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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