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Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung?

Parenchymal density: Is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks

Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks

No: You could have more mucus on one side producing more sounds. Pneumonia could affect one side only. Occasionally, you could have aspirated something into one lung causing more problems there. Fungal problems can occur in asthma and could be localized to one side. ...Read more

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How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

Depends...: Smokers, Asthmatics.......have to be treated differently. Without those hx or occupational exposure to dust/fumes....you should take a course of antibiotic like Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Guafenasin, Antihistamin...like Loratadine, Inhaler.....albuterol inhaler 2 puffs 3-4 times a day as needed. Change your tooth brush today. Drink some orange juice (Vit C), chicken noodle soup.......... will be better in 24hrs ...Read more

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I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, acute bronchitis, gerd, post-nasal drip. The cough will worsen with ongoing inflammation from smoking so smoking cessation is vital. Treatment depends on diagnosis and your doctor can help with this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

See doctor...: This could be a sign of bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator inhalers. Some people have coughing instead of wheezing as a sign of bronchospasm. Other possibilities for your cough include post-nasal drip, GERD, bronchitis, etc. The only way to get diagnosed and treated is to see your doctor. You have been coughing long enough!!! Good luck!!! ...Read more

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I've had a non productive cough for a couple months along with wheezing. This happens more prominently at night and early mornings. Why??

Possibly reflux: A nonproductive cough may be caused by environmental triggers, medication, post nasal drip, or reflux, among others. Cough in the evening may occur from gastric acid reflux after eating a large meal, especially if alcohol is consumed. While lying down at night, the cough may get worse and may last into the morning. This remains true even in the absence of reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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What over counter drug can I get for non productive cough, wheezing, crackling for 2 months?

What over counter drug can I get for non productive cough, wheezing, crackling for 2 months?

Only one: If your symptoms go away with an antihistamine only (benadryl, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec or allegra) not any combination pill then this is due to allergies & you should remove all fragrances, aerosols, smoke, candles, in skin care & home. If one of these does not work in an hour & your cough persists you MUST see a doctor to find out the cause. It could be something serious. Naturally, if you smoke, quit. ...Read more

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I have had a chokey productive cough for months. No pain in chest, no fever, worse when I lay down. Doesn't seem to be drainage. No wheezing.

I have had a chokey productive cough for months. No pain in chest, no fever, worse when I lay down. Doesn't seem to be drainage. No wheezing.

Could be allergy: Although this could be reflux--allergy is another cause--you may try an over the counter allergy med in the evening and see if this resolves. ...Read more

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5 y/o developed wheezing, productive cough w/ no fever after exposure to someone who was sick & recently died from pneumonia. Watch or get a checkup?

5 y/o developed wheezing, productive cough w/ no fever after exposure to someone who was sick & recently died from pneumonia. Watch or get a checkup?

Get a check up.: Extremes of ages are always susceptible to contracting diseases, especially the communicable ones. The causative organism being not known in this brief, it could be anything from bacteria, fungi, viruses or worse mycobacteria or others; each category itself being vast. On the contrary it could be simply seasonal adeno or RSV infection manfesting as bronchospasm and cough. Diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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32 y/o asthmatic, gurgling/wheezing sound from chest which isn't normal when breathing in and out, productive cough, pf 54%, advice please?

Need to see your doc: You need to use your rescue inhaler and get in with your family doctor asap. It definitely can be an infectious cause. ...Read more

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Taking cefuroxime axetil for sinusitis for 6 days, still green/yellow productive cough and wheeze. Go back to Dr or wait till finish all 10 days?

Taking cefuroxime axetil for sinusitis for 6 days, still green/yellow productive cough and wheeze. Go back to Dr or wait till finish all 10 days?

Sinusitis: If your symptoms have not improved at all, you may need to be seen again and be switched to a different antibiotic. If you have had some improvement then I would finish the course before rechecking. ...Read more

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Sob always. Wheezing w/forced exhale. Productive cough sinusitis issues. Allergies. Had lung test months ago. Symptoms haven't left. 25 8 pack year hist.

Sob always. Wheezing w/forced exhale. Productive cough sinusitis issues. Allergies. Had lung test months ago. Symptoms haven't left. 25 8 pack year hist.

Quit smoking: Your symptoms are all coming from your smoking habit. So it's important to work with your pcp to find other alternatives to stop smoking, and keep your lungs clear. The irritation from the tobacco, and the particles landing on the tissues of the lungs is irritating it, causing the cilia lining the bronchioles to want to remove it. Plus there's a carcinogenic potential with the byproducts, tar landing on it. ...Read more

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I started with bad heartburn then nasal congestion (runny&stuffed) & cough would spit out yellow & green buggers from my nose to my throat now I wheeze only when inhaling. I tried the inhaler and it made me have a productive cough and get phelgm out?

See doctor: You need to consult your doctor to find out the cause for your problems. If this is something that happens for the first time in the past few days, it may be a viral infection (including a cold). But if this has been happening for weeks, see your doctor and get treated. If you contracted a cold about 10 days ago and now having these symptoms, one needs to consider a bacterial sinusitis. ...Read more

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Could you still have a chest infection even if your not wheezy or coughing up phlegm?

Could you still have a chest infection even if your not wheezy or coughing up phlegm?

Yes: While typical bacterial pneumonia presents with wheezing and productive cough, it can also cause a dry, non-productive cough, chest pain when you breathe, etc. Viral and atypical bacterial pneumonia are also characterized by dry coughs. If you still feel sick, see your physician for a possible chest x-ray or sputum culture. ...Read more

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Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Chest xray: I would recommend a chest xray if not done the addition of a long acting bronchodilator of the cholinergic class especially if you are using your ventolin correctly at least 4 times daily. Occasionally nebulized albuterol is more effective in acute cases. ...Read more

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What could cause a wheezy chest and a productive cough?

What could cause a wheezy chest and a productive cough?

Infection usually: Any infection that causes irritation to the respiratory system will cause a productive cough with sputum. It is your body responding to the infection. Unless you are running fevers or it has been going on for more than two weeks you can probably just wait it out for it to heal. If it has lasted more than two weeks then see your dr. Or if you are running fevers have shortness of breath or pain. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more