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Doctor insights on: Blood Coughing

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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've been feeling sick when I eat and throw it back up, I pee blood, cough blood, and I can't sleep. What could this be?

I've been feeling sick when I eat and throw it back up, I pee blood, cough blood, and I can't sleep. What could this be?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as your symptoms warrant an in-person evaluation.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Meaning of blood in cough?

Meaning of blood in cough?

Blood in cough: This can as simple as an infection or as ominous as cancer. You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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I am having an enlargement in my right tonsil and it's been the same size since approximately 8-9 days. Also I saw little streaks of blood in cough.

I am having an enlargement in my right tonsil and it's been the same size since approximately 8-9 days. Also I saw little streaks of blood in cough.

Some ideas.: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, enlargements of nodes (tonsils) and cough wtih blood imply an infection in the respiratoy tract. This could include a lot of organisms including tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

Recently suffered with a cold, the cough I have had for 7 days now. Coughing up green phlegm with blood and coughing when exhaling, pain in chest?

More than cold: What you described is more than a cold. Is is possible that you a mild form of pneumonia and it would be prudent to see your doctor. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without examining you.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I am having salty cough some time little blood with cough, also evening I feel bad breath, I went Doctor he said nothing I need your help badly please?

I am having salty cough some time little blood with cough, also evening I feel bad breath, I went Doctor he said nothing I need your help badly please?

Cough: If this cough followed a simple viral headcold it may only be mild involvement of the trachea (windpipe) and should resolve in a few days without any specific treatment. If it persists longer, and especially if it isn't part of a simple headcold, further investigation is advisable including a chest X-Ray and a careful nose and throat examination in view of the occasional coughing of blood ...Read more

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My friend his blood is really thick. He gets blood in cough and waste. Gets tired easily. Head aches. Chest pain sometimes. What does that mean?

My friend his blood is really thick. He gets blood in cough and waste. Gets tired easily. Head aches. Chest pain sometimes. What does that mean?

Stop advil (ibuprofen): First off, stop the advil (ibuprofen) if there is blood in the stool. There is probably a stomach ulcer or inflammation. Your friend needs followup to look if really blood while coughing and a workup for this. Could all be related but needs followup. ...Read more

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Nose got phlegm and when spit it out. Got blood. No cough.

Nose got phlegm and when spit it out. Got blood. No cough.

See below: This can be due to two things primarily - especially this time of year. First, if you are using nasal steroids, that increases the risk of nosebleeds, even minor. Second, if you live in a cold climate (especially this week), then heat will dry out the air you breathe which can dry out your nasal passages causing it to be more prone to bleeding. Try humidified air or using steam to remoisturize. ...Read more

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Got phlegm from the nose for 2 days in the morning. When I spit it out there's a small amount of blood, no cough. Btw I'm from & currently in hong kong?

Got phlegm from the nose for 2 days in the morning. When I spit it out there's a small amount of blood, no cough. Btw I'm from & currently in hong kong?

Spitting out: Small amount of blood is ok due to irritation in the nasal mucosa. Colds, flu, allergies, sinus congestion can be a factor. Blowing nose hard and picking on your nose can do it too. ...Read more

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M, 52 coughing leading to spine & headache, weightloss 7kg, sumtimes blood on coughing, anxiety, mild fever, cough in lungs. On meds but of no avail 3months?

M, 52 coughing leading to spine & headache, weightloss 7kg, sumtimes blood on coughing, anxiety, mild fever, cough in lungs. On meds but of no avail 3months?

On meds?: What meds are those?
Coughing up blood is a serious symptom/ sign...
Inside or outside of the usa, you need a medical doctor check you for an active case of tuberculosis infection, as this could be treatable, but presents a public health issue when not treated - see a medical doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

At 29, not likely: Firstly, you know that you are having pain in the lower right side of your chest. What you don't know is whether that pain is in your lungs. Pain from internal organs may be referred to other places - like gall bladder inflammation may be felt as pain the right shoulder. Am more concerned about your fears of cancer than any real risk. See your doctor for assessment and perhaps counseling. ...Read more

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I have chest pains, ruled out heart condition, traces of blood in cough, generally tired, ear numbness at times, might be anxiety, might not. Help!

I have chest pains, ruled out heart condition, traces of blood in cough, generally tired, ear numbness at times, might be anxiety, might not. Help!

Did they: Rule out pneumonia???! Or other serious lung condition?? If so it most likely is anxiety. It is common to have a trace of blood after strong coughing. Other causes need to be ruled out though. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. There is no weight loss. What can it be. Can?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. There is no weight loss. What can it be. Can?

Pleurisy: Could be pleurisy which is essentially pain with breathing. Numerous causes-sometimes unable to isolate cause. Could be musculoskeletal which cause more symptoms with movement. Could try OTC analgesics/ application of heat/cold compresses. If no improvement in 36-48h or if symptoms worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take clonazepam with cough medicine? (dextromethorphan hbr with chlorpheniramine maleate) aka Coricidin high blood pressure cough and cold?

Can I take clonazepam with cough medicine? (dextromethorphan hbr with chlorpheniramine maleate) aka Coricidin high blood pressure cough and cold?

Too much sedation: It may not be wise to take 2 meds that may cause sedation. The combination may also effect your blood pressure. It may be safer go to your doctor and let him/her advise what is next strategy. ...Read more

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Why am I tasting blood when I cough?

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 am having cough, today morning I have noticed blood with white cough. I don't have cold just rare coughing ups. Help me with better solution?

I am having cough, today morning I have noticed blood with white cough. I don't have cold just rare coughing ups. Help me with better solution?

See a doctor...: A cough productive of blood is called hemoptysis. The most common reason for this is bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so it is a symptom which always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. See your family doctor as soon as possible. You will likely require further testing to be sure it is due to a benign condition. Treatment can also be initiated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to cough blood?

What does it mean to cough blood?

Depend how much: If its a little bit in your phlegm then I would not worry about it. However if you are coughing up pure blood, then that is a sign of a serious disease. Many things can cause it, but most of them are bad. Tb, serious fungal infections, cancer, pulmonary embolism, arterial-venus malformation are a few. If you are coughing. ...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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Why do do we cough blood when we're sick?

Why do do we cough blood when we're sick?

Not normal: Coughing up blood is not normal, and needs to be evaluated. Yes it can occur sometimes with a lung infection but it should be considered a serious condtion that requires a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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What would cause a small child to cough blood?

Bronchitis or Nose: Bronchitis is usually the most common cause of coughing up blood (hemoptysis). However, they may also have a small bleed at the back of their nose, which is dripping down their throat and subsequently being coughed up. The most common cause of nose bleeds in children is what we call "digital trauma, " a.K.A. Nose picking. ...Read more

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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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I was wondering what are some diseases that would cause one to cough blood?

I was wondering what are some diseases that would cause one to cough blood?

Hemoptysis: Disease include tb, tumor of the tracheobronchial system, folks on anticoagulants with severe coughing spell. Source of blood can also be from nose or mouth. Patient usually starts the work up by seeing an ENT doctor. If negative finding, bronchoscopy by pulmonologist is the next step for persistent or recurrent hemoptysis. ...Read more

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