Re: why am i coughing up hard white chunks
The soft yellow "stinky" things you refer to are most likely tonsil stones, but the hard, white calcified things sound more like broncholiths--literally stones that form in the bronchi. They are generally harmless and no one is entirely sure why they develop, but they can be associated with certain illnesses. Adults in our patient group, who have a disorder called primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), get recurrent broncholiths (broncholithiasis) and also sometimes have calcified stones drop from their sinuses and ears into their mouths, which can be pretty alarming. It doesn't appear that the formation of these stones is an indication that the underlying disorder is any worse. At least in PCD, they appear to be more of a nuisance than anything else.