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30 year old with persisting cough. On steroid inhaler for asthma. Blood in spit while brushing. Is the blood from the throat?

Hi I am 30 years old and have a persistent winter cough - had this for a few years. I have recently been to the doctors about this and was prescribed a steroid inhaler as they think I may have asthma . For the past few days, I have noticed a small amount of blood in my spit when I brush my teeth (at no other time). I can t see where the blood is coming from in my mouth...could this be coming from my throat?
Asked On : Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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You need to get yourself evaluated by a pulmonologist/ chest physician. Investigations required are atleast chest xray, Serum IgE levels and pulmonary function test. The blood can be from your mouth/ due to a dental cause. Please get evaluated by a dentist also (Since the bleeding is only at the time of brushing). If blood is noticed at other time i.e. either prior to or after brushing then there is a possibility of it being from throat or lower down and chances of secondary infection will be increased then. Based on your evaluation your treatment needs to be titrated.


Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra
Consultant Pulmonologist
Answered: Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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