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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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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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If blood is coming up with my mucus when i cough what ahould i do?

If blood is coming up with my mucus when i cough what ahould i do?

See your doctor: You need to have an evaluation by your doctor to find out what's going on. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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I have a bad cough & blood came with mucus is it normal?

Maybe: It is never "normal" to cough up blood. But sometimes with a hard cough or with inflammation associated with a respiratory infection one can cough up blood. More worrisome problems can be associated with coughing up blood such as pneumonia and tumors. If it persist more than few days then see your doctor. ...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, ?

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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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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