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A 19-year-old female asked:

hi i have just been coughing up blood and i don't know why? what should i do i haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong ?

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatric Pulmonology 18 years experience
See your Dr. ASAP: Coughing up blood is not to be taken lightly. It can indicate bleeding from the airway and requires immediate attention. Do not wait to get this looked at.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Reasons for coughing up blood, dry air?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Coughing blood: The most common reason for coughing up blood in an infection. However, we always worry about rare things lik cancers in the lungs or other conditions such as sarcoidosis. This is certainly worth seeing your doctor and at least getting a chest x-ray.
A 19-year-old member asked:

I keep coughing up blood?

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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine 12 years experience
See a doctor: Coughing up blood is not a good thing. Many things can cause this. If you have had a cold with frequent coughing, you may see some blood tinged phlegm but that is usually from irritation. If there is a history of night sweats, weight loss and/or fever i might be concerned for tuberculosis. Please see your doctor immediately if this fits what you have been experiencing.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What things affect the chances of getting coughing up blood?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Infections, cancer: Coughing up blood can be from bronchitis from t.B or other lung infections or can be from lung cancer. It could also be blood coughed up from the esophagus from varices. This is not a normal symptom and you should consult a physician as soon as possible.
A 42-year-old member asked:

We come from a religious background where treatment is based on faith and home cures. What can we use to treat coughing up blood?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Etiology?: Please consider seeing an md/do soon! hemoptysis (coughing up blood) could be many things, and they could be very serious. Examples are pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lungs); lung cancer; bleeding disorder; lung infection; heart failure; other trauma. Let me know your other symptoms, and we can try to narrow down the cause.
A 19-year-old member asked:

My dad is coughing up blood but only once in a while should I take him to a doctor?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Please.Take him to see his doctor. Thank you for taking such good care of your dad.

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