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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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I have a cold/flu, but when I cough, it tastes metallic and my sputum is yellow/green. Is this bad? Could it be from smoking?

I have a cold/flu, but when I cough, it tastes metallic and my sputum is yellow/green. Is this bad? Could it be from smoking?

Smoking!: Ok, people often get yellow/green sputum from uri's and as long as it resolves within a week or so then patients do well. If it doesn't resolve after 7-10 days or if it gets worse then see your primary md.
Smoking is bad for your lungs period. It prevents the lung from clearing out infections. And yes, it can be from smoking. The metallic taste can be from the smoking or from the current uri. ...Read more

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White Sputum in my throat for a long time. It is taste a little bit sour. Not felling comfortable. Help pls and what to do?

White Sputum in my throat for a long time. It is taste a little bit sour. Not felling comfortable. Help pls and what to do?

See your doctor: Meanwhile use saline nasal washes, that will help irrigate your nasal passages and reduce secretions and the possible post nasal drainage, which can be from your sinuses, good luck ...Read more

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Grey sputum from lungs (after a 10 day bout of chest cold) since one year plus funny taste and bad breath. X ray and sputum test normal. Pl advise?

Grey sputum from lungs (after a 10 day bout of chest cold) since one year plus funny taste and bad breath. X ray and sputum test normal. Pl advise?

1 year?: If it's been going in for a year, you need a TB blood test and/or current chest xray. You may have a sinus infection which could also cause chronic symptoms such as yours. If TB is excluded, I would consider 4-6 weeks of clindamycin or amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) in the USA), or metronidazole or a macrolide such as azithromycin or clarithromycin. ...Read more

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Went 6 mo PTB treatment in 1999. What's d most reliable test if my TB reactivated? No fever. No coughing. Just fatigue&sour taste. Sputum test negative.

Went 6 mo PTB treatment in 1999. What's d most reliable test if my TB reactivated? No fever. No coughing. Just fatigue&sour taste. Sputum test negative.

TB: Certain chest X-Ray findings such as development of cavitary areas along with positive sputum findings of acid fast bacilli are ways to diagnose reactivation of pulmonary TB. ...Read more

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What's a sputum culture?

What's a sputum culture?

See below: Sputum is the mucus that you cough up. A culture means that the specimen (in this case sputum) is plated on a plate with growth medium and incubated to test for any bacteria (or fungi). The purpose is to see if an infection is causing an illness. If bacteria grows, it is identified with various reagents and then tested for antibiotic susceptibility for treatment purposes. ...Read more

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What does bloody sputum mean?

What does bloody sputum mean?

Depends...: Blood could get mixed with sputum from a variety of locations. Dry nasal passages could crack and bleed into the pharynx getting mixed with secretions. Blood could come from the mouth, pharynx, trachea or esophagus if there was a lesion or infection. True bloody sputum coughed from the lungs should be evaluated as it could arise from infections or even cancer. Best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Any good tips on getting sputum out?

Any good tips on getting sputum out?

Huff cough: Cough techniques can be very helpful. Look online for huff cough techniques. Also if you have any bronchodilator medication (albuterol) or can get humidified air (like in shower), this can be helpful. ...Read more

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What does it mean to check sputum cs?

What does it mean to check sputum cs?

See below: Sputum is the mucus that you cough up. A culture means that the specimen (in this case sputum) is plated on a plate with growth medium and incubated to test for any bacteria (or fungi). The purpose is to see if an infection is causing an illness. If bacteria grows, it is identified with various reagents and then tested for antibiotic susceptibility for treatment purposes. ...Read more

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How long does the sputum culture take?

How long does the sputum culture take?

Hours to weeks: Most bacteria take hours to days to appear in culture. Bugs that cause TB and related infections can take up to 2 months. Some bugs can't be grown in culture at all. Its important to remember that not every bug in a culture is an infection and a negative culture cannot exclude some infections. Cultures are like every other test, with false positive and negatives that your doctor has to interpret. ...Read more

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Any way to reduce the sputum in our body?

Any way to reduce the sputum in our body?

Don't smoke: Breakdown of airways such as is seen with environmental pollution or tobacco smokers increases damage and therefore increased production of sputum. Mostly I recommend airway clearance (sinus rinse) and deep breathing with exercise. ...Read more

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What does elevated eosenophils in sputum mean?

What does elevated eosenophils in sputum mean?

Many conditions: Eosinophils are a type of inflammaatory cell. They can be associated with a number of conditions, including allergic disease, asthma, eosinophilic pneumonia, parasitic disease and malignancy. Your physician may order an IgE, sputum culture, and obtain a genetic as well as travel history to determine the cause. Steroids are used to control inflammation. ...Read more

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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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How is a sputum culture obtained when you are being tested?

How is a sputum culture obtained when you are being tested?

You spit it out.: Basically, you hock up a logey and spit it into a sterile cup. If you can't hock up any phlegm, for whatever reason, they go in after it with a thin tube and suck it out. ...Read more

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Have had sputum for a long time. What can I do to cure this?

Too genera: What do you consider a long time? Are you sick? Are you young or old? What are your medical issues/history? What do you mean with sputum? There is a lot of sputum and phlegm at this time of year. Are you a smoker. Better to see doctor if you are concerned. ...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