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I wake up with a mouth filled with disgusting yellow-whitish sputum that smells horrible. Is this a sign of pneumonia?

I wake up with a mouth filled with disgusting yellow-whitish sputum that smells horrible. Is this a sign of pneumonia?

Possibly: Most of the time, pneumonia with a lot of mucus has cough along with it. People with underlying COPD or tuberculosis can cough up phlegm and long-term sinus problems can cause drainage in the mouth, especially in the morning. Acid reflux can also give someone mucus and very bad breath in the morning. This does not sound like just a severe "cold", so contact your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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What causes sputum to smell fruity?

Bacteria: There are certain gram negative bacteria (ie like pseudomonas) than can give the sputum a fruity like smell (historically described as grapelike). ...Read more

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Sputum has foul smell. Not coughing otherwise, no cold, no fever. Do have sinus allergies at certain times of year. ?

Sputum has foul smell. Not coughing otherwise, no cold, no fever. Do have sinus allergies at certain times of year. ?

Several possibles: There are several possibilities for bad odors. First, are you certain it's your sputum that has the odor. I'd ramp up my oral hygiene including flossing, gargle to loosen any food particles stuck in throat, use a Neti Pot to rinse your sinuses daily, and see if these improve things in the next 2 weeks. No smoking or tobacco products. Breath mints ok as long as sugarless (less bacterial growth). ...Read more

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I'm Ashley from Philippines, been really problematic with my body oils since it smells so disgusting though after shower. Help me on how totreat this?

I'm Ashley from Philippines, been really problematic with my body oils since it smells so disgusting though after shower. Help me on how totreat this?

Your profile says: you are a male. However your name is female. In either case, you need to see if your body odor is in any way related to your diet, or industrial exposure or. if it's only occurring after a shower? If it's not relieved by deodorant (natural or synthetic), you should see your primary care provider, and have it evaluated further, especially if it's in the groin. Want to make sure it's not infection. ...Read more

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What does disgusting discharge from the vagina ?That smells like rotten egg means?

What does disgusting discharge from the vagina ?That smells like rotten egg means?

Possible infection: If there is a discharge, a sample of that discharge needs to be obtained for testing by your provider, and then therapy directed to the specific organism. ...Read more

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I am having a miscarriage, bleeding has slowed up but the loss is disgusting, smells so bad! ... ?

I am having a miscarriage, bleeding has slowed up but the loss is disgusting, smells so bad! ... ?

Call your OB: the odor is quite concerning. this might be a septic abortion (miscarriage) and you most likely need antibiotics. ...Read more