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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Is seeing a small amount of blood in phlegm due to allergies normal. I spit some out this morning and it scared me?

Is seeing a small amount of blood in phlegm due to allergies normal. I spit some out this morning and it scared me?

Take notice: A little blood in your mucus which is related to allergies is not too unusual. However, this is something you should watch. It might indicate that there are other problems, such as a lesion in your nose, polyps, or a developing sinus infection. If you continue to notice this, you should see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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For a few days there has sometimes been tiny drops of blood when I bring up phlegm/spit. Also have a pain in the middle of my chest. F/24 don't smoke?

For a few days there has sometimes been tiny drops of blood when I bring up phlegm/spit. Also have a pain in the middle of my chest. F/24 don't smoke?

May need evaluation: This may be related to nose bleed going down to your lungs. The most common cause of bleeding from lungs is a coughing spell which can break small blood vessels in the bronchial tubes. If the chest hurts it may suggest bronchitis, angina, chest wall pain, and musculoskeletal pain. Is it tender to touch. Good to know that you do not smoke. Further evaluation is necessary if symptoms persists. ...Read more

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My 2 month old spit up a small spot of blood in her phlegm after violently coughing it out. Is this cause for concern? I only saw it once..

My 2 month old spit up a small spot of blood in her phlegm after violently coughing it out. Is this cause for concern? I only saw it once..

Cough: I am less concerned about the tiny amount of blood than the "violent cough" in a 2 month old. If it was just a single incident then ok, but if she is coughing that aggressively regularly she needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have been spitting phlegm with little blood these past few days without cough. I have also a history of tuberculosis but has been treated last year?

I have been spitting phlegm with little blood these past few days without cough. I have also a history of tuberculosis but has been treated last year?

Please get checked: If you have some phlegm with blood in it, you need to see a doctor. Tuberculosis can be tricky-especially in the Philippines where there is a lot of it. Do you have any fevers? What about appetite or weight loss? Those are symptoms of TB. Sometimes TB can be resistant to medications, and I wonder if you took all the medicine you were prescribed? Hope you feel better. Ingats ...Read more

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Early this morning I have spit a phlegm with blood, do I have a serious disease.

Early this morning I have spit a phlegm with blood, do I have a serious disease.

Blood on phlegm: If this is an isolated incidence, there is most likely no worry. If it persists, you can seek medical treatment. ...Read more

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On occasion I will wake up in the morning and spit phlegm and its dark. Perhaps old blood. Its is just in the first spit and that's the only time. Ok?

On occasion I will wake up in the morning and spit phlegm and its dark. Perhaps old blood. Its is just in the first spit and that's the only time. Ok?

Phlegm: You surmise correctly that the phlegmis old blood. You may have a post nasal drip and the mucus has eroded the blood vessels in your nose to account for the blood. Try using saline nose drops before bedtime to avoid the problem. ...Read more

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Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

Spitting phlegm and has blood in it. Some sinus n chest congestion.

See your doctor: It may be due to an infection but need to rule out a more serious cause especially if you are a smoker or have had a lot of 2nd hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Why I keep spitting up mucus and phlegm, it had every day from 1-6 times I spitting up and it's from clear-light-dark yellow rarely some blood on it?

Why I keep spitting up mucus and phlegm, it had every day from 1-6 times I spitting up and it's from clear-light-dark yellow rarely some blood on it?

Spitting up blood: There are many reasons for your symptoms but without getting more information and talking to you and examining you I cannot help except to go to a walk in clinic if u do not have a reg doctor, some of the reasons are not good and some are no worries. See someone. Some BP MEDS cause cough. So need more info. Happy to do second opinion. ...Read more

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Nose got phlegm and when spit it out. Got blood. No cough.

Nose got phlegm and when spit it out. Got blood. No cough.

See below: This can be due to two things primarily - especially this time of year. First, if you are using nasal steroids, that increases the risk of nosebleeds, even minor. Second, if you live in a cold climate (especially this week), then heat will dry out the air you breathe which can dry out your nasal passages causing it to be more prone to bleeding. Try humidified air or using steam to remoisturize. ...Read more

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My two boys have RSV and now I seem congested and my phlegm I spit up is clear with blood tinged red could this be related?

Maybe, maybe not: Adults get RSV rather often but seldom have any lower airway problems like small babies. Their immune system has built up some resistance to the germ over time and an infection limited to the nose & throat are common. This may certainly make you have increased secretions but should not make them blood tinged. ...Read more

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Got phlegm from the nose for 2 days in the morning. When I spit it out there's a small amount of blood, no cough. Btw I'm from & currently in hong kong?

Got phlegm from the nose for 2 days in the morning. When I spit it out there's a small amount of blood, no cough. Btw I'm from & currently in hong kong?

Spitting out: Small amount of blood is ok due to irritation in the nasal mucosa. Colds, flu, allergies, sinus congestion can be a factor. Blowing nose hard and picking on your nose can do it too. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of spitting brown phlegm in the morning? After a couple spits it's clear and doesn't do it again till morning. No blood when I blow my nose

Need diagnosis: Brown phlegm is probably not from the oral cavity or from the gums. Obviously, you need a proper diagnosis. Although you say there is no nasal bleeding, I would worry more about old blood coming from the esophagus or stomach. An ENT doctor or a gastroenterologist should be consulted. ...Read more

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I spit a phlegm with a very small amount of blood. Is this a serious problem or it this just a wound in my throat because of coughing hard?

