Types of sputum
- White sputum gray: cough with the exit of phlegm in this color indicates inflammation in the upper respiratory tract or sinus congestion, and taking into account that drinking milk and dairy products can pigment pigmentation in white and also increase its density.
- Green phlegm or dark yellow: This sputum exits a bacterial or viral infection, acute sinus infection, or inflammation of the lower respiratory tract. This color appears when the immune system sends the white blood cells known as “neutrophils” The location of the inflammation, and this type of cells on the green proteins work on the dye of sputum color.
- Brown sputum: This sputum is usually spread by smokers in general due to toxic substances such as tar and tobacco, and it is important to note that some foods such as chocolate and coffee may pigment in this color.
- Sputum phlegm: It is one of the worst colors of sputum, which indicates the presence of pulmonary edema, also known as the accumulation of water on the lung, and may indicate the presence of bleeding in small quantities, and at times the sputum is foam and indicates the existence of heart problems.
- Blood sputum: The so-called blood ox, this indicates a wide range of diseases, if the blood in a small amount indicates inflammation of acute bronchitis and comes out in the form of blood clots accompanied with sputum, and if the blood in large quantities, this indicates tuberculosis, or Pneumonia, lung cancer, or pulmonary embolism, which usually calls for a doctor as soon as possible.
Causes of sputum in infants
The causes of sputum in children are many and some of them:
- In the morning, sputum appears in the form of white gonorrhea due to its return during sleep.
- Smoking in places where children are present.
- Bronchitis, a severe chronic disease, shows clear signs of severe coughing and a sharp rise in temperature.
- Bronchitis, which affects most infants.
- Seasonal sensitivity in spring and summer.
- Exposure to certain preparations that contain odors that irritate the respiratory system.
- Cystic fibrosis disease.