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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Coughing for 1 month, not resolved by meds. Thick yellowish green sputum sometimes got brown spot. No fever no pain only the cough. Throat felt itchy?

Coughing for 1 month, not resolved by meds. Thick yellowish green sputum sometimes got brown spot. No fever no pain only the cough. Throat felt itchy?

Cough?: There are many reasons for a cough, many of which are non-infectious and do not require antibiotics. Some are even caused by medicines. You have to at a minimum have a virtual consult, but preferably see a live doc who will get a full history, a thorough physical exam, maybe some lab tests and come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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Does cough and colds can be cause of sputum?

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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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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Dr. Layne Gentry
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