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Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

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

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 have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

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

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What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

Need doctor ASAP!: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Hemoptysis can be due to bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so you need to be evaluated by a doctor today! If you are short of breath, go to the er! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

See below: Go. See your physician. There are numerous pulmonary problems it the differential diagnosis with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam is necessary. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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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

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Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood can be non-serious (blood from dried out nasal passages) or it can be serious (bacterial infection in the lungs, cancer). I would get seen by a doctor, possibly get a chest x-ray and treatment for whatever the underlying cause might be. ...Read more

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Coughing blood weeks?

Coughing blood weeks?

Not normal: Need to get an exam and chest x-ray. If you smoke also a ct scan. If all is clear ask to see a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Coughing blood maybe due to what?

Coughing blood maybe due to what?

See doctor: See a doctor for an exam to find out what is going on with your coughing. There are a number of things that can cause this. You need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u coughing blood?

Many things: Coughing blood could mean a lung infection, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, and more. You should visit a doctor right away to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Does tonsillities lead to coughing blood?

Highly unlikely: This is a serious thing. Check with your lung doc and ask about bronchoscopy asap. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about coughing blood?

Not blood-tinged..: If a ptis coughing up frank blood (hemoptysis), then it's a potential emergency (e.g. Go to the energency department)- the next cough could break a large blood vessel. Otherwise, blood-tinged sputum can occur with forceful coughing with some smaller blood vessels breaking. In the latter scenario, as long as a person can breath fine, then schedue a visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

Many possible causes: Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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I am 24 years old I am coughing blood for two days ago?

I am 24 years old I am coughing blood for two days ago?

That is a little: Bothersome. The most common cause in an otherwise healthy young person is severe bronchitis. If it is any significant amount, ie not just streaks in sputum, you should be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Coughing blood?

Coughing blood: Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up blood from respiratory tract. ...Read more

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I was coughing blood last night, would it be alright if I smoke again tonight?

I was coughing blood last night, would it be alright if I smoke again tonight?

Smoke what?: Seems common sense would dictate you don't smoke any more, period. It isn't healthy at all. Neither cigarette, pipe, cigar or marijuana smoke is healthy. Visit your doctor to be sure the hemoptysis (coughing up blood) has a benign cause. ...Read more

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My dad had been coughing blood is it normal?

My dad had been coughing blood is it normal?

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

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Showering hot water can cause coughing blood?

No.: It might trigger it, but there has to be a disease going on to produce that. See your dr. ...Read more

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What can coughing blood be when cat and X-ray are clear?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood can be from:
bronchitis (acute, chronic)
bronchiectasis
lung cancer or other lung tumors
use of blood thinners
pneumonia
pulmonary embolism
congestive heart failure
tuberculosis
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

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I keep coughing up blood?

I keep coughing up blood?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood is not a good thing. Many things can cause this. If you have had a cold with frequent coughing, you may see some blood tinged phlegm but that is usually from irritation. If there is a history of night sweats, weight loss and/or fever I might be concerned for tuberculosis. Please see your doctor immediately if this fits what you have been experiencing. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up blood?

I don't know but: I don't know without more information but coughing up blood is one of those symptoms that requires immediate attention by a doctor. Do not wait or hesitate go to your doctor now. ...Read more

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Reasons for coughing up blood, dry air?

Reasons for coughing up blood, dry air?

Coughing blood: The most common reason for coughing up blood in an infection. However, we always worry about rare things lik cancers in the lungs or other conditions such as sarcoidosis. This is certainly worth seeing your doctor and at least getting a chest x-ray. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more