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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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

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I have dark brown speckled sputum inside clear sputum for 2 months, no cough , X-ray clean, recently increased with flu , no smoking for 1 week, 22y m, ?

I have dark brown speckled sputum inside clear sputum for 2 months, no cough , X-ray clean, recently increased with flu , no smoking for 1 week, 22y m, ?

Brown sputum: Since no cough and negative x-ray would continue to stay away from smoking and follow up with physician within 1-2 weeks. May require more labs and exam. ...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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For about 2 weeks I have hada "choking cough" where I can't breath AT ALL. Sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. could this be whooping cough?

Needs checking: Whooping cough can be contracted by young adults like your age due to waning immunity by this time from primary immunization many years ago. Signs of whooping cough are similar and due to its contagious nature, especially to vulnerable populations of the young and the elderly, you should see your doctor sooner to get it checked and be treated. ...Read more

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I have had a dry cough for 2 months it is very dry and making me heave very loudly no sputum or vomit comes just dry heaving. what could this be? i have had a chest x ray and bloods tested which was given the all clear. ive taken omprezole however did not

I have had a dry cough for 2 months it is very dry and making me heave very loudly no sputum or vomit comes just dry heaving.
what could this be?
i have had a chest x ray and bloods tested which was given the all clear.
ive taken omprezole however did not

Could be GERD: The acronym we use is GERD, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. It is gastric acid from your stomach getting up and out into your esophagus. While omprezole is a good medication you might need another drug, It is also imperative that you should not lie down until two hours after eating and you should eat slowly, chew your food well and keep in frequent touch with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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At times I get fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing at times. Wheezing, cough that is dry at times. Other times clear sputum. No fever?

At times I get fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing at times. Wheezing, cough that is dry at times. Other times clear sputum. No fever?

Mgt: An inbox consultation can be helpful and imaging studies can be reviewed at that time. Some possible causes include asthma/allergies, prolonged viral infection/inflammation in the lung. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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