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Do you cough up blood tinged sputum if you have emphysema?

Blood: Blood in sputum can suggest serious problems, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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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

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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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Is it normal for a 35 year old man who has COPD to cough up blood?

No!: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always requires an evaluation. The most common etiology is bronchitis but malignancy must always be ruled out since malignancy can cause hemoptysis. This patient should also be tested for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic cause of COPD occurring at a younger age. Smoking cessation is necessary if the patient is smoking! ...Read more

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Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Yes: Yes, if your doctor prescribed it for you. He/she already factored in all of your problems and medications you are currently on with any new medication recommended. ...Read more

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Is antibiotics the first line of cough treatment for an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, and blood clot in leg?

Is antibiotics the first line of cough treatment for an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, and blood clot in leg?

One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler, etc. All the other problems require their own treatments. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...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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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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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?

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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When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

Get it checked: Unusual set of symptoms at your age. I would recommend seeing a Physician to determine the cause. You need a through evaluation especially with the history of coughing up blood ...Read more

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I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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When I breath in or out I taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when I cough I feel like I'm coughing up blood but I'm not. Why is that?

Puzzler: If you taste blood but there is none, perhaps you are experiencing a metallic taste, which many describe blood to taste like. If so, think about medications being taken, many cause this, and there are medical conditions that can mimic this as well. It is beyond an internet diagnosis, and I suggest you see your physician soon to sort it out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

No: Coughing up blood can be a sign of infection or pulmonary embolus or heart valve condition. If severely short of breath or chest pain or lightheaded go to emergency room. Otherwise see primary care doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment this is a serious symptom needs a evaluation ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

See your doctor.: Coughing up blood is never normal. It deserves an evaluation to sort out what is going on. See your doctor soon. Do not delay. Good luck ...Read more

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I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood can be non-serious (blood from dried out nasal passages) or it can be serious (bacterial infection in the lungs, cancer). I would get seen by a doctor, possibly get a chest x-ray and treatment for whatever the underlying cause might be. ...Read more

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How can I suppress my cough if I have emphysema?

How can I suppress my cough if I have emphysema?

Inhalers: Inhalers can be very successful at decreasing cough from emphysema - especially anticholinergic drugs like tiotropium and ipratropium. ...Read more

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Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Possibly: Cough is one of several disabling symptoms in emphysema but is not usually life threatening. A number of remedies are available. ...Read more

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Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm? .

Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm? .

Lungs: Good question. You can. Sometimes the only symptom is a cough or shortness of breath. See a pulmonologist for a check up and breathing tests ...Read more

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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Is there something you can do for the terrible cough associated with emphysema?

Is there something you can do for the terrible cough associated with emphysema?

Treatments...: Possible treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. The most important thing you can do is to quit smoking. Your doctor can help with this. ...Read more

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I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema I cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: Is an obstructive airway disease. There is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, (even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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I've had emphysema for 14 yrs and my pulmo used to readily prescribe antibiotics & cough meds when I was sick. My new dr won't prescribe either...why?

I've had emphysema for 14 yrs and my pulmo used to readily prescribe antibiotics & cough meds when I was sick. My new dr won't prescribe either...why?

See below: I can't say for certain the reasoning behind his treatment decisions. However, most COPD exacerbations are caused by a viral illness, which are helped by antibiotics. But, we usually don't know for sure, so we prescribe antibiotics in case it's bacterial.
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Ten years ago, my Dr would readily prescribe antibiotics and cough medicine when I was sick, since I have emphysema. Why won't they now?

Ten years ago, my Dr would readily prescribe antibiotics and cough medicine when I was sick, since I have emphysema. Why won't they now?

Probably because of: Concern over issue of antibiotic overusage and emergence of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Please ask him for his reasons, which I think is a sound one. ...Read more

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Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

Heart Disease: The leading cause of death for patients with emphysema is cardiac disease (heart attack) irrespective of the stage of copd). ...Read more

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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more