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My 19 year old boyfriend woke up to dark spots (blood) in his drool on his pillow. What could be wrong?

My 19 year old boyfriend woke up to dark spots (blood) in his drool on his pillow. What could be wrong?

Many reasons: From nasal bleeding to gum problems, lip lacerations, self-biting, blood disorder and even cancer. Check with doctor. ...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 blood streaked mucus and sometimes even small spots of blood in it, that I cough up. I don't have a cold. What could be causing this?

I have blood streaked mucus and sometimes even small spots of blood in it, that I cough up. I don't have a cold. What could be causing this?

Can be serious prob: There are many possibly causes including but not limited to tuberculosis, pneumonia, or tumor. Also other lung disease. Thus this symptom needs immediate evaluation b/c the possible diagnosis could be dangerous. Please make appoint with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a horrible dry cough for weeks that gets worst whenever I walk. Been noticing little blood spots and more appearing. On both legs. Related?

I have had a horrible dry cough for weeks that gets worst whenever I walk. Been noticing little blood spots and more appearing. On both legs. Related?

Cough. Red spots: This could be very serious. Possibilities include vasculitis of lung ann legs, lingering infection with thrombocytopenia, a subtle malignancy with thrombocytopenia, or these could be innocent. I urge evaluation asap ...Read more

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I have chest pains and I'm spitting out a lot of phlegm with some blood on it. My tonsils have some white spots on them and I don't have a cough.?

I have chest pains and I'm spitting out a lot of phlegm with some blood on it. My tonsils have some white spots on them and I don't have a cough.?

Upper respiratory: If u have fever then u should see a doctor. It is most commonly upper respiratory tract infection. It may be tonsillitis I your tonsils hurt. Most of the time upper respiratory tract infection resolves without any antibiotics. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) ...Read more

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My Uncle is experiencing pain when swallowing and cough (quality: blood in phlegm). The following also describes him: Spots on throat. What shoul...

My Uncle is experiencing pain when swallowing and cough (quality: blood in phlegm). The following also describes him: Spots on throat. What shoul...

Mgt: I would recommend a throat exam, and possibly a culture to determine the cause. Please save a sample to show his provider. Please monitor his temperature. ...Read more

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I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and I saw blood and pus on it. Why?

I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and I saw blood and pus on it. Why?

Red tonsils: The redness is a sign of inflammation. Tonsils are a lymph gland that can swell with any type of infection. They trap dead/dying white blood cells. The blood is likely from the raw surface due to swelling - and the pus is likely from a low grade viral infection you have. Are you running a fever? I would monitor it for several days. If it continues you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have seen tiny blood spots in my nose mucous, for last 2mnths. No flue or cough but mucous present sometimes in throat n nose. Why? Shud I go to doctor?

I have seen tiny blood spots in my nose mucous, for last 2mnths. No flue or cough but mucous present sometimes in throat n nose. Why? Shud I go to doctor?

Most likely dryness: Small spots of blood especially if from both sides are often from dryness, viral illness, or allergy. All these conditions can also, cause excessive drainage. Start with salt water rinse then follow with saline gel, or even better, sesame oil 3-4 drops to the bloody side 2-3 times daily. If these suggestions don't help then seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and I cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

I have minor headaches, sore throat, a slight fever, and I cough up this yellow/white thick mucus with spots of blood once every morning.

Virus: Viral upper respiratory infections usually start in the throat, spread to the nose and in some cases down to the windpipe and bronchial tubes. If symptoms last longer than 10 days or with fever, shaking chills, sweats or worsening cough, antibiotics and a check up for pneumonia are advisable. Until then a mild cough syrup and gargling with warm salt water is soothing. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for mild fever helps. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Visual disturbance: You are likely forcing the doctors to do a multimillion dollar work up for an anxiety disorder since you have no organic pathology on any tests. Please consider consulting a mental health specialist specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety and Somatization disorder. Why are you on depakote? there is no condition listed to explain your meds. ...Read more

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Extreme sore throat, slight cough, sneezing, and a bit of runny nose. Last time I sneezed there were spots of blood in the phlegm. Should I be worried?

