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What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

Mucus production: The cause of white frothy sputum with cough is due to mucus production in the lungs, nose, and sinus. This is the way our immune system gets rid of unwanted and harmful agents who enter our respiratory system. This defensive mechanism is conducted by the immune cells lining the airway with specific antibodies to protect; mucus contains products to kill the agents as well as to wash them away. ...Read more

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I have pink frothy sputum every night,I'm not coughing blood but it's in my spit I took pictures,my liver enzymes go up and down,had a CT .

I have pink frothy sputum every night,I'm not coughing blood but it's in my spit I took pictures,my liver enzymes go up and down,had a CT .

See below: I understand you have blood in your saliva, pink frothy sputum, abnormal liver enzymes, a CT of some part of your body and you took pictures of ?something?. If your looking for advice on what your problem could be it's not possible to tie together the bits of information in your question to give an answer. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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What causes sputum to smell fruity?

Bacteria: There are certain gram negative bacteria (ie like pseudomonas) than can give the sputum a fruity like smell (historically described as grapelike). ...Read more

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What causes the rusty sputum in pneumonia?

What causes the rusty sputum in pneumonia?

Entry of red cells: The rusty sputum tends to occur in the stage of red hepatization of pneumonia when red blood cells leak into the alveolar spaces in the lung. When coughed out, the sputum at this early stage of infection can have a rusty appearance. ...Read more

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Does cough and colds can be cause of sputum?

Does cough and colds can be cause of sputum?

Sputum: Mucus production is normal. Excessive mucus production can be triggered by allergies, irritants and infections (viral, bacteria). Cough is frequently the body's reflex to expel mucus from the lower respiratory tract. ...Read more

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What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

Sputum colors: You may be describing infected or blood streaked sputum. This requires a physical examination and testing to determine the cause. This should not be ignored as the sputum may be the result of serious disease. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology?  They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

Possible ca: Cells appearing in the sputum come from tracheobronchial tree or oronasophanyx. The appearance of atypia may mean that such cells are in transition and that with time a malignant phenotype will appear. Follw up with chest films and oral exam needed until symptoms resolve or progress. ...Read more

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What causes the sputum from pneumonia to be a rust color?

What causes the sputum from pneumonia to be a rust color?

Altered red cells: Inflammation is usually associated with extravasation of red cells and altered red cells and hemoglobin impart rusty color to sputum. ...Read more

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Causes of yellow sputum in morning sometime little black particles in it?

Causes of yellow sputum in morning sometime little black particles in it?

Many possibilities: Post-nasal drip, gastrointestinal reflux, smoking creating brochitis, occupational exposure to pollutants, or living in an area where environmental pollutants are high. If you don't smoke, suggest you see a primary care doctor who may refer you, if necessary, to a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia cause atypical cells in a sputum cytology?

Can pneumonia cause atypical cells in a sputum cytology?

Yes: In short, yes, pneumonia can cause abnormal cells to show up on a sputum cytology- typically we see bacteria or fungus, both possible causes of the pneumonia. Did your doctor or the report tell you exactly what kind of abnormal cells are present? That can say a lot about the source of the abnormal cells. There are numerous other causes for abnormal cells on cytology so talk to your doc to clarify. ...Read more

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Can tear in the capillaries arround the inner tongue cause blood in sputum?

Can tear in the capillaries arround the inner tongue cause blood in sputum?

Blood in Sputum: A tear in the blood vessels in the base of the tongue can cause bleeding, but it is not high up on my list. Go see an ENT for a complete history and exam. ...Read more

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Joseph is a healthy 9 year old.He coughed up specks of blood in his sputum first thing this morning. What is the cause?

Joseph is a healthy 9 year old.He coughed up specks of blood in his sputum first thing this morning. What is the cause?

See Your Doctor: 9 yr old, "coughed specks blood this morning". It is important to determine if the blood was actually from the lungs vs. upper respiratory tract. There is no other data given however sinus congestion/throat clearing over night can result in cough & can produce flecks of blood. It is important to have your child checked to make this determination. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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What causes stiff chest and ribs when i wake up in a morning?it lasts about an hour.and unable to cough sputum up because chest is stiff.only in a.m

What causes stiff chest and ribs when i wake up in a morning?it lasts about an hour.and unable to cough sputum up because chest is stiff.only in a.m

Check your pillow : height, or your bed may be too stiff. You may need a new bed if, it's over 10 years old. If you can get a lower pillow, it would put less stress on your chest & ribs. So that you can get up easily & not have problems breathing or coughing. Mattresses over 10 years all tend to have stiff box springs, may have bacteria, black mold accumulating in it & not be supportive of your back while sleeping. ...Read more

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I cough white sputum every morning during the last 3 years, and it's very difficult to get rid of it, I have to cough hard! what could be the causes?

I cough white sputum every morning during the last 3 years, and it's very difficult to get rid of it, I have to cough hard! what could be the causes?

Cough in 20 yr old: This is a long history of cough. First, make sure you're not using tobacco or other inhaled recreational medications or being exposed to it by friends or coworkers. Second, some patients have "cough variant asthma" which is a lung condition which needs treatment to relieve symptoms. A good history and exam by a doctor with some lung function tests is in order. ...Read more

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What causes brown specled sputum? Quit smoking 3 months ago. Could it be TB?

What causes brown specled sputum? Quit smoking 3 months ago. Could it be TB?

See your doctor : Your symptoms could be due to bronchitis which can be chronic. See your doctor for a physical exam and possibly a chest X-Ray. Talk to your doctor about your concerns about TB and he or she can discuss your risk factors and develop a plan for diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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During college, I had bouts of coughing up lots of sputum, lasted about 2 years. No symptoms since. Could it have cause bronchial damage? Never smoked

During college, I had bouts of coughing up lots of sputum, lasted about 2 years. No symptoms since. Could it have cause bronchial damage? Never smoked

Depends....: It depends on the reason for the abnormal sputum production. The best way to measure your pulmonary function is to do a pulmonary function test. This could show if there is any problem with your lung function. A high resolution CT scan can show what your lungs look like. The 2 tests together can give a good idea of the amount of damage, if any, in your lungs so see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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