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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesnt clear up quickly! ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Coughing sometimes coughing up white mucous and some horasness get slight headache when coughing?

Coughing sometimes coughing up white mucous and some horasness get slight headache when coughing?

White mucus: This coughing up of white mucus along with hoarseness is typical of laryngopharangeal reflux. The mucus actually emanates from the base of your throat and not from the back of the nose or the windpipe. This is difficult to eradicate. Getting a headache from forceful coughing may not have a serious cause unless frequent headaches occur other times also. An otolaryngologist is best to evaluate you. ...Read more

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Waking up often during mornings with taste of blood (metallic?) in mouth.No blood when I spit out Is Mouth/Chest source?Also have high blood pressure

Waking up often during mornings with taste of blood (metallic?) in mouth.No blood when I spit out

Is Mouth/Chest source?Also have high blood pressure

Drug side effect?: In addition to infections (bronchial, sinus, etc), many drugs, including some used for high blood pressure, can cause abnormal taste sensations. Google "drug side effects" to find several resources where you can search your medications to see if they have this effect. ...Read more

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Choking on phlegm ball with blood no coughing?

Choking on phlegm ball with blood
 no coughing?

Follow up/more info: You should see your physician if you have sputum with blood. If it is more than a scant amount, the Emergency room can evaluate. I would suggest a TB test and a close exam of your nose. Sometimes nasal bleeding can result in blood tinged phlegm. A virtual consult appt is available. ...Read more

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Hacking up plegm, sore throat, belching, constipation high blood pressure

Hacking up plegm, sore throat, belching, constipation high blood pressure

Need Treatment: Consul your doctor. Take biaxin 500 mg twice daily for 2 weeks. Phenergan (promethazine) dm cough syrup, one teaspoonful 3 times a day till the cough goes away. Allegra 180 mg one tablet at night for 3 weeks. Continue with your present medication for bp. For constipation, take 4 tablets ( all 4 at once) at night and you will have good bm next morning. ...Read more

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Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

See your doctor: It may be due to an infection but need to rule out a more serious cause especially if you are a smoker or have had a lot of 2nd hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Blood when blowing nose and spitting up little blood and pink in morning could that be from post nasal drip from nose?

Blood when blowing nose and spitting up little blood and pink in morning could that be from post nasal drip from nose?

Very likely: Cause of the blood. If nose bleeds are significant have them evaluated. The most common area for bleeds are the anterior septum. Try gently rubbing a little otc antibiotic ointment on the septum every morning with a q-tip. Sometimes resolves the problem. ...Read more

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I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?

I have a very nasty cough cant stop coughing finding it hard it breath horrible taste when coughing up yellow/green phlem?

Mgt: I would suggest drinking fluids, rest and if you have a fever for more than one day, seeing your PCP. You may have bronchitis, Most bronchitic infections are viral but some should be treated with a course of antibiotics. If you have lung disease, smoke, or are experiencing shortness of breath, please see your ED right away. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood and blood when blowing my nose after i've been running - what could this mean?

Coughing up blood and blood when blowing my nose after i've been running - what could this mean?

Exercising when sick: That you are harming your body by not resting when you are ill. Exercising when you are sick is not wise; it is not healthy; and it is putting excess strain on your lungs and heart. Please contact your physician and rest a bit. ...Read more

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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

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Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Metallic mouth taste: There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved. The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more

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Throat hurts blood in mucus throbbing head i'm a smoker been sick on and off for months when not sick mucus and more mucus. Why the blood?

Throat hurts blood in mucus throbbing head i'm a smoker been sick on and off for months when not sick mucus and more mucus. Why the blood?

See a doctor : Are you coughing up blood or you have blood in your nasal secretions ? You need further work up if blood coming from the lungs, chest x ray, etc.If it is in your nasal secretions a course of antibiotics for sinusitis might bd needed. The best thing is to see a doctor and have an exam in the office. Please dot smoking. ...Read more

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How does one notice hemoptysis? Blood taste in mouth? Feeling of bringing stuff up from the chest?

How does one notice hemoptysis? Blood taste in mouth? Feeling of bringing stuff up from the chest?

Cough from chest: By definition hemoptysis is when the patient coughs up blood from the lower Airways . it is important to differentiate hemoptysis from hematemesis , (vomiting blood), also from severe sinusitis ,when blood run down to the lower airways , then patient coughs the blood back up ...Read more

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Scratchy throat when swallowing food and water sweating allot nose stopped up with dried snot with a little blood and headaches any idea ?

