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Cough and sore throat, blood in phlegm. Need to see a doctor?

ive had a cough and a very sore throat for about 10 weeks now. Last night I was coughing with lots of phylem ,I noticed bits of blood in the phylem .Sorry I should say I have had a cold aswell as the cough and sore throat. could the blood just be a result of how hard ive been coughing,or do you think I should go and see my own gp?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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thank you for your query,

The persistence of cough since 10 weeks indicate towards a chronic respiratory tract infection.
Blood in the phlegm can be due to:
1. severe bouts of cough which injures the respiratory tract mucosa
2. infective cause like Tuberculosis, etc

Though symptomatic relief can be obtained with anti histamine & anti tussive preparations, the underlying cause of the symptoms should be treated to prevent recurrence.

So, kindly consult your GP & get a proper physical examination done
Investigations like X ray chest, sputum microscopy & culture will be needed to formulate the treatment plan.

Till then, maintain adequate hydration & avoid cold food & drinks.

Thank you,
You can contact me for any follow up questions
Take care
Answered: Sun, 23 Jun 2013
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