Hemoptysis; Spitting up blood; Bloody sputum
Cough suppressants may help if this condition is due to throat irritation from violent coughing. However, cough suppressants may lead to airway blockages in some cases. Always check with your doctor before using them.
It is very