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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I have a cough that has been prolonged for 3 months but no cold. It occurs suddenly and intermittently with ejection of white sputum what could it be?

I have a cough that has been prolonged for 3 months but no cold. It occurs suddenly and intermittently with ejection of white sputum what could it be?

Need evaluation: This need evaluation by a healthcare provider. Prolonged cough can be from many different reasons including pertussis, tuberculosis, lung cancer, allergies, congestive heart failure, asthma. Any smoking history makes evaluation necessary sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan

Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan

Yes: Many people will have post-nasal drainage while sleeping that can collect in the back of the throat. When you awake, the first thing your bodt wants to do with that sensation is to clear it out. ...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 is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

See MD!: Please see a doctor ASAP! While coughs can sometimes last for a month, they should be improving. You sound like you are not getting better. You may need a sputum culture and/or a chest xray. You may also need antibiotics and/or other medication. ...Read more

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Dry cough for 2 weeks then productive cough white sputum then vomiting after attacks of cough then after 1 month sputum contain blood ?

Dry cough for 2 weeks then productive cough white sputum then vomiting after attacks of cough then after 1 month sputum contain blood  ?

Cough: Cough is one of the most common symptoms. One of the reasons could be adult whooping cough (cough with vomiting). The "whoop" is characteristic only to kids not adults. Other reasons can be chronic bronchitis for example. Eventually cough begets cough. I would highly recommend a pulmonolgist to check ur lungs, measure their capacity as well as test your phlegm in a culture to diagnose infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

Sputum is mucus that comes up from the lungs and can be ...Read more