Q. What causes wheezing and reddish sputum in coughing?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 14, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 47-year-old male and am a patient with allergic asthma. I have been using an Aerocort inhaler for the last 10 to 15 years, and more or less, there has not been any serious issue. A day before yesterday, I was on an official trip, checked in at a hotel the previous night, and took a chilled beer. After some time, I got a whizzing sound from my chest or respiratory tract. My situation worsened slightly, and I started coughing out mucous sputum. The sputum was pink and red. This made me very uncomfortable for another 30 to 45 min or an hour or so. I again used an Aerocort inhaler to control my breath and revert to normal. The coughing every time and more than 15 to 20 times, I spitted out with reddish or tinge red sputum. Since then, I was on an official trip; I controlled my breath and continued going out and doing some agricultural field research jobs, which I was supposed to do. Please help and advise suitable onward investigation and confirmation of my being well.



Welcome to

Kindly answer the following questions so I can guide you further-

Did your wheeze start after visiting any particular agricultural field? Did you go near any particular plant? Did you eat something unusual like nuts or prawns etc.?

Have you found out what you are allergic to?

Is any skin prick testing or allergy testing done on you?

Was there a pus in sputum ?

Did you have any fever, throat pain, or chest pain?

Do you smoke?

The investigations you must subject yourself to now are-

1. Sputum examination.

2. Sputum culture and sensitivity.

3. Complete blood count

4. Serum IgE (immunoglobulin E).

5. Chest X-Ray.

If serum IgE shows positive allergy, you will have to get a skin prick test or a blood immuno CAP (community-acquired pneumonia) test to find the allergen.

Thank you.

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