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What causes blood in sputum with a history of sinus?

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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Question: I recently came to a Middle Eastern country. The air over here is very dry and the temperature is very high. I have noticed a small trace of blood in the sputum then I try to clear my throat. We also have sandstorms, which is causing my sinuses to act up. Can you please let me know why there may be blood present? I have all but diagnosed myself through Google. Help please!!!
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Due to changes in weather conditions as following

Detailed Answer:
Hi ,

I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concern.

Taking into account your history of living recently in a middle Eastern country with high temperature and very dry, with sandstorms, all these are causing inflammation of your upper respiratory pathways.
The inflamed mucosa is very fragile, and when you cough, traces of blood will be present.

I need to have a few more details:
- is the air con on where you live or work?
- apart sinuses, have you noted your nose is congested?
- what meds have you used so far?

Thank you.
Dr.Albana

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (44 minutes later)
There is air con in both the office where I work as well as I'm living quarters. My nose is usually congested when I wake up in the mornings. I've tried taking Claritin. It's makes me dizzy though.
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (46 hours later)
Brief Answer:
If the blood will persist in sputum,should consult ENT specialist...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

Thank you for providing the requested data.

Your answers are admitting what I was thinking since the beginning: congestion of upper respiratory pathways are making their mucosa more fragile and you'll notice blood in sputum especially during sandstorms. The tiny particles of the sand will cause micro-laceration of the fragile mucosa leading to blood in sputum. I am sure you do not notice blood all the time.

If it will persist always, then, ENT examination is required to exclude other pathologies and perhaps you need prescription medications.

Hope this helps.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes blood in sputum with a history of sinus?

Brief Answer: Due to changes in weather conditions as following Detailed Answer: Hi , I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concern. Taking into account your history of living recently in a middle Eastern country with high temperature and very dry, with sandstorms, all these are causing inflammation of your upper respiratory pathways. The inflamed mucosa is very fragile, and when you cough, traces of blood will be present. I need to have a few more details: - is the air con on where you live or work? - apart sinuses, have you noted your nose is congested? - what meds have you used so far? Thank you. Dr.Albana