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Blood in sputum after brushing the back of my tongue. Causes for bleeding?

In the morning when I brush my teeth , I brush my tongue and when I spit I see blood . Also, my co-worker just told me this morning she had a similar problem but she isn t brushing her tongue just her teeth and the back teeth but when she spits she s seeing a nice amount of blood when she spits and it has been going on for 2 months now. As far as my brushing the back of my tongue and spitting out blood why is that? am I hitting something I shouldn t.
Asked On : Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM
Bleeding from oral cavity can occur due to many causes namely:
1. Gum problems- inflammation, infection, scurvy
2. Trauma to oral mucosa- trauma to inflammed gums causes bleeding, trauma due hard brush
3. Bleeding from throat can also mimick bleeding from the oral cavity

Check whether the brush you are using is not too hard. If yes then change your brush with a soft one.

Consult an ENT specialist for complete examination of the oral cavity, pharanyx (upper GI tract) and larynx (upper airway). This will help to find out the cause of bleed.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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