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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?

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


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

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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Why can I taste blood when I cough?

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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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?

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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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?

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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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?

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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Why can I taste blood, sometimes when i cough, not chesty a little tickle but have health anxciety really scared ..

Why can I taste blood, sometimes when i cough, not chesty a little tickle but have health anxciety really scared ..

Coughing Blood: It's not unusual to cough up small amounts of blood during a severe URI - bronchitis. Some coughs need treament with antibiotics. If it persists see your doctor - especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Can you cough up blood if you taste blood when your sick?

Hemoptysis.....: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, can occur with acute bronchitis which is the most common etiology. But, malignancy can also cause hemoptysis so, if you cough up blood, you must be evaluated by your doctor to rule out malignancy. If you smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation as well. ...Read more

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