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Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

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


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Hello doctor, I have been producing a lot of phelgm because of which i cough periodically. I smoke around 10 cigarettes a day is it because of that?

Hello doctor, I have been producing a lot of phelgm because of which i cough periodically. I smoke around 10 cigarettes a day is it because of that?

Possibly: 1/2 pk/day is a lot. When nicotine wears off, cillia in lungs "sweep" smoke/tar/"stuff" up&out, =cough. If developing early bronchitis, cough could become a permanent feature of your life. Try 2 less cigarettes/day every 2-3 days and make them disappear. Instead, hold a pen and/or occasional lollipop until "what to do w/my hands?" feeling fades. Cough should stop by 2-3 months off cigs. ...Read more

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I have a urti. Is it a sign that I am getting better when I am coughing up a lot of thick yellow mucus?

I have a urti. Is it a sign that I am getting better when I am coughing up a lot of thick yellow mucus?

If improving: Most urti's will cause some thick yellow mucus as they are resolving, but if the symptoms are not getting better, or worsening, they could be due to a secondary infection that may need to be treated. Fever, or shortness of breath, facial pain could all be symptoms that would indicate the need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 24 years old and I am a bit concern because I have been producing a lot of discharge it does sometimes have a foul odor.

Hi, I am 24 years old and I am a bit concern because I have been producing a lot of discharge it does sometimes have a foul odor.

Bacterial vaginosis: Malodorous vaginal discharge is usually a sign of infection. Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection that causes malodorous discharge, that is often worse after intercourse or towards the end of your period. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection, it is caused bacteria that commonly lives in the vagina normally, it is treatable. Sexually transmitted infection (STI) is another possibility. ...Read more

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I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

I am producing clear thick phlegm after I recuperate from cough.. Is that normal?

Normal: Yes, respiratory infections by some viruses might take longer to recuperate and cause cough for several weeks after acute infections. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had a lot of mucous and blood in my stools which I am getting concerned about?

Hi, I have had a lot of mucous and blood in my stools which I am getting concerned about?

Any other symptoms?: This must be new if concerning to you. Bright red blood is usually due to irritation at the rectum and less commonly due to an internal problem. Are you having fevers consistent with an infection? Do you have a normal appetite? Any other symptoms? Will need to know more before offering any kind of potential diagnosis. If concerned, why not see your primary care doc or get a Virtual Consult? ...Read more

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What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

A hard row to hoe: In bronchiectasis bronchi lose underlying structural support compromising mucous clearance from the lung resulting recurrent bronchitis, pneumonia & progressive loss of lung function. Treatment includes postural drainage, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, mucous thinners & antibiotics. Explore causes: smoking, immunodeficiency, cystic fibrosis, å1 antitrypsin deficiency. Some get lung transplants. ...Read more

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I am producing a lot of saliva and feel like I can't breathe well followed by a lot of gas. What can it be?

I am producing a lot of saliva and feel like I can't breathe well followed by a lot of gas. What can it be?

Diet ? : The gas is one problem probably unrelated to salivation. Glycopyrrolate is a medicine that is used to treat hypersalivation, but I would see a GI doc first to tackle both issues, a simple dietary change may help both problems ...Read more

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Hi, am 33 weeks pregnant and I am gettin a lot of diarrhoea I am just wondering what is the cause of this?

Hi, am 33 weeks pregnant and I am gettin a lot of diarrhoea I am just wondering what is the cause of this?

Not normal: Diarrhea is not a normal complication of pregnancy. It is important to maintain hydration to replace the fluid loss. If the symptoms persist beyond 3-5 days, see a doctor for a stool sample. ...Read more

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I am having a lot of itching and yellow thick discharge with no smell and I am using the bathroom a lot more now. What could this be ?

I am having a lot of itching and yellow thick discharge with no smell and I am using the bathroom a lot more now. What could this be ?

Yeast? STD? See MD: Probably an infection of some sort. Itching plus thick discharge (but not so much discharge) suggests yeast infection, but there are other possibilities, including STDs if at risk. Any new, abnormal, or unexplained vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated, so see your doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having this cough for about a month and i cough like really loud with allot of phlegm and i am vomiting phlegm?

Hi, I've been having this cough for about a month and i cough like really loud with allot of phlegm  and i am vomiting phlegm?

Cough: you either have discharge from your nose to your throat which irritates it and causes the cough (due to allergy or sinusitis) or you could have acid reflux. ...Read more

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Help. I am a 53. Yr old female. I. Am. Dizzy. A. Lot. Sometimes. Its. Almost 2 the point of. Passing. Out. I also. Have a type of heartbeat type nois?

Help. I am a 53. Yr old female. I. Am. Dizzy. A. Lot. Sometimes. Its. Almost 2 the point of. Passing. Out.  I also. Have a type of heartbeat type nois?

Dizziness/heartbeat: This could be related to the heartbeat type noise or it could be coincidental and unrelated. You would need to be evaluated and have the heart, blood pressure and other possible causes of the dizziness assessed. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

I am a smoker and cough up green phlegm a lot through the night. Why is this?

Chronic bronchitis: Smokers are more likely to cough at night and first thing in the morning because the smoke damages the lungs ability to clean itself so mucus sits during periods of inactivity, becomes discolored, and then is coughed out. If the green mucus is recent consider viral illness or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Hi I am coughing a lot lately and now I am vomiting up green mucus,,what could be causing this?? I also have chills fever and lost of energy.

Hi I am coughing a lot lately and now I am vomiting up green mucus,,what could be causing this?? I also have chills fever and lost of energy.

? Pneumonia: Please see a doctor for an in person evaluation by additional history, physical examination and likely some tests. If you do not have a doctor, go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a bit concerned as I have had a lot of mucous and blood in my stools?

Hi, I am a bit concerned as I have had a lot of mucous and blood in my stools?

See your MD: This could be hemorroids or it could be an underlying inflammatory process in the bowels. I recommend that you see your MD to have an exam, bloodwork and see if more tests are needed. ...Read more