Blood Tinged Sputum

Blood in sputum is referred to as hemoptysis, and is associated with various respiratory conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, lung infection, or lung cancer.

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I have slight pain while swallowing saliva, coughing, and throat irritation with blood in phlegm. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a slight pain when I swallowed my saliva or when I yawn for the last 10 to 12 days. I had my daughters anti-allergic syrup before going to bed. I had a good sleep, but in the middle of the night, around 3 AM, I had a irritation, and I kept coughing for around five minutes. I sipp...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can have an acute pharyngitis-like infective condition. A tinge of blood in the sputum can appear in pharyngitis or bronchitis cases. I suggest you get the following investigations done an auscultation examination, CBC (complete blood count), and ASO (Antistrepto...  Read Full »

What kind of muscle pain is associated with ARS?

Query: Hi, I am a 31 year old male. About 38 days before I had sex with a CSW (Commercial Social Worker). It was protected vaginal sex and protected oral sex. Also there were deep throat kisses which lasted almost a minute. I am not sure if the condom was torn during the intercourse.  Since last 3 weeks ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based upon your history, my answer to your questions: 1. Are My Symptoms Related to ARS? Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS) typically begins 7-14 days after the exposure to a HIV positive patient, and may last for up to 3-4 months. The symptoms are typically "flu-like" w...  Read Full »

I suffered from allergic asthma and had an asthmatic attack with red sputum or wheezing. What does that mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47-year-old male and am a patient with allergic asthma. I have been using an Aerocort inhaler for the last 10 to 15 years, and more or less, there has not been any serious issue. A day before yesterday, I was on an official trip, checked in at a hotel the previous night, and to...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly answer the following questions so I can guide you further- Did your wheeze start after visiting any particular agricultural field? Did you go near any particular plant? Did you eat something unusual like nuts or prawns etc.? Have you found out what you are a...  Read Full »

I am getting blood in cough. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting blood in cough. What should I do? Please suggest some medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Madathupalayam Madhankumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The question is what and where the blood is coming from (hemoptysis). For people with a prolonged cough, you can sometimes have a small tear in tissues which leads to a very small amount of blood. This is something that would happen after multiple days of severe coughing....  Read Full »

Can blood in sputum be caused by excess clearing of throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I had pneumonia two years ago and I have recovered from it after taking antibiotics for 10 days. Two months back, I had bronchitis and a milder form of pneumonia. After a week of antibiotics I felt much better. Now, my main concern is that I have excessive phlegm with some traces of bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bronchitis itself can cause blood in sputum (hemoptysis). This happens due to rupture of minute blood vessels due to excessive coughing. In such case, it is very important to rule out any pneumonia, tuberculosis and lung malignancy. The supplements you have men...  Read Full »

Does blood in sputum in the mornings, dry throat and mouth mean cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, For about a year I have been coughing up mucus with a small fleck or flecks of blood in it. It happens only in the morning and not every day. I have noticed that my throat and mouth are very dry on the days that it happens. I also have little flecks of blood in my snot when I blow my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mit Dharsandiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your case carefully. I need some more information so that I can help you. Do you feel dryness in the eyes also? Some foreign body sensation in eyes? Do you need to drink some liquid with food to swallow it?  Read Full »

My mother had chronic diarrhea and dermatitis and refuses to eat. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am writing as I found something in my mum's sputum (parasite or blood) that I cannot identify. I have images on a 1:1 ratio and also magnified. She had chronic diarrhea and dermatitis. She responded well to Niacin. Her diarrhea is only occasional now. She is anorexic, fatigued, and very ...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. I have seen all the attached images (the attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). In the first two images, it actually seems like a blood clot. However, in the last two of them, sp...  Read Full »

I have had blood in my sputum for more than six months and calf muscle pain. Is there any serious complication?

Query: Hi doctor, I usually have pain in my calf muscle, so I consulted a doctor and found a vitamin D deficiency. I took three months of vitamin D tablets and a sachet. Again I did a vitamin D test and found it normal. But still, I feel pain in my calf muscle. During the current CBC test, my ESR was on li...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have two distinct conditions : 1. Calf pain is most likely muscle cramps (usually on both sides) due to calcium deficiency (I suggest you measure the calcium level). The other possible cause (less likely) is thrombosed veins in the leg on one side (swollen, edema a...  Read Full »

I have blood in cough and red pimples in neck. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I got blood in my cough two weeks back only once and there are red pimples on my neck. I am feeling weak. I used to take tobacco one year back which I left after rehabilitation. I have read that these are symptoms of cancer.   Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not panic. At this young stage lung cancer is unlikely, blood in sputum has multiple reasons like bronchitis, bronchiectasis, which can be treated. The red rash can be a local vasculitis or allergic cause too. Kindly do a routine blood test and chest X-ray and contac...  Read Full »

I have burning sensation from throat to upper stomach. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am feeling some slight burning sensation from throat to upper stomach and feeling bit uneasy in the throat. I have also noticed some blood on spit twice or thrice last one week. Today, I got the test result which is all perfect except some borderline up chole...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). After seeing your symptoms and labs which seem to be normal, you most probably have gastroesophageal reflux disease which requires some antiacid therapy. I would like to know if you ha...  Read Full »

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