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I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and i saw blood and pus on it. Why?

I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and i saw blood and pus on it. Why?

Red tonsils: The redness is a sign of inflammation. Tonsils are a lymph gland that can swell with any type of infection. They trap dead/dying white blood cells. The blood is likely from the raw surface due to swelling - and the pus is likely from a low grade viral infection you have. Are you running a fever? I would monitor it for several days. If it continues you should see a doctor. ...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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Hi, I'm 22 yrs old, F. Just wanna ask about my sputum results. 1stday: No AFB seen, PUS cells:few, Epithelial cells:few. 2nd day same except PUS:rare?

Hi, I'm 22 yrs old, F. Just wanna ask about my sputum results. 1stday: No AFB seen, PUS cells:few, Epithelial cells:few. 2nd day same except PUS:rare?

Pus cells;WBCs: Pus cells are white blood cells. It is normal to have a few or rare pus cells in a sputum but it would be concerning for infection if there were large numbers of them. AFB are acid fast bacilli and these are a marker for tuberculosis. The results are normal on both days with no sign of infection or AFB. However if they are concerned about TB with you then a sputum culture is needed. ...Read more

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Gram stain sputum- presence of few epithelial cells, moderate number of pus cells,few gram positive cocci in chain observed in smear What does this in?

Gram stain sputum- presence of few epithelial cells, moderate number of pus cells,few gram positive cocci in chain observed in smear
What does this in?

Sputum gram stain: Sputum gram stain testing is not done nearly as often as it once was, since we now know it usually isn't very helpful in diagnosis. The white blood cells (pus cells) suggest infection like bronchitis or pneumonia -- but it's usually possible to judge this just by appearance of the sputum (e.g., yellow or green mucus). Gram pos cocci could be entirely normal bacteria. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pus in the lymp node in neck right side? Is it tb? Chest xray & sputum is normal. Esr is 48mm& eosophils is 08%.

What are the  causes of pus in the lymp node in neck right side? Is it tb? Chest xray & sputum is normal. Esr is 48mm& eosophils is 08%.

Need more info: This could be one of many diagnoses and needs to be discussed with the doctors who have the results of the tests. Can be tuberculosis, as well as other infectious or non-infectious inflammatory conditions. The eosinophilia is compatible with TB, but also with other diseases. Good luck. ...Read more

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Supra cavicular lymphadenopathy wit probable central necrosis Chest xray n sputum clear ESR 48mm& Eonsophils 08% Pus in lymp node causes?m 20 female.

Supra cavicular lymphadenopathy wit probable central necrosis Chest xray n sputum clear ESR 48mm& Eonsophils 08% Pus in lymp node causes?m 20 female.

Infected node: Supraclavicular nodes are either primarily involved with infectious process derived from lung but ruled out by chest film. Occassional neoplastic spread to node can cause necrosis but more frequently enlarges. Best approach is to biopsy node and culture the necrotic area. Cause if no malignancy present will be detemined by organism grown out. ...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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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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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 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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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

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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Sputum (Definition)

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