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What Causes Blood In Phlegm
Blood in phlegm: The most common origin of blood in phlegm is the nasal cavity including the sinuses. Dry, chaffed mucous membranes can bleed and this drips down the back of the throat and comes up with the phlegm. It can also come from bleeding gums or other sources in the mouth. Infrequently, it might arise from the stomach or lungs. If it persists, increases in frequency, duration or severity have it checked out. ...Read more
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
Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?
Unusual: This can conceivably occur, but would very strongly recommend that you be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more
BRB in phlegm: Blood could come from anywhere along the respiratory tract from the nose down to the smallest airway. Depending upon your general health, the best option might be to monitor for recurrence. Discuss with your doc at next visit. ...Read more
For past week I've had small streaks of blood in phlegm in the morning. Some blood stains when blow nose. Not sick with cold or flu. Cause?
Blood from nose: Blood from nose (epistaxis) can be due to the high heat in the midwest & most of the country right now. The heat can dry out mucous membranes causing bleeding and 'small streaks of blood phlegm' and 'when blowing nose.' you may want to see your doctor bleeding becomes excessive or persists. Topical vaseline or Bacitracin on the nasal septum may help protect the mucous membranes from drying. ...Read more
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..
Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more
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
My gp says I have laryngitis caused by a viral infection but since seeing him I seem to be coughing up more phlegm some with tinges of blood?
Inflammation: You likely have post viral laryngo-tracheobronchitis causing cough with phlegm usually clear but may be blood tinged. A chest x-ray mae be required if the symptoms persist. The usual therapy id steroids and narcotic cough suppression. If not improving a bronchoscopy may be needed. Also if smoking one should stop. ...Read more
I'm 27 found blood in my saliva off and on when I wake up but why is my phlegm CLEAR though? . No cough and I cant identify cause. CT scan - 2 3mm PFNS
Blood in mouth: In my experience appearance of blood in the mouth upon awakening in the morning and no evidence of coughing up blood, is usually due to bleeding which originates in the mouth or back of the nasal passages. I recommend a thorough examination by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
I have a cold with a cough and some sneezing today I coughed up a lil blood in some phlegm and a little dotted blood in nose. Cause for concern?
Blood in sputum: There is concern if > 1-2 teaspoons of blood as opposed to blood streaks, A cold irritates the bronchioles and the force of the cough can cause minor capillary bleeding. Similarly in the nose the congestion, sneeze force and ironically dryness cause capillary breakage and bleeding. Vasoline on the inside of nose at night, to moisturize. Try a cough supressant, may need antibiotic.Talk to doc ...Read more
Hello doctors! Can sinusitis cause hemoptysis in throat? Why am I coughing up blood with phlegm only in morning?
Hemoptysis: I wouldn't blame blood you are coughing up in the morning on your sinuses. This maybe a very different problem and you should have your throat checked by your primary care MD. ...Read more
Green phlegm from lower airway for 2 wks. No congestion & very mild cough. Clear chest CT a month ago. Small blood streaks this am. Cause for concern?
Green Phlegm: Anytime your secretions are green it indicates a possible infection... See your doctor. ...Read more
Recent sinus infection caused blood in the nose and phlegm. Was prescribed doxycycline blood stopped but then reappeared. Do I need more meds?
For over a year it seems all the phlegm in my nose goes into my throat somehow and causes me to choke. I also always wake up with blood in my mouth.?
Probably not your nose: Your symptoms do not sound like they have anything to do with your nose. The nose makes anywhere from 250 ml to 2000 ml of mucus a day and this mucous rarely causes choking. When people feel mucus in their throat and they choke it is almost always due to unrecognized reflux. Stomach juice comes up from below gets into your throat causing choking and irritation. You need to see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Dry mouth and dry blood on tongue and bloody phlegm. Can it be caused from thyroid nodule? Have been diagnosed with a 1cm nodule calcified within.
Not related: Thyroid calcifications will not bleed into the oral cavity. Dry mouth (and likely dry throat and nasal passages) will often result in blood from the gums or the delicate tissues of the nose. A bloody nose can reveal itself inwardly ("post-nasal drip") or externally when the nose is blown. Have your. ...Read more
Bought up relatively small amounts of blood in light yellow phlem after a shower. Cause for concern?
Possibly: Except following a long, extended coughing bout (and sometimes even then also), coughing up blood is not normal and should be a cause for concern. Make sure to is not blood from your mouth from bleeding gums or from a nosebleed, but assuming it is in your sputum/mucus, you should follow up with your doctor soon. ...Read more
Has been sick for about 5days, and started to have blood in phlegm. What does this mean and how can I stop it?
Bloody phlegm: Bloody discoloration in phlegm generally comes from small hemorrhages from blood vessels of the respiratory tract (from sinus to lungs) that are caused by inflammation, infection or trauma due to coughing or forceful blowing. Antibiotics are often used to treat infections that progress to this stage. ...Read more
I just brought up phlegm and it had blood on it I haven't been coughing I done this two days ago two I don't smoke either?
Hemoptysis: When you cough up blood - that's called hemoptysis. What matters is 'how much' and 'what' it actually looked like. From your description, this seems minor. What you need to watch out for is continuous symptoms, which could indicate something serious. If in doubt, check with a doctor who can perform a physical to make 100% sure you're OK. ...Read more
Wife 29, non-smoker, no coughing or cold but there is blood in her phlegm when she woke up this morning. Should. She be worried?
Concerned: Concerned yes but worried no. I would make an appointment with her doctor and have her follow up with her doctor. There are things that the doctor will need to rule out. ...Read more
Hemoptysis: Hemoptysis (http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/coughing-up-blood/my01064) is common ; usually benign if small volumes in a non-smoker. But it's always a good idea to go see your family doc for an evaluation as there are too many causes to review ; consider w/more information ; examination. ...Read more
Possible infection: You need to be seen to find out if you have an infection in your lungs. ...Read more
Go to ER: Go to your physician or the ER of your local hospital. Get it checked out. ...Read more
Hello, I was just wondering what is going on. I have had a cough with phlegm for maybe over 4 weeks, occasionally blood-streaked phlegm.
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