Color of Sputum

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Is it normal to have greener or yellowish sputum in the morning? Or does it mean infection. I was diagnosed with BX 3 months ago and never had an exacerbation.

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    Mine differs but on the whole it starts off yellowish and goes greener and darker as the day does on. if mine is green from the off, it usually means my one a day antibiotic needs a boost to fight infection.

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      Mine is just yellowish or green in the morning and for the rest of the day it's pretty clear.Could that mean infection?

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    Usually when I have an infection, my sputum color changes and I also have fever, chills, aches and fatigue. In those cases when more symptoms are present, I typically will drop a sputum sample by the lab for evaluation. Then my doctor will get the results (3-10 days) and prescribe a medication sensitive to the bacteria that showed up.

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    I am not on a daily anti biotic and if my sputum changes from white to green usually means I have an infection. My doctor leaves me a 5 day course of antibiotics to use at my discretion. I do not abuse and only use if I feel feverish and have the chills as well as the discolouration.

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      A couple of times, I live out in the sticks, in mini mountains so good clean air no pollution except pollen. Do my shopping in the lunch hours when all good French housewives are cooking their husbands dinners ! Keep away from people with colds etc. I have 4 lung diseases (including bronchiectasis so have to be extra careful as now on oxygen.

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    Hi Manu

    i'm not on daily ABs and i never run a fever or get chills. We know i have an issue by the taste & darkenimg of my sputum & by the increase in my coughing.

    With my lungs, i translate darker morning sputum to mean that the sputum has been collecting for 7-8 hrs while i sleep. Lying down is not particularly good for lungs.* This is part of why hospitals hound people to start sitting up & then walking soon after surgery: lessens chances of getting pneumonia.

    They used to tell us that green automatically meant bad in mucus but here they no longer say that. i think Dr. Quack Quack Google still says that. For myself i wouldn't worry about sputum that changes as yours does. We are all different, tho, as you will have surmised from our varying replies. It is hard even 3 yrs after DX for me to know for sure when to call for ABs because i don't run fevers get chills etc. , but it was.so much harder that 1st year of the diagnosis. The general rule is when in doubt, call your doc.

    Clear as mud, isn't it -- or should i say clear as a healthy lung's sputum (sorry, could not resist). Every now and then we have a round of What Color and Texture is Your Sputum? It's a slightly disgusting game which amuses only BXers and pulmonoogists.

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      oops, forgot the asterisk.

      *yes, lying down during postural drainage/using a lung pounder can be good

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    I also have BX.My sputum is usually light straw coloured but can be darker without infection although greenish or yellowish might indicate infection for which you will need antibiotics.If you haven't got pain in the chest or feel unwell it may be nothing to worry about.

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