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Coughing Blood

Information about Coughing Blood

We Have to Know about the Coughing Blood

  • Blood that comes up with a cough.
  • Generally bright red in color

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions  

  • Is the volume of blood that is coughed up very large?
  • Is it accompanied by severe shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness?

Causes of Coughing Blood

  • Bleeding gums such as gingivitis
  • Lung infections and diseases
  • Irritation of throat from violent coughing
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung cancer

Do’s and Don’ts of Coughing Blood

Signs & Symptoms of Coughing Blood

  • Associated symptoms may include:
    • Fever
    • Loss of appetite
    • Loss of weight
    • Breathlessness

Medical advice for Coughing Blood

  • If the volume of blood coughed up recurs and there are other symptoms like fever, weight loss or chest pain see your doctor within the next few days

Risk factors of Coughing Blood

Treatment for Coughing Blood

  • Depends on the cause
  • Most cases respond to medicines

Self-care for Coughing Blood

Investigations for Coughing Blood

May require:

  • Lab tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT or MRI scans
  • Spirometry
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
Risk factors of Coughing Blood
                Causes of Coughing Blood