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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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Coughed up blood clots for hour then nothing?

Coughed up blood clots for hour then nothing?

The most: Common cause of hemoptysis (coughing up blood) is bronchitis (infection of airways). If it was self limited then things are probably ok. If this happens in a smoker there could be other concerns. ...Read more

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My mom has a blood clot in her jugular vein& is coughing up blood & blood clots. The Dr is saying that a clot in that vein is not serious is that true?

My mom has a blood clot in her jugular vein& is coughing up blood & blood clots. The Dr is saying that a clot in that vein is not serious is that true?

Venous thrombosis: Can be lethal if the blood clot in the vein travels to the heart, lungs or brain. Please get a second opinion. Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) is particularly worrisome in view of a jugular venous clot. ...Read more

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CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

Absolutely possible: The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to get a biopsy and look at the tissue under the microscope. If it is in a single lobe it may be best to remove the whole lobe. Speak to iour local pulmonologist and your thoracic surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Coughed up a blood clot after nosebleed, is this normal?

Yes: Not uncommon. Just keep an eye on how much blood you cough up. It should slow down as the bloody nose has stopped. If you continue coughing up blood, then this might be a whole new set of problems. ...Read more

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Coughed up a small blood clot. I have some pressure on my chest. No other symproms. I started coughing then suddenly it came out.

Coughed up a small blood clot. I have some pressure on my chest. No other symproms. I started coughing then suddenly it came out.

Cough/clot: If you cough hard enough you might burst a small blood vessel, have a little bleeding, and then it stops. It does not mean that you are dying of consumption (what they called tuberculosis in the past). You don't sound terribly sick but if things seem to be getting worse or people are giving you dirty looks see a doc. ...Read more

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My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

Asthma: First you need to stop smoking! Then you need to be compliant with your inhalers for them to be effective. See a pulmonologist or allergist to help you control it. Cancer is a result of smoking not asthma, and so are blood clots, the more reasosns to quit! ...Read more

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Aspergillosis. My blood clots in seconds, always cough up white furry puss sacs, very sick, run down. Worked in old nasty barn for months. 6 mo. Ago ?

Aspergillosis. My blood clots in seconds, always cough up white furry puss sacs, very sick, run down. Worked in old nasty barn for months. 6 mo. Ago
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Aspergillosis: See a pulmonary and/or an allergy specialist... They can help you deal with your cough. Steroids of sometimes antifungals are used. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has strep throat and has had 2 blood clots come up out of throat. Could this be associated with the throat infection? He did not cough t

My 5 year old has strep throat and has had 2 blood clots come up out of throat. Could this be associated with the throat infection? He did not cough t

Blood clots: It is possible that there is some bleeding from the inflammation from the strep, or even some bleeding from the nose can drip down and cause blood clots. Unless it is prolonged or persistent; it probably goes with the strep. ...Read more

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I m abpa patient. Today i hv normal routine light cough then I see a blood clot with sputum. Then three times I cough and again see blood with sputum?

I m abpa patient. Today i hv normal routine light cough then I see a blood clot with sputum. Then three times I cough and again see blood with sputum?

Could be infection.: Abpa is usually treate dwith steroids. When on long period the steroids may lower resistence to immune system. I would inform your primary lung doc and ask for appointment. Not sure of your disease progression and work up so far. May need cxr or cat scan as well. Some pt require a bronchoscopy as well.
A pulmonay embolism is always a possibility as well. Need follow up with your doc. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bronchitis, Have all the symptoms chest pains, mucus but no cough. Could it be something else? Blood clot?

Diagnosed with bronchitis, Have all the symptoms chest pains, mucus but no cough. Could it be something else? Blood clot?

It could always : Be something else but why do you think a blood clot? A blood clot at your age especially, would be very unusual. Your doctor thought bronchitis based on your history and physical exam. He or she is the best to determine that. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 4 days now, and chest tightness. No fever. Could I have a blood clot in my lung? How do you get a blood clot?

I've had a cough for 4 days now, and chest tightness. No fever. Could I have a blood clot in my lung? How do you get a blood clot?

