Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
188 Doctors are Online

Noticed blood in spit and vomited. What could be the possible reason?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

ENT Specialist
Practicing since : 1991
Answered : 2547 Questions
Today morning after waking up, I vomited.
The vomit didn't have anything but water. Clearing my throat I spit, I found blood in that.

What could be the possible reason?
Posted Sun, 4 Nov 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 1 hour later

Thank you for your query.

1. A single episode of a small amount of bleeding from the oral cavity or nose during a vomiting is not a cause for worry.

2. You may safely wait if this is not recurrent.

3. Fresh red coloured blood means it has come from the upper gut. Blood from the stomach is dark brown or black due to the action of gastric acid. Bile is XXXXXXX or yellow. Meanwhile you may inspect your gums, especially between the teeth, and oral cavity including around and below the tongue for any obvious source of this bleed.
Another common cause may be the colour of some food ingested earlier. Lymphoid tissue is abundant in the throat. It is very delicate and bleeds easily during coughing and vomiting. Erosive esophagitis or gastritis is another probable cause.

4. Your physician may also examine more thoroughly by endoscopy, especially to rule out any growths, conduct scans, dental check-up and blood tests including a coagulogram if this is a recurrent problem.

5.Do you have any other significant past history and are you currently on any medication? Is there any history suggestive of oral injury due to a sharp food item or food contaminant (foreign body)? You need not take any immediate medication if there is no further episode besides medicated gargles and Vitamin C (especially if you have exposure to tobacco smoke).

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any follow up queries I will be available to answer them.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an ENT Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor