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Hi. My mum has had flu for about 2weeks. She has a bitter taste in her mouth and has white patches on her tongue. She has also been coughing blood.

Hi. My mum has had flu for about 2weeks. She has a bitter taste in her mouth and has white patches on her tongue. She has also been coughing blood.

See a physician: Coughing blood is something that needs to be treated asap. She has an infection, which may be secondary to her flu and should be evaluated to determine the best treatment protocols. If she has currently been on antibiotics, the white patches may be yeast overgrowth. ...Read more

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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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I have a bad flu and cold for a week, and now i had a cough. It was horrible because after 5 days of coughing i found blood in the mucus 3 days, ?

I have a bad flu and cold for a week, and now i had a cough. It was horrible because after 5 days of coughing i found blood in the mucus 3 days, ?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Im just recovered from severed flu. Now im still cough but not severe as before but im noticing there's few blood mixed with the mucus/sputum. :-(?

Im just recovered from severed flu. Now im still cough but not severe as before but im noticing there's few blood mixed with the mucus/sputum. :-(?

Cough: The respiratory system was injured during the cough that you had while you were coughing very hard. This can lead to the mucous membranes bleeding a small amount and mixing with the mucous. If the blood becomes significant or continues, consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had the flu and a bad cough for a few days. Today when i cough up phlem there is a small amout of blood. What would l have irritated?

I've had the flu and a bad cough for a few days. Today when i cough up phlem there is a small amout of blood. What would l have irritated?

Probably not serious: Are you otherwise healthy? Was the blood pink or dark in colour? Are you better from the flu in every other way?
The blood could come from the oropharynx or the lung.
If you are unwell or if the symptoms persist you should see a doctor to evaluate you in detail. ...Read more

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Hello, I recently had a case of the flu with headaches, diarrhea, coughing and body aches. they are gone except the cough and I just coughed up blood?

Hello, I recently had a case of the flu with headaches, diarrhea, coughing and body aches. they are gone except the cough and I just coughed up blood?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is abnormal and should be evaluated by your physician. It may be from irritation or inflammation of the windpipe as a result of your recent respiratory tract infection, but it could also be caused by an ongoing bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. Do yourself a great favor and permanently give up smoking. ...Read more

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I have had flu like symptoms for week i was feeling better but 3 days ago cough worse specks of blood in phlem and today had diarrhea and kidney pain?

I have had flu like symptoms for week i was feeling better but 3 days ago cough worse specks of blood in phlem and today had diarrhea and kidney pain?

Blood?: This is called hemoptysis. You want to see a lung specialist asap. This is a urgency/emergency. Do not wait. Could be serious disease such as wegener or many other ones. ...Read more

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I had the flu and was puking all night, now ihave popped blood vessels on my skin and my head hurts everytime i cough, will this pain go away?

I had the flu and was puking all night, now ihave popped blood vessels on my skin and my head hurts everytime i cough, will this pain go away?

Yes: If this is in fact influenza you will get better over a period of two weeks or so. Unless you get a secondary bacterial infection you will not benefit from an antibiotic. As long as you are not getting worse after the miserable first five days or so you will continue to gradually improve. If this is influenza it helps to understand why flu shots are recommended. ...Read more

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Flu. High fever that has gone down now. Some night sweats. Mild cough. No chest pain. Blood in phlegm at morning that clears up during the day. ?

Flu. High fever that has gone down now. Some night sweats. Mild cough. No chest pain. Blood in phlegm at morning that clears up during the day. ?

Give it time: What you described fits in with upper respiratory viral infection and it is healing. Give it time. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Just recovering from a flu. What is causing a sharp pain under the right breast whenever i breathe or cough? Also coughs up phlegm w blood 2x now.

Pulled muscle likely: To sort this out completely would require a physical examination, but you probably injured your rib cage in some way during a coughing spell. Such injuries are not rare and usually heal on their own, in time. An inflammation on the outer lining of the lung (pleurisy) is another possibility. The bloody phlegm is a concern. It may simply be due to bronchitis, but have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Could be either: Symptoms of flu and routine viral respiratory disease overlap. If it is within the first couple days then get viral cultures for flu and start tamiflu (oseltamivir) if positive to shorten and decrease illness. Otherwise treat symptoms. ...Read more

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Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Mgt/workup: Sometimes during a viral illness there can be bleeding from small vessels which lining the nose, throat and airways. The blood may be from the uppper airway rather than the lungs. If it continues or increases, please have a medical evaluation and TB testing. Nasal saline, gentle nasal rinse and throat lozenges may alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore throat. Spit mucus with blood in the morning, only pain is swallow saliva&sneeze. Had fever of 38%bac ytd but not tdy. No cough or flu. Wad is it?

Sore throat. Spit mucus with blood in the morning, only pain is swallow saliva&sneeze. Had fever of 38%bac ytd but not tdy. No cough or flu. Wad is it?

Respiratory virus: This is likely a upper respiratory viral infection in evolution. Sore throat (pharyngitis) with fever, followed by cough and other flu like symptoms. Best treatment is rest, plenty of fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for aches and fever. A decongestant and cough suppressant may be helpful when these symptoms arise. Throat lozenges can help with the sore throat. If no better in 3-5 days, see md. ...Read more

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Coughing Blood (Definition)

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