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What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

What does it mean when you cough and it taste like blood but there's not any but green mucus?

You Are Ill: You are ill. You have a cough and you are producing purulent sputum. You need to be seen by your physician urgently. That is what this means. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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What can it be when you cough blood in mucus?

What can it be when you cough blood in mucus?

From 0 to 60----: It could be nothing OR it could be something. If you have risk factors for any type of lung cancer such as smoking, or inhalation of second hand smoke from those around you, work, etc. Then, this could be important. You should capture some mucus in a sterile jar 3 times and see if you can find any more blood and take that in to your doctor for analysis. Chest X-ray to be done as well. ...Read more

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Why do I have little bit of blood when I cough out mucus?

Why do I have little bit of blood when I cough out mucus?

Not unusual: It is not unusual to sometimes get a bit of blood in mucus when you cough forceful or clear your throat repeatedly. Stay hydrated to thin mucus and reduce the need to cough or clear throat as much. If you are getting a teaspoon or more of blood/ bloody mucus when you cough or clear your throat, you should see you primary doctor promptly. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to cough mucus that has some blood in it?

What could cause a child to cough mucus that has some blood in it?

Bloody mucous: Sinusitis, adenoiditis and nasal allergy would be the most common causes/ much rarer causes would include inhaled foreign body, varoius pneumonias and tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Recently, when I cough, I get the taste of iron but there's no blood in the mucus. My health is good. What could it be?

Recently, when I cough, I get the taste of iron but there's no blood in the mucus. My health is good. What could it be?

Phlegm: If you have phlegm from any cause that is sitting around in your lungs before you cough it up, it typically will have a metallic taste. No knowing why. ...Read more

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I have a huge cough and I just couched up something like mucus but was not it it didn't feel the same. Is it skin because it had blood in. Am I ok?

I have a huge cough and I just couched up something like mucus but was not it it didn't feel the same. Is it skin because it had blood in. Am I ok?

Cough: See your doctor for an exam and a CXR. You likely coughed up a mucus plug with blood. You need a CXR. All the best. ...Read more

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Why does it be blood in your mucus sometimes when you cough it up?

Why does it be blood in your mucus sometimes when you cough it up?

Cough: Inflammation of the respiratory tract is a common cause. Most likely bronchitis. Best to see a physician or schedule a virtual consult for help ...Read more

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I have been having a cough for more than a month now I sometimes get mucus, I also get the taste of blood what might it be?

I have been having a cough for more than a month now I sometimes get mucus, I also get the taste of blood what might it be?

A month of. ..: ...persistent cough is something that should be looked in to. Most often this is due to your airways being inflamed when they were fighting a virus. Sometimes this reactivity of your airways after an infection is the first sign you have asthma. The bit of blood may be a little blood vessel trauma from forceful coughing. It is time to see your doctor for an evaluation. Hope this helps; take care:) ...Read more

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I have a bad cough & blood came with mucus is it normal?

I have a bad cough & blood came with mucus is it normal?

See your doc: Small amounts of blood-tinged mucus can mean a bacterial infection. See your doc and get evaluated. More than a tbsp of blood is more worrying and, of course, if there is a lot more than that you should head to the Emergency Room. If you have shortness of breath, constant chest pain, (not just when you cough), or fever over 101 F, you need to go to the ER in that case, too. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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Why wanna I cough up the mucus it's blood in it...I do have a cold?

Go to doctor: The blood could be from the back of the nose or the throat from small surface blood vessels that pop from the drying effect of the mucous but since I can't examine you, it is best to see your health practitioner to examine you and give you more peace of mind. More exams may be needed which can't be done here. ...Read more

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Blood in mucus for week no cough for my 15 yrs old, help what should I do?

Seek evaluation: I'm not sure if your teenager is having blood in the sputum, the nasal mucous, or from mucousy bowel movements; but they need to be evaluated by a medical professional at once. ...Read more

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I have a bad flu and cold for a week, and now I had a cough. It was horrible because after 5 days of coughing I found blood in the mucus 3 days, ?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What cause of cough mucus blood from mouth?

What cause of cough mucus blood from mouth?

Cold: There are sources of blood, like the stomach, the lungs and the nose and posterior pharynx. In time of cold or upper respiratory infection, there is mucous which is thicker than the plasma. This draws the fluid from the blood vessels in the nose and the pharynx which are to the surface and they can pop and hence you cough up blood. If possible other causes, please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have blood streaked mucus and sometimes even small spots of blood in it, that I cough up. I don't have a cold. What could be causing this?

Can be serious prob: There are many possibly causes including but not limited to tuberculosis, pneumonia, or tumor. Also other lung disease. Thus this symptom needs immediate evaluation b/c the possible diagnosis could be dangerous. Please make appoint with your doctor. ...Read more

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Mild cough for several days, not very thick mucus, now considerable blood in mucus, 47 years old, weed smoker. Can I wait to see doc? Thanks!

Well...: You seem to have enough symptoms to warrant an examination. If you do have a fever you should see a Dr. Today. The prognosis of a pneumonia is directly related to how fast treatment is started.
If you have a bronchitis, it could wait till tomorrow.
And the again, why wait, you could be on your way to recovery faster ...Read more

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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