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Yellow throat phlegm for two months

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 11, 2009
  • 02:05 PM

Its been two months since my chest infection. A recent x-ray revealed that my left lung was slightly inflammed near the diaphragm. Ive been spitting out yellow-green sputum for two consecutive months now. A week ago, I got a mild case of tonsilitis, which is now better, but the phlegm that keeps coming is still very yellow-greenish and thick. Does this mean my chest infection is still not ok completely? Is the bacteria still there? Can another chest infection possibly recurr if the phlegm keeps coming? Is it something I should get checked out?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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  • You probably have developed a condition called Atelectasis. This is small part of lung that has collapsed near the diaphragm. Usually a prolonged antibiotic course with breathing exercises (called incentive spirometry, available over the counter) helps to reexpand the lung. If you are smoking, yo absolutely have to stop that. also sleep on the normal side of the chest (keep it lower) that will help secretions from pooling on the bad side. best diagnostic test is CT scan of the chest. this condition can sometime become chronic so talk to your doctor about it. Its been two months since my chest infection. A recent x-ray revealed that my left lung was slightly inflammed near the diaphragm. Ive been spitting out yellow-green sputum for two consecutive months now. A week ago, I got a mild case of tonsilitis, which is now better, but the phlegm that keeps coming is still very yellow-greenish and thick. Does this mean my chest infection is still not ok completely? Is the bacteria still there? Can another chest infection possibly recurr if the phlegm keeps coming? Is it something I should get checked out?Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • siima,You didn't mention whether your original chest infection two months ago was treated with antibiotics. If so, it didn't resolve completely as you no doubt still have a respiratory infection...very likely at least a mild pneumnonia...now. The thick yellow-green phlegm that you are coughing up is a certain sign that bacteria are still present.You definitely need to be seen and have a further course of antibiotics. In the meantime, drinking lots of water and taking an OTC expectorant-type cough syrup (guaifenesin) will help thin and promote clearing of those thick secretions. But see a doc soon (and be sure to completely finish any prescribed antibiotics).Be well!! John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • siima,You didn't mention whether your original chest infection two months ago was treated with antibiotics. If so, it didn't resolve completely as you no doubt still have a respiratory infection...very likely at least a mild pneumnonia...now. The thick yellow-green phlegm that you are coughing up is a certain sign that bacteria are still present.You definitely need to be seen and have a further course of antibiotics. In the meantime, drinking lots of water and taking an OTC expectorant-type cough syrup (guaifenesin) will help thin and promote clearing of those thick secretions. But see a doc soon (and be sure to completely finish any prescribed antibiotics).Be well!! JohnThanks so much for the reply! Yes, john, i've had to take augmentin, roxide and penicillin in the past two months. Augmentin for 5 days was the first course (when I initially got the chest infection), then roxide for the 8 days (when pain in my throat returned after a month), and penicillin for 8 days (for treating the tonsilitis). A blood test I did earlier showed that I have antibodies produced by all species of Chlamydia (C.pneumonia, C.psitacci and C.trachomatis). The test was inconclusive as to which type it was and I have to repeat the test in a week. My doctor thinks that because I have already previously taken a course of roxide, that the Chlamydia pneumonia would have been treated. But I stil get chest tightness which worsens at night, and feel slightly feverish. Should I consider seeing a chest specialist?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the reply. U know, the chest tightness i've been feeling has been on the left side (the same side with the lung inflammation). But the chest tightness only started a few days after tonsillitis, so only about days so far (before theat I've been ok for a month, with only yellow-green phlegm coming up). And recently i've noticed that I cant life heavy things with my left arms, it feels like I cant support it. And the left shoulder feels lower than the right! I thought it might be in my head and that I'm worrying far too much. But im not i guess. s so i really do have to see a chest specialist then?
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  • Hi again siima,If you're a relatively healthy person it's highly unlikely that you have, what magubdm suggests, atelectasis. Atelectasis is a condition of the lung where the increased secretions produced by an infectious process (pneumonia) consolidate in the affected area and become extremely difficult/impossible to expectorate. From youyr description, it's likely that you still have a residual left lower lobe pneumonia.I'd expect a finding of atelectasis in someone who has had a pneumonia and is either wheelchair-bound or bedridden and/or who has a compromised cough. It's highly unlikely that this will occur in a healthy walking-around person who has a productive cough.Be well!! John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the replies! much appreciated. I was given augmentin (for 5 days) for the chest infection, then roxide a month later (for 8 days) coz pain the throat recurred. Then was given penicillin (for tonsillitis) for 8 days. A recent blood test I did showed that I had antibodies of every species Chlamydia bacteria (c.pneumonia, and two other), but the test was inconclusive as to which one it was. so i have to repeat in a week. I have noticed that since the tonsilitis, chest tightness like ive never felt before has started occuring. It comes and goes, but gets worse at night sometimes, and it becomes abit hard to take deep breaths. The tightness is felt on the left side of my chest (left lung has the inflammation). I cant life anything heavy with my left arm now. What do u think is happening to me? And I do have an autoimmune thyroid condition and since I have not been able to eat well for a week, am feeling very fatigued. PLease help.
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  • I am so glad John wrote again!this site is a great idea and some advice offered is brilliant and insightful. but, it really concerns me how some people seem to jump to worse case scenario straight away!it is highly likely you have a continuing - not quite cured with the previous antibiotics - chest infection maybe even developing/developed pneumonia. you won't be wasting the time of your doctor (or walk in centre nurse if you are a fellow blighty resident!) so go and get your chest looked at and your purse emptied on a prescription! x
    Bluerabbit 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am so glad John wrote again!this site is a great idea and some advice offered is brilliant and insightful. but, it really concerns me how some people seem to jump to worse case scenario straight away!it is highly likely you have a continuing - not quite cured with the previous antibiotics - chest infection maybe even developing/developed pneumonia. you won't be wasting the time of your doctor (or walk in centre nurse if you are a fellow blighty resident!) so go and get your chest looked at and your purse emptied on a prescription! x Totally agree bluerabbit, worse case senario just leads to unnecessary worry, it happens alot around here.....it can be very frustrating at times. "90% of the things people worry about don't happen" Best wishes siima hope you feel better soon....:) go back to your doctors and get that script asap.
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • john,mild cases of Atelectasis are not that rare after community acquired pneumonia. most of cases clear with repated antibiotic therapy and lung exercise with no long term consequence. This patient has symptoms going for 2 months now. Any king of pneumonia would have either cleared up or became severe enough to need immediate evaluation. In any case it needs evaluation for antibiotics and possible repeat radiology.siima,You didn't mention whether your original chest infection two months ago was treated with antibiotics. If so, it didn't resolve completely as you no doubt still have a respiratory infection...very likely at least a mild pneumnonia...now. The thick yellow-green phlegm that you are coughing up is a certain sign that bacteria are still present.You definitely need to be seen and have a further course of antibiotics. In the meantime, drinking lots of water and taking an OTC expectorant-type cough syrup (guaifenesin) will help thin and promote clearing of those thick secretions. But see a doc soon (and be sure to completely finish any prescribed antibiotics).Be well!! John
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