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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What could cause a small amount of bright red blood in phlegm? No fever or chills

Dr. Dan Fisher
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What could cause a small amount of bright red blood in phlegm? No fever or chills

BRB in phlegm: Blood could come from anywhere along the respiratory tract from the nose down to the smallest airway. Depending upon your general health, the best option might be to monitor for recurrence. Discuss with your doc at next visit. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Leila Hashemi
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When bringing up phlegm there is sometimes bright red blood in it, especially in the mornings. Chest xray shows no reasons for this. ?

Dr. Leila Hashemi
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When bringing up phlegm there is sometimes bright red blood in it, especially in the mornings. Chest xray shows no reasons for this. ?

Hemoptysis: Hi, a forceful cough can rupture small blood vessels and cause hemoptysis (blood in sputum), so the most common cause is a Bronchitis (therefore X-ray would be normal), other causes Bronchiectasis (a chronic dilatation of small airways leading to infection), Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and cancer. If your X-ray is normal then Allergy, Bronchitis, bleeding from ur gum could be the reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Bronchitis: Blood tinged mucus or sputum is often due to an infection in sinus or lungs. Many of us treat, unless bloody nose from blowing too much. Most of us will treat with antibiotics if it happens for more than 3 days. There are other causes, too, but it's a GREAT idea to get checked soon. In the meantime, avoid otc cough and cold meds, and fragrances and aerosols (which don't help, can make worse) ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Suffering with hartburn tonight, I'm on lansoprozl as and when, I just however coughed up some bright red blood mixed with phlem. Should I worry?

Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Suffering with hartburn tonight, I'm on lansoprozl as and when,  I just however coughed up some bright red blood mixed with phlem. Should I worry?

Blood: probably due to local irritation from the stomach or esophagus. Refrain from any ibuprofen, aspirin or vit e ( blood thinners) but you should be seen by a GI as soon as possible for an endoscopy. If the blood continues you need to go to the ER ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
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Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing ?

Dr. Eric Chevlen
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Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing ?

Cancer? See doc: I don't understand how you produce phlegm without coughing. Is this post-nasal drip which you spit out? In any case, that's a worrisome symptom, and cancer is on the list of possibilities. You should see a physician promptly. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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I cough really hard and a phlegm ball came out of my mouth and it was blood red.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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I cough really hard and a phlegm ball came out of my mouth and it was blood red.

Phlegm: Since you are a smoker you should see your doctor immediately because of your bloody phlegm. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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My two boys have RSV and now i seem congested and my phlegm i spit up is clear with blood tinged red could this be related?

Dr. James Ferguson
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Maybe,maybe not: Adults get RSV rather often but seldom have any lower airway problems like small babies.Their immune system has built up some resistance to the germ over time and an infection limited to the nose & throat are common. This may certainly make you have increased secretions but should not make them blood tinged. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Berg
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I have gallstones in the bile duct, this morning I had a bit of blood in my phlegm. It was a dark red. ?

Dr. Tracy Berg
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I have gallstones in the bile duct, this morning I had a bit of blood in my phlegm. It was a dark red. 

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Bad gallbladder: You have a bad gallbladder, a fixable problem with surgery. Gallstones have travelled out of your gallbladder and are stuck in your duct, which is dangerous and treated with scope procedure ERCP. Check in with your local surgeon or regular doctor to ge started. Coughing blood in small amount is likely not related. Be well. ...Read more

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