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Why do alcoholics cough up blood?

Why do alcoholics cough up blood?

Esophagus....: Alcoholics can have bleeding from the esophagus due to abnormal veins, called esophageal varices. These abnormal veins can then bleed, sometimes catastrophically leading to death. When they bleed, it can look like the person is coughing the blood even though it is originating in the GI tract or, they can actually aspirate some of this blood and then cough it up. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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I'm an alcoholic and now i'm having a pain in the left side of my chest, coughing and taking deep breathe is really painful. Can you suggest me medicine plz?

I'm an alcoholic and now i'm having a pain in the left side of my chest, coughing and taking deep breathe is really painful. Can you suggest me medicine plz?

Alcoholics: have a higher incidence of PNEUMOCOCCAL Pneumonia..You should seek medical care ASAP You may need to have a chest xray! Hope this is helpful! Don't wait! Dr Z ...Read more

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High level liver enzymes jaundice in the eyes and coughing up small amounts of blood with mucas neg to hepatitis a b & c non alcoholic 36 yo male?

Many Things: This is serious and you should have further evaluation. Other causes of elevated liver enzymes and jaundice are drugs (antibiotics, herbal products, etc), genetic liver diseases, autoimmune liver diseases, and other viral infections besides abc (like mono). ...Read more

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My friend coughs up blood when she drinks any ideas? She admits shes an alchololic though she has cut way back on her drinking

My friend coughs up blood when she drinks any ideas?  She admits shes an alchololic though she has cut way back on her drinking

Needs medical eval: Immediately. Either coughing up or vomiting blood is a sign of a serious underlying medical issue. The cause can only be determined by a full examination, which may need specialized evaluation like bronchoscopy or endoscopy to find the cause. Alcoholics can rarely, if ever, cut back on drinking - they need to stop completely, or they will continue to damage and go back to heavier drinking. ...Read more

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What makes one an alcoholic?

What makes one an alcoholic?

Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read more

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Alcoholic dimentia symptoms ?

Alcoholic dimentia symptoms
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Confabulate: One of the manifestations is korsakoff psychosis, characterized by confabulation. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm an alcoholic?

How do I know if i'm an alcoholic?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous and see if it fits. ...Read more

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How could you define an alcoholic?

How could you define an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret. Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...Read more