Extreme sore throat, slight cough, sneezing, and a bit of runny nose. Last time I sneezed there were spots of blood in the phlegm. Should I be worried?

URI: It is likely you have viral upper respiratory infection (URI). The symptoms can last about one week and respond to over the counter medications. If the symptoms last longer or new symptoms develop (headache, shortness of breath etc) you should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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My son was dx with pneumonia. Just found a qtr sized blood spot on pillowcase. Not sure it's blood, but is it normal to cough blood with pneumonia?

My son was dx with pneumonia. Just found a qtr sized blood spot on pillowcase. Not sure it's blood, but is it normal to cough blood with pneumonia?

Can be: If it is blood the location is undetermined. It may have come from another area of the respiratory tract such as his nose. If it persists or if he is worse instead of better have him checked. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a cold on my chest I cough today and it yellow I with blood and black spot?

I have a cold on my chest I cough today and it yellow I with blood and black spot?

See MD: Many viral colds are also associated with bronchitis or coughing up sputum. Many viral bronchitis illnesses will resolve spontaneously even with no antibiotics in otherwise healthy individuals. Coughing up blood may be just due to the bronchitis but it is an indication to see an md to investigate the cause of the blood and black spots to rule out serous problems. ...Read more

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My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

Need more info: What you describe sounds like she is coughing so hard that she has what is called "peticheae" (tiny bleeds into skin) on her forehead. It needs to be evaluated by your doctor right away. Pertussis infection comes to mind, which would be concerning at her age. Seek medical attention and/or go to er. If she is breathing heavy, is not feeding well or "looks sick" you should go to er tonight. ...Read more

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I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. Is it serio?

I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. Is it serio?

Irritated dry throat: May be from rhinitis nasal congestion/ inflammation, from dryness in air, warm dry heat. Put vasoline, to moisturize, on the inside tip of nose in AM and PM, gargle with salt water3x a day, suck on lemondrops. Drinkg 2.5-3.5 liter /day water /gatorade to be hydrated. I do not think it is serious, but do f/u with doctor /urgent care this week ...Read more

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Started wth a sore throat cough wheezy and now I'm throwing up and blood went ER last night have a spot on my lung they didn't seem worried should I b?

Started wth a sore throat cough wheezy and now I'm throwing up and blood went ER last night have a spot on my lung they didn't seem worried should I b?

Probably not: You are too young to have cancer. The spot on the lung can be many things. Best to double check with a lung specialist. Get the disc with your cxr for review. You will probably be comfortable and have a good sleep with false worries. Good luck and all the best. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing up mucus and spots of blood?

Lung problem: It could be a bronchitis, pneumonia, or something else. It is certainly worth getting checked out, especially if it has lasted for any length of time. Your primary doctor can provide a good evaluation and treatment plan, but may need to refer you to a specialist depending on the exact nature of your problem. ...Read more

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Grandson sick since july with difficulty breathing and coughing. Referred to pumonologist. He took blood, said white spots on xray not good. On many meds. What could be happening?

Grandson sick since july with difficulty breathing and coughing. Referred to pumonologist. He took blood, said white spots on xray not good. On many meds. What could be happening?

Hard to say: It's difficult to know without the information your grandchild's doctor has. You'll need to talk with the doctor, or with the parents if they have talked with the doctor, to have your questions answered. ...Read more

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17. Left chest pain & back pain. Coughing blood spots. Been to hospital can't find anything but pain still there. Staggers with pain.

17. Left chest pain & back pain. Coughing blood spots. Been to hospital can't find anything but pain still there. Staggers with pain.

No: Pneumonia, blood clots, other sign of imfection? Are you cougjimg? Iti might be just a virus. Take cough medicine not to cough and pain meds like ibuprofen. ...Read more