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Why Do You Cough Up Blood
Hemoptysis: Hemoptysis is coughing up blood. There are many causes of hemoptysis. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/coughing-up-blood/my01064/dsection=causes. Then go see your family doc if you're otherwise ok for an evaluation. If you're feeling poorly, then go to urgent care or emergency department. ...Read more
Several: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more
Coughing up blood.: There are several illnesses. Most of them are due infections in the lung. Some advanced cancers also cause it. ...Read more
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
Injury: Usually coughing up blood after a stab wound to the chest is related to injury to the bronchial (airway) tree. Other possibilities would include rupture to a vessel (there are many in the chest) or damage to the heart (although this usually causes much more severe symptoms and is typically not associated with coughing up blood. A chest xray is imperative if you cough blood up after wound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly....: The most common cause of coughing blood is bronchitis, usually caused by an infection of the airways. People with bronchitis are typically coughing a lot but it is the bronchitis causing the person to cough blood. Malignancy can also lead to coughing blood, though, so this must always be worked up by a doctor to be certain it is a benign process. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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