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How to treat persistent cough?

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Posted on Thu, 9 Nov 2017 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: My cough and mucus smell like burnt popcorn, what would that mean if anything
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Answered by Dr. Jnikolla 20 minutes later
Brief Answer:
usually stomach problems

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking in HCM

I can understand your concern

It is more important the color or the amount of sputum than the odour in se.

Usually the bad smell comes from gastrointestinal tract not from the airways. Probably gastric reflux or ulcerations of it causes this smell.

If you don't have any other symptoms such as difficulty in breathing or chronic cough and your chest X Ray is normal than nothing to worry about. Just try to drink a lot of water.

Hope to have been helpful for you

Regards and feel free to ask me again

Dr.Jolanda
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