I occasionally cough up a yellowish-greenish substance from my throat. It looks chunky. I've drastically cut down on my smoking recently, and I am 40 years old. (Pack a day smoker for the last 20 years). The substance is quite hard, and has a rancid/fecal smell to it. It can cause a tickle in my throat for days or even weeks, and I usually cough it out after brushing my teeth. It may range in size anywhere from a BB to the size of a pea. My doc says it is nothing to worry about, but I have my doubts. What is it? What causes it? ? It has become more common recently, and the chunks larger in size. Anything that smells this bad, and sits in my throat for such a long time can't be good for my throat. Is it coming out, because I've practically quit smoking?
My doctor also diagnosed me with chronic bronchitis, but I don't believe I have C.B. I did work in a cold wet environment for 4 years, and that was bad on my health. I've had these things in my throat since I was about 14. I still have my tonsils.
Any answers would be appreciated.