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What are possible causes for coughing/spitting up blood? Sinus pressure/headache when coughing.

What are possible causes for coughing/spitting up blood? Sinus pressure/headache when coughing.

Given: Given your symptoms, sinusitis may be the culprit. There are many causes for coughing up blood--from simple and easy to complex and concerning. It can be from the nose, mouth, throat, lungs/bronchi, and esophagus. The most common cause can be bronchitis or pneumonia. If this is persistent, you should go to the doctor. It is hard to judge without more info: age, smoker, fever, difficulty breathing, throat pain, etc. ...Read more

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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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My boyfriend had had a cough a spitting up blood for about 3 months niw ge gas sharp pains in his stomach an is losing weight....

My boyfriend had had a cough a spitting up blood for about 3 months niw ge gas sharp pains in his stomach an is losing weight....

See doctor!: Your boyfriend needs to see a doctor for a thorough assessment of this problem and his overall health. Coughing up blood is never something to disregard. Please encourage him to see his doctor as soon as he possibly can. ...Read more

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Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 0 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 0 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

Progression of dz: I am very concerned with the symptoms. That indicates perhaps now the disease has progressed more-especially with presence of significant anemia. There is a possibility that now the cancer has gone to the bone marrow and supress normal blood production. The cancer in the lung may have gotten bigger that's explaining presence of cough/spitting blood. Need treatment (chemo and radiation th) d/w md. ...Read more

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Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 10 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

Stage 4 nsclc adenocarcinoma metatasized 10 months now coughing and spitting up blood, requiring immediate blood transfusion. Why?

Natural course of dz: I am very concerned with the symptoms. That indicates perhaps now the disease has progressed more-especially with presence of significant anemia. There is a possibility that now the cancer has gone to the bone marrow and supress normal blood production. The cancer in the lung may have gotten bigger that's explaining presence of cough/spitting blood. Need treatment (chemo and radiation th) d/w md. ...Read more

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Last 2 weeks I have had a horrible cough with blood spit up, sometimes. I feel very weak and can never catch my breath. Any suggestions?

Last 2 weeks I have had a horrible cough with blood spit up, sometimes. I feel very weak and can never catch my breath. Any suggestions?

Need to be seen: These are concerning symptoms that require an urgent medical evaluation to rule out infection, malignancy and other potential lung problems. Call your doctor to schedule an urgent visit or proceed to the ER. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What's gastroesophageal reflux disease? Is a cough, sore throat, spitting up little blood (not sure if still doing it) and burping a lot symptoms?

What's gastroesophageal reflux disease? Is a cough, sore throat, spitting up little blood (not sure if still doing it) and burping a lot symptoms?

Reflux: All the symptoms you mentioned can be caused by ger. In ger! , acid from your stomach can backflow to your lungs to cause a cough and bloody mucusas well as causinf a sore throat. ...Read more

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I keep spitting/ coughing up some blood & I get loads of build up mucus in my throat which I can only put it down to bronchiectasis, will I be ok?

I keep spitting/ coughing up some blood & I get loads of build up mucus in my throat which I can only put it down to bronchiectasis, will I be ok?

See a doctor: Bronchiectasis is not a usual finding in your age group. It would be better to see a doctor and get the appropriate imaging study such as chest X-ray or CT to determine what is really happening. Then get it treated ...Read more

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My 26 year old son developed a bad cough and spitting up some blood about 2 years ago, pa said allergies with infection, still has it, what do you think?

My 26 year old son developed a bad cough and spitting up some blood about 2 years ago, pa said allergies with infection, still has it, what do you think?

See your doctor: You might spit up blood for a few days with an infection but definitely not for 2 years. I would suggest seeing a pulmonologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I had bronchitis last january. I am spitting blood right now when I cough. What could it be?

I had bronchitis last january. I am spitting blood right now when I cough. What could it be?

See doctor...: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is usually due to bronchitis. However, it can also be due to malignancy. So, you need to see your doctor to rule out malignancy and treat the underlying disorder. The bronchitis from last january may be unrelated. If you are a smoker, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. If you are short of breath or coughing a lot of blood, go to the er. ...Read more

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What can cause soar throat spitting blood wheezing need to clear throat constant, constant cough, tenderness to touch trouble swallowing for 8 months?

What can cause soar throat spitting blood wheezing need to clear throat constant, constant cough, tenderness to touch trouble swallowing for 8 months?

Mgt: You should be seen asap by your PCP and a pulmonary specialist. Cytologies and TB testing should be included when sampling airway secretions. ...Read more

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Spitting blood when clearing throat for 6 mns no notable fever/cough chest CT show nodules in left upper lobe smoking for past 12 years I am 29?

Spitting blood when clearing throat for 6 mns no notable fever/cough chest CT show nodules in left upper lobe smoking for past 12 years I am 29?

Need more Eval: Probably need to see a chest specialist. Might need to have bronchoscopy where they look down into the lung. They might do cultures for bacteria and fungal and TB infection as well as look for suspicious cells in your sputum. You should also quit smoking, also! Now you have a good reason. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you are spitting blood up when coughing?

Airway bleeding: This may be from the lungs or bronchus, or another sourse causing blood to enter the airway and produce a cough. Best to see an otolaryngologist to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

See your doctor: Could be bloody post nasal drip, bleeding from back of mouth/throat, or even pneumonia. Definitely a symptom you don't want to ignore. Please make an appointment with your physician. ...Read more

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Why have I been spitting up blood coughing getting chest pains?

Why have I been spitting up blood coughing getting chest pains?

How much blood?: Hemoptysis or coughing up blood needs to be investigated. A flexible bronchoscopy is indicated as hemoptysis can be a symptom with lung cancer.Cat scan without and with contrast to r/o av malformations, hemoptysis can occur also from necrotizing pneumonias, rasmussen aneurysms from tuberculosis, eisenmenger syndrome pulmorary hypertension, tracheal tumors, bronchiectasis. Massive could b fatal. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been randomly spitting blood for a year and its all the time help?

What to do if I have been randomly spitting blood for a year and its all the time help?

Get checked out!: This may be due to problems with your teeth, sinuses, lungs, your esophagus, as well as other causes. It is getting no better, so the problem is not going away. It could be something very serious and you don't want it to get worse or get to the point where no treatment is possible! See a doc. Go to your health department, who can do some initial screening tests for free or no cost. Get started! ...Read more

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What dose spitting up blood mean?

What dose spitting up blood mean?

Spitting up Blood: Does you friend get into fist fight with the likes of sony corleone. Then it means, your friend is lucky to get out of it alive. If not then it may be, any kind of reason related to gums, teeth, habit of biting inside his cheeks, nasal drip, bronchitis
or tuberculosis, some serious lung ailment. Oesophageal or stomach problems. And a whole lot more. Depends on your insurance.
Quit smoking. ...Read more

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Common causes of spitting up blood?

Common causes of spitting up blood?

Get it evaluated: Do you mean coughing up blood, throwing up blood or simply having blood in your saliva? They all have different causes and some can be serious. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Spitting up blood in the morning! Smoked since 66?

Spitting up blood in the morning! Smoked since 66?

Asking for someone?: History makes a big difference here. The best thing is to get acquanitance to see provider and get lung and sputum studies. Typically blood is associated with a tumor or infection. There are other causes as well including unusual conditions. None will be helped by continued smoking so help him/her stop. The only way your friend/you can know if there's a life-threatening problem is talk with doctor. ...Read more

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Spitting up blood for no reason?

Spitting up blood for no reason?

Spitting blood: Are you spitting up frank blood or blood tinged sputum. If it is bood tinged sputum it could be due a wretchingcough cough or mucous from a bloody, mucousy, running nose. If you are spitting great amount of bood you should be seen by a physician to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Chest pains, shortness of breathe and spitting blood?

Chest pains, shortness of breathe and spitting blood?

Go to the Doctor: Please sign off of the internet and get yourself to medical care today. ...Read more

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What does spitting up blood after a run mean?

What does spitting up blood after a run mean?

See below: This could mean nothing. After a run you are going to dry out your mucus membranes. This can make them pone to bleed, and on the run you probably swallowed some blood. I would keep an eye on it, and if it persists have it checked out by your local doctor. ...Read more

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After drinking my girlfriend is spitting up blood. What to do?

After drinking my girlfriend is spitting up blood. What to do?

Don't drink: She may have an ulcer, can be dangerous, so would have her see a doctor, don't drink in the meantime, go to er if getting worse in the meantime. ...Read more

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What does it mean that I've been spitting up blood flecked mucus?

Maybe nothing: If you have had a hard cough for several days you could have irritated your bronchial mucosa and are getting flecks of blood in the mucous. If it gets worse or continues after the cough see your doctor. Usually it is nothing and is a result of "trauma"- either vomiting or hard coughing- and clears up in a few days. ...Read more

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Waking up from a nap then spitting up blood, what does this signify?

A need for a work-up: It is not normal to spit up blood. See your family doctor who can take a history and have you evaluated by GI and pulmonary physicians as indicated. If you but your tongue in your sleep, you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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