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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes coughing up of green phlegm?

I have had a cough with greenish glob of muses for several years. My sister died of stage 4 lung cancer so I had my chest exrayed and my lungs were clear. I smoke pot. I have stopped to see if that was the cause , it didn t seem to change anything. But, maybe I didn t give that enough time? I have several health issues....diabetic use insulin, pacretitis of unknown why. Never drank much. My pancreas actually ruptured? Was suppose to kill me. Obviously that didn t happen. I m 58 years old. Have a hard time with energy levels, keeping body temperature regulated. Have night sweats wake up soaked. Went thru menopause years ago. Get irritable without reason. I fight anxiety all the time. So.?
Mon, 12 Mar 2018
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Cough with green sputum is suggestive of bacterial infection seen in Bronchitis or pneumonia. You may need to get chest x-ray and sputum examination for culture and microscopy.

You can use antibiotics like Amoxicillin Clavulanate thrice a day for five days. In diabetes, a Pseudomonas infection is common so need to start anti Pseudomonas drugs.

Please consult your physician he will examine and treat you accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu
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