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What does it mean when you cough up blood? Smoker, drinker yes , no drugs 46 years old

What does it mean when you cough up blood? Smoker, drinker yes , no drugs 46 years old

YES drugs: Both tobacco and alcohol are drugs. Coughing up blood is always a serious symptom, and deserves urgent medical attention. It can be something relatively benign - like infection or bronchial inflammation, but can also be cancer or something else that is serious. See your doctor, who may want to do further testing (chest x-rays), examine the sputum in the laboratory, and/or refer you to specialist. ...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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What does it mean if you cough up blood?

What does it mean if you cough up blood?

Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up blood after you are stabbed?

What does it mean if you cough up blood after you are stabbed?

Injury: Usually coughing up blood after a stab wound to the chest is related to injury to the bronchial (airway) tree. Other possibilities would include rupture to a vessel (there are many in the chest) or damage to the heart (although this usually causes much more severe symptoms and is typically not associated with coughing up blood. A chest xray is imperative if you cough blood up after wound. ...Read more

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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

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What does it mean when you cough up a little bit of blood while pregnant?

See doctor...: Coughing blood is called hemoptysis. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy must always be ruled out. There are other causes of hemoptysis as well but it must always be evaluated so see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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If you cough up blood does it mean that you have throat cancer?

If you cough up blood does it mean that you have throat cancer?

Possibilities...: The most common etiology of hemoptysis, coughing blood, is bronchitis. But, malignancy, including in the throat, lung, etc., is another possibility. So, hemoptysis always requires a work-up to rule out malignancy. See your doctor if you are experiencing hemoptysis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to cough blood?

Depend how much: If its a little bit in your phlegm then i would not worry about it. However if you are coughing up pure blood, then that is a sign of a serious disease. Many things can cause it, but most of them are bad. Tb, serious fungal infections, cancer, pulmonary embolism, arterial-venus malformation are a few. If you are coughing. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is acute bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. If you smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for about 3 days now pretty much none stop. I just coughed up blood. What does this mean?

I've had a cough for about 3 days now pretty much none stop. I just coughed up blood. What does this mean?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood is not something to take lightly. It can mean a number of things, but you should seek medical attention right away so they can determine the cause. ...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?

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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My daughter is four months she had bronchilitis she doing better. But she still has a cough and i noticed light blood what does this mean?

My daughter is four  months she had bronchilitis  she doing better. But she still has a cough and i noticed light blood what does this mean?

Coughing blood: Go back to your doctor for reevaluation. Children should not cough blood after having bronchiolitis. My concern is something called a "superinfection, " which means one infection developing while your baby is still weak from another. Get her checked. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a cold and cough up phelm with blood in it?

What does it mean when you have a cold and cough up phelm with blood in it?

Serious symptom: If you are forty and have been a smoker of ten to twenty pack years and you don't have acute bacterial bronchitis and you know you coughed it up and are not blowing it out of your nose, you should get a chest x-ray. If there is any suggestion of lung cancer on chest x-ray you should get a ct chest and a bronchoscopy, if you have a bacterial bronchitis and you cough up blood 2 or 3 times and you. ...Read more

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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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A friend had a spi 4yrs ago. He was cough up blood. The dr says apart of his lung is dead. What does this mean and what can be done to fix this?

Cough: Not sure what spi is but sounds like your friend has smoking related lung disease. The dead lung reference may be due to the physician seeing an area where there is emphysema on an x-ray or bases in results of pulmonary function test. If your friend is seeing blood from nose/ mouth, then he/she should be seen by a doctor. Could be a sign of something benign or something malignant. ...Read more

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My friend his blood is really thick. He gets blood in cough and waste. Gets tired easily. Head aches. Chest pain sometimes. What does that mean?

My friend his blood is really thick. He gets blood in cough and waste. Gets tired easily. Head aches. Chest pain sometimes. What does that mean?

Stop advil (ibuprofen): First off, stop the advil (ibuprofen) if there is blood in the stool. There is probably a stomach ulcer or inflammation. Your friend needs followup to look if really blood while coughing and a workup for this. Could all be related but needs followup. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a sore throat an cough up a little bit of blood

What does it mean if you have a sore throat an cough up a little bit of blood

Hemoptysis....: The most likely reason to cough blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. If you are short of breath or coughing up a lot of blood, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, mild cough, really sore throat, blood shot eyes that crust horribly over night. What could these symptoms mean?

Stuffy nose, mild cough, really sore throat, blood shot eyes that crust horribly over night. What could these symptoms mean?

Sounds like a cold: All these symptoms are pretty typical, of your run of the mill viral cold. If the symptoms last more than 7-10 days or are accompanied by high fever greater than 101, i'd talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is wrong when you cough up blood?

Hemoptysis: Hemoptysis is coughing up blood. There are many causes of hemoptysis. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/coughing-up-blood/my01064/dsection=causes. Then go see your family doc if you're otherwise ok for an evaluation. If you're feeling poorly, then go to urgent care or emergency department. ...Read more