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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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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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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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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