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My daughter keeps coughing bloody mucus for a week and now whenever she lays down she has trouble breathing. What should I do??

My daughter keeps coughing bloody mucus for a week and now  whenever she lays down she has trouble breathing.  What should I do??

ER: Your daughter has acute bronchitis, very likely with bronchospasm. There are very rapidly acting and effective medicines to treat that but you'll need to take her to the ER. Moreover, if she's having trouble breathing, it's not necessarily safe to wait. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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I struggle to breathe through my diaphragm and when I do I cough out bloody mucus. My dr. Said blood is from my sinuses. Nothing is helping it though.

I struggle to breathe through my diaphragm and when I do I cough out bloody mucus. My dr. Said blood is from my sinuses. Nothing is helping it though.

Cough: It's somewhat concerning that your symptoms are difficulty breathing along with bloody mucous. If you have chronic sinus problems it is possible that the mucous is from there, but i would be sure to get a chest xray and a lung evaluation to be certain this isn't a primary lung problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why coughing up bloody mucus?

Why coughing up bloody mucus?

See doctor...: The most common cause for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy can also cause this and must be ruled out so see your doctor asap. If you are short of breath or coughing up a lot of blood, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Well my best friend says she is coughing up bloody mucus, help?

Well my best friend says she is coughing up bloody mucus, help?

May depend how much: The answer to this depends somewhat on any underlying medical conditions (alcoholism, for example) as well as how much blood is present. Sometimes, when people have been coughing a great deal, for example, small blood vessels in the esophagus can break, making the sputum somewhat bloody. If there is a great deal of blood, though, it is definitely something that should be checked out right away. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep 3 days ago and started taking Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Today I started coughing up bloody mucus. Overall I feel better, but concerned.

I was diagnosed with strep 3 days ago and started taking Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate).  Today I started coughing up bloody mucus.  Overall I feel better, but concerned.

Finish RX: If the coughing increases, then call your DR. Otherwise finish the RX and then call and inform the DR of the episode. This can be secondary to the upper respire infection concurrently with the strip. But either way, inform your DR of the occurrence ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection& just took my 1st Amoxil (amoxicillin) pill a few hrs ago. However, I have back pain & just coughed up bloody mucus, worried about kidneys.

I have a sinus infection& just took my 1st Amoxil (amoxicillin) pill a few hrs ago. However, I have back pain & just coughed up bloody mucus, worried about kidneys.

Sounds like: you are a bit "impatient" about the treatment. Give it a chance. Chances are you have a generalized viral infection,,,thus the back pain....and your infected sinuses are accompanied by a "bronchitis" THE most common cause for bloody mucous!! Be patient! Be well! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?

I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?

Strep: You may have a sinus problem that is causing bloody mucus, headaches and formation of tonsillar stones.Consult your doctor or an ear nose and throat specialist for help ...Read more

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Sneezing,coughing,green/bloody mucus for few days-now clear, swollen/sore lymph nodes,earaches.Don't want back on antibiotics again. Home remedies?

Sneezing,coughing,green/bloody mucus for few days-now clear, swollen/sore lymph nodes,earaches.Don't want back on antibiotics again. Home remedies?

May not be possible: Assuming that these symptoms have been present for over 10 days, then it is likely from a severe sinus infection which may be in the process of resolving. You may try saline irrigation for the nose and sinuses but if the problem persists for more than another week or gets worse, you may well need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is coughing up bloody mucus, shortness of breath, and rapid heart beat normal during pregnancy?

Is coughing up bloody mucus, shortness of breath, and rapid heart beat normal during pregnancy?

No!: that's never normal, pregnant or not. If you think it's just allergies or congestion you can see how it goes, if worried see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more