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Dr. Martin Raff
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Why do I taste blood when I cough? I've had a frequent, productive cough for the past 2 days. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Why do I taste blood when I cough? I've had a frequent, productive cough for the past 2 days. Should I be concerned?

Yes: You are obviously already concerned but have not provided enuf info to allow advice guiding you further. Do you have fever, chest pain, shortness of air, have you been exposed to someone with infection, and so on. Go and see a doctor and let them examine you, and they may need a chest x-ray. Good luck. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Glenn Messina
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Hi so I've had a chronic cough for a long time and sense October it's been really frequent And I taste blood when I cough and i have been diagnosed with acid reflux. Why do I taste blood and my chest hurts as well.

Dr. Glenn Messina
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Hi so I've had a chronic cough for a long time and sense October it's been really frequent And I taste blood when I cough and i have been diagnosed with  acid reflux. Why do I taste blood and my chest hurts as well.

May be blood: Its possible the chronic cough is traumatizing the airway and you indeed are tasting blood. In any event get a workup why the cough allergy, severe reflux, asthma etc alst take the reflux seriously and start taking medication to reduce acid production. I think you should be in close contact with either your PMD or a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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I can taste blood when i cough. What could it be?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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I can taste blood when i cough. What could it be?

Sources...: Sources of coughing blood include mouth, post-nasal drip with blood draining into the back of your mouth and blood in the lung airways. You should be evaluated by your doctor to be sure there is no bleeding and to treat it if there is bleeding. Certain medications can cause abnormal tastes and your doctor can evaluate this as well. If you are smoking, your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Why can I taste blood when I cough?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Why can I taste blood when I cough?

Need more info: What is your idea of "taste of blood", if it is just salty taste, it may be due to mucus. If you see blood in your sputum, or if the cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Zachary Veres
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I taste blood when i cough, what can i do?

Dr. Zachary Veres
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I taste blood when i cough, what can i do?

Cough: you need antibiotics. perform a virtual consult to help you ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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I have had a cough for over 2 weeks now and it doesn't seem to clear anything . I also taste blood when i cough and have a tight chest?

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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I have had a cough for  over 2 weeks now and it doesn't seem to clear anything . I also taste blood when i cough and have a tight chest?

Reactive airways: It is possible to develop reactive airways following an upper respiratory infection that can last 3-4 weeks after the infection. This may be your case with the chest tightness you are experiencing. Talk to your doctor, you may need an inhaler. ...Read more

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Dr. David Martin
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I've had a chronic cough for 3 months and I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, taste blood when I cough and I get lightheaded. why is this?

Dr. David Martin
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 I've had a chronic cough for 3 months and I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, taste blood when I cough and I get lightheaded. why is this?

LPRD: Reflux up to the throat, or laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD), causes cough, throat clearing and the sense of a lump in the throat. Lightheadedness is not a symptom of LPRD. Some taste the acid, but I have not heard it described as tasting like blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
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I ran 101 fever last night all night fever broke finally around five...I have a headache my head feels dizzy and i taste blood when i cough?

Dr. Kenneth Smith
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I ran 101 fever  last night all night fever broke finally around five...I have a headache my head feels dizzy and i taste blood when i cough?

Flu: Elevated temp headaches body aches. Followed commonly by bronchial manifest ions. Cough with viral bronchitis frequently salty taste. ...Read more

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Dr. Ayisha Gani
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Am just getting over a virus but have a persistent cough, tight chest, chest taste of blood when i cough but no actual blood, is this normal after?

Dr. Ayisha Gani
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Am just getting over a virus but have a persistent cough, tight chest, chest taste of blood when i cough but no actual blood, is this normal after?

Bronchitis.: Bacterial infection may follow viral infection, if you continue to have symptoms you may have secondary bacterial infection/bronchitis. You may have an asthma component, have yourself examined to get the appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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Took ibuprofen for severe lower right flank pain. Tasted blood when i cough. No blood in sputum. Blew nose and had lg clots and blood. Please advise?

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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Took ibuprofen for severe lower right flank pain. Tasted blood when i cough. No blood in sputum. Blew nose and had lg clots and blood. Please advise?

Reasons: Ibuprofen decreases inflammation and probably allowed passage of the blood accumulating from the burst vessels in the back of he nose in uri. The other is that Ibuprofen can cause people with sensitivity to it like nasal polyposis to bleed, or simply interfere with the platelet aggregation. ...Read more

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