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Joseph is a healthy 9 year old.He coughed up specks of blood in his sputum first thing this morning. What is the cause?

Joseph is a healthy 9 year old.He coughed up specks of blood in his sputum first thing this morning. What is the cause?

See Your Doctor: 9 yr old, "coughed specks blood this morning". It is important to determine if the blood was actually from the lungs vs. upper respiratory tract. There is no other data given however sinus congestion/throat clearing over night can result in cough & can produce flecks of blood. It is important to have your child checked to make this determination. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Layne Gentry
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Clear sputum without cough for 6 months.sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen i wake up?

Clear sputum without cough for 6 months.sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen i wake up?

See your FamilyDoc: If you've been coughing for 6mo, it's time to see your FamilyDoc or GP. We generally don't worry too much about sputum color these days as it's not useful in determine if virus or bacteria. Cough can also be due to allergies, heartburn & medication side effects. Streaks of blood is most likely from vigorous coughing but could also suggest worse things. So go see your FamilyDoc or GP. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for throat feeling like its burning and some blood in sputnum in morning when wake?

What could be the reason for throat feeling like its burning and some blood in sputnum in morning when wake?

Several: Things to consider include throat infection, significant dryness of the the throat lining, severe snoring, smoking, recent forceful coughing, sinus infection, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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What does weight loss, blood in the sputum indicate?

What does weight loss, blood in the sputum indicate?

Weight loss/blood: If you are a smoker, i would be concerned about lung cancer, although at your age this is very unlikely.I would highly recommend going to see your doctor to be examined and get a chest x-ray ...Read more

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What should I do if I have blood in my sputum?

Talk to your doctor: Blood in sputum is never normal. Depending on the patient's age, health and lung condition(s), it can be something that needs an immediate full-scale evaluation or a brief time to see if it comes back. Let your doctor know what you are seeing and whether there are other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, shortness of breath or other new problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

Monitor closely!: Blood in sputum is usually due to a respiratory infection, with blood coming from superficial blood vessels traumatized by coughing, and should resolve as one recovers. However, other causes exist and the amount of blood expelled, and for how long, needs to be monitored closely. If it frank blood, instead of blood tinged sputum, or ever more than a tablespoon, please call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Should i be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Yes: Except for the transient coughing of blood with a chest cold, this is always a danger sign. Your physician knows what to do. ...Read more

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Why there is blood with TB patients' sputum?

Why there is blood with TB patients' sputum?

Alveolar destruction: Tuberculosis infection as any severe infection can destroy lung cels & component. Then tuberculosis can cause significan t destruction creating called cavities in the lungs. ...Read more

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I have coughed up blood and sputum earlier and they subsided. What are the drugs I could start using?

I have coughed up blood and sputum earlier and they subsided. What are the drugs I could start using?

Need diagnosis...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a serious symptom that always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy must be ruled out. There are other serious disorders that result in hemoptysis so see your doctor asap so the proper diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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Can blood come into your sputum in tonsilitis?

Blood streaked: Sputum is not uncommon with tonsilitis.For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test / culture. ...Read more

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Why blood is seen in sputum or in cough in the case of bronchiectasis?

Why blood is seen in sputum or in cough in the case of bronchiectasis?

Blood vessel rupture: Blood in sputum or hemoptysis in the setting of bronchiectasis is due to rupture of tiny blood vessels along the surface of the diseased bronchial tubes. Normally the amount of bleeding is minor but can be significant and require emergent care. Other causes of hemoptysis include infections, cancers and vascular diseases. ...Read more