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Cough With Blood

The seriousness of coughing up blood or hemoptysis depends on the amount of blood and the duration. It may come from the nose, throat, bronchus, or lungs. Coughing up blood is associated with respiratory tract infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis, pneumonia, bronchitis, and lung tumors. In addition, any trauma, ingestion of foreign body, cystic fibrosis, injury to the arteries supplying the lungs, and tuberculosis can cause hemoptysis, but these require immediate treatment.

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I cough up mucus with specks of blood. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,The last few weeks I have been coughing a lot. Multiple times a day I will gag and cough up mucus. Sometimes it is clear and sometimes it is green with red specks in which I assume is blood. I have a pressure on my chest so breathing can be hard.  Read Full »

Dr. M. A. Toyeb, Nazma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your query and went through the attachment you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sometimes violent coughing can lead to specks of blood in sputum. You said that you have chest congestion and greenish sputum. That means you are s...  Read Full »

Does it require a medical attention when getting phlegm with blood?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner had phlegm with blood just now without coughing. He does not have chest pain and a fast heartbeat. Before a day, he also had a headache and hot temperature. Yesterday, he poked his nose with his finger at night. This morning, he had phlegm coming with a portion of blood. Does ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jose Ignacio Artero

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A possible diagnosis can be lung cancer. For it, your partner must be a smoker for 15 to 20 years or over 50 years so that he can spit blood continuously. If your partner does not have these conditions, then you must be calm. Respiratory tract infection can also be a ca...  Read Full »

Why do I have intercostal strain and blood in sputum?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I was diagnosed with an intercostal strain. The symptoms are pain in the area of strain and swelling. Unfortunately, I have developed a frightening symptom where I am coughing up blood coated mucus. My father who worked as an EMT says that it is not an emergency and that I sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Blood in sputum should not be ignored and should be taken seriously. The causes could be bronchitis, bronchiectasis, lung abscess, etc. High rate of cigarette smoking is the main underlying cause for the above mentioned pathological diseases. You have to undergo several...  Read Full »

I suspect contracting tuberculosis. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 40-year-old male. I have a cough coming with blood, and sometimes, I also have mild chest pain. I think that I suffer from tuberculosis. Could you provide a general overview of tuberculosis, including its causes, transmission, and symptoms? What are the primary risk factors respo...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for using iCliniq.  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with pneumonia and am coughing bloody sputum despite taking antibiotics. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had extreme grab-and-release pain in my left rib and shoulder last week but did not feel sick, just the pain that did not leave my rib cage, and now and then again, the extreme grab-and-release pain, the doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia and gave Auro Amoxiclav 1000 mg and Prednisol...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you're experiencing extreme grab-and-release pain in your left rib and shoulder, along with bloody sputum, and your doctor has diagnosed you with pneumonia, it is important to follow their prescribed treatment plan. Pneumonia is a serious infection of the lungs th...  Read Full »

My sputum has turned red. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Initially, I had cold and cough, which now turned into sinus. I had Almox 500 mg for five days. For sinus I normally used to take Novamox 500 mg. Sinus got cured but still I have some cold and cough. It has been 10 days. Since yesterday there are times when I blow my nose or spit, the spu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Acute sinusitis should be treated with 10 days of Amoxicillin and what you are having is acute on chronic sinusitis. I would suggest completing the course for next five days. Continue the steaming and use saline nasal spray. Do not blow your nose so hard. If the antih...  Read Full »

Can spitting blood indicate lung cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, If X-ray is clear and the person is having a good appetite and no fatigue but the person is spitting up blood with phlegm not always. Sometimes the phelgm is white and sometimes black and sometimes traces of blood in phlegm. No chest pain, no shortness of breath. Is anything to worry? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Harsha D. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your issues. Coughing up blood can be a symptom of many diseases like throat or chest infection, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis (a disease where your windpipes are damaged) or lung cancer. A detailed history of complaints and your reports are needed to deter...  Read Full »

I have sniffles with small amount of blood spots in cough. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past three days, I am having sniffles. But today morning, when I got up I found a small amount of blood spots in my cough. So please advise me what to do now? I never found this before. I am currently taking Corectia, Glyciphase 500 mg, Ovipauz-L, and Aspirin gastro-resistant...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The image that you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows brown rusty expectoration for which you need not worry. It is due to the capillary leak at the inflamed mucosa due to the medical condition. Do you have a watery nose? Do you still sniffl...  Read Full »

I am having chest discomfort and pain in the breast and nipples after a 20-hour plane journey. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having chest discomfort for the past three days. I feel as if there is a bruise inside my chest. I also have pain at times if I touch near my nipple or on the side or under the breast or nipple. I often feel a stabbing pain in the middle that lasts for one second. I had a cough fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern and I will help you with your query. Actually, it can be associated with traveling. Due to traveling, there can be chest discomfort and the causes can be extra acid formation in the stomach and muscle pain. So, do not worry. You will...  Read Full »

Why is there blood while coughing?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past 12 days, I have had a cough. In the beginning, the cough was wet, and mucus would come out mostly green, and then in five to six days, the mucus became clear and white in color. Only very less dry cough. While sleeping, I did not cough, and the wetness in my lung was gone....  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and sorry for such discomfort. You have mentioned coughing blood mixed with sputum. Initially, you had a wet cough followed by a dry cough. There is a history of chronic smoking, and you are smoking one to two cigarettes per day. The most like...  Read Full »

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