I spit a phlegm with a very small amount of blood. Is this a serious problem or it this just a wound in my throat because of coughing hard?

Coughing blood: A cough which produces blood may come from one of two sources. It may simply be blood which drains from the nasal passages down the back of the throat or may be originating in the lungs themselves. Often associated with bronchitis or inflammation, however hirmoptysis or coughing blood should be evaluated by your physician in either case. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and I'm spitting out a lot of phlegm with some blood on it. My tonsils have some white spots on them and I don't have a cough.?

I have chest pains and I'm spitting out a lot of phlegm with some blood on it. My tonsils have some white spots on them and I don't have a cough.?

Upper respiratory: If u have fever then u should see a doctor. It is most commonly upper respiratory tract infection. It may be tonsillitis I your tonsils hurt. Most of the time upper respiratory tract infection resolves without any antibiotics. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) ...Read more

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I am spitting out phlegm with blood in it after having a cold, but no coughing or respiratory problems. Was also exposed to mold in water bottle.

I am spitting out phlegm with blood in it after having a cold, but no coughing or respiratory problems. Was also exposed to mold in water bottle.

Sinus infection?: You may have a sinus infection which happens 10% of the time after a cold. Do not believe a single exposure to mold in water bottle could have caused it however unless you started spitting out blood soon after the exposure (even then it will be a rather rare event). ...Read more

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Small streaks of blood in phlegm/spit returned after 10 days on doxycycline for sinus infection. Not coughing it up do I need more meds?

Small streaks of blood in phlegm/spit returned after 10 days on doxycycline for sinus infection. Not coughing it up do I need more meds?

Sinus disease: The sinuses are aerated chambers that often get closed off and infected. Antibiotics are helpful but the important thing is to open them up again so they will drain. This is often achieved by using gentle saline solution or inhaled nasal steroids. Make sure the air you are breathing is not too dry. Occasionally topical antibiotics will help with the healing. ...Read more

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IM 25 weeks pregnant and have had a severe cold / cough this week. Bloody nose the past 3 days, mucus is a very dark green. Today my phlegm had blood?

IM 25 weeks pregnant and have had a severe cold / cough this week. Bloody nose the past 3 days, mucus is a very dark green. Today my phlegm had blood?

See a doctor: With these sorts of symptoms, you need answers. I would worry that your platelet count might have dropped as a result of the viral infection - allowing the blood to become thinner, such that you'd have nose bleeding and blood in the sputum. Hopefully you're plugged into an Ob/Gyn practice - I would call them and try to get seen today. If it's after hours and you're not doing well- go to the ER. ...Read more

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Why am I spitting up blood and phlegm if I only have sore throat?

Why am I spitting up blood and phlegm if I only have sore throat?

See a doctor: Sore throat and bleeding needs to be seen by a doctor. An otolaryngologist (ENT) can easily look in your throat to see where it might be coming from. The flexible scope is very easy to tolerate with local anesthetic. I have had it done many times to teach med students how to do it. It is usually nothing serious--bronchitis, nose bleed, etc. But you need to be sure. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for a few days. I just woke up spitting phlegm and blood. I'm 6 months pregnant and on blood thinners.

I have had a sore throat for a few days. I just woke up spitting phlegm and blood. I'm 6 months pregnant and on blood thinners.

Need exam: You should see or call your OB. Sounds like you need an exam. Also, ask if a test for strep throat is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have mild blood in my phlegm/spit when I cough it up. I have not been coughing but I have a sore throat and a bad headache. Help?

I have mild blood in my phlegm/spit when I cough it up. I have not been coughing but I have a sore throat and a bad headache. Help?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is never normal and should always be evaluated by a physician. It should always be considered dangerous until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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I have been spitting out phlegm with blood on it since fews days back. The blood is only come out if I spit out mucus from my sore throat.

I have been spitting out phlegm with blood on it since fews days back. The blood is only come out if I spit out mucus from my sore throat.

U need to b checked: For strep throat, which requires proper antibiotics for cure. Left untreated, one can have serious, long term adverse effects. Go c ur doc.☺️ ...Read more

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I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have been suffering heartburn and a really sore throat I have brought up a small amount of blood mixed with clear phlegm.

I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have been suffering heartburn and a really sore throat I have brought up a small amount of blood mixed with clear phlegm.

Please call your OB: As your OB can rec what they want u to take for the htburn there are many safe meds and u need to make sure u do not have strep throat or another infection, so please call your OB before the weekend. ...Read more

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When I wake in am. I have blood in my mouth and hack up some with little phlegm. This only happens in am. I don't have cough. 38 female?

When I wake in am. I have blood in my mouth and hack up some with little phlegm. This only happens in am. I don't have cough. 38 female?

See the doctor: You need to find where the blood is coming from. If from your mouth see a periodontist and if from your GI system see an ENT or GI physician ...Read more

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Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Metallic mouth taste: There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved.
The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more