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'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood?'

'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood?'

Hemoptysis: This is very serious. You want to see a lung specialist asap. Do not delay and do not proscrinate. Bronchoscopy may become useful. ...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 cold with a cough and some sneezing today I coughed up a lil blood in some phlegm and a little dotted blood in nose.Cause for concern?

I have a cold with a cough and some sneezing today I coughed up a lil blood in some phlegm and a little dotted blood in nose.Cause for concern?

Blood in sputum: There is concern if > 1-2 teaspoons of blood as opposed to blood streaks , A cold irritates the bronchioles and the force of the cough can cause minor capillary bleeding. Similarly in the nose the congestion,sneeze force and ironically dryness cause capillary breakage and bleeding. Vasoline on the inside of nose at night ,to moisturize.Try a cough supressant , may need antibiotic.Talk to doc ...Read more

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I woke up coughing and a blocked noise as the day went on i coughed a little blood up to?

I woke up coughing and a blocked noise as the day went on i coughed a little blood up to?

Viral cold: The symptoms you describe are those of a viral illness or a cold. The coughing up blood may be just from a small blood vessel which broke from the coughing but you should keep an eye on whether it continues and especially if it is getting worse. If so then you should see your doctor. If it stops, then treat the cold symptomatically and you should be better in a 10-14 day period. ...Read more

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I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

Post-nasal mucus: Build up of mucus in post-nasal area over night is very common, particularly in urban, high smog areas. If chronic, would allow hot water from shower or hot compress over sink to soak frontal face area t help loosen the mucus and blow it out. Avoid inhalant irritants or allergy causes in environment. Blood in mucus could be part of same. Would definitely see pcp or ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Been coughing up green mucus and blood for a few days now! ?

Been coughing up green mucus and blood for a few days now! ?

Bronchitis???: Sometimes we become very concerned when the color of our mucus changes. Green and bloody always trigger the biggest response. Chances are that you have a bronchitis. This is the most common cause of bleeding. If it gets copious, you need to go to the er. However chances are that it will just go away after the virus has been fought off... Take symptomatic over-counter medication. ...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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Why I coughed up bright red blood and now a couple days later I coughed up what looks like a dark red blood clot?

Why I coughed up bright red blood and now a couple days later I coughed up what looks like a dark red blood clot?

Get evaluated: There are many details missing about your case. However, coughing up blood, fresh blood and then clots of blood is dangerous. You need to get evaluated. Go to see your doc asap, hopefully you can bring in the clots to show. Tuberculosis, cancer, abscess, malformations, fistulas can be the underlying cause. Treatment is available, but you need a diagnosis first. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Constantly coughing yellow mucus with a little blood for over 2 and a half weeks. I also wake up with stuffy nose and with more phlegm to cough out.

Coughing: Use salt eater nose drops to help clear your nose 4 times daily. Use a vaporizer sleep on several pillows. Since its been longer than 10 days that you have been ill, see your pcp. You may have a sinus infection and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Coughed up blood just now, please help?

Coughed up blood just now, please help?

See doctor....: The most common cause of coughing blood is bronchitis but malignancy must always be ruled out so this symptom must always be evaluated by a doctor. If you are also short of breath, go to the er. If you are a smoker, you need to quit and your doctor can help with this, too. You will likely need eval by a lung doctor. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it normal to spit up a little bit of blood after a tiny stab wound?

Yes: If you've been stabbed in the mouth. Not sure what constitutes a "tiny stab wound" but i'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you see a doctor. ...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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Really coughing up phlegm and blood. Is it a chest infection or bronchitis?

Really coughing up phlegm and blood. Is it a chest infection or bronchitis?

Seek medical care: This could be due to various causes, many of which may need immediate attention. I would seek medical care right away and get an evaluation and workup started. Best not to delay. ...Read more

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Coughed up blood in my mucus this morning. Is this serious?

Blood in sputum: At your age no. If it persists or increases in frequency, duration, or severity then check it out. ...Read more

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Blood when blowing nose and spitting up little blood and pink in morning could that be from post nasal drip from nose?

Blood when blowing nose and spitting up little blood and pink in morning could that be from post nasal drip from nose?

Very likely: Cause of the blood. If nose bleeds are significant have them evaluated. The most common area for bleeds are the anterior septum. Try gently rubbing a little otc antibiotic ointment on the septum every morning with a q-tip. Sometimes resolves the problem. ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Possibilities: Blood mixed with sputum usually occurs with either bronchitis or pneumonia. Pure blood (hemoptysis) may be more concerning for other problems (heart disease, airway diseases, etc). ...Read more

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Occasionally cough up blood with green sputum. Have had cold over a week. Is that normal?

Occasionally cough up blood with green sputum.  Have had cold over a week. Is that normal?

Cough: Cough with blood and green sputum warrant an evaluation by a physician. The physician may decide to treat with antibiotics and/or further testing with a chest xray. ...Read more

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I have been smocking weed for about a year an for about a month I have been coughing up black stuff an an today I cough up a little blood?

I have been smocking weed for about a year an for about a month I have been coughing up black stuff an an today I cough up a little blood?

Get checked out!: Weed or not, this needs to be investigated right away. Anyone who smokes something and then develops a cough with black stuff and then blood needs to be investigated right away. Go to a doctor, get an evaluation and a chest CT, at least. And stop smoking weed, and anything else you may be smoking. ...Read more

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34 YO former smoker. For 2 weeks, I've been coughing up a little blood in the AM w/ tickle in my chest and otherwise clear mucus. No insurance.

