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What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

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

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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Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

Blood?: Check with your lung doc asap. Less expensive than er and better knowledge about coughing up blood. Do not ignore this blood. ...Read more

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Hi I have just been coughing up blood and I don't know why? What should I do I haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong?

Hi I have just been coughing up blood and I don't know why? What should I do I haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong?

See your Dr. ASAP: Coughing up blood is not to be taken lightly. It can indicate bleeding from the airway and requires immediate attention. Do not wait to get this looked at. ...Read more

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Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

See below: Go. See your physician. There are numerous pulmonary problems it the differential diagnosis with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam is necessary. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

Get it checked: Unusual set of symptoms at your age. I would recommend seeing a Physician to determine the cause. You need a through evaluation especially with the history of coughing up blood ...Read more

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I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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When I breath in or out I taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when I cough I feel like I'm coughing up blood but I'm not. Why is that?

Puzzler: If you taste blood but there is none, perhaps you are experiencing a metallic taste, which many describe blood to taste like. If so, think about medications being taken, many cause this, and there are medical conditions that can mimic this as well. It is beyond an internet diagnosis, and I suggest you see your physician soon to sort it out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

No: Coughing up blood can be a sign of infection or pulmonary embolus or heart valve condition. If severely short of breath or chest pain or lightheaded go to emergency room. Otherwise see primary care doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment this is a serious symptom needs a evaluation ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

See your doctor.: Coughing up blood is never normal. It deserves an evaluation to sort out what is going on. See your doctor soon. Do not delay. Good luck ...Read more

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I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood can be non-serious (blood from dried out nasal passages) or it can be serious (bacterial infection in the lungs, cancer). I would get seen by a doctor, possibly get a chest x-ray and treatment for whatever the underlying cause might be. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you're coughing up blood?

Means it is serious!: Coughing blood means you need to go see a doctor to find out the cause. It can be caused by a problem in the lungs. This can also be caused by a problem in the nose or throat. So you need toi be examined by a dcotor right away. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you start coughing up blood?

Coughing Blood: Hematochezia is not a good sign. Get into the er now for an immediate evaluation. This is not something to be toyed with or taken lightly. It might be minor but it could be something major and it would be foolish to "wait it out." coughing up blood is a very significant symptom. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u coughing blood?

Many things: Coughing blood could mean a lung infection, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, and more. You should visit a doctor right away to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are coughing blood?

Many possible causes: Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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What is meant by the term coughing up blood? Literal coughing or just blood in phlegm coming out naturally?

What is meant by the term coughing up blood? Literal coughing or just blood in phlegm coming out naturally?

Meaning...: The term coughing up blood means that there is blood in the phlegm that is coughed up from the airways. The medical term for this is hemoptysis. The most common cause for this is bronchitis but there are many other causes including lung cancer. This symptom is serious and should always be evaluated by a doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

Maybe: Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease. This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood and blood when blowing my nose after I've been running - what could this mean?

Coughing up blood and blood when blowing my nose after I've been running - what could this mean?

Exercising when sick: That you are harming your body by not resting when you are ill. Exercising when you are sick is not wise; it is not healthy; and it is putting excess strain on your lungs and heart. Please contact your physician and rest a bit. ...Read more

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My friend has been coughing blood and having chest pains. Does it mean she has breast cancer? She even loses her breath.

My friend has been coughing blood and having chest pains. Does it mean she has breast cancer? She even loses her breath.

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theses are not symptoms of breast cancer. If she is a teenager it is unlikely to be cancer but she should be seen asap. It could be an infection that needs to be treated. She should see her doctor or go to the er for an evaluation. Thank you. ...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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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 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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more