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Why would there be blood in my phlegm with strep throat?

Why would there be blood in my phlegm with strep throat?

Seek consult: Blood in your throat is never normal. Get an ent.

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Blood in my phlegm, no cough. Its started Nov 17 until now. What can I do? What medicine I take?

Blood in my phlegm, no cough. Its started Nov 17 until now. What can I do? What medicine I take?

Needs investigation: After this long you need to get this evaluated to determine the source and cause of the bleeding. It could be blood from the nose, the sinuses but also the lungs

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I coughed up blood in my phlegm. This morning, is this urgent, or can I wait until my next visit in a month?

I coughed up blood in my phlegm. This morning, is this urgent, or can I wait until my next visit in a month?

Depends on the: Amount. If it is a small amount and does not recur, you can probably wait until your next visit. If it is a large amount, or if it persists, notify your doctor immediately.

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What causes blood in my phlegm I am coughing a lot and wheezing when I breathe

What causes blood in my phlegm I am coughing a lot and wheezing when I breathe

Hello.: Hello. The blood could be from a number of locations in your respiratory tract (lungs, nose, sinuses etc). Because of the fact that you are wheezing, it is really important that you get medical attention. You may not be exchanging air as well.

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Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Had a cough and cold for 3weeks but notice about a week ago I had a tiny bit of blood in my phlegm and then again this morning, scared it's lung cance?

Hard to tell: Having just a bit of blood in mucous is difficult to assess. Perhaps having a Chest X ray done can be helpful. If need be a CT scan has a higher chance of ruling our lung cancer.

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This morning I coughed up abit of blood in my phlegm I've had abit of a sore throats and the rest of the day I've been fine?

This morning I coughed up abit of blood in my phlegm I've had abit of a sore throats and the rest of the day I've been fine?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly. It's hard to tell if phlegm is from the nose, throat, or lungs, but persistent bloodiness would need an exam.

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Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Does the metallic taste in my mouth after coughing mean I have blood in my phlegm?

Metallic mouth taste: There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved. The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important.

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I have blood in my phlegm. I have cold no cough. I had a stent put in two years ago. I've high BP 217 / 119 and severe headache?

I have blood in my phlegm. I have cold no cough. I had a stent put in two years ago. I've high BP 217 / 119 and severe headache?

Concerned: The severe headache with that high blood pressure is very concerning and you should seek treatment right away, today. The blood could be due to infection or irritation of the mucosa. Get seen by a doctor today to get all of these symptoms addressed.

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I'm not sure where the streak of blood in my phlegm came from. If it was my sinuses would I have a bloody nose? This only happened once

I'm not sure where the streak of blood in my phlegm came from. If it was my sinuses would I have a bloody nose? This only happened once

Blood in mucus: Unlikely that an isolated occurrence of blood in your phlegm/mucus is a concern. From time to time the mucus membranes of the nose/throat can bleed as a result of dryness, medication use, trauma, infection. If it is regular or heavy or associated with other symptoms, then have it checked out. Hope this helps!

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I have gallstones in the bile duct, this morning I had a bit of blood in my phlegm. It was a dark red.?

I have gallstones in the bile duct, this morning I had a bit of blood in my phlegm. It was a dark red.?

Bad gallbladder: You have a bad gallbladder, a fixable problem with surgery. Gallstones have travelled out of your gallbladder and are stuck in your duct, which is dangerous and treated with scope procedure ERCP. Check in with your local surgeon or regular doctor to ge started. Coughing blood in small amount is likely not related. Be well.

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I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

I have an upper respiratory infection and I am being treated with a zpak I had some blood In my phlegm is this normal from the hard coughing?

Could be normal: Generally speaking patients with illnesses that cause heavy coughing can develop some blood tinged sputum. As long as you're under treatment and it does not worsen and improves you should be fine. The biggest concern with bloody sputum is tuberculosis, and unless you have reason to believe you have had exposure tuberculosisyou will likely be fine.

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I have a sinus infection and I am on cefdinir sine a week. I have 3 more days of the course. I can breath better and nose is not as stuffy as it was but I get blood in my phlegm. Is this serious?

Not unusual: Are you on any other treatments beside the antibiotic. Some nasal sprays can cause minor bleeding or dry membranes from decongestants. The blood may be from the back of your nose and should resolve when the infection is gone. It is also possibile you are coughing up the blood, again which is could happen with infection, but if it doesn't resolve should be evaluated by your doctor.

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Sore neck when coughing blood in my phlegm and a lump in my neck had a fever 2 days ago?

Sore neck when coughing blood in my phlegm and a lump in my neck had a fever 2 days ago?

See a doctor: In my humble opinion, any time a person coughs up blood, even in phlegm this warrants an evaluation by a doctor. It could be infection, it could be a growth or a tumor. It could be a posterior nose bleed back down your throat. It is never normal for this to occur, and I would advise you to be seen.

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I have blood in my phlegm, following conjunctivitis, a soare back of nose and throat. I am on anti biotics and have been in bed for a week.

I have blood in my phlegm, following conjunctivitis, a soare back of nose and throat. I am on anti biotics and have been in bed for a week.

Bloody phlegm: Sounds like a viral illness. The blood in your phlegm is either coming from the cold in your nose or from wretching when you cough.

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Hey I have a sore throat and I have suffered from tonsillitis in the past. It has creeped up on me again and there was some blood in my phlegm, ?

Hey I have a sore throat and I have suffered from tonsillitis in the past. It has creeped up on me again and there was some blood in my phlegm, ?

"Hemoptysis": In phlegm ("hemoptysis") should be evaluated! Most common cause with the rest of your symptoms is acute BRONCHITIS. See your Primary Care Provider for evaluation and treatment! Hope this helps Dr Z

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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