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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 is this frothy sputum im coughing up?

What is this frothy sputum im coughing up?

We are not able: To suggest an answer to this broad of a question without knowing your full past and current medical history. There are more than 40 things that can cause frothy septum. Make an appointment for an evaluation with a health care professional for a thorough evaluation. ...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?

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

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Does cough and colds can be cause of sputum?

Does cough and colds can be cause of sputum?

Sputum: Mucus production is normal. Excessive mucus production can be triggered by allergies, irritants and infections (viral, bacteria). Cough is frequently the body's reflex to expel mucus from the lower respiratory tract. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have blood in my sputum?

Talk to your doctor: Blood in sputum is never normal. Depending on the patient's age, health and lung condition (s), it can be something that needs an immediate full-scale evaluation or a brief time to see if it comes back. Let your doctor know what you are seeing and whether there are other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, shortness of breath or other new problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

Monitor closely!: Blood in sputum is usually due to a respiratory infection, with blood coming from superficial blood vessels traumatized by coughing, and should resolve as one recovers. However, other causes exist and the amount of blood expelled, and for how long, needs to be monitored closely. If it frank blood, instead of blood tinged sputum, or ever more than a tablespoon, please call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How dangerous is ecoli in the sputum? What to do?

How dangerous is ecoli in the sputum? What to do?

E. coli is a GI bug: This almost doesn't quite make sense - for someone to have E. coli in the sputum means that something from the GI tract contaminated that. This can occur with aspiration pneumonia (a patient vomits and then gets pneumonia from that) or, rarely, there is E. coli in the blood stream that settles into the lungs. To me, it's a matter of matching the lab findings with what's going on with the patient. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Should I be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Yes: Except for the transient coughing of blood with a chest cold, this is always a danger sign. Your physician knows what to do. ...Read more

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How to prevent too much sputum secretions at night?

How to prevent too much sputum secretions at night?

Clear airway: Clear airway prior to bedtime, remove allergens from room, and make sure nasal passageways are clear (using sinus rinse). ...Read more

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Why is it during my sleep hour my sputum is flowing?

Why is it during my sleep hour my sputum is flowing?

Are referring: To mucus in the back of your throat? It is actually flowing during the day too, but gravity pulls it down. At night it pools in the throat and you can wake up with a bunch of yuck. ...Read more

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What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

What causes yellowish round balls and brown long lines in sputum?

Sputum colors: You may be describing infected or blood streaked sputum. This requires a physical examination and testing to determine the cause. This should not be ignored as the sputum may be the result of serious disease. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it you're negative in sputum test but positive in sputum culture?

Why is it you're negative in sputum test but positive in sputum culture?

Culture: A culture is more sensitive for smaller amounts of infection not easily seen by smear, but it does usually take a bit longer. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a sputum culture that came back gram positive cocci?

Should I be concerned about a sputum culture that came back gram positive cocci?

Sputum: Sputum gram stain and cultures are generally not useful. Why was yours done? A culture/gram stain done from another source may be better. ...Read more

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Cough since 2 months and light green coloured sputum. Cough only in dusty surroundings. Pls help?

Cough since 2 months and light green coloured sputum. Cough only in dusty surroundings. Pls help?

See doctor: Sound s like you have an infection. You should see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

Possible ca: Cells appearing in the sputum come from tracheobronchial tree or oronasophanyx. The appearance of atypia may mean that such cells are in transition and that with time a malignant phenotype will appear. Follw up with chest films and oral exam needed until symptoms resolve or progress. ...Read more

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My x-ray, sputum (nil) and mantoux text are positive for t.B but I don't have any symptoms. How is this possible?

My x-ray, sputum (nil) and mantoux text are positive for t.B but I don't have any symptoms. How is this possible?

Silent disease: You can be infected with TB without having symptoms. Tb can also be inactive for long periods of time, however, having a positive xray suggests you have active disease. This website ay be helpful:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my x-ray, sputum (nil) and mantoux text are positive for t.b but I don't have any symptoms.?

What do you suggest if my x-ray, sputum (nil) and mantoux text are positive for t.b but I don't have any symptoms.?

It can occur: If you have tested positive for TB and have a positive Chest radiograph, then you will need to be treated for TB. It is fortunate that your disease is not severe enough at present, to result in symptoms. In addition, the local health department will provide testing for household and close contacts. ...Read more

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Are bacteria always present in sputum?

Are bacteria always present in sputum?

See below: Sputum specimens are generally obtained when a patient coughs up a specimen. This sputum is briefly in the mouth which is full of various usual flora bacteria. The sputum specimen usually grows some of these oral flora on culture. When patients are receiving antibiotics or if sputum is obtained directly from the bronchi via transtracheal aspirate or bronchoscopy the sputum can be sterile. ...Read more