Navigation Links
When you cough up green or yellow phlegm you need to be prescribed antibiotics, right?
Date:3/24/2011

Prescribing antibiotics for patients with discoloured phlegm caused by acute cough has little or no effect on alleviating symptoms and recovery, a Cardiff University study has found.

Acute cough is one of the common reasons why people visit their GP and accounts for a large proportion of antibiotics prescribed in the community. One of the most common questions asked by GPs to their patients is about their phlegm: "Are you coughing anything up?" or "What colour is your phlegm?"

Clinicians and patients commonly believe that yellow and green phlegm production is associated with a bacterial infection, which is more likely to benefit from antibiotic treatment compared to non-productive cough or cough that produces clear phlegm.

However, in a new study published in the European Respiratory Journal, Professor Chris Butler and his team from Cardiff University's School of Medicine, together with colleagues from 14 European centres present data from an observational study of 3402 adult patients with acute cough presenting for health care in 14 primary care networks.

The research found that patients producing discoloured phlegm are prescribed antibiotics more frequently than those not producing phlegm unlike those producing clear/white phlegm.

Crucially, antibiotic treatment was not associated with greater rate or magnitude of symptoms score resolution among those who produced yellow or green phlegm. Neither was recovery among those feeling generally unwell on its own, or taken together with phlegm production, associated with antibiotic treatment.

Clinicians and patients are therefore likely to both be over interpreting the importance of the colour of phlegm in the decision whether or not to prescribe, or take, antibiotics.

Professor Butler, who led the study said: "One of the exciting things about this research is that our findings from this large, multi-country observational study resonate with
'/>"/>

