U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Canada
A 27-year-old female asked:

I've had a very sore throat for the past 3 days and have been spitting up phlem, but half the time there's blood or red/brown flakes. is that serious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Unlikely: Likely inflammation in the airway with small blood flecks from excessive coughing. Usual therapy is narcotic cough rx ie Codeine and steroids with abs for significant fever. If symptoms do not improve, tou need x-rays and possible bronchoscopy.
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Epistaxis: Have it checked anyway to make sure. By your symptoms you have upper respiratory infection or inflammation. The mucous dries up the superficial vessels from the kisselbach's plexus to the back of the throat, they pop and get mixed with the secretions especially in the morning. It still could be from the lungs although less likely. It is best to see your doctor for evaluation.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 24, 2014

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.