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03 Nov 2020

Persistent cough with orange sputum
I have had a chronic cough since July or August. Since early or mid-october the cough became more productive. At first, the cough seemed to cough itself and my chest felt very tight. I also noticed a bubble feeling-sound underneath my right rib. When I coughed the deeper cough (had) has orange sputum. The amount is the size of a nickel or dime. I called the doctor and wIthout seeing me in person, I was prescribed Zpack. I called back to request another medicine since I have had more palpitations lately. To make a long story short I was first taking Amoxicillin and then a week ago it was switched to Augmentin. I am still coughing orange-colored sputum a few times it was rust-colored. However, I seem to be coughing less and the wheezing is way down. However, I feel very tired. I only have a low fever and no other symptoms of a typical cold. Also, I am still coughing orange-colored sputum a few times it was rust-colored. I am scheduled to have a chest x-ray and to see a pulmonologist whom I am sure can diagnose me. However, I don't know how long I will have to wait for my appointment. They don't seem as worried as I am. So, my question is should I be worried?
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09 Nov 2020

I don't think you should be too worried.  You seem to be under the care of medical practitioners.  It sounds like you've had a chest infection which they are treating with antibiotics.  Some infections can be chronic and some infections may be due to an underlying abnormality in the lung.  It would be very useful to get the opinion of a pulmonologist who can work through the different types of chronic infections and make sure you don't have some underlying cause for this problem.

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