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What should I do if I have blood in my sputum?

What should I do if I have blood in my sputum?

Talk to your doctor: Blood in sputum is never normal. Depending on the patient's age, health and lung condition(s), it can be something that needs an immediate full-scale evaluation or a brief time to see if it comes back. Let your doctor know what you are seeing and whether there are other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, shortness of breath or other new problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sputum (Definition)

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What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

What should you do if you find blood in sputum?

Monitor closely!: Blood in sputum is usually due to a respiratory infection, with blood coming from superficial blood vessels traumatized by coughing, and should resolve as one recovers. However, other causes exist and the amount of blood expelled, and for how long, needs to be monitored closely. If it frank blood, instead of blood tinged sputum, or ever more than a tablespoon, please call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Should i be worried if there is blood in my sputum?

Yes: Except for the transient coughing of blood with a chest cold, this is always a danger sign. Your physician knows what to do. ...Read more

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Why there is blood with TB patients' sputum?

Why there is blood with TB patients' sputum?

Alveolar destruction: Tuberculosis infection as any severe infection can destroy lung cels & component. Then tuberculosis can cause significan t destruction creating called cavities in the lungs. ...Read more

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Can tear in the capillaries arround the inner tongue cause blood in sputum?

Can tear in the capillaries arround the inner tongue cause blood in sputum?

Blood in Sputum: A tear in the blood vessels in the base of the tongue can cause bleeding, but it is not high up on my list. Go see an ENT for a complete history and exam. ...Read more

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I have coughed up blood and sputum earlier and they subsided. What are the drugs I could start using?

I have coughed up blood and sputum earlier and they subsided. What are the drugs I could start using?

Need diagnosis...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a serious symptom that always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy must be ruled out. There are other serious disorders that result in hemoptysis so see your doctor asap so the proper diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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Suffering from cough and cold and I can see blood in my sputum. Is it due to long cough in me or there is something else. ?

Suffering from cough and cold and I can see blood in my sputum. Is it due to long cough in me or there is something else. ?

Blood in sputum: If it is streaks of blood and not clots, likely from coughing irritation. If it is clot/large amount of blood(teasppon pure blood) it is significant and you should seek immediate medical attention ( TB, cancer, blood clot). If coughing > 1 week with no improvement especially if smoker, > 40 , fever, allergies,shortness of breath, asthma, need attention. Followup with doctor /urgent care ...Read more

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Clear sputum without cough for 6 months.sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen i wake up?

Clear sputum without cough for 6 months.sometimes greenish only at morning.4 days ago too few streaks of blood that occurs only once/day wen i wake up?

See your FamilyDoc: If you've been coughing for 6mo, it's time to see your FamilyDoc or GP. We generally don't worry too much about sputum color these days as it's not useful in determine if virus or bacteria. Cough can also be due to allergies, heartburn & medication side effects. Streaks of blood is most likely from vigorous coughing but could also suggest worse things. So go see your FamilyDoc or GP. ...Read more