I am a 52 yr old female. I take Lovastatin and Levothyroxin.
1 month ago I went to emergency room because of a cough that had been coming and going for a month and never had a fever phlegm was always clear to cloudy no color to it. I was diagnosed with having pneumonia and sepsis. Pneumonia was not seen on xrays it was seen on cat scan with contrast. I spent 4 nights in hospital getting iv antibiotics and fluids for the sepsis. Pneumonia from my understanding was viral. I am not at 4 weeks after having been admitted and cough is not getting any better. I have been to dr 2x and they say oh what you are going thru is normal. It takes 3-4 weeks for lungs to clear up. (I was told that at 3 weeks post admission.) The phlegm starting 2 nights ago has gotten very thick and green. I am also coughing up some Looser phlegm but it also no longer is clear to cloudy. I am concerned that this Dr office is not really listening to the problem
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The indicative sign of getting better is the cough intensity and frequency ..the fever…but for the mucus what happens is your immune system sends white blood cells called neutrophils rushing to the area. These cells contain a greenish-colored enzyme, and in large numbers they can turn the mucus the same color.
But if the mucus is turning greenish and thicker while the fever and cough is getting bad..then you need to see a doctor as it might be due to chest infection re arising…or has become resistant to antibiotics