worrying about throat or sinus cancer, and in looking fro info came upon your post. I do note that I have this MUCH more in fall-winter. And sometimes MONTHS go by when I don't see it at all. Oh, well, keep me posted as well. Thanks!Susan
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
    • 04:05 PM
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  • I've been sick for over a week now with a severe sore throat and just this morning, I coughed up the same description scab-like, fingernail-size things. I googled the SAME thing "coughing up scabs"...WHAT IS IT???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2009
    • 02:15 PM
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  • I've been sick for over a week now with a severe sore throat and just this morning, I coughed up the same description scab-like, fingernail-size things. I googled the SAME thing "coughing up scabs"...WHAT IS IT???I'm very interested to find out what is going on with those of you who wrote. I have had this problem for several years off and on. My doctors also seem to have no idea why it is happening. I did get a cup for a C&S (spit it into the cup, and it has come back with a bacterial infection both times I was able to get a good sample). The latest infection was due to Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. The other time it was gram-negative rods and gram-positive Staphylococcus. I have seen an ENT doctor about it who has done many tests all of which have been negative. I will soon be doing a laryngoscopy and possibly a tonsillectomy to see if anything can be found or if it is possibly related to the tonsils. I would want to avoid doing this if I knew what it was from, but I have been worrying there is either some sort of foreign body causing me to be more prone to infections or some other thing that is causing some kind of nonhealing sore to periodically form this mucus with blood, sometimes scab attached to mucus. Sounds gross, but that is what happens. It comes from the back of my throat, definitely not coughed up and not from the nose. Very strange.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2010
    • 01:30 AM
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  • I also have had this problem with the recurring mucus scab, which I cough out at least once a week. It feels like it's attached somewhere in the upper left side of my throat. I don't have a problem with sore throats. I always associated "the scab" with my smoking, which I recently gave up. I haven't had it checked out by a doctor yet. I'm thinking that I have some sort of throat ulcer which fills up with mucus or blood and then falls out. The size of the "mucus plug" varies. It's not painful but is annoying when I'm trying to cough it out. Sometimes it just comes out. I've had this for several years. I'm not sure whether it's associated with my vocal cords or not, as I have had bouts of losing my voice in the past.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2010
    • 06:41 PM
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  • My son has been dealing with the same type symptoms for the last four years. He is a college student. He has not been to the doctor about this yet, but is now considering going. He has the coughing, drainage, sorethroat and scabs. He was sick this past weekend with the same symptoms and running a fever with aching. He took Advil and went to bed early on Friday night. He said that his feet were even aching. This morning when he woke up, he coughed up a scab that was a little over an inch in diameter. It looked like a combination of blood, mucos and food and was firm to the touch. He said that he felt better shortly after coughing up the scab. He feels 100% today. He has had mononucleosis in the past. Has anyone else who is experiencing these symptoms had mono in the past? Just trying to consider all the facts in this scenario. Thanks for any information anyone can offer. He is a premed student and is to the point of not wanting to have to deal with this anymore. Time is precious. :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2010
    • 05:19 PM
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  • Did anyone ever figure out what this is? i have this to and i believe i have the solid white tonsil things as well but this is the only one i cant figure out. have not been to the doctor. mom smokes so second hand when i go home. mucus seems to thicken then as well but i spit up these "scabs in mucus" almost every morning. any info will help. thanks!
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  • I'm very interested to find out what is going on with those of you who wrote. I have had this problem for several years off and on. My doctors also seem to have no idea why it is happening. I did get a cup for a C&S (spit it into the cup, and it has come back with a bacterial infection both times I was able to get a good sample). The latest infection was due to Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. The other time it was gram-negative rods and gram-positive Staphylococcus. I have seen an ENT doctor about it who has done many tests all of which have been negative. I will soon be doing a laryngoscopy and possibly a tonsillectomy to see if anything can be found or if it is possibly related to the tonsils. I would want to avoid doing this if I knew what it was from, but I have been worrying there is either some sort of foreign body causing me to be more prone to infections or some other thing that is causing some kind of nonhealing sore to periodically form this mucus with blood, sometimes scab attached to mucus. Sounds gross, but that is what happens. It comes from the back of my throat, definitely not coughed up and not from the nose. Very strange.I also have the same problem that you are descriping! 2x1 cm scab comes out once or twice a week the last 4 month? I also have swollen lymph around the neck and throat, a red rash around the neck, disiness, ear pain and I think due to the longterm problems headache and insomnia. If related or not? I also have muscular pain in thigs, shoulders and tricpes mucles on arms.Did anyone get diagnozed?/B
