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Cold, cough, green sputum with streaks of blood - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   I caught a cough and cold last week
User :   the cough is almost gone however the cold is worse
Doctor :  
please proceed with your health query
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
what symptoms are you having still?
User :   the mucus is still very thick (greenish color) in the morning, yellowish in the afternoon and evening.
User :   yesterday ther were streaks of brown and this morning there was blood from one nostril
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
have you taken any medications for these till now since your symptoms started.
User :   no. taking vitamin c and chawanprash. also doing steaming occasionally. this time steaming too hasn't helped
Doctor :  
since your sputum is greenish in color it signifies infection, which is mostly bacterial
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and hence the need for you to take antibiotics
User :   but there's no fever
Doctor :  
i would recommend that you take a sputum culture and sensitivity test along with a sputum AFB test
User :   ok
Doctor :  
fever is manifested when the body is not able to control the infection and the temperature regulation is disturbed
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but the fact that the sputum color is not white tells that there is infection
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which needs to be treated effectively
User :   ok
Doctor :  
so get these tests done and meet an ENT specialist for the same
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the reports will take about 72 hours to be completely ready
User :   ok
Doctor :  
in the meanwhile you should start taking teh antibiotics prescribed by the ENT specialist
Doctor :  
have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes. will go visit an ENT specialist.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   thankyou for your help
Doctor :  
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