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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)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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Can sputum color change color after you cough it up? Ie: go from pink to orange?

Can sputum color change color after you cough it up? Ie: go from pink to orange?

May be: If sputum contains fresh blood and inflammatory exudate, the enzymes in the exudate may breakdown red cell and hemoglobin with a resulting change in color. Sputum would probably need to sit at room temperature for a number of hour to see the change. If sputum is collected for lab tests, it should be delivered to the lab asap. ...Read more

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Persistent cough of six days accompanied by originally brown sputum which has become white and frothy. Recommended treatment?

Persistent cough of six days accompanied by originally brown sputum which has become white and frothy. Recommended treatment?

None: Certainly no need for antibiotics
maybe cough medicines to help with the symptoms and plenty of fluids can help
i usually tell patients to take non-prescription antihistamines such as loratadine or cetirizine for 10 days ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

Pneumonia post-op: Better see the surgeon or your primary care physician. Post-operative complications include pneumonia. If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain or persistently elevated fever, go to the emergency room. Blood in the sputum, hemoptysis, is not a good sign. It can occur in pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung cancer, pulmonary edema, for example. ...Read more

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I have cough with sputum for 2 weeks what is your diagnosis?

I have cough with sputum for 2 weeks what is your diagnosis?

Bronchitis: You most likely have bronchitis. Most cases are viral in nature, though there is always a chance of bacterial infection as well. With symptoms for 2 weeks, I am also concerned that you may have developed pneumonia at this point. If your symptoms are not improving, you should seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have (cough with sputum for 2 week) what is your diagnosis??

I have (cough with sputum for 2 week) what is your diagnosis??

Productive cough: Greetings Peter. Wouldn't it be grand if being a doctor was as easy as you might think! The possible causes for your productive cough are numerous. Allergy, Infection (bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral), reflux, Bronchiectasis, neoplastic, exposure related, even ear wax is a possibility. Just to name a few! See your doctor for a more thorough history and physical. ...Read more

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I have cough with sputum, I feel better after cough medications but it return again in a short time?

I have cough with sputum, I feel better after cough medications but it return again in a short time?

Is this of long or: Short duration. Hydrate well with water. Include warm herbal teas or soups. Try using a humidifier. If this has become chronic - see your medical provider. ...Read more

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Baby is 3 months old. Affected by cough since 5 days. Is there any way to expell sputum from baby's cough? She coughs badly..

Baby is 3 months old. Affected by cough since 5 days. Is there any way to expell sputum from baby's cough? She coughs badly..

Nasal saline/M.D.: Cough in an infant who is three months old may be caused by a number of conditions and infections. Supportive treatment includes keeping the baby well hydrated, treating fever, and gently removing mucus from the nasal passages with a bulb suction/infant saline drops. Babies can not spit out the sputum and instead swallow the sputum and may vomit as a result. A chest xray and testing for the cause. ...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've got cough for the past 4 days and it's really bad. When I wake up in the morning, I notice that I've blood in my sputum. Plus I regularly smoke.

I've got cough for the past 4 days and it's really bad. When I wake up in the morning, I notice that I've blood in my sputum. Plus I regularly smoke.

Not good.: Smoking and now blood in sputum may suggest chronic bronchitis although serious causes like underlying lung cancer can not be excluded. Please discuss with your physician and at the very least a chest x ray is warranted. ...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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Clear sputum without cough for 6 months. Sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen I wake up?

Clear sputum without cough for 6 months. Sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen I wake up?

See your FamilyDoc: If you've been coughing for 6mo, it's time to see your FamilyDoc or GP. We generally don't worry too much about sputum color these days as it's not useful in determine if virus or bacteria. Cough can also be due to allergies, heartburn & medication side effects. Streaks of blood is most likely from vigorous coughing but could also suggest worse things. So go see your FamilyDoc or GP. ...Read more

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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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Cough since 2 months and light green coloured sputum. Cough only in dusty surroundings. Pls help?

Cough since 2 months and light green coloured sputum. Cough only in dusty surroundings. Pls help?

See doctor: Sound s like you have an infection. You should see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Why do smokers cough up sputum?

Why do smokers cough up sputum?

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 up to the point that one couldn't breathe over a few months. Over time, the normal cleaning mechanisms of the lungs and windpipe get overwhelmed and the effects of smoking multiply. ...Read more

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Why blood is seen in sputum or in cough in the case of bronchiectasis?

Why blood is seen in sputum or in cough in the case of bronchiectasis?

Blood vessel rupture: Blood in sputum or hemoptysis in the setting of bronchiectasis is due to rupture of tiny blood vessels along the surface of the diseased bronchial tubes. Normally the amount of bleeding is minor but can be significant and require emergent care. Other causes of hemoptysis include infections, cancers and vascular diseases. ...Read more

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Occasionally cough up blood with green sputum. Have had cold over a week. Is that normal?

Occasionally cough up blood with green sputum. Have had cold over a week. Is that normal?

Cough: Cough with blood and green sputum warrant an evaluation by a physician. The physician may decide to treat with antibiotics and/or further testing with a chest xray. ...Read more

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Hello doc. I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that I can do?

Hello doc. I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that I can do?

Yes, stop smoking: The first thing to do is to stop smoking immediately. Smoking irritates the lining of the lungs and this can cause secretions to build up that need to be coughed up. If this persists after being off cigarettes for a few weeks, you should see your physician. Just stop! ...Read more

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Suffering from cough and cold and I can see blood in my sputum. Is it due to long cough in me or there is something else.?

Suffering from cough and cold and I can see blood in my sputum. Is it due to long cough in me or there is something else.?

Blood in sputum: If it is streaks of blood and not clots, likely from coughing irritation. If it is clot/large amount of blood (teasppon pure blood) it is significant and you should seek immediate medical attention (TB, cancer, blood clot).

If coughing > 1 week with no improvement especially if smoker, > 40, fever, allergies, shortness of breath, asthma, need attention. Followup with doctor /urgent care ...Read more

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He have cough with blood stained sputum. The cough began yesetareday then today he got blood stained sputum, pain during cough on chast?

He have cough with blood stained sputum. The cough began yesetareday then today he got blood stained sputum, pain during cough on chast?

See a doctor ASAP: This can be a medical emergency. Needs a full detailed assessment of causes and this will usually require imaging studies (chest x-ray, ct) and examination of sputum along with full history and physical. If you can see a pulmonary specialist or an infectious diseases expert that might be best, but in any event see a professional immediately. ...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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Chesty cough yellow sputum 3 weeks?

Chesty cough yellow sputum 3 weeks?

Mgt: A virtual consult. At be useful. If the cough continues or worsens you may need a course of antibiotics and a diagnostic work up. ...Read more

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I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

Chronic cough: Cough and wheezing are symptoms of asthma. These symptoms can follow influenza or other chest infection. Other less common conditions can also cause these respiratory symptoms. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can review the symptoms, take a chest x-ray, sputum sample, lung function test and possibly other lab tests to accurately diagnose your problem and treat correctly. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

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