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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 a symptom of infection.

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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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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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Allergies (Tip)

Allergies

The IgA type of protective antibody is found in human bile, milk, sputum, saliva, and sweat. ...See 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 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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Living with COPD (Tip)

Living with COPD

Don't smoke; eat well; try to walk every day. Call doctor for increased cough, sputum, or SOB. ...See 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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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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Flu & Cold (Tip)

Flu & Cold

Flu has fever (> 100.5) and cough without sputum or nasal discharge. ...See 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 to loosen the mucus. ...Read more

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