Let's talk sputum

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I've had BX for three years, colonized with MSSA (staph). My sputum is typically a greyish green. But sometimes I cough up what looks like brownish/dark green "rice". These nuggets have the consistency and shape of rice - can't think of a better way to describe them.

Ideally I'd like to submit this "sputum rice" to the lab, but I don't always have a sample cup ready when I cough one up. They can be hard to predict! I also asked my allergist doc about them, but he has no idea.

I am wondering if anyone has had similar "rice" sputum, and happens to know what these are? I'm also curious if others only cough up sputum during exacerbations, or is it a regular occurrence?

Thanks! And many apologies if you're reading this during lunch.

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