Scratchy throat when swallowing food and water sweating allot nose stopped up with dried snot with a little blood and headaches any idea ?

Sinus: Your symptoms sound like they could be due to sinus congestion, and quite possibly a sinus infection, known as sinusitis. It would be best to see a doctor to get a full evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing up brown-ish color mucus with weird taste somewhat metallic, shortness of breath, & hurts when I take deep breaths. What can this be? HELP!

Coughing up brown-ish color mucus with weird taste somewhat metallic, shortness of breath, & hurts when I take deep breaths. What can this be? HELP!

Mgt: You may have pneumonia which can cause irritation of the lining of the lung. This irritation may result in bleeding which tinges the sputum a brownish color. Please ask your doctor to send the sputum for bacterial and possibly fungal cultures. Monitor your temperature, and please see your PCP to discuss a course of antibiotics, culture and maybe a chest x ray. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?

Scratchy throat in morning some coughing. Coughed up caramel colored mucus this morning. I Smoke sometimes. ?

Viral URI: Get some rest, plenty of water, over the county Meds for symptoms such as throat or cough drops, Tylenol, ibuprofen, vitamin c to boost your immune system, if persists beyond a week, go see Primary doc. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus with traces of blood. Swollen tonsils and throat. Is the blood likely just due to coughing breaking the blood vessels in throat?

Coughing up mucus with traces of blood. Swollen tonsils and throat. Is the blood likely just due to coughing breaking the blood vessels in throat?

Yes: Excessive pressure from coughing can break capillaries and cause small amount of blood to appear in the mucus. Take a probiotic (Megafood Megaflora Plus brand), zinc 50 mg/day (NOW is a good brand), Vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW brand) or sunshine for 30-45 minutes at noon daily to get over the the infection faster. Throat coat liquorice tea (consume several times/day) also helps to reduce pain. ...Read more

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I have been having bad chest pain and coughing up mucus that taste awful and sometimes taste like blood. ?

I have been having bad chest pain and coughing up mucus that taste awful and sometimes  taste like  blood. ?

Mgt/workup: It is common to have chest pain especially when breathing in, during an episode of bronchitis. If the mucus has any visible blood, please see your physician. This can happen as a result of inflammation. If you have any problems breathing, or at risk for a heart attack, then you should go to the ED. A virtual appt can be booked to follow up. ...Read more

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Is it normal spitting up blood and mucus together when you have bronchitis?

Is it normal spitting up blood and mucus together when you have bronchitis?

Could be: Inflammation occurs and coughing with blood tinged mucus is common. Assure you get properly treated and have good follow-up care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why can I taste blood when I cough?

Why can I taste blood when I cough?

Need more info: What is your idea of "taste of blood", if it is just salty taste, it may be due to mucus. If you see blood in your sputum, or if the cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I can taste blood when i cough. What could it be?

I can taste blood when i cough. What could it be?

Sources...: Sources of coughing blood include mouth, post-nasal drip with blood draining into the back of your mouth and blood in the lung airways. You should be evaluated by your doctor to be sure there is no bleeding and to treat it if there is bleeding. Certain medications can cause abnormal tastes and your doctor can evaluate this as well. If you are smoking, your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Why do I taste blood when I cough? I've had a frequent, productive cough for the past 2 days. Should I be concerned?

Why do I taste blood when I cough? I've had a frequent, productive cough for the past 2 days. Should I be concerned?

Yes: You are obviously already concerned but have not provided enuf info to allow advice guiding you further. Do you have fever, chest pain, shortness of air, have you been exposed to someone with infection, and so on. Go and see a doctor and let them examine you, and they may need a chest x-ray. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for over 2 weeks now and it doesn't seem to clear anything . I also taste blood when i cough and have a tight chest?

I have had a cough for  over 2 weeks now and it doesn't seem to clear anything . I also taste blood when i cough and have a tight chest?

Reactive airways: It is possible to develop reactive airways following an upper respiratory infection that can last 3-4 weeks after the infection. This may be your case with the chest tightness you are experiencing. Talk to your doctor, you may need an inhaler. ...Read more

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Hi so I've had a chronic cough for a long time and sense October it's been really frequent And I taste blood when I cough and i have been diagnosed with acid reflux. Why do I taste blood and my chest hurts as well.

Hi so I've had a chronic cough for a long time and sense October it's been really frequent And I taste blood when I cough and i have been diagnosed with  acid reflux. Why do I taste blood and my chest hurts as well.