Cough: If you had a blood clot in your lungs (a pulmonary embolism) you would be one sick cookie and would not be typing me over the net. That is a potentially mortal condition and your doc would have you hospitalized and on anticoagulant therapy. 400 spaces is not nearly enough but you probably just have a bad cold or even a chest infection. Speak to your doc. ...Read more

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Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Yes: Yes, if your doctor prescribed it for you. He/she already factored in all of your problems and medications you are currently on with any new medication recommended. ...Read more

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I have asthma, coughing violenly started couhing up small blood clots. No nasal bleeding. The ent, told me that I had two erosions on my larynx.?

I have asthma, coughing violenly started couhing up small blood clots. No nasal bleeding. The ent, told me that I had two erosions on my larynx.?

Trauma self heals: A violent cough can traumatize the structures of the airway which you have validated with your visit to the ent. Small erosions will usually heal over time if not aggravated by continuous coughing. ...Read more

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On my second day of an extracted tooth (back molar) I need to cough, I have back up mucus in my throat. Is it safe? afraid to blood clot will fall out.

On my second day of an extracted tooth (back molar) I need to cough, I have back up mucus in my throat. Is it safe?  afraid to blood clot will fall out.

Safe to cough: A normally formed blood clot will not fall out due to coughing.
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Coughing up&blowing out thick yellow mucus for past week&in last 2days blowing out small blood clots, sinus pain in neck to ear&pregnant. What to do?

Coughing up&blowing out thick yellow mucus for past week&in last 2days blowing out small blood clots, sinus pain in neck to ear&pregnant. What to do?

Mgt: You may have an infection of the airways and sinuses. The source of the blood should be determined by your physician. From your description, a course of antibiotics and a sputum sample for cultures may be sent.
Most viral infections tend to improve over the course of one week. ...Read more

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S it normal to have blood clots during my period?

S it normal to have blood clots during my period?

Yes, but ...: During menstruation, it is normal to pass some smaller clots (say, dime sized). However, if you are bleeding profusely or passing large clots, you might consider visiting a doctor for an evaluation of your heavy menstruation. ...Read more

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What does blood clots mean?

What does blood clots mean?

"Blocked Pipes": Blood contains proteins which cause the blood to congeal when outside of blood vessels. This can be life-saving following trauma but can be life-threatening if the clotting mechanism is activated inside a blood vessel, leading to the obstruction of flow to the brain (stroke), heart muscles (mi), or lungs (pulmonary emboli), to name a few. Rx hinges on opening the blockage asap+/-blood thinners. ...Read more

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How can blood clots dissolve?

How can blood clots dissolve?

Blood clot removal: Blood clots in general are removed naturally from the body. The body has a system of clotting as well as a system to prevent too much clotting. Whenever a clot is formed in the body over time the body will naturally reabsorb it. Sometimes doctors give medication to prevent the blood from being able to clot easily. ...Read more

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What case blood clots to form?

What case blood clots to form?

Thrombus: I trust you mean clots forming in blood vessels, called thrombi. Alteration in or more the following three things causes thrombus formation. 1. Alteration in blood flow, 2. Damage to the lining of blood vessel, called endothelium and 3. Increased coagulability of blood. The reference below provided professional explanation.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra0801082 ...Read more

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Are blood clots normal on a pill?

Are blood clots normal on a pill?

No: I assume that you mean to ask if it is normal to develop blood clots when taking oral contraceptive pills (ocp).

The risk of developing blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, coronary artery thrombosis) is slightly increased in persosn taking ocp, however, this is not normal. The risks are particularly increased in patients with acquired or genetic clotting tendencies. ...Read more

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What can be done for blood clots?

What can be done for blood clots?

Prescription medicin: Blood clots are dangerous and a physician should be seen immediately. If the clot is in the leg a doppler test can confirm it and a physician will prescribe meds to thin the blood and help prevent it from going to the lungs. Initially you should not be active because you do not want to dislodge it and cause it to travel in your bloodstream. Blood thinners will be taken for at least 3 months. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with blood clots?

What risks are associated with blood clots?

Many: Some major risk factors are:
history of cancer, immobilization, recent trauma or surgery, obesity, pregnancy, estrogenic medications, congestive heart failure, diseases that alter blood viscosity (polycythemia, sickle cell disease), and inherited thrombophilias. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

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