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We come from a religious background where treatment is based on faith and home cures. What can we use to treat coughing up blood?

We come from a religious background where treatment is based on faith and home cures. What can we use to treat coughing up blood?

Not Much: I respect your beliefs, but since you are asking this question, it seems that you have exhausted faith and home cures. The are no real home cures for coughing up blood, which can be life threatening. See a doctor for your options. ...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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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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HI, I am 25 years old male, i goes to the doc. for treatment of cold & cough, bt he told me that you have high blood pressure 96-150, what to do?

HI, I am 25 years old male, i goes to the doc. for treatment of cold & cough, bt he told me that you have high blood pressure 96-150, what to do?

Recheck.: High blood pressure should not be diagnosed based on a single value. Rather, it should be checked again to see if it remains truly elevated. In fact, it should be checked outside of the doctor's office as well, as many people tend to be anxious in the clinic and have temporarily high blood pressure. ...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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Chronic cough in a 65 year-old semi-retired computer software engineer living in Las Vegas. How to resolve the cough and prevent recurrences.....?

Chronic cough in a 65 year-old semi-retired computer software engineer living in Las Vegas. How to resolve the cough and prevent recurrences.....?

Chronic Cough: 65 year old East Asian American gentleman presents with persistent cough he believes started with pharyngitis and developed into severe coughing. Coughing lasted about 2 weeks but now has persisted at night. No complaint of fever, night sweats, hemoptysis. Cough relieved by sitting up. Assessment and plan. Chronic cough that does not go away can be a sign of tuberculosis. You need to have a TB test placed immediately and examine sick contacts, etc. Studies show that the most common causes of chronic cough are upper airway syndrome-postnasal drip (trial of antihistamines indicated), GERD (empiric treatment of GERD indicated) and asthma (trial of bronchodilators indicated). Studies show category C evidence that physicians should order a chest x-ray for non-smokers with a chronic cough (>8 weeks) who are not taking an ACE inhibitor. Since your cough is positional and may be caused by GERD, I would start with an empiric trial of GERD therapy, then antihistamine, then bronchodilators ...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?

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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Dr. James Dukelow
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

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