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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
See below: Sputum is the mucus that you cough up. A culture means that the specimen (in this case sputum) is plated on a plate with growth medium and incubated ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Coller
12 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends...: Blood could get mixed with sputum from a variety of locations. Dry nasal passages could crack and bleed into the pharynx getting mixed with secretions ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Huff cough: Cough techniques can be very helpful. Look online for huff cough techniques. Also if you have any bronchodilator medication (albuterol) or can get hu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
See below: Sputum is the mucus that you cough up. A culture means that the specimen (in this case sputum) is plated on a plate with growth medium and incubated ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience in Internal Medicine
Exacerbation: Your COPD may be acting up. See your doctor asap so that treatment can be initiated. Better sooner than later, otherwise you might end up needing hosp ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or in ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Cough and antibiotic: There can be a lot of reasons for a cough. Since you are not a smoker the most likely is that this is indeed an infection. Your doctor will try to ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Possibilities...: If this is a change in your sputum color, it may be indicative of infection like acute bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection with post-nasal drip. Th ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Cough green stuff: And your question is? Need lots more information to be able to help. Consult with us here.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Cough: Symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, possibly even strep but un cough specific syrups or tablets are readily availabl ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
11 years experience in Family Medicine
See your doctor: You could have a pneumonia setting in. See your doctor for the appropriate evaluation. Get well soon.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Smoke deposits: Tar and other materials in the smoke get deposited in the lungs. Coughing it out is the only way the body can get rid of it. Otherwise it would build ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easi ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physi ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
41 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Bronchitis: Chest discomfort with white phlegm may be from a viral bronchitis. If the phlegm turns yellow, green or red see the doctor to check for a bacterial in ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pneumonia: You have acute pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis and you need urgent medical attention. You also list no medical history of any conditions or medicati ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience in Medical Oncology
No.: Sputum is produced as a result of bronchitis, which is a condition separate from COPD. COPD is diagnosed by pulmonary function test.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gloria Shenkir
17 years experience in Internal Medicine
Infection.: Fever, facial pain, cough... These all point to infection. Whether the source is sinus or lungs, it's hard to say here on an online forum. Regardless ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Infection: A cough that is productive of discolored sputum is consistent with a lower respiratory infection like pneumonia or bronchitis. Alternatively, signifi ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Cough brown phlegm: Likely bronchitis with irritation and some blood streaking , but if fever may be pneumonia or TB, rarely pulmonary embolism causes streaked cough( ar ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to includ ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Need more info: My recommendation would be to see a doctor asap since coughing up blood never has a benign cause. On the other hand it would be helpful to know how l ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Possibly nasal: You should obviously have that checked out. Any bleeding in the nasal cavity will also give you blood in the sputum. If you have had a bloody nose or ... Read More
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