Every day I cough up what looks like a scab with ugly mucous and blood

Posted by needtoknow @needtoknow, Feb 10, 2016

Every day I cough up what looks like a scab with ugly mucous and tiny amounts of blood. It seems to come from the back of my throat or nose. My doctor has seen the scab but does not see anything wrong. This, to me, seems really odd. Has anyone had this problem?

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Sleeping with one's mouth open causes dryness of the mouth with mucus drying into a scab. Small amounts of blood might result from the tension of removing the dried mucus. Some find relief with a sleep study and a trial of breathing assistance equipment, Continuous Pressure Assistance aka CPAP. Some keep a humidifier in the bedroom and a carafe of drinking water on a bedstand. Rinsing one's mouth and gargling with water when first awake might be helpful. Some use a chin strap to keep the mouth closed.

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Hello. This is my first time commenting on here. I'm a nurse with over 10 year of experience, and 2 of that working directly for ENT specialists. In addition, I am currently suffering from the same symptoms that many have mentioned. Symptoms: Daily mucus plug that is about the size of a full fingernail. It begins with swallowing excessive post-nasal drainage, the drainage builds up, then an irritated and stinging sensation, and finally it reaches a point when I know hacking once more will dislodge it. Once dislodged, it has a firm yet tacky texture with fresh mucus borders. Sometimes it has a scant amount of blood. I have a history of sinonasal surgeries to correct a deviated nasal septum and to open for proper drainage of the sinus cavities. Most recently, I went to my local ENT at Ohio State which is ranked #3 in the country for ENT. They performed a nasal endoscopy and found that I have a nasal perforation at the back base of the septum. He stated he believes that the back of the opening is acting as a dam, preventing the drainage from draining quick enough. This is backing up and allowing it time to dry and become tacky. They have recommended that the perforation be corrected to allow better drainage. Let me say this, it occurs worse in fall and winter (dry months). Note, these symptoms are different than those experiencing scabs in the nose, and different from those with COPD who cough up mucus plugs (this is a lung disorder). Those experiencing what I have would do well to use saline rinses that promote flushing out excess mucus. It is a drainage issue. Best of luck to everyone and may we all gain some relief soon.

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My "adenoid boogers" are the same as yours. I can feel them breaking off and have to race to get water & gargle them out. I haven't in the past 7 years learned how to remove them without water. Interestingly similar I has surgery for deviated septum about 10 years ago. My lovely ENT says that it's from an ongoing mild infection of the adenoid. He's suggested a nasal rinse 2-3 times a day as taking the antibiotics that reduce the infection isn't sustainable over time. He says cauterizing or removing the adenoid will likely not be a solution.

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Any luck? My ENT suspects it might be caused from silent acid reflux that happens while I sleep at night… but we haven’t done anything to explore this possibility further yet… does anyone else on this thread get acid reflux or GERD?

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Interestingly yes, yes I do and with the same "adenoid Booger" dropping down my throat every day or so. My ENT didn't seem to think there was a connection.

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