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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   i am having a heavy cough with green chuncks or mucus coming up it has been a progressive cough. When should i get it checked?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   HI
Doctor :  
do you have fever ?
User :   no
Doctor :  
chest pain ?
User :   slight
Doctor :  
running nose and cold ?
User :   no
Doctor :  
from how long do you have this cough ?
User :   i have had the cough for four days now
Doctor :  
and green sputum from when ?
User :   a milder cough for a week before that
User :   three days ago
Doctor :  
have you taken any medications ?
User :   i can see mucus on the back of my throat when i shine a flash light into my mouth
User :   not any more
User :   i had mirena in and had it removed on thursday
User :   only a few time when i cough i cough up blood streaked mucus
User :   that has been through out to day
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
do you have any allergy problems or faced it in the past
User :   never
Doctor :   has the cough decreased in the intensity from the day it started or is it still with the same

User :   it is stronger and i feel as though i need to force something out everytime i cough
User :   it hursts to cough deep in my throat and chest
User :   i had an chest x-ray on wednesday that came back clear
Doctor :  
Doctor :   was sputum sample also sent for the examination ?
User :   no
Doctor :   any blood tests was done ?
User :   no
User :   i had to breath in the tube the measure how well i breath and i reached 350 they said that was not great but i do not know much about that test
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
what did the doctor say after auscultating the chest
User :   it did not sound like there was weezing
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
was any medicine prescribed ?
User :   no
Doctor :  
cough with increasing intensity, green sputum with occasional blood streaks, and chest and throat pain this definitely requires to be checked with the doctor again
User :   could the blood streaks be caused by tearing in my throat?
User :   from my cough
Doctor :   yeas and it may be because of the coughing

Doctor :   and the chest pain is also due to coughing
Doctor :   green color sputum indicates secondary infection
User :   could that be missed on an x-ray
Doctor :   initially when the x ray was taken i think the sputum was not greenish

User :   ture it was barely yellow
Doctor :  
and now it has turned greenish.
User :   yes
Doctor :   most of the time the mild infections will not be picked by the x rays
Doctor :  
it has to be pneumonia for the x ray to show up some features
Doctor :   for symptomatic relief you can take tab Advil cold and cough two or three times a day
Doctor :   after a physical examination the doctor will decide whether there is any need for the antibiotics
User :   could stress cause these symptoms?
Doctor :   stress do not cause cough and green sputum
User :   ok
Doctor :  
if you have difficulty in bring out the sputum you can take steam inhalation with some salt added in the water.
Doctor :  
this will loosen the thick sputum and will be easier to cough it out
User :   ok
User :   cold i do the steam inhalation with a shower
Doctor :   yes you can
User :   good thank you
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
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