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Loud cough with blood in sputum and bad breath - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   I have a bad cough that is very loud and it causes mucus with a water like consistance and bad smell when i exhale
User :   and in addition i had basketball tryouts yesterday and i coughed up bloody mucus
Doctor :  
User :   what could that be?
Doctor :  
i will help you in this?
User :   could you tell me what it may be
Doctor :  
please provide your age, gender, location
User :   15 male ny
Doctor :  
do you have fever?
User :   i did a couple days ago but it went away
Doctor :  
is there sputum production?
User :   yeah
Doctor :  
what is the color of sputum?
User :   i dont know didnt check
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
since you have had a history of fever initially
Doctor :  
ang then coughed up blood with sputum
Doctor :  
i will suggest you to do a few tests and a chest examination
Doctor :  
along with chest x-ray
User :   could this be life-threatening?
Doctor :  
as this could probably be due to infection and rupturing of blood vesels in throat which lead to blood in sputum, or it could be tuberculosis,
Doctor :  
this may not life threatening, but can be treated and complications avoided by acting soon
Doctor :  
so please get a chest examination, chest x-ray, and sputum culture and sensitivity and AFB smear done

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