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I started coughing up bright red blood for 6-7- days, then it just stopped. Extra heavy normal looking mucus. But I have had the sniffles for about a month now.

I started coughing up bright red blood for 6-7- days, then it just stopped. Extra heavy normal looking mucus. But I have had the sniffles for about a month now.

This: This is a serious situation that demands medical attention. You could be dealing with an infectious process (tuberculosis, bronchitis, pneumonia etc.) on the other hand, you could be dealing with a bleeding ulcer or bleeding vessels in your esophagus. There are many potential causes, however a detailed history, exam, and diagnostic testing are in order.
Please seek medical care.
All the best. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Ok every six months for the past two years I have coughed up bright red blood the doctors always say its pneumonia but why every six months don't make scence?

Ok every six months for the past two years I have coughed up bright red blood the doctors always say its pneumonia but why every six months don't make scence?

Need evaluation...: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is usually caused by bronchitis. But, it always needs to be investigated because it can be a sign of malignancy. You describe recurrent hemoptysis. You should be seen by a lung specialist since you probably need your airways examined via a bronchoscopy (scope in airways) as well as a cat scan of your chest. If you smoke, you need to quit today. See your doctor. ...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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Suffering with hartburn tonight, I'm on lansoprozl as and when, I just however coughed up some bright red blood mixed with phlem. Should I worry?

Suffering with hartburn tonight, I'm on lansoprozl as and when, I just however coughed up some bright red blood mixed with phlem. Should I worry?

Blood: Probably due to local irritation from the stomach or esophagus. Refrain from any ibuprofen, aspirin or vit e (blood thinners) but you should be seen by a GI as soon as possible for an endoscopy. If the blood continues you need to go to the ER ...Read more

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Can someone tell me at what stage of lung cancer that you start coughing up blood bright red blood?

Can someone tell me at what stage of lung cancer that you start coughing up blood bright red blood?

OMG -- get to ER now: Hemoptysis (coughing blood) has many causes, only one of which is lung cancer. Many causes are however quite serious and warrant immediate attention. Go directly to your Emergency Department please. ...Read more

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Cough every spring and fall for past 40 years some times cough up small amount of bright red blood but frist time I have got a sore thort ang dificult swallowing

Cough every spring and fall for past 40 years some times cough up small amount of bright red blood but frist time I have got a sore thort ang dificult swallowing

If: If a patient has had recurrent hemoptysis (coughing up blood), then a medical evaluation is in order to determine the cause. Hemoptysis can be caused by infections, prior infections, or irritation to the throat or even the nose. ...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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I have had symptoms of a sinus infection for almost a month. This morning my nose started pouring blood and I coughed up big globs of bright red blood?

I have had symptoms of a sinus infection for almost a month. This morning my nose started pouring blood and I coughed up big globs of bright red blood?

Immediate evaluation: You need to be seen immediately! To to your primary care doctor or ER and get blood work, X-ray, and will most likely need a Cat Scan (CT) of your sinuses. Cancer of the sinuses needs to be ruled out versus a benign polyp vs bleeding from your nasal septum. Keep me posted. ...Read more

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Hi I have been waking up in the mornings with blood streaked saliva, the blood is bright red. No cough or anything just bloody saliva when I wake up.?

Hi I have been waking up in the mornings with blood streaked saliva, the blood is bright red. No cough or anything just bloody saliva when I wake up.?

Gingivitis? Nasal?: If you're not coughing up the bloody saliva, it probably is coming from somewhere in the mouth or dripping down from the nose. If it's your mouth, maybe gingivitis (gum inflammation). Wherever it's coming from, this should be professionally checked; see your doctor. Most such cases aren't serious, but you shouldn't take the chance. Good luck! ...Read more

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I quit smoking, developed a bronchitis type cough and coughed up a small amount of bright red blood should just once should I be concerned?

I quit smoking, developed a bronchitis type cough and coughed up a small amount of bright red blood should just once should I be concerned?

Depends: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Although bronchitis can cause bleeding other causes may need to be considered. If you are having persistent cough and bleeding an evaluation by your doctor or at an urgent care is considered. Good luck ...Read more

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I sometimes cough and get a blob of bright red blood or streaks in it what could this be? I'm 7 months pregnant no embolism been checked and clear xray

I sometimes cough and get a blob of bright red blood or streaks in it what could this be? I'm 7 months pregnant no embolism been checked and clear xray

Discuss with OB: Tiny blood vessels are more easily torn during pregnancy and can cause nose bleeds, blood in sputum with cough, blood in vomit. However, you need to discuss with your doctor to see if any other tests or evaluation might be warranted. ...Read more

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He had history of gastric ulcer when he was in 5th grade. Now, he defecated once with painless, bright red blood. He also has cough for 5 days?

He had history of gastric ulcer when he was in 5th grade. Now, he defecated once with painless, bright red blood. He also has cough for 5 days?

Bright red blood: Is from very low in the GI tract, not the previous gastric ulcer (which would appear as very dark, almost black, stool-what we call Melena).With all the coughing, he could have a hemorrhoidal bleed. In any event, this bleeding must be checked out by a physician. ...Read more

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Most months I have heavy flow blood with my cervical mucus. I'll sneeze or cough randomly and it'll pour out. I'll have maybe a day of normal clear CM and then it'll start coming out with dark or bright red blood. The heavy blood flow will last about a da

Most months I have heavy flow blood with my cervical mucus. I'll sneeze or cough randomly and it'll pour out. I'll have maybe a day of normal clear CM and then it'll start coming out with dark or bright red blood. The heavy blood flow will last about a da

Not unusual: You appear, by your comment, to have regular periods. But one day each period you'll have very heavy flow. That's not unusual, & treatment can focus on relieving symptoms, like pain control, keeping the heavy flow from disrupting your activities, & screening for iron deficiency anemia from blood loss. If your periods are not regular, then a gynecologist can check for DUB. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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No cough, fever, or stuffy nose. Producing phlegm dark yellow with mostly bright red or dark red blood. Not sure if I should keep waiting it out?

