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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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Hello doctors! Can sinusitis cause hemoptysis in throat? Why am I coughing up blood with phlegm only in morning?

Hello doctors! Can sinusitis cause hemoptysis in throat? Why am I coughing up blood with phlegm only in morning?

Hemoptysis: I wouldn't blame blood you are coughing up in the morning on your sinuses. This maybe a very different problem and you should have your throat checked by your primary care MD. ...Read more

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Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

Blood?: Check with your lung doc asap. Less expensive than er and better knowledge about coughing up blood. Do not ignore this blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

Need doctor ASAP!: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Hemoptysis can be due to bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so you need to be evaluated by a doctor today! If you are short of breath, go to the er! ...Read more

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Hi I have just been coughing up blood and I don't know why? What should I do I haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong?

Hi I have just been coughing up blood and I don't know why? What should I do I haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong?

See your Dr. ASAP: Coughing up blood is not to be taken lightly. It can indicate bleeding from the airway and requires immediate attention. Do not wait to get this looked at. ...Read more

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Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

See below: Go. See your physician. There are numerous pulmonary problems it the differential diagnosis with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam is necessary. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

Get it checked: Unusual set of symptoms at your age. I would recommend seeing a Physician to determine the cause. You need a through evaluation especially with the history of coughing up blood ...Read more

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I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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When I breath in or out I taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when I cough I feel like I'm coughing up blood but I'm not. Why is that?

Puzzler: If you taste blood but there is none, perhaps you are experiencing a metallic taste, which many describe blood to taste like. If so, think about medications being taken, many cause this, and there are medical conditions that can mimic this as well. It is beyond an internet diagnosis, and I suggest you see your physician soon to sort it out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

No: Coughing up blood can be a sign of infection or pulmonary embolus or heart valve condition. If severely short of breath or chest pain or lightheaded go to emergency room. Otherwise see primary care doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment this is a serious symptom needs a evaluation ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

See your doctor.: Coughing up blood is never normal. It deserves an evaluation to sort out what is going on. See your doctor soon. Do not delay. Good luck ...Read more

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I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood can be non-serious (blood from dried out nasal passages) or it can be serious (bacterial infection in the lungs, cancer). I would get seen by a doctor, possibly get a chest x-ray and treatment for whatever the underlying cause might be. ...Read more

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Only coughing blood in morning, is that cancer?

Coughing up blood: Whether you cough up blood am or pm is usually a bad thing. It could very well be cancer. It could also be drainage from your sinuses and infection. It really needs to be looked at...The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Why would I be coughing up blood? Its an everyday thing happens mostly in the morning along with my daily smokers hack

Why would I be coughing up blood? Its an everyday thing happens mostly in the morning along with my daily smokers hack

Coughing: Coughing up blood is not a good sign. The fact that you are a smoker makes this more worrisome. Lung or throat cancer can cause these symptoms, as well as certain infections like tuberculosis or bronchitis. You need to be evaluated asap by your primary care provider for diagnosis and treatment as indicated.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood every morning and now sometimes at night but it always stops. What could cause this I don't have broncitis doc said?

Hemoptysis: You may have posterior nose bleeds or biting your cheeks while asleep. You will need a good head and neck exam by an ENT to find the source of bleeding. In the mean time, keep air moist and warm in your bedroom to minimize drying of nasal mucosa that then cracks and bleeds. ...Read more

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I have a chest infection and this morning woke up coughing up blood am worried can u give me some advice please?

I have a chest infection and this morning woke up coughing up blood am worried can u give me some advice please?

See a doctor now.: You should see a doctor right away. Coughing up blood can be the sign of a serious problem and should be evaluated now. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up blood with phlegm every morning and is normal through out the day. I have sinusitis and cold infection now. What's happening?

I have been coughing up blood with phlegm every morning and is normal through out the day. I have sinusitis and cold infection now. What's happening?

Hemoptysis...: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. The most common cause is acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. This is easily treated once the etiology of the infection is determined. However, malignancy can also cause hemoptysis so your doctor needs to rule this out, especially in a smoker. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do? I've been coughing up blood every now and then, also I get migraines and sometimes I get nose bleeds following the migraines. I've also been waking up in the morning dizzy and light headed and sometimes confused, what could that be?

What should I do? I've been coughing up blood every now and then, also I get migraines and sometimes I get nose bleeds following the migraines. I've also been waking up in the morning dizzy and light headed and sometimes confused, what could that be?

