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

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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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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I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

Allergies..: When you experience nasal allergies the mucus is collected in the upper respiratory tract and drains from your nose to the back of your throat sort to say. That is the clear mucus you are noticing. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for around 7 weeks now, I sometimes cough little clear jelly like balls up. What could this be?

I've had a cough for around 7 weeks now, I sometimes cough little clear jelly like balls up.
What could this be?

Difficult: Persistent cough has a very long list of potential causes. These involve problems with the GI system such as heartburn with acid reflux, vocal cords, nose and sinuses where post-nasal drip is exacerbating, trachea/lungs including cough-variant asthma, chronic bronchitis or eosinophilic bronchitis. The mucus suggests nose/sinus or respiratory involvement. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls?

Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls?

See doctor...: These could be tonsil stones, which are from your tonsils. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?

Why Coughing: This may be due to failure of your cilia to move bacteria out. Try stimulating cilia: Green tea with lemon, humming, drink extra water. Pulsed nasal irrigation is designed to stimulate nasal cilia - see www.grossaninstittute.com ...Read more

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I've had a cough along with body aches, not feeling so well, and dizziness for a little longer than three weeks now, what does that mean?

I've had a cough along with body aches, not feeling so well, and dizziness for a little longer than three weeks now, what does that mean?

Seasonal allergies: If your symptoms have persisted for 3 weeks, you are probably suffering from seasonal allergies. Try OTC allergy medication. If you do not improve, seek the attention of an allergist or an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls and sometime feel like there is something stuck in my chest or throat?

Why do I cough up little whitish yellowish stinky balls and sometime feel like there is something stuck in my chest or throat?

Good question: If these are hard, they could be airway casts from undertreated asthma, abpa, or bronchiectasis. Without knowing your history of cough, repeated infections (or not), if you live ina rural or urban area, your race (yes that matters in terms of genetic risks), etc it would be hard to say. If your internist can't answer the question, see a pulmonologist. If you get an example, save it and bring it. ...Read more

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Can u feel tonsil stones? For the past two days ive been forcing myself to cough up/spit out these little yellow balls. The feeling drives me crazy!!

Can u feel tonsil stones? For the past two days ive been forcing myself to cough up/spit out these little yellow balls. The feeling drives me crazy!!

Tonsil stones: Yes you can feel them and yes they can be little yellow balls. They are NOT a disease; they are just dead white cells and dead bacteria that accumulate in your tonsil crypts. No reason to treat. My device Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator has a throat irrigator attachment designed to irrigate the stones away. You are not contagious and can work in the nursery. see www.grossaninstitute.com ...Read more

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I am coughing up small clear gel like little balls, expecially n the morning I usually cough up about 2-3 a day and I will cover my mouth and it lands on my hand It started about 2 weeks ago I am smoker ?

I am coughing up small clear gel like little balls, expecially n the morning I usually cough up about 2-3 a day and I will cover my mouth and it lands on my hand It started about 2 weeks ago I am smoker ?

You want to see your: doctor for evaluation, as you may need an X-ray of your chest and as well examine your upper airways, could be your sinuses too, good luck ...Read more

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Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls every now and then. I have

Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls every now and then. I have

Combination problem: I assume you have had a thorough history and physical with appropriate tests including lung function, chest xrays and CT of sinuses. Many people with chronic cough tend to have a combination of 1-asthma, 2-post nasal drip from allergies and/or sinusitis and 3-silent gastroesophageal reflux. All three must be managed. Don't brush aside #3 even if you don't feel heartburn. ...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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What does it mean when you cough so hard you black out?

What does it mean when you cough so hard you black out?

Cough: If you black out from this, you might be having spasm of your vocal cords. This can cause decreased blood oxygen and blacking out. I would see a doctor immediately as this can be serious. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

What does it mean when you cough up brown mucus?

Infection: Infection is most likely but both bacterial and viral infections can cause brown mucus. If this has been persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean when you cough up a string thick green phlegm?

Infection: You may have a viral infection or a bacterial bronchitis. If the symptoms persist, you need to see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough and makes your ribs and chest hurts?

What does it mean when you cough and makes your ribs and chest hurts?

Musculoskeletal...: The discomfort you are experiencing is likely musculoskeletal in nature. There are muscles, cartilage, bones, etc that make up your chest wall. These structures can become strained/inflamed with continued coughing. You need to have this cough diagnosed and treated by your doctor. Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or combination of these. ...Read more

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What does it mean, when you cough up stuff thats yellowish and chalky and chunky?

What does it mean, when you cough up stuff thats yellowish and chalky and chunky?

Bronchitis: A productive cough with discolored, thick phlegm in an otherwise healthy young adult is probably bacterial or viral infection, and if lasting over a week or accompanied by shortness of breath, fever, or that "hit by a bus" feeling, i would recommend seeing a doctor to rule out pneumonia and get an antibiotic. Otherwise, drink lots of fluids, take otc mucinex (guaifenesin), and get plenty of rest. ...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?

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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