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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What does blood in sputum indicate?

Female, 73, on no medications. I got the flu on Thursday and while my temp is down (99.6), the cough persists. Sputum has been clear until tonight when it is tinged with blood. I received the pneumonia shot in 2010. Should I be concerned? See my doctor? Or is this normal irritation and I am safe to wait to see if it clears up?
Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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Hello welcome to the health care magic

Blood in sputum needs to be evaluated by...
_chest x ray
_spirometry if needed than only

It can be bronchitis or pneumonia like condition.

Antibiotic course can be prescribed for that

Decongestant like levocetrizine also should be prescribed

Take care

Consult pulmonologoist for examination and discuss my answer

Hope this solves your concern

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