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I've had watery lungs chronic cough fatigue + mucus in sputum-1/1/14. I've taken augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and prednisone. Recurring cold sxs. I've seen 2 drs. Help!

I've had watery lungs chronic cough fatigue + mucus in sputum-1/1/14.  I've taken augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and prednisone. Recurring cold sxs. I've seen 2 drs. Help!

Many possibilities: A chest x-ray and a ct sinus may give a clue as to infectious etiologies. If your symptoms continue a visit to an allergist, pulmonologist or ENT may be in order. Some viruses can cause a chronic cough for months after the initial infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Layne Gentry
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Coughing up dark grey sputum since i started using heat little runny nose and slight headache?

Coughing up dark grey sputum since i started using heat little runny nose and slight headache?

Indoor air pollution: I get the feeling that your heat source is malfunctioning or inappropriate. It will make a difference what sort of heating you have and if you own or rent. It could be as modest as a good filter or as expensive as a new system. If it's 'bad', you need to correct it or you can get really ill. I'd need more info to say more. Do check into it - it can be serious. Best! ...Read more

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Painful to breathe in, cough, some sputum, extremely tired, asthma (ventolin not helping), no other cold/flu symptoms (runny nose) on advair. ??

Painful to breathe in, cough, some sputum, extremely tired, asthma (ventolin not helping), no other cold/flu symptoms (runny nose) on advair. ??

See doctor now: Your asthma appears to be reaching crisis level and likely require systemic cortisone. See your doctor today or go to the nearest urgent care if you can't get an appt. Do not delay even for another second. ...Read more

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Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Not COPD: There are a number of things that can cause the symptoms you describe. This winter here in the Midwest has been cold and dry, and those environmental factors can aggravate your upper airway. At your age, you don't have COPD. My guess is you've had a tough winter season. Any other concerns, see your physician. ...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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How to make sputum for sputum test?

How to make sputum for sputum test?

Coughing: Sputum is mucous material from the lungs/respiratory tract that is produced by coughing. ...Read more

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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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What can a sputum sample tell doctors?

What can a sputum sample tell doctors?

The most: Important information would be the presence of inflammatory cells supporting an infection, and more specifically bacteria. If present the culture can guide the choice of the most effective antibitioics. ...Read more