Common "Hemoptysis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Hemoptysis is a condition where one may cough up blood. This blood is coming straight from the lungs and is a symptom of some form of underlying lung disease. It can be anything ranging from acute bronchitis, tuberculosis, and pneumonia to lung cancer. Along with blood, there may be sputum too. One should seek urgent medical care if the amount of coughing up blood keeps going up.

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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 blood...  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 mentioned wil...  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. Madhan Kumar Madathupalayam Velusamy

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 coughin...  Read Full »

My wife is coughing blood even though all of the tests are normal. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 35-year-old wife, who weighs 65 kg and measures 160 cm, is coughing up blood monthly once. Her cough is not dry and I noticed that it originates only from the lower throat area. She was diagnosed with gallbladder stones a few years back and they measured around 1.2 cm. She has never co...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. As per your wife's history, she is shaving hemoptysis (blood with cough) from lower respiratory tracts. Hemoptysis could be caused due to various conditions like tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, coagulopathy, cardiac-rel...  Read Full »

I have hemoptysis. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I have hemoptysis.Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hemoptysis is referred to as blood in the sputum or cough. If you are having such symptoms the following workup is recommended: Chest X-ray (PA). Complete blood count and ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate). If you have already done a chest X-ray, do upload th...  Read Full »

My nostrils bleed and expel blood when I cough forcefully. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I get hemoptysis when I get a cold and cough. It has happened six to seven times in the last eight years. Also, I have back pain around the shoulder blades. I have smoked previously for 20 years. I got a chest X-ray, CT scan, and bronchoscopy done. All the tests are clear. However, blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Uzair Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It is least likely that someone with a clear CT scan and bronchoscopy will have lung cancer. So please be assured for now. The blood may be epistaxis if it originates from the nostril. You should have an ENT evalua...  Read Full »

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