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Does it matter if a child's nasal snot is green or clear, when he has cold symptoms?

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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Dr. Patrick Hieberanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Nasal congestion: The common wisdom for decades has been that discolored nasal secretiions indicate a bacterial infection requiring antibiotic treatment. It turns out that myeloperoxidase in white blood cells often cause such discoloration in nasal secretions on days 3-6 of many uncomplicated viral infections that will clear spontaneously without antibiotic treatment by day 10-12.
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Last updated Dec 19, 2017


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