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I am smoker. Having flu symptoms, noticed blood in cough. What should I do?

Jan 2013
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had the flu and now coughed up some blood and i am a smoker and 39yrs old.have never coughed blood before i got the flu have had 2 cigs today and am trying to stop.the blood is bright red and have XXXXXXX mucas aswell. thanks
Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 26 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

How much amount of blood you get during coughing?

There are 2 possibilities for blood in your cough.

1) Smoking induced pathology such as chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and malignancy. You should go for chest x XXXXXXX and if needed CT/ MRI scan chest. Do you have other symptoms apart from hemoptysis? You should also consult with physician/ pulmonologist.

2) After/ during flu episode, because of edema in bronchi/ bronchioles mucosa, blood vessels underlying mucosa may get ruptured with presence of blood in cough. This type of hemoptysis is short lasting and not a seroiu condition

Put your query if you have.


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