Contact: Angela Watkins
WatkinsA6@cardiff.ac.uk
44-029-208-7190
Cardiff University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
2. Parents Still Giving Cough, Cold Meds to Kids Under 2: Poll
3. Cough Syrup Might Help With Dosing of Breast Cancer Drug
4. Cough medicine could help doctors identify how breast cancer patients metabolize tamoxifen
5. Too Few Adults Vaccinated Against Whooping Cough: CDC
6. Spread of Whooping Cough Raises Concern
7. Commentary suggests alternatives to routine use of OTC cold/cough meds in children
8. New commentary suggests alternatives to routine use of OTC cold/cough meds in children
9. TechWorld Medicals NasalCare Nasal Cleanse Kit Named “Best New Product” at ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy Conference
10. Conference highlights UC Berkeleys unique approach to green chemistry
11. Going Green May Cut Hospital Costs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2014)... Ticket Down is a reliable source ... at the Sun Life Stadium in early September. , Two ... Brazil and Colombia meet at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, ... in the world and will be a rematch of their thriller ... kick-off on Sept. 5 and will feature some of the best ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... August 20, 2014 The finalists are ... leading health-marketing industry trade magazine, will honor the pharmaceutical ... Awards are given to outstanding companies, marketers and brand ... , “We are proud to announce that we ... entries with double the number of submissions we received ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 2014 Botanica Day Spa ... Utilizing the new and popular stem cell line ... lines and wrinkles and naturally repairs the skin. ... the new service by offering clients a complimentary ... cell facial. , Pevonia® continues to be a ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Brain Tumour Research has been chosen by Plymouth University ... was launched in April 2009 to raise awareness of, ... improve outcomes for brain tumour patients. , A range ... raise funds for the charity, and members of staff ... be encouraged to donate, fundraise and volunteer. The involvement ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... If old age is a disease then this ... extensive research on HGH and stem cells technology, the L.A. ... the art of rubbing off decades from your face and ... their revolutionary anti-aging hormone therapy and regenerative medicine. , ... youth, the MD of MetroMD, Dr Alex Martin said this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Brazil vs. Colombia Tickets in Miami, FL: Ticket Down Slashes Colombia vs. Brazil Tickets at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for Sept. 5th Match 2Health News:Brazil vs. Colombia Tickets in Miami, FL: Ticket Down Slashes Colombia vs. Brazil Tickets at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for Sept. 5th Match 3Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 2Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 3Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 4Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 5Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 6Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 7Health News:PM360 Announces 2014 Trailblazer Award Finalists 8Health News:New Stem Cell Facial Unveiled at Botanica Day Spa 2Health News:New Stem Cell Facial Unveiled at Botanica Day Spa 3Health News:Plymouth University chooses Brain Tumour Research as official charity 2Health News:MetroMD Offers Revolutionary Anti-aging Hormone Therapy in Hollywood Area 2
... Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, July 27 ... provide companionship: They also may boost your longevity, making as ... of studies suggests. Researchers combined the results of ... may live an average of almost 4 years longer than ...
... Reporter , TUESDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born ... breathing problems compared with full-term babies, a new study finds. ... and 37th weeks of pregnancy -- account for about 9 ... researchers said. And too often, they are the result of ...
... Intimate partner violence results in 2 million injuries among ... Department of Health and Human Services. University of Missouri ... program that helps women experiencing abuse develop individualized safety ... Unlike current Internet resources, the decision-aid program ...
... Louisville, Ky. Smaller, rural hospitals may be quicker ... their larger, urban counterparts, and are capable of providing ... with major hospitals that provide a comprehensive array of ... led by researchers from the University of Louisville Department ...
... and who have abused their children can stop if they ... new study has found that mothers in families in which ... able to reduce how much they cursed at, yelled at, ... of home visits from therapists who taught them parenting skills. ...
... Ahmed H. Zewail, Ph.D., 1999 Chemistry Nobel Laureate and ... at the California Institute of Technology, has been named ... Chemical Society (ACS). The award recognizes Zewail,s revolutionary ... ultrafast processes in chemistry, biology and materials science. His ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Close Ties With Others Might Lengthen Life, Review Finds 2Health News:Delivering Babies Even a Few Weeks Early Ups Respiratory Risks 2Health News:Delivering Babies Even a Few Weeks Early Ups Respiratory Risks 3Health News:Use of decision-aid program increases safety for women experiencing abuse, researchers find 2Health News:Smaller hospitals can provide safe and high-quality surgical care comparable to larger counterparts 2Health News:Smaller hospitals can provide safe and high-quality surgical care comparable to larger counterparts 3Health News:Abusive mothers improve parenting after in-home training, emotional support of therapists 2Health News:Abusive mothers improve parenting after in-home training, emotional support of therapists 3Health News:American Chemical Society's highest honor goes to pioneer in 'ultraslow-motion' imaging 2Health News:American Chemical Society's highest honor goes to pioneer in 'ultraslow-motion' imaging 3
(Date:8/20/2014)... LOS ANGELES , Aug. 20, 2014   Easy Breathe ... today announced that its " Easy Blog " - has received ... the year.   "We are thrilled that so many ... Nick Weiss , CEO of Easy Breathe. "We,re committed to making ... use Easy Blog to stay informed about sleep apnea news ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report ... Patient Scales Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p01374301/Global-Patient-Scales-Industry.html ... markets for Patient Scales in US$ Thousand by ... Baby Scales, Chair Scales, and Under Bed Scales. ... US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... SAN MARCOS, Texas , Aug. 20, 2014 ... purchase of five diverse sets of patent families ... and major innovation driver for Bayer AG of ... The patents acquired provide broad intellectual property ... achieved in economical high-volume quantum dot (QD) manufacturing. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Easy Breathe Blog Emerges as the Go-To Resource for Sleep Apnea Sufferers 2Easy Breathe Blog Emerges as the Go-To Resource for Sleep Apnea Sufferers 3Easy Breathe Blog Emerges as the Go-To Resource for Sleep Apnea Sufferers 4Global Patient Scales Industry 2Global Patient Scales Industry 3Global Patient Scales Industry 4Global Patient Scales Industry 5Global Patient Scales Industry 6Global Patient Scales Industry 7Global Patient Scales Industry 8Global Patient Scales Industry 9Global Patient Scales Industry 10Global Patient Scales Industry 11Global Patient Scales Industry 12Global Patient Scales Industry 13Global Patient Scales Industry 14Global Patient Scales Industry 15Global Patient Scales Industry 16Global Patient Scales Industry 17Global Patient Scales Industry 18Global Patient Scales Industry 19Quantum Materials Acquires Bayer Technology Services Quantum Dot Manufacturing and Quantum Dot Solar Cell Patents 2Quantum Materials Acquires Bayer Technology Services Quantum Dot Manufacturing and Quantum Dot Solar Cell Patents 3Quantum Materials Acquires Bayer Technology Services Quantum Dot Manufacturing and Quantum Dot Solar Cell Patents 4
... Biopharma, Inc. CEO, John C. Rewcastle, Ph.D., will present ... April 25, 2012. The conference is being held at ... The IN3 Medical Device 360 Conference is hosted by ... networking meeting. The goal of the meeting is ,partnering ...
... April 25, 2012 Aethlon Medical, Inc. ... its Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce. (Photo: ... originally formed to advance a medical device technology that ... the time, our strategy to treat infectious disease was ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Enox Biopharma, Inc. To Present Today At IN3 Medical Device 360 Conference In London 2Aethlon Medical Note: Marc Robins Joins the Aethlon Team 2
... Ergonomic Design for Unparalleled Comfort Pick ... Notice the balance. Notice the trigger and ejector ... Thats because our pipettors are ergonomically designed to ... hours of pipetting. Productivity In The Palm ...
... Design for Unparalleled Comfort Pick one of ... balance. Notice the trigger and ejector positionsright where ... our pipettors are ergonomically designed to help avoid ... pipetting. Productivity In The Palm Of Your ...
... The total ergonomic solution and best value ... feather touch action and ultra lightweight design ... tip ejection with long, lever tip ejector ... , Accepts universal tips or for greater ...
... Finnpipette BioControl multichannel has ... as the single channel ... fits all seven multichannel ... tip cone modules. Both ...
Medicine Products: