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How much should I worry about coughing blood?

How much should I worry about coughing blood?

Not blood-tinged..: If a ptis coughing up frank blood (hemoptysis), then it's a potential emergency (e.g. Go to the energency department)- the next cough could break a large blood vessel. Otherwise, blood-tinged sputum can occur with forceful coughing with some smaller blood vessels breaking. In the latter scenario, as long as a person can breath fine, then schedue a visit with your doctor. ...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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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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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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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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My husband is coughing blood in sputum occassionally. Chest xray is normal cbc shows low wbc count which is 3000 my doc says not to worry but concernd?

My husband is coughing blood in sputum occassionally. Chest xray is normal cbc shows low wbc count which is 3000 my doc says not to worry but concernd?

Hmmm...: I'm always a little concerned about coughing up blood. The low WBC may be from a viral infection which could possibly cause the sputum problem. I would expect that to resolve in 10-14 days. If he still has cough, blood in the sputum I would see the doctor again. Also, it is always reasonable to recheck the WBC in 2-4 weeks to see if it's back to normal. If not, another cause needs to be found ...Read more

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Coughing blood weeks?

Coughing blood weeks?

Not normal: Need to get an exam and chest x-ray. If you smoke also a ct scan. If all is clear ask to see a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Coughing blood maybe due to what?

Coughing blood maybe due to what?

See doctor: See a doctor for an exam to find out what is going on with your coughing. There are a number of things that can cause this. You need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u coughing blood?

Many things: Coughing blood could mean a lung infection, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, and more. You should visit a doctor right away to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Does tonsillities lead to coughing blood ?

Does tonsillities lead to coughing blood ?

Highly unlikely: This is a serious thing. Check with your lung doc and ask about bronchoscopy asap. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

Many possible causes: Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema,pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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I am 24 years old I am coughing blood for two days ago?

I am 24 years old I am coughing blood for two days ago?

That is a little: Bothersome. The most common cause in an otherwise healthy young person is severe bronchitis. If it is any significant amount, ie not just streaks in sputum, you should be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Coughing blood?

Coughing blood: Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up blood from respiratory tract. ...Read more

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I was coughing blood last night, would it be alright if I smoke again tonight?

I was coughing blood last night, would it be alright if I smoke again tonight?

Smoke what?: Seems common sense would dictate you don't smoke any more, period. It isn't healthy at all. Neither cigarette, pipe, cigar or marijuana smoke is healthy. Visit your doctor to be sure the hemoptysis (coughing up blood) has a benign cause. ...Read more

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My dad had been coughing blood is it normal?

My dad had been coughing blood is it normal?

No...: Coughing blood is never normal and since malignancy can cause coughing blood, it is a symptom that needs a doctor to evaluate to be sure there is no malignancy present. It can also be due to bronchitis which is also the most likely reason for coughing blood, or hemoptysis. If your father smokes, he needs to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Showering hot water can cause coughing blood?

No.: It might trigger it, but there has to be a disease going on to produce that. See your dr. ...Read more

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What can coughing blood be when cat and X-ray are clear?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood can be from: bronchitis (acute, chronic) bronchiectasis lung cancer or other lung tumors use of blood thinners pneumonia pulmonary embolism congestive heart failure tuberculosis autoimmune conditions (lupus, wegener’s granulomatosis, microscopic polyangiitis, churg-strauss syndrome) pulmonary arteriovenous malformation some people with hemoptysis, no cause is ever identified. ...Read more

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Only coughing blood in morning, is that cancer?

Coughing up blood: Whether you cough up blood am or pm is usually a bad thing. It could very well be cancer. It could also be drainage from your sinuses and infection. It really needs to be looked at...The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Coughing Blood (Definition)

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


Cough, Coughing Up Blood Or Blood In Sputum (Definition)

Cough, coughing up blood or blood in sputum ...Read more