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Is yellow mucus/sputum normal for asthmatics?

My asthma/allergist doctor told me that yellow mucus is normal when our lungs are inflamed. Just wanted to get every ones opinion. Will a sputum test determine on all types bacteria if its present or have to be tested differently. Someone told me....certain bacteria test like ( MAC ) have to be tested differently than a regular sputum test.

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It might be normal for inflamed lungs/airways but not normal per se I don't think.

I don't know about the testing, but from your perspective I guess it's the same! In my experience though the point of a sputum sample is to see what grows, but I'm no expert at all on the pathology of it all. It may be they use a different strategy for growing it.

However a routine sample usually shows up the most common nasties.

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Thanks for the reply...I have this posted on the british lung foundation too...if you want to read the reply's there....lots of good info.

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