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Cough With Pink Frothy Sputum
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
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
I've had a bad cough fir 2 weeks but getting really breathless today & now bringing up grey frothy sputum x?
Difficulty breathing: time for medical intervention. Take care.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Persistent cough of six days accompanied by originally brown sputum which has become white and frothy. Recommended treatment?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have cough with sputum, I feel better after cough medications but it return again in a short time?
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
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
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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