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Causes Of Frothy Sputum
Cold: There are sources of blood, like the stomach, the lungs and the nose and posterior pharynx. In time of cold or upper respiratory infection, there is mucous which is thicker than the plasma. This draws the fluid from the blood vessels in the nose and the pharynx which are to the surface and they can pop and hence you cough up blood. If possible other causes, please go see your doctor. ...Read more
Possibly...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is a possible cause for these symptoms. If a productive cough lasts 3 weeks or longer, it needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If there is shortness of breath, you should be evaluated today, in an er if your doctor can't see you right away! there is no cure for chronic bronchitis but symptoms can be controlled with therapy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Both...: The most common cause of coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, there are many other conditions that can cause hemoptysis including malignancy. Therefore, hemoptysis is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by your doctor so that the correct treatment can be rendered once the diagnosis is made. ...Read more
PND: What your describing could be several things..But the first thing that comes to mind is post nasal drip. It can become quite thick and cause a lot of clear phlegm expectoration. If you find yourself clearing your throat constantly..It may well be this. You should see your pcp in case its something more severe. ...Read more
Infection?: This sort of discharge usually suggests an infection, including gonorrhea, chlamydia or trichomonas if at risk for STD. Hormonal problems (e.g. contraception dose), miscarriage, or other problems also are possible. Any new, abnormal, or unexplained vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated. See your doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more
Many things: possible that you the infection didn't go away and that your immune system is suppressed ...Read more
Many!: Lungs: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia (100 causes), pulm. Embolism ("clot"), pneumothorax, tumor, effusion and more. Heart: CHF with 100 causes anemia, thyroid xs or deficiency, obesity, rib cage deformity, paralyzed diaphragm, neuromuscular disorders (ms, als), foreign body, aspiration, psychogenic, hyperventilation, metabolic acidosis. I'm sure i've forgotten a few. ...Read more
What is causing sudden thick gel-like yellow vaginal discharge with faint streaks of blood.No other symptoms.
Coughing/bringing up phlegm, no other symptoms of cold/flu. Phlegm is usually whitish clear. Why?
Most common: cause is ALLERGY! If there is no inflammation from infection (yellowish/green sputum) then you most likely have an allergic tracheobronchitis ( a "relative" of asthma) An anti-histamine containing expectorant might help (eg: Phenergan (promethazine) Excpectorant) Check with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
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