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I'm 47 years old I have COPD and lately I've been coughing up blood?

I'm 47 years old I have COPD and lately I've been coughing up blood?

Time to see your doc: While most of the time hemoptysis or coughing up blood is benign and due to bronchitis, given your history of COPD would recommend a visit with your doc for tight clinical follow-up and further work up as felt necessary. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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If a person who has COPD and starts coughing up blood, how serious is it?

If a person who has COPD and starts coughing up blood, how serious is it?

Pulmonologist: Must see a pulmonologist and obtain a flexible bronchoscopy to identify the bronchus from which the blood is comming and obtain a cat scan thorax with and without contrast. Must rule out cancer causing hemoptysis(coughing up blood).Hemoptysis can sometimes be life threatening, must know the source for emergency control of the airway if needed. ...Read more

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I have COPD & now i'm coughing up blood or something because it looks dark orange. I've been having sinus trouble from all the pollen..

I have COPD & now i'm coughing up blood or something because it looks dark orange. I've been having sinus  trouble from all the pollen..

COPD Exacerbation: Sounds like acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. It is fairly common to have some blood streaked sputum during an exacerbation. In most patients with COPD the infectious trigger is bacterial so antibiotics are usually needed. Contact your physician to make an appointment. You may need antibiotics. If they feel you need more of a workup, they may order a cxr. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...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