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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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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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Blood in stool but suddenly turned red to dark blackish?

Blood in stool but suddenly turned red to dark blackish?

Blood bad in stool: Any amount of bleeding in stool, be it bright red, maroon or black demands prompt and thorough evaluation. Many of the causes will not just go away by themselves and may be life threatening and or life shortening. Go for immediate evaluation. ...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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Blood in stool goes from tar black to red brown more red?

Blood in stool goes from tar black to red brown more red?

Need GI Follow Up: Darker the stool higher up the GI tract. Now you mention red brown than more red. Sounds like you could have hemorrhoids but the black tar could be an ulcer or gastritis etc etc. You may need egd and colonscopy esp if family history of colon cancer or peptic ulcer disease. ...Read more

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I'm spitting up clear mucus with brown dots and red blood what is causing that?

I'm spitting up clear mucus with brown dots and  red blood what is causing that?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is an indication of injury to your breathing passages or lung tissue. It can be seen with things all the way from throat irritation to pneumonia to tuberculosis to pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) to lung cancer. It is therefore a potentially worrisome symptom which needs to be investigated by your physician asap. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood and went light headed ?

Coughing up blood and went light headed ?

Not good.: Needs to see doc. This may be as simple as coughing so hard that there is a little bleeding from the upper airway and the force produces a slight decrease in blood flow to the brain OR this could be something much more serious. Should get this checked. ...Read more

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Constipated | Today passed a normal brown coloured stool although light red blood turned toilet water red and blood also on toilet paper when wiped ?

Constipated | Today passed a normal brown coloured stool although light red blood turned toilet water red and blood also on toilet paper when wiped 
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Small bleeding: Being constipated and passing a hard stool can cause minor trauma to the lining of the rectum and anus. Other causes of a small amount of blood can be from hemorrhoids. At your age, it is unlikely to be anything more significant. If you have prolonged bleeding or prolonged pain you may want to seek out a physician to perform a rectal exam or a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can red cough medicine turn my stools reddish?

Can red cough medicine turn my stools reddish?

Yes: Some red dyes in candy and syrups can turn stool reddish. Not uncommon cause for panicky phone calls to the dr. Just make sure the redness clears when medicine is stopped. ...Read more

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Coughing up white tissue with tinge of blood. What is it?

Coughing up white tissue with tinge of blood. What is it?

The usual mucous : activated by ingested virus or bacteria; normal mucous produced by lungs to trap inhaled microscopic material is white; becomes either yellow or green if enough WBCs are present ingesting virus/bacteria & making internal enzymes (producing the color) used to inactivate & digest viral particles or bacterial cells. Repeated intense cough can break blood vessels resulting in tinges of blood. ...Read more

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Very thick clear discharge with bright red blood inside, been spotting dark blood for two weeks. Cause?

Very thick clear discharge with bright red blood inside, been spotting dark blood for two weeks. Cause?

Unexplained bleeding: You need a thorough GYN checkup as soon as possible. It is abnormal to have continuous bleeding as you describe which may also be complicated by secondary infection. ...Read more

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Why might blood drawn for a blood draw be bright cherry red? All 3 of my kids drawn this wkend. 2 usual dark red, 1 bright cherry red-usually blackish

Why might blood drawn for a blood draw be bright cherry red? All 3 of my kids drawn this wkend. 2 usual dark red, 1 bright cherry red-usually blackish

Hard to tell: No diagnosis can be made just on the basis of the looks of blood itself. Usually venous blood is darker than arterial as it contains less oxygen, but your kids had venous and not arterial blood drawn. If there was accidental arterial penetration, then cherry colored, bright red blood could be obtained, but that should have been reported if occurred. ...Read more

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Feel clogged up and facial pressure also upper teeth pressure. Dark blackish sticky/dry blood tinged booger clumps sometimes come out.

Feel clogged up and facial pressure also upper teeth pressure. Dark blackish sticky/dry blood tinged booger clumps sometimes come out.

MY ACHING HEAD: Maxillary Sinusitis. Sinuses are air-filled structures in our heads that warm & filter the air we breathe. When inflamed and filled with mucus, it is like having heavy, water balloons pressing on your face from the inside. Antihistamines (Cetrilizine) and/or decongestants (Pseudoephedrine) and/or Antibiotics may be needed. If not improving, consult me and we'll figure it out together. ...Read more

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Bright red bloody mucus with blood clots excreted from tip of uvula after pulling out white stringy plug?

Bright red bloody mucus with blood clots excreted from tip of uvula after pulling out white stringy plug?

Mucus: It appears that there was a mucus plug impacted on your uvula and irritation/inflammation occurred when it was pulled off. If bleeding and/nonhealing of the uvula persists, consult an otolaryngologist for treatment and in the meantime, bathe the uvula area with cold water which helps.However if brisk bleeding continues head to the hospital emergency room where urgent treatment can be given ...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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Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Viral or bacterial: Is either bacterial or viral sinusitis or bronchitis. Depending upon how long you've had symptoms for you may want to speak with your doctor regarding an antibiotic. Also, stop smoking! ...Read more