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Alcoholic Coughing 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
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
How can early tuberculosis be diagnosed? I m having dry cough since 1 month. M non smoker, alcoholic not on drugs. Deep breath not pains. No blood sputum.
See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more
I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?
Blood?: Check with your lung doc asap. Less expensive than er and better knowledge about coughing up blood. Do not ignore this blood. ...Read more
Coughing blood started roughly two hours ago without nasty consistent cough prior to it.... Shortness of breath began 2 weeks ago....?
Hemoptysis: Or coughing up blood is a steel riots issue. Would recommend evaluation asap. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?
When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?
Get it checked: Unusual set of symptoms at your age. I would recommend seeing a Physician to determine the cause. You need a through evaluation especially with the history of coughing up blood ...Read more
I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?
Hello doctor, my brother is 36 and and he had fever, cough, for past one week. For last2 days morning only he is coughing blood clot like 2-3 spoons.
He needs to see hi d: He needs to be seen by his doctor. ...Read more
When I breath in or out I taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when I cough I feel like I'm coughing up blood but I'm not. Why is that?
Puzzler: If you taste blood but there is none, perhaps you are experiencing a metallic taste, which many describe blood to taste like. If so, think about medications being taken, many cause this, and there are medical conditions that can mimic this as well. It is beyond an internet diagnosis, and I suggest you see your physician soon to sort it out. Good luck! ...Read more
Coughing up blood every so often for a year ive seen a polymanologist and they through it was phenomia when I cough when I feel blood lower throat?
Re-evaluation: If you are still coughing up blood, you need to be re-evaluated. ...Read more
Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?
No: Coughing up blood can be a sign of infection or pulmonary embolus or heart valve condition. If severely short of breath or chest pain or lightheaded go to emergency room. Otherwise see primary care doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment this is a serious symptom needs a evaluation ...Read more
I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?
See your doctor.: Coughing up blood is never normal. It deserves an evaluation to sort out what is going on. See your doctor soon. Do not delay. Good luck ...Read more
I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?
Not normal: Most common cause of hemoptysis (coughing up blood) is bronchits and pneumonia. Many other possibilites exist especially if he is a smoker including blood clots, cancers, infections, circulation abnormalites, pulmonary embolus, bronchiectasis to name some. Most commonly a small blood vessel in the bronchiolar circulation breaks from coughing but would get medical evaluation and chest xray. ...Read more
Coughing up blood can be from:
bronchitis (acute, chronic)
lung cancer or other lung tumors
use of blood thinners
congestive heart failure
autoimmune conditions (lupus, wegener’s granulomatosis, microscopic polyangiitis, churg-strauss syndrome)
pulmonary arteriovenous malformation
some people with hemoptysis, no cause is ever identified. ...Read more