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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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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...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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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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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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Chest x, pulmo opin normal. Spitting little fresh blood, dark red clots 2 days three times. No cough fever vomit. ENT OPI normal. Gums stools normal ?

Chest x, pulmo opin  normal. Spitting little fresh blood, dark red clots 2 days three times. No cough fever vomit. ENT OPI normal. Gums stools normal ?

Blood: If an ENT exam including a sinus CT are normal and a lung exam including a chest Ct are normal, then it must be from your GI tract and you would need an upper GI endo ...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 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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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