I get blood along with a cough. Why?

Q. Why do I get blood along with the cough?

Answered by
Dr. Harsha D. S
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 05, 2023

Hi doctor,

Whenever I get cold, I have blood coming along with a cough. I have this problem for the past one year. After drinking water and taking cough syrup, it becomes normal. I went to the doctor, and a chest X-ray was done. The result was normal. After a month, I had the same problem and went to the doctor. He suggested me to do an X-ray, sputum test and CT scan. I did all the tests, and the results came normal. Even today also, I had the same problem. I do not understand. Why do I have these symptoms when everything is normal? Please suggest.



Welcome to icliniq.com. Blood in sputum can occur due to different causes. We need to find the reason whether the blood comes from the nose or throat. It can also occur due to localized damage to the lungs called bronchiectasis. But it is usually seen in computed tomography (CT) scan. Please send me the images of the chest X-ray and CT scan to guide you further.

Thank you doctor,

I am attaching the images. I have a sound coming from my lungs whenever I breathe. It is very frequent. I do not know from where it begins. When I get blood coming along with a cold, I also have chest pain, and the outer portion of my rib in my chest get swollen. Please help.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your images are not clear. I require a high-quality photo of the computed tomography (CT). However, the report is normal. I would suggest you have a consultation with an (ear nose and throat) ENT doctor to rule out the bleeding from the nose or upper airways. If the ENT doctor says that there is no bleeding in the upper airways, consult a pulmonologist. You may need to undergo bronchoscopy.

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