May be blood: Its possible the chronic cough is traumatizing the airway and you indeed are tasting blood. In any event get a workup why the cough allergy, severe reflux, asthma etc alst take the reflux seriously and start taking medication to reduce acid production. I think you should be in close contact with either your PMD or a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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I've had a chronic cough for 3 months and I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, taste blood when I cough and I get lightheaded. why is this?

 I've had a chronic cough for 3 months and I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, taste blood when I cough and I get lightheaded. why is this?

LPRD: Reflux up to the throat, or laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD), causes cough, throat clearing and the sense of a lump in the throat. Lightheadedness is not a symptom of LPRD. Some taste the acid, but I have not heard it described as tasting like blood. ...Read more

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Took ibuprofen for severe lower right flank pain. Tasted blood when i cough. No blood in sputum. Blew nose and had lg clots and blood. Please advise?

Took ibuprofen for severe lower right flank pain. Tasted blood when i cough. No blood in sputum. Blew nose and had lg clots and blood. Please advise?

Reasons: Ibuprofen decreases inflammation and probably allowed passage of the blood accumulating from the burst vessels in the back of he nose in uri. The other is that Ibuprofen can cause people with sensitivity to it like nasal polyposis to bleed, or simply interfere with the platelet aggregation. ...Read more

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Why can I taste blood, sometimes when i cough, not chesty a little tickle but have health anxciety really scared ..

Why can I taste blood, sometimes when i cough, not chesty a little tickle but have health anxciety really scared ..

Coughing Blood: It's not unusual to cough up small amounts of blood during a severe URI - bronchitis. Some coughs need treament with antibiotics. If it persists see your doctor - especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Why am i tasting blood when i cough?

See your doctor: Blood in your sputum on coughing is called hemoptysis. Even if you don't see blood, the taste of blood suggests the presence of blood. See you doctor. ...Read more

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I need some help please! why would my 16 1/2 yr old son be tasting blood when he coughs?

I need some help please! why would my 16 1/2 yr old son be tasting blood when he coughs?

Bleeding: Tasting blood with a cough could mean that there is a small broken blood vessel in the throat or airway. If there is more that specs or streaks of blood, then he should be seen by the doctor. If the blood amount is very small, then you can give it some days to get better. ...Read more

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I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

Allergic cough??: You don't mention any fever or production of a lot of mucus or people nearby you(family, coworkers) being ill. That makes me think you might have a cough brought on by a post-nasal drip irritating the back of your throat and making you have a dry hacking, non-productive cough. If you have thickly feeling just a second or so before cough easily treated without antibiotics. (Benzonatate 200 q8h) ...Read more

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Am just getting over a virus but have a persistent cough, tight chest, chest taste of blood when i cough but no actual blood, is this normal after?

Am just getting over a virus but have a persistent cough, tight chest, chest taste of blood when i cough but no actual blood, is this normal after?

Bronchitis.: Bacterial infection may follow viral infection, if you continue to have symptoms you may have secondary bacterial infection/bronchitis. You may have an asthma component, have yourself examined to get the appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Can you cough up blood if you taste blood when your sick?

Hemoptysis.....: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, can occur with acute bronchitis which is the most common etiology. But, malignancy can also cause hemoptysis so, if you cough up blood, you must be evaluated by your doctor to rule out malignancy. If you smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation as well. ...Read more

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Caught a cold a few days back, I tend to ignore it but I'm pretty sure I taste blood every time I cough now. Anything to worry about?

Caught a cold a few days back, I tend to ignore it but I'm pretty sure I taste blood every time I cough now. Anything to worry about?

Probably not: Based on your history you probably have some irritation of the tissue of the back of throat or some mild nasal bleeding with cough. Drink plenty of water. Use humidifier at night to avoid tissue drying out. If smoking - consider quitting. If symptoms not better in a week or worsen see MD. http://www.webmd.com/lung/bacterial-or-viral-infections-of-the-respiratory-tract ...Read more

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Moved into new house and allergies are awful. Get asthmatic when in bedrooms for a long time. On allergy med and shots. Cough up flem and taste blood.

Clean/HEPA filter: If you are coughing up any blood tinged fluid, you could have an infection or other lung problem. It is best to check with you doctor. For your allergic asthma, cleaning the carpets, dusting with a mask on, and buying a hepa filter unit will help to decrease your exposure to environmental triggers of your asthma. Take asthma medications as prescribed and avoid areas that trigger your cough. ...Read more

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Metallic Taste In Mouth (Definition)

A metallic taste in the mouth is an abnormal or unusual taste in the mouth, sometimes ...Read more