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may i just ask...i'm 18 yrs old...and i'm a smoker only during school days...since it's christmas vacation i had to stop...dec23 i had a fever and experienced chills all throughout my body..the fever only lasted for 2 days during those times...i have colds and cough,every time i cough phlegm it has red pigments in it (but not totally covered with the pigment)...a week has passed and the blood is appearing disappearing...my phlegm is almost colored white already though...what shall i do?


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replied January 20th, 2010
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A9357


Given the data you provided (fever for two days, phlegm that has blood ocassionally and is now white), you might have experienced a common cold that was accompanied with a bacterial infection. The bacterial infection was probably secondary and caused the phlegm. This indicates that the infection might have already affected the lower respiratory organs and now you are likely experiencing bronchitis. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (the branches of the trachea). The blood is often seen when an intensive cough is present for several days. The reason for this is that the fast airflow might damage the respiratory mucosa which is already irittated with the inflammation.

You might want to visit a general practitioner for a physical examination. A sputum culture (phlegm culture) might be needed in order to determine the exact bacteria and the most effective antibiotic against it.



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