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What causes blood in cough?

I had the flu about two weeks ago and even though I feel a lot better now, I've been coughing up blood. I recently quit smoking cigarettes but started smoking meth. There's a lot of blood with the mucus and I'm worried, should I see a doctor?                                                                  
Wed, 16 Sep 2015
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Coughing up blood is always a serious sign. Can be increased pressure on the vessels in the lung popped something. Can even be a collapsed lung or a blood clot (but those usually cause huge symptoms). A regular chest x ray rules out most of the serious causes.
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Psychologist Dr. K. V. Anand's  Response
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We understand your concerns

I went through your details. Definitely yes. Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can be a sign of a serious medical condition. Infections, cancer, and problems in blood vessels or in the lungs themselves can be responsible. Coughing up blood generally requires medical evaluation unless the hemoptysis is due to bronchitis. Bronchitis (acute or chronic), the most common cause of coughing up blood. Hemoptysis due to bronchitis is rarely life-threatening. Meth or cigarette, hardly matters, Please consult a doctor ASAP.

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