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What is a small amount of blood in phlegm mean?

What is a small amount of blood in phlegm mean?

Hemoptysis: There are many possibilities. The most common cause is bronchitis but there are serious causes as well so this should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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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Has been sick for about 5days, and started to have blood in phlegm. What does this mean and how can I stop it?

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

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What is meant by the term coughing up blood? Literal coughing or just blood in phlegm coming out naturally?

What is meant by the term coughing up blood? Literal coughing or just blood in phlegm coming out naturally?

Meaning...: The term coughing up blood means that there is blood in the phlegm that is coughed up from the airways. The medical term for this is hemoptysis. The most common cause for this is bronchitis but there are many other causes including lung cancer. This symptom is serious and should always be evaluated by a doctor. Hope this helps! ...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 an 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

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What does it mean if I was hungover and throwing up yesterday and barely eating. And today I coughed up phlegm with some blood in it. An chunk of phlegm. What should I do. It kinda hurts to take a deep breathe too.?

What does it mean if I was hungover and throwing up yesterday and barely eating. And today I coughed up phlegm with some blood in it. An chunk of phlegm. What should I do. It kinda hurts to take a deep breathe too.?

See your doctor: These symptoms mean you need to see your doctor. I don't know if the blood came from lungs or stomach -- either is not good. Also, you need help for your alcohol abuse. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do little pieces of blood in my flem mean?

What do little pieces of blood in my flem mean?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up small amounts of blood can occur when it is dry out, and blood is seen in your post nasal drip. If it persists longer than a week or so, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been coughing and everytime I do I cough up flem with streaks of blood what does that mean?

Nonspecific: If you have dry nasal passages and recent nose bleeds, you may be coughing up blood from nose bleeds. Frequent cough can also cause broken blood vessel or irritated throat causing streaks of blood. However, what is very concerning is if you have tuberculosis, which causes blood tinged sputum. Go get checked. Avoid coughing on and around others to protect them. ...Read more

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I had a dime sized amount of blood in my phlem this morning what does this mean? I have also been having a little pain in my kidneys

I had a dime sized amount of blood in my phlem this morning what does this mean? I have also been having a little pain in my kidneys

Get checked out: Blood in the phlegm can have a lot of causes: some benign, others not as much. Especially if you are a smoker, any blood in the phlegm is not normal.

The best thing is to see your doctor: get the blood in the phlegm and the pain in the kidneys checked out. ...Read more

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What's it mean when your penis is bleeding and your phlem is blood?

May be serious: If you are coughing up blood and have blood in your urine, this may a sign of a disease called vasculitis which may affect both lung and kidneys. Blood tests and possibly a biopsy may be needed to properly diagnosis the condition. However, the two may unrelated and be separate conditions which may just be caused by infection. ...Read more

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Could a throat infection cause you to have blood in your phlegm?

Unusual: This can conceivably occur, but would very strongly recommend that you be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of clear phlegm with tinged blood in it?

Depends: Greatly depends on what other symptoms are associated; it could be as simple as a posterior nosebleed or dry air, or as serious as tuberculosis, lung cancer, or an autoimmune disease. It requires evaluation in person with a doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Wife 29, non-smoker, no coughing or cold but there is blood in her phlegm when she woke up this morning. Should. She is worried?

Wife 29, non-smoker, no coughing or cold but there is blood in her phlegm when she woke up this morning. Should. She is 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

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What causes blood spot 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

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What can cause you to cough phlegm with a little of blood?

Hemoptysis: Bronchitis/pneumonia/congestive heart failure/pulmonary embolus/ long cancer with airway involvement to name a few. If symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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No hard cough but there is blood in the phlegm, is this serious?

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

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I have been having pain down my chest, and phlegm with blood tint upon awakening?

Possible infection: You need to be seen to find out if you have an infection in your lungs. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Bronchitis?: This may be bronchitis, but since it has lasted so long you need to be checked to see if you have something more serious, like pneumonia or tuberculosis. See a doctor about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi. I saw 20% of blood to my phlegm in my 1st cough but there's nothing already on my 2nd and 3rd but just phlegm again. What's wrong maybe?

Hi. I saw 20% of blood to my phlegm in my 1st cough but there's nothing already on my 2nd and 3rd but just phlegm again. What's wrong maybe?

Unclear: It is not clear but hemoptysis is not good. Need to see why this is occuring. Might have a serious chest infection or could come from nose. Please seek care and for sure get a chest xray. Need to get dx for sure and may require more than simple treatment. ...Read more

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I get this recurring cough about 3 times a year. Always with phlegm, sometimes with blood (rarely). No other symptoms. I'm 21 and don't smoke.

I get this recurring cough about 3 times a year. Always with phlegm, sometimes with blood (rarely). No other symptoms. I'm 21 and don't smoke.

Don't know cause.: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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I use an e cig regularly. The past few mornings, I have spat up pink phlegm, and just now I spat up phlegm with some blood in it. Should I worry?

I use an e cig regularly. The past few mornings, I have spat up pink phlegm, and just now I spat up phlegm with some blood in it. Should I worry?

Bloody sputum: It sounds like you should see your doctor. Sometimes what seems to be blood from your chest could actually be blood from your nose, but I wouldn't take a chance. I think you should schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with pneumonia. I've been taking meds for 3 days now. Blood is still showing up in my phlegm. Should blood be gone by now?

I was recently diagnosed with pneumonia. I've been taking meds for 3 days now. Blood is still showing up in my phlegm. Should blood be gone by now?

Phlegm: The blood tinged mucus may persist for days. As your shortness of breath, fever, and painful respiration improve, the blood in the mucus will soon get better too. At times, there could be a nasal/rhinitis component owing to the bloody phlegm. Best wishes. Follow up if not totally better after treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Mgt: An inbox consultation to review would be helpful. You should consult with your PCP. For assessment for viral or bacterial infection, imaging and cultures. It may be due to a viral illness, but I think you should be seen. ...Read more

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Is blood in phlegm with tonsillitis normal?

Yes, having some: Streaking with blood can occur. Vomiting up significant amounts of blood would not be normal. ...Read more

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Choking on phlegm ball with blood no coughing?

Choking on phlegm ball with blood
 no coughing?

Follow up/more info: You should see your physician if you have sputum with blood. If it is more than a scant amount, the Emergency room can evaluate.
I would suggest a TB test and a close exam of your nose. Sometimes nasal bleeding can result in blood tinged phlegm. A virtual consult appt is available. ...Read more

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Coughing up phlegm n little blood what could be wrong?

Possibilities: Blood mixed with sputum usually occurs with either bronchitis or pneumonia. Pure blood (hemoptysis) may be more concerning for other problems (heart disease, airway diseases, etc). ...Read more

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