A 38-year-old male asked:
I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Tony Willson answered
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Could be normal : Generally speaking patients with illnesses that cause heavy coughing can develop some blood tinged sputum. As long as you're under treatment and it does not worsen and improves you should be fine. The biggest concern with bloody sputum is tuberculosis, and unless you have reason to believe you have had exposure tuberculosisyou will likely be fine.
Answered on May 26, 2016
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