Green Sputum

Respiratory infections like pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis, and cystic fibrosis lead to the expulsion of green sputum. It indicates that the body's white blood cells (WBC) are fighting against the infection. The proteins present in the white blood cells are responsible for the green color. Initially, yellow sputum tends to become greenish with indicating increased WBC activity.

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Can rhinosinusitis cause cold, cough and voice hoarseness with green phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from cough and cold for three days now. I have a clogged nose, watery eyes, and hoarseness of voice. My phlegm has turned greenish already. I have recently been diagnosed with LPR but have done with medications though I still feel phlegm down my throat. I have taken A...  Read Full »

Dr. Radela Yvonne Cortes

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need more details before I can suggest you a treatment. When were you diagnosed with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux), and what medicines were given to you? Do you have a fever? Are you asthmatic? Do you have allergies to food and medicines? Do you have any maintenance ...  Read Full »

I took pneumonia treatment, and despite that, I have a cough with greenish-yellow sputum. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor,Two weeks back, I went to the doctor, and he prescribed me tablet Azithromycin, tablet Cetirizine and Pseudoephedrine. But since it did not work, he prescribed me five Ceftriazone injections (500 mg each) and a syrup containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin, and Chlorphenamine. Today is th...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If possible, get a chest x-ray to rule out and know the severity of pneumonia. You may need additional antibiotics because green sputum is suggestive of pseudomonas infection. If the chest x-ray is normal, there is no need to worry abou...  Read Full »

I have been having a lot of phlegm and sputum which is often green in color. What do I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male, about 70 kg. I have been having chronic sinus problems with possible postnasal drip, which was not managed well. I was told that I had GERD four years ago. Lately, I have been having a lot of phlegm and sputum for the last few months when I wake up, which is of...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Before explaining about clinical diagnosis in your case, let me assure you that whatever you are seeing over your pharynx is just reactive lymphoid hyperplasia and nowhere related to cancer. Coming to your ...  Read Full »

Why is there green phlegm in pneumonia even after taking antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. Before three months, an old woman coughed in front of me, I breathed it in and within a few hours I got a fever and chills. I went to a general practitioner after three days and her diagnosis was pneumonia. I had a Rocephin intravenous there and also a vitami...  Read Full »

Dr. Damanjit Duggal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your doctor has made a diagnosis of pneumonia and has given you antibiotics. Your fever has subsided which means the antibiotics have worked. But since you are having green phlegm we need to find out if you require further antibiotics. For that we need a blood count...  Read Full »

Why is there a painful white scab in nostril and green mucus while coughing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a white scab on the inside of my right nostril. It has been there for over a week now. It is very irritating and it hurts when I touch it. I am coughing up alot of green mucus. I was given Amoxicillin for pharyngitis a week ago and thought that would have killed any bacteria th...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per what you say, you have a white scab in your nose. It can be due to viral or allergic rhinitis. You have taken Amoxicillin for pharyngitis. So no need to take any antibiotics now. Just clean your nose with salt water 2 to 3 times a day, the scab will get loosen...  Read Full »

Why am I having allergy with green mucus during coughing?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from dust allergies since childhood and use Foracot 200 and Montair 10 in case I have an episode. From 3 to 4 days, I am having an episode but it is not getting better. Also, I am coughing green mucus (seems like small dots). Does it mean that I have an infection? P...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The green expectoration raises suspicion for pseudomonas infection of the lung. You have to rule out acute bronchitis infection by chest X-ray and spirometry. If bronchoconstriction is present then nebulization of bronchodilator drug like Levosalbutamol can be prescr...  Read Full »

I am having cough and running nose with green sputum following a headache. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been coughing and having running nose, sputum is light green with a distinctive taste while spitting. All this started with a headache and bad binge. Kindly help me with the next course of action.   Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. Regarding a cough and cold, it looks like you have acute pharyngitis. Take tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg once a day for a runny nose. It causes sleepiness in some people so you can take it before bedtime. But if a runny nose is troublesome you can tak...  Read Full »

I have cough with green sputum and stomach pain with loose stools. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have two complaints for the past five days. One is deep hacking cough with greenish sputum and the other is stomach pain with loose stools. No nausea or vomiting. Please advise. Another doctor prescribed Omeprazole and Ranitidine but I have seen no improvement in my condition. Also,...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. By your history and description, the possibility of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is more likely. A cough with greenish expectoration is commonly seen with pseudomonas infection. And this can also cause gastritis and diarrhea. ...  Read Full »

I have been having excess phlegm for last two weeks. Is it throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having excess phlegm for the last two weeks. It is sometimes green in color or clear color. Phlegm comes sometimes when I am talking. There is also hoarseness of voice. I smoke cigarettes, although trying to quit. Have not smoked for three weeks. Can this be throat cancer? I...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Throat cancer is the last diagnosis to be expected. Firstly, you have a bacterial infection revealed by the green sputum. So you have to take an antibiotic as Targo (Levofloxacin) 750 mg once daily for 10 days plus hot fluids. You must have an endoscopic examination of ...  Read Full »

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