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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

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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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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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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