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  • I have had exactly the same problem now since June 2011 when I had extensive facial plastic surgery. I did NOT have a 'nose job' although I did have at least one stitch in one nostril. I think this problem was possibly the result of some kind of throat/sinus injury to the sphenoid sinuses area (see picture at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paranasal_sinuses_numbers.svg ) during surgery -- perhaps an abrasion created when they put some kind of a tube down my throat during surgery - I don't know.In my case, the scab is about 1/2-inch by 1/4 inch in size, concave in the middle, with blood-vein(y) looking things in it. It also has mucus/puss colored gunk around the edges of it - which is much thicker on one end than the other.This is CLEARLY a scab and although sometimes it is slightly larger or smaller in size it always looks exactly the same -- so I know it is a scab from the same injured area. For several months I was coughing up one of these every couple of weeks like clockwork. Finally, this quit happening for several months and I thought the area had finally healed. Then about two weeks ago to my horror, I coughed up another one which was fairly large but looked exactly the same as the others I had coughed up 4 or 5 months ago. Today I coughed up another one, which was a little smaller, but still had the exact same shape as the others. So now it appears that I am back on the "two week schedule" again for coughing these disgusting things up...Since this keeps recurring, I think it is time to see an ENT so he can scope my throat to see exactly what is going on. This is obviously a scab from some kind of 'wound' I am afraid it may eventually develop into so kind of throat or sinus cancer...Brittany
    Brittmiss 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2011
    • 02:46 PM
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  • I have had this same problem for many years, almost daily. I have always just chalked it up to post nasal drip during the night that has been dried somewhat while in the throat. I usually "sniff" saltwater and it will come up and be gone--- at least until the the next time. It always looks as everyone else has described, no pain involved, just annoying Good luck everyone
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  • I have had exactly the same problem now since June 2011 when I had extensive facial plastic surgery. I did NOT have a 'nose job' although I did have at least one stitch in one nostril. I think this problem was possibly the result of some kind of throat/sinus injury to the sphenoid sinuses area (see picture at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paranasal_sinuses_numbers.svg ) during surgery -- perhaps an abrasion created when they put some kind of a tube down my throat during surgery - I don't know.In my case, the scab is about 1/2-inch by 1/4 inch in size, concave in the middle, with blood-vein(y) looking things in it. It also has mucus/puss colored gunk around the edges of it - which is much thicker on one end than the other.This is CLEARLY a scab and although sometimes it is slightly larger or smaller in size it always looks exactly the same -- so I know it is a scab from the same injured area. For several months I was coughing up one of these every couple of weeks like clockwork. Finally, this quit happening for several months and I thought the area had finally healed. Then about two weeks ago to my horror, I coughed up another one which was fairly large but looked exactly the same as the others I had coughed up 4 or 5 months ago. Today I coughed up another one, which was a little smaller, but still had the exact same shape as the others. So now it appears that I am back on the "two week schedule" again for coughing these disgusting things up...Since this keeps recurring, I think it is time to see an ENT so he can scope my throat to see exactly what is going on. This is obviously a scab from some kind of 'wound' I am afraid it may eventually develop into so kind of throat or sinus cancer...BrittanyBrittany - I am curious if you had your throat scoped what your ENT said. I have experienced the same thing as you describe for the last 12 - 15 years. I have been to 4 ENTs, who have scoped my throat and have had a biopsy of the area, which came back negative. The doctors don't know what it is and don't know why it won't heal. I am a healthy, athletic, 42 year old female. Have never smoked. I did have surgery to repair a deviated septum in my early 20s and have always thought that it was somehow related, but the doctors don't think so.I do notice that it is worse in the winter (dry heat) or after a head cold, when a scab is produced and coughed up nearly every day. In the summer, when the air is moist, it seems to be better or I may go a week before a scab is "ejected" through coughing.However, for the past year or so I haven't coughed up a scab. This may have been due to a trip to Costa Rica where I spent a week in a really humid climate and it was able to heal over. Then I got a head cold and now the scab is back and I'm coughing one up every day. What is odd about it, is that a scab on the outside of your body will heal over more quickly with dry air. The problem with having a scab in your nose/throat is that if it dries out, it causes pain and you want to then get rid of the scab because getting rid of it brings immediate relief. I've always wondered what might happen if I could ignore the pain and leave the scab in there until it just fell off without any coughing to prompt its removal. However, since this really isn't an option (I couldn't tolerate a tight, sore throat for an indefinate length of time), I've found that if you can get new skin to form where the scab would be without the scab forming then you might be able to heal - at least temporariliy. Its tricking though, because if you don't keep it moist enough and a scab forms, and you cough this "rubber cement" thing up, you are basically starting from scratch with the healing process.
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  • Could this be the cold sore virus?
    I've had a cold sore appear every now and then just inside my nose, but a very stressful move and it seems to have moved up inside my nose and now I am coughing up green scabs!
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  • I have the same thing for the past 11 years, my ENT doesn't see anything..I always thought I was the only one with this condition, I live in a tropical climate, and everyday I clear one out. It feels like between my nose and throat, and is very uncomfortable, size of a fingernail, blood tinged, mucousy and firm to touch.My Dr thinks maybe at night I may sleep with my mouth open( I don't know if I do),lying on one side all night, the mucous collects on one side and dries up, just speculation..
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  • I see this post is from 2007, but wanted to know if you have gotten a diagnosis? My father has the exact same problem
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 6, 2014
    • 03:49 PM
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  • First of all, my wife was relieved to read these as she's been having this condition for the last 4 years. She thought she was the only one. There has to be a reason, we just haven't figured it out yet. We've traveled to Haiti and Kenya. We garden in our back yard ALOT. She used to live where they have valley fever. Does any of this sound similar to any of you who have had these symptoms of coughing up the scabs from your throat?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 10, 2015
    • 04:54 AM
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