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Hello doc. I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that i can do?

Hello doc.  I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that i can do?

Yes, stop smoking: The first thing to do is to stop smoking immediately. Smoking irritates the lining of the lungs and this can cause secretions to build up that need to be coughed up. If this persists after being off cigarettes for a few weeks, you should see your physician. Just stop! ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for two weeks. Lots of sputum, occasionally, there is blood. Havent gone to a specialist yet - should I do it?

I've had a bad cough for two weeks. Lots of sputum, occasionally, there is blood. Havent gone to a specialist yet - should I do it?

Yes...: The most common cause for hemoptysis, coughing blood, is bronchitis. You need to have this evaluated and treated so see your family doctor. If they cannot help you, then see a lung doctor. Coughing blood is potentially serious and definitely needs evaluation. If you are short of breath, go to the nearest ER. Best of luck to you!! ...Read more

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Chest pain with difficult swallowing and a lot of sputum?

Chest pain with difficult swallowing and a lot of sputum?

Time for ER or UC: If you are having chest pain and breathing issues, you need evaluated by a dr, now, to see what is going on. If 23yo, more likely a respiratory issue, but still need seen. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm a 17 year old female. I noticed that, when I suck on my tongue and spit out, I find a lot of blood in my sputum... why is this? Thanks

Hello, I'm a 17 year old female. 
I noticed that, when I suck on my tongue and spit out, I find a lot of blood in my sputum... why is this? 
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Tongue Sucking: Looks like u have had the habit of tongue sucking for a while, which is seen more commonly among younger females. Usually it is benign and may cause some dental alignment issues later on. If u are noticing bleeding for the first time, u need to get your tongue and mouth area checked by a doctor to rule out any inflammation in the area which may be bleeding from the minor friction of sucking. ...Read more

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During college, I had bouts of coughing up lots of sputum, lasted about 2 years. No symptoms since. Could it have cause bronchial damage? Never smoked

During college, I had bouts of coughing up lots of sputum, lasted about 2 years. No symptoms since. Could it have cause bronchial damage? Never smoked

Depends....: It depends on the reason for the abnormal sputum production. The best way to measure your pulmonary function is to do a pulmonary function test. This could show if there is any problem with your lung function. A high resolution CT scan can show what your lungs look like. The 2 tests together can give a good idea of the amount of damage, if any, in your lungs so see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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Whats a sputum culture?

Whats 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