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For past week i've had small streaks of blood in phlegm in the morning. Some blood stains when blow nose. Not sick with cold or flu. Cause?

For past week i've had small streaks of blood in phlegm in the morning. Some blood stains when blow nose. Not sick with cold or flu. Cause?

Blood from nose: Blood from nose (epistaxis) can be due to the high heat in the midwest & most of the country right now. The heat can dry out mucous membranes causing bleeding and 'small streaks of blood phlegm' and 'when blowing nose.' you may want to see your doctor bleeding becomes excessive or persists. Topical vaseline or Bacitracin on the nasal septum may help protect the mucous membranes from drying. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Drainage : Having a small amount of blood is normal in the winter months. Increased drainage can be irritating to the throat. You might try using a humidifier in your room. ...Read more

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Hello doctors! Can sinusitis cause hemoptysis in throat? Why am i coughing up blood with phlegm only in morning?

Hello doctors! Can sinusitis cause hemoptysis in throat? Why am i coughing up blood with phlegm only in morning?

Hemoptysis: I wouldn't blame blood you are coughing up in the morning on your sinuses. this maybe a very different problem and you should have your throat checked by your primary care MD. ...Read more

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I coughed up blood in my phlegm. This morning, is this urgent, or can I wait until my next visit in a month?

I coughed up blood in my phlegm. This morning, is this urgent, or can I wait until my next visit in a month?

Depends on the: amount. If it is a small amount and does not recur, you can probably wait until your next visit. If it is a large amount, or if it persists, notify your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in phlegm every morning , no chest infection?

What to do if I have blood in phlegm every morning , no chest infection?

M.D. visit: Please see a health clinic or your physician. They will check your lungs, obtain a chest radiograph and test your for TB and Cancer of the lungs. If you are producing phlegm this can be sent to the lab for testing. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up blood with phlegm every morning and is normal through out the day. I have sinusitis and cold infection now. What's happening?

I have been coughing up blood with phlegm every morning and is normal through out the day. I have sinusitis  and cold infection now. What's happening?

Hemoptysis...: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. The most common cause is acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. This is easily treated once the etiology of the infection is determined. However, malignancy can also cause hemoptysis so your doctor needs to rule this out, especially in a smoker. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Hard to tell: Having just a bit of blood in mucous is difficult to assess. Perhaps having a Chest X ray done can be helpful. If need be a CT scan has a higher chance of ruling our lung cancer. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of spitting brown phlegm in the morning? After a couple spits it's clear and doesn't do it again till morning. No blood when I blow my nose

What could be the cause of spitting brown phlegm in the morning?  After a couple spits it's clear and doesn't do it again till morning. No blood when I blow my nose

Need diagnosis: Brown phlegm is probably not from the oral cavity or from the gums. Obviously, you need a proper diagnosis. Although you say there is no nasal bleeding, i would worry more about old blood coming from the esophagus or stomach. An ENT doctor or a gastroenterologist should be consulted. ...Read more