Yes see a doctor: Maybe you have chronic sinus issues which might explain much of what is occurring, but the morning issues might suggest a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, or even a nocturnal seizure. You are complex and need help in both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Am coughing up blood vry small amnt only in mornings and only once for past 2 days have sore throat, had fever few days ago now I dont. No chst pain?

Am coughing up blood vry small amnt only in mornings and only once for past 2 days have sore throat, had fever few days ago now I dont. No chst pain?

Sore throat: Humidify the air around you with a vaporizer. It will do wonders. You probably have a viral illness and the air is very dry around you. Drink plenty of fluids and this should resolve in a few days. Fluid should be water only. At least a 2liter a day at the minimum. Feel better. ...Read more

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Cough with blood, once in the morning?

Need to see a doctor: Although this may be the result of sinusitis or some other simple infection, you should see a physician who may order a chest x-ray or other tests. It can be an infection in the lungs such as tuberculosis, or it can be some tissue bleeding that needs attention. ...Read more

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I've got cough for the past 4 days and it's really bad. When I wake up in the morning, I notice that I've blood in my sputum. Plus I regularly smoke.

Not good.: Smoking and now blood in sputum may suggest chronic bronchitis although serious causes like underlying lung cancer can not be excluded. Please discuss with your physician and at the very least a chest x ray is warranted. ...Read more

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Clear sputum without cough for 6 months. Sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen I wake up?

Clear sputum without cough for 6 months. Sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen I wake up?

See your FamilyDoc: If you've been coughing for 6mo, it's time to see your FamilyDoc or GP. We generally don't worry too much about sputum color these days as it's not useful in determine if virus or bacteria. Cough can also be due to allergies, heartburn & medication side effects. Streaks of blood is most likely from vigorous coughing but could also suggest worse things. So go see your FamilyDoc or GP. ...Read more

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I am having cough, today morning I have noticed blood with white cough. I don't have cold just rare coughing ups. Help me with better solution?

I am having cough, today morning I have noticed blood with white cough. I don't have cold just rare coughing ups. Help me with better solution?

See a doctor...: A cough productive of blood is called hemoptysis. The most common reason for this is bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so it is a symptom which always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. See your family doctor as soon as possible. You will likely require further testing to be sure it is due to a benign condition. Treatment can also be initiated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I started getting sick a week ago. It went into my chest and past two days I have had terrible cough. I woke this morning an coughed up blood. Why?

I started getting sick a week ago. It went into my chest and past two days I have had terrible cough. I woke this morning an coughed up blood. Why?

Evaluation: A cough that has persisted a week and now causing hemoptysis (coughing up blood) deserves an evaluation by your physician. The blood may just be strain from the hard cough, but best to be sure with and evaluation and possibly a chest x ray. ...Read more

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Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning?

Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning?

Relax: A mild, hanging-on winter chest cold can do this. If it persists for two weeks, get seen by your physician. If it began at the time of chest-cold symptoms it is very unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. Should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms?

I sneezed this morning and brought up a lot of phlegm which contained blood. Should I get this checked. I don't have a cough or any other symtoms?

Depends: If it was a one time bloody nose then you could observe your symptoms. If you are having persistent nose bleeds and severe pain a full ear, nose throat exam is indicated. See your doctor for more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I find blood in my cough and feel pain in inner ear. But this happens once a while and then recurs after days?

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I find blood in my cough and feel pain in inner ear. But this happens once a while and then recurs after days?

Bloody sputum: Are you a smoker? You need to have a chest Xray done with these symptoms to make sure there is nothing serious going on. Have you had any other symptoms? fever, chills, fatigue, weight loss? Have you had a PPD test to check for TB? These are some things you need to discuss with your doctor. Feel better soon ...Read more

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I have had a cough for over a week. I woke up this morning dizzy, clammy, and my blood pressure elevated.

? Flu and Pneumonia: Long course suggests viral illness followed by pneumonia in weakened host. You need to see an internist, get a chest XRAY and antibiotics. Are you bringing up anything when you cough? If not, Could be an atypical pneumonia which responds to some antibiotics. You need to be examined. ...Read more

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This morning and had a small cough and some (very little) dark blood came out. I have had sinus headache for a couple days. Could this be serious?

This morning and had a small cough and some (very little) dark blood came out. I have had sinus headache for a couple days. Could this be serious?

Yes: You should probably see a doctor asap, since sinus infections (if that is what you have) can morph into severe complications, but you might first try sinus irrigation (netti-pot), and decongestant. When you go to the doctor have a list prepared of all the things which have happened and trust they will work things out for you. Do not know if this is serious without seeing you. ...Read more

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Coughing Blood (Definition)

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