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Low fever, minor pain in throat, stuffy nose, blood in nasal phlegm - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
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User :   Hello, I have recently had a cold I think. Low fever, minor pain in throat, stuffy nose, etc... When I was trying to clear my nasals and sinuses by hacking up pghlem I noticed a small amount of blood in it... Is this something to be worried about?
User :   I am 26, 5 ft 11 170lbs
User :   Male
User :   Quit smoking a month ago
User :   I have not had a bad cough or anything
Doctor :   May I know how much blood did ooze ?
User :   It was mixed in with the mucus... It was very little probably 20% blood 80% mucus
Doctor :   was in drops or just a stain ?
User :   It has not been constant but occasionally a little bit of blood will be mixed in.
Doctor :   ok, was is fresh blood or altered blood ?
User :   I have no cough and breathing seems to be fine, no chest pains
User :   It looked fresh
Doctor :   ok, fine , since when do you have symptoms of cold ?
User :   Started having swollen glands in neck 4 days ago
User :   Then minor sore throat with low fever and stuffy nose
Doctor :   ok, do not worry , its nothing serious
Doctor :   it could be a minor viral infection causing upper respiratory infection
Doctor :   the blood ooze is due to minor mucosal tear during to cleaning of the nasals
User :   I see
User :   What would be a cause for concern?
Doctor :   a airborne viral infection
Doctor :   from an infected
User :   I did start feeling ill after being around a sick 2 year old baby
Doctor :   do not worry they are self limiting , need not require heavy medications
Doctor :   just symptomatic treatment would suffice
User :   So when would blood in the phlegm be something to worry about?
Doctor :   yes, could be a chance form the baby
Doctor :   not at al , as i told it cold be due to minor mucosal tear
Doctor :   so nothing to worry about it
User :   I understand, I am asking what would the blood in phlegm be like if it was being caused by something to worry about like a lung tumor or pneumonia , would there be more blood and would I be feeling much worse?
Doctor :   oh,, yes the amount would be more and will be little darker than fresh blood
Doctor :   and yes, you will be more sick than now
User :   And I would probably have a bad cough too if it was lung tumor
User :   is that correct?
Doctor :   yes, right
User :   Ok I just wanted to make sure that I don't have a lung tumor. I smoked from 16-26 and have stopped smoking by using Chantix.
Doctor :   ok, i would suggest you to take NASIVION decongestant nasal drops, about 6 to8 drops at once for thrice a day into both nasal cavities
Doctor :   and gargle with CHLORHEXIDINE antiseptic solution twice a day after food for three days
Doctor :   the above will take care of the symptoms
User :   Is all of this available at Walgreens?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   Thank you very much Doc.
Doctor :   You are welcome\
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   I will.
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   take care
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