A member asked:

Morning i hope you are well and safe whenever i take a deep breath i cough and when i take a deep breath during a steaming therapy i get a pain in my heart area. when i cough clear and sometimes pinkish phlegm comes out. what could the problem be?

A doctor has provided 1 answer

Evaluation: If this is a long-term issue, it definitely warrants an investigation. The phlegm contains faint traces of blood which may come from upper respiratory tract rather than the lung. Your discomfort on a deep breath isn't from the heart but could be from lung, pleura or rib cage. If you're a smoker risk for significant pathology is higher. For thorough evaluation & testing, consult a pulmonologist.

Answered 12/30/2020

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