No cough, fever, or stuffy nose. Producing phlegm dark yellow with mostly bright red or dark red blood. Not sure if I should keep waiting it out?

Mgt.: Please see your PCP right away. The source of the bleeding should be determined. Sometimes there is nasal bleeding and this can be one source. You may have an infection. And other causes can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Gum bled night b4 floss AM woke choke on acid reflux then dried blood in nose Afternoon spit not cough tsp of bright red blood in clear saliva Advise?

Gum bled night b4 floss AM woke choke on acid reflux then dried blood in nose Afternoon spit not cough tsp of bright red blood in clear saliva Advise?

Check it out: You need to see a periodontist For oral bleeding and you need to see a GI physician to check out your stomach area maybe even an ENT physician
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SPIT bright red blood from back of throat EVERYTIME I wake up only-9days. Xray fine-1month. No SOB. No cough) COULD THIS BE LUNGS??? IF SO, HOW LIKELY??

SPIT bright red blood from back of throat EVERYTIME I wake up only-9days. Xray fine-1month. No SOB. No cough) COULD THIS BE LUNGS??? IF SO, HOW LIKELY??

Met: I would advise seeing your physician and possibly an ENT specialist. The source of the bleeding should be determined. It may be isolated in the upper airway for example, without lung involvement. I would also advise though that you have a TB test. If you have a smoking history, history of health problems, these can increase your risk. ...Read more

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Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Hi, bringing up dark yellow phlegm with bright red blood streaks, no cough, no sore throat, no blocked nose. Should I be concerned?

Bronchitis: Blood tinged mucus or sputum is often due to an infection in sinus or lungs. Many of us treat, unless bloody nose from blowing too much. Most of us will treat with antibiotics if it happens for more than 3 days. There are other causes, too, but it's a GREAT idea to get checked soon. In the meantime, avoid otc cough and cold meds, and fragrances and aerosols (which don't help, can make worse) ...Read more

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I landed on my back on Friday while snowboarding and coughed up some blood and my mucus still has red tint when I cough occasionally today. No pain.

I landed on my back on Friday while snowboarding and coughed up some blood and my mucus still has red tint when I cough occasionally today. No pain.

Could be serious: The two main things I would worry about would be a pulmonary contusion (a lung bruise) or a pneumothorax. It is a good sign that the symptom is getting better with time, but both diagnoses could potentially be serious. ...Read more

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I have cough nd cold but from last two days I observe that blood is coming out of my vagina. Nd the blood is not red nd in form of clott?

I have cough nd cold but from last two days I observe that blood is coming out of my vagina. Nd the blood is not red nd in form of clott?

Bronckitis: The cough and cold be a simple URI or bronchitis. The blood in vagina could be due to dub. A hormonal inbalance associated with a female when her resistance is low. ...Read more

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Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing?

Thick dark blood in phlegm, no cough. Occasionally fresh red strip blood in phlegm, since Nov'13. Recently started to feel difficult in breathing?

Cancer? See doc: I don't understand how you produce phlegm without coughing. Is this post-nasal drip which you spit out? In any case, that's a worrisome symptom, and cancer is on the list of possibilities. You should see a physician promptly. ...Read more

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My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

Need more info: What you describe sounds like she is coughing so hard that she has what is called "peticheae" (tiny bleeds into skin) on her forehead. It needs to be evaluated by your doctor right away. Pertussis infection comes to mind, which would be concerning at her age. Seek medical attention and/or go to er. If she is breathing heavy, is not feeding well or "looks sick" you should go to er tonight. ...Read more

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Could blood that's in vomit and there when I cough and sneeze be from the back nasal passage? It's usual globs and streaks of red blood?

Could blood that's in vomit and there when I cough and sneeze be from the back nasal passage? It's usual globs and streaks of red blood?

Blood in vomit BAD: You do not want to see blood in your vomit. It implies that somewhere there has been a tear in some part of your throat, esophagus or stomach. You need to see a gastroenterologist to make sure you haven't caused significant damage. I'd also like to know why you are vomiting? Is it self induced? Do you have a GI bug? ...Read more

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I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. Is it serio?

I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. Is it serio?

Irritated dry throat: May be from rhinitis nasal congestion/ inflammation, from dryness in air, warm dry heat. Put vasoline, to moisturize, on the inside tip of nose in AM and PM, gargle with salt water3x a day, suck on lemondrops. Drinkg 2.5-3.5 liter /day water /gatorade to be hydrated. I do not think it is serious, but do f/u with doctor /urgent care this week ...Read more

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Occasional throb in back of tongue and throat. Red bumps along back of tongue on both sides. No blood. Pain is not constant. Slight cough. Why?

Occasional throb in back of tongue and throat. Red bumps along back of tongue on both sides. No blood. Pain is not constant. Slight cough. Why?

See a doctor: The red bumps on your tongue are your taste buds. If you have a slight cough, this can cause your throat to be sore. If you don't have a cold, I recommend you see your physician to check out your throat. ...Read more