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Doctor insights on: What Does Pink Frothy Sputum Indicate

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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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I have pink frothy sputum every night,I'm not coughing blood but it's in my spit I took pictures,my liver enzymes go up and down,had a CT .

I have pink frothy sputum every night,I'm not coughing blood but it's in my spit I took pictures,my liver enzymes go up and down,had a CT .

See below: I understand you have blood in your saliva, pink frothy sputum, abnormal liver enzymes, a CT of some part of your body and you took pictures of ?something?. If your looking for advice on what your problem could be it's not possible to tie together the bits of information in your question to give an answer. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

Mucus production: The cause of white frothy sputum with cough is due to mucus production in the lungs, nose, and sinus. This is the way our immune system gets rid of unwanted and harmful agents who enter our respiratory system. This defensive mechanism is conducted by the immune cells lining the airway with specific antibodies to protect; mucus contains products to kill the agents as well as to wash them away. ...Read more

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What do red and black spots in sputum indicate?

What do red and black spots in sputum indicate?

Blood: Sputum/phlegm can sometimes be blood streaked (red spots); if the bleeding has been there for some time the blood will become dark brown/black. Some infections can change the color of the sputum as well. ...Read more

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What does red and black spots in sputum indicate?

Sputum: A common cold, nose bleed, dry mucosa with capillary bleeding, cancer, stomach- lung- throat issue, etc .... ...Read more

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What does weight loss, blood in the sputum indicate?

What does weight loss, blood in the sputum indicate?

Weight loss/blood: If you are a smoker, i would be concerned about lung cancer, although at your age this is very unlikely.I would highly recommend going to see your doctor to be examined and get a chest x-ray ...Read more

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Can sputum color change color after you cough it up? Ie: go from pink to orange?

Can sputum color change color after you cough it up? Ie: go from pink to orange?

May be: If sputum contains fresh blood and inflammatory exudate, the enzymes in the exudate may breakdown red cell and hemoglobin with a resulting change in color. Sputum would probably need to sit at room temperature for a number of hour to see the change. If sputum is collected for lab tests, it should be delivered to the lab asap. ...Read more

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Persistent cough of six days accompanied by originally brown sputum which has become white and frothy. Recommended treatment?

Persistent cough of six days accompanied by originally brown sputum which has become white and frothy. Recommended treatment?

None: certainly no need for antibiotics maybe cough medicines to help with the symptoms and plenty of fluids can help i usually tell patients to take non-prescription antihistamines such as loratadine or cetirizine for 10 days ...Read more

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Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing ?

Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing
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Exacerbation...: It sounds like you are having a COPD exacerbation. If there are no signs of infection, you may need to increase your meds but only under the guidance of your doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe or worsening, go to the er for emergent treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have copd(emphysema/bronchiolitis /asthma . A while ago I was coughing up pink sputum. Now my sputum is orange. What does that mean?

Infection possible: Change in sputum color is usually green or yellow; pink can mean small amounts of blood. Orange is unusual, but could mean infection. Check with your doctor. Some medicines can cause sputum to look orange - Rifampin comes to mind. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

Pneumonia post-op: Better see the surgeon or your primary care physician. Post-operative complications include pneumonia. If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain or persistently elevated fever, go to the emergency room. Blood in the sputum, hemoptysis, is not a good sign. It can occur in pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung cancer, pulmonary edema, for example. ...Read more

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Any way to reduce the sputum in our body?

Any way to reduce the sputum in our body?

Don't smoke: Breakdown of airways such as is seen with environmental pollution or tobacco smokers increases damage and therefore increased production of sputum. Mostly i recommend airway clearance (sinus rinse) and deep breathing with exercise. ...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

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Bronchitis how is a sputum culture done?

Bronchitis how is a sputum culture done?

Cough and spit: Sputum in expelled into a cup and it is examined under a microscope and smeared on culture plate for organisms to grow. ...Read more

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What causes the rusty sputum in pneumonia?

What causes the rusty sputum in pneumonia?

Entry of red cells: The rusty sputum tends to occur in the stage of red hepatization of pneumonia when red blood cells leak into the alveolar spaces in the lung. When coughed out, the sputum at this early stage of infection can have a rusty appearance. ...Read more