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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Coughing blood started roughly two hours ago without nasty consistent cough prior to it.... Shortness of breath began 2 weeks ago....
Hemoptysis: Or coughing up blood is a steel riots issue. Would recommend evaluation asap. ...Read more
my brother is 36 and and he had fever, cough, for past one week. For last2 days morning only he is coughing blood clot like 2-3 spoons .
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My boyfriend is coughing blood, it's not dark, it's pinkish. This is the second day, what can be wrong with him? Can he take anything, medication wise
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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