34 YO former smoker. For 2 weeks, I've been coughing up a little blood in the AM w/ tickle in my chest and otherwise clear mucus. No insurance.

Obamacare: I know you are in Kansas, but even in Kansas you can get health care insurance. But, not having insurance should not in any way stop you from making sure you do not have cancer. A visit to the family doctor with or without an X-ray is extremely cheaper than dying or going to an ER. ...Read more

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Is coughing up a little blood with a sinus infection normal? Please advise!

Is coughing up a little blood with a sinus infection normal? Please advise!

Yes a small amount: tinged in drainage can be normal. If pure blood see your doctor and get checked ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe back pain, shortness of breath and am coughing up a little blood. What should I do?

I am suffering from severe back pain, shortness of breath and am coughing up a little blood. What should I do?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and have taken clarithromycin since monday. I've started coughing up a little blood. Is this normal? Is it an emergency?

I have a sinus infection and have taken clarithromycin since monday. I've started coughing up a little blood. Is this normal? Is it an emergency?

Not normal: But it may not be an emergency if it is simply a little blood tinged mucus, as it may be a simple aspect of your sinus infection/inflammation. Get checked by dr. During normal business hours in the next 24 h and you should be ok. If severe bleeding, then get urgent care. ...Read more

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What could be the etiology of a 30 year-old white male redhead be suffering from if he coughed up a little blood?

Myriad: While being readheaded likely has nothing to do with it, this could be anything from a nosebleed to lung infection. See your primary care doc for a general physical +/- chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing and I coughed up a little blood?

I have difficulty breathing and I coughed up a little blood?

Time to see doc..: Your symptoms are concerning and i would suggest seeking care as soon as it is feasible for you. Coughing up blood might be common, but never a good thing, especially if you are having shortness of breath with it. Maybe it is just a bad bronchitis and u cough too much/hard causing some bleeding, but i would not take that chance given what you posted here. Consult your doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Possibilities: Blood mixed with sputum usually occurs with either bronchitis or pneumonia. Pure blood (hemoptysis) may be more concerning for other problems (heart disease, airway diseases, etc). ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up a little bit of blood while pregnant?

See doctor...: Coughing blood is called hemoptysis. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy must always be ruled out. There are other causes of hemoptysis as well but it must always be evaluated so see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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I'v been smoking alot meth and 2 days ago my throte hurts really baf cant drink nothing becuase it hurts and today cough up a little bit of blood?

I'v been smoking alot meth and 2 days ago my throte hurts really baf cant drink nothing becuase it hurts and today cough up a little bit of blood?

What do you expect ?: Take control of your health , ' smoking a lot of meth ' is not going to help you , stop smoking ' meth ' see your doctor to check you to see you did not get pneumonia or other lung infections. Good Luck, ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a sore throat an cough up a little bit of blood

What does it mean if you have a sore throat an cough up a little bit of blood

Hemoptysis....: The most likely reason to cough blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, 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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Can general long time or over use of an albuteral hfa inhaler sometimes cause coughing up a little bit of blood in mucus? Thanks

Can general long time or over use of an albuteral hfa inhaler sometimes cause coughing up a little bit of blood in mucus? Thanks

Mgt: The medication should not cause these symptoms. If you have COPD or asthma, inflammation in the lung can be associated with these symptoms. I would suggest a follow up and use of an anti inflammatory agent if indicated. Avoid smoke exposure, and I would recommend a sputum analysis. ...Read more

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I have a left side upper chest pain and i noticed coughing up a little bright red blood at morning only.I got X-ray and ECG done.Nothing detected.

I have a left side upper chest pain and i noticed coughing up a little bright red blood at morning only.I got X-ray and ECG done.Nothing detected.

Serious symptom: Hemoptysis ( coughing up blood) is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly no matter how little it is. I common causes include blood thinners ( if you are taking them), bronchitis ( acute and chronic) bronchiectasis, lung cancer, tuberculosis. You should have a discussion with your pcp depending on other symptoms like weight loss, lack of appetite and energy may warrant a ct scan of chest. ...Read more

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'what''s it mean to be coughing up mucus with a little blood?'

Hemoptysis: This is very serious. You want to see a lung specialist asap. Do not delay and do not proscrinate. Bronchoscopy may become useful. ...Read more

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Been coughing up clear mucus seen little blood in it twice in weeks doctor said I have pnemonia?

Pneumonia.: Symptoms would make sense for pneumonia. Were you prescribed an antibiotic? Was this confirmed with a chest X-ray? Generally, with adequate treatment your symptoms should stop, including the blood in the mucous. If the bleeding persists, then you’ll need more investigations into cause. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellowish stuff with a little blood sometime,throat hurts n can't breath that well, n running nose, Tonsils feel swollen,barely can talk ?

Coughing up yellowish stuff with a little blood sometime,throat hurts n can't breath that well, n running nose, Tonsils feel swollen,barely can talk ?

Likely viral illness: It is hard to tell for sure, but viral illness--laryngitis/bronchitis--is likely causing your infliction. Not knowing your age, other illnesses you may have, medication(s) you are taking, I cannot advise on the specifics. Often OTC meds such as Mucinex/Delsym/Coricidin, motrin/tylenol-cold can help alleviate your symptoms. Consult doc for an evaluation if not better in 3-5 days. Good luck ...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?

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