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What does it mean if I have green sweet smelling sputum?

What does it mean if I have green sweet smelling sputum?

Infection likely: Your sputum should either look white or clear. Any color usually indicates an infection. When white blood cells fight bacteria in the sputum they release peroxideases--enzymes similar to hydrogen peroxide--that change the color and the smell of sputum. Green sputum means that you should be checked to see if you have an infection. ...Read more

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Why does sputum change from white to green in the spitoon?

Why does sputum change from white to green in the spitoon?

Bacteria: Bacteria are responsible for the color change. Overtime and warm/moist conditions, bacterial growth increases tremendously. ...Read more

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What does it mean bringing up green sputum and cold and achey all the time?

What does it mean bringing up green sputum and cold and achey all the time?

Lung infection: Sounds like you have bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. You should see your physician if the symptoms last more than 72 hours. Push fluids, get rest, and take Robitussin (guaifenesin) to loosen the mucus. ...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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Can green foul tasting sputum not be an infection?

Can green foul tasting sputum not be an infection?

Unlikely not infect: Green foul tasting sputum may emanate from many sources, but these will usually be areas of infection or bacterial growth within an obstructed or loculated area. This can be from an esophageal diverticulum, sinusitis, aspiration pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and so on. Likely to be infection, although can also suggest malignancy, . ...Read more

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Should i be concerned with green sputum after 4 days on antibiotics?

Should i be concerned with green sputum after 4 days on antibiotics?

Possibly: The clearing up of mucus from the lungs depends on the cause and the patient's underlying lung health. It also depends on how well the antibiotics work on the infection . Green mucus often means an infection with bacteria germs, so let your doctor know. This might be what they expect or they might want to change your antibiotic. Are there other symptoms like fever, cough, weight loss? ...Read more

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I have cough and wheezing sound and green sputum too what could it to be?

I have cough and wheezing sound and green sputum too what could it to be?

Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Wheezing may also be a symptoms. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...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