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for several weeks I have woken with black or dark brown saliva.

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for several weeks I have woken with black or dark brown saliva. I recently had an attack of Lichen Planus is there a connection? in any case what is the causeand what treatment exists for the saliva problem?
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi--I assume the lichen planus was oral? How was it treated and did it completely resolve? Any other symptoms like sore gums, sore throat, cough, sinus congestion or heartburn?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes the attack was oral and also affected the soles of my feet. Mouth treated with steroids, feet and waistline rash with ointments

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Sheila--can you answer my other questions please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

can't see an answer, not satisfied yet.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
This is a question and answer format--I will give you an answer Sheila but first can you help me out by answering these questions:
Any other symptoms like sore gums, sore throat, cough, sinus congestion or heartburn?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no other symptoms.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK. I can only give you the possibilities here Sheila but this needs to be checked out by your doctor. First off, this isn't likely from the lichen planus. Brown saliva could be saliva that's been mixed with blood and if that were the case, if there is nothing like gum inflammation or any other mouth problems it could be blood from the lungs or from a post nasal discharge from a sinus infection If this is not blood it could be from overnight gastric acid reflux even if you have no heartburn problems. If I were your doctor of course I would examine your mouth, sinuses and lungs and I would also get a chest x-ray and perhaps a ct scan of your sinuses. This may not indicate anything too serious but a symp***** *****ke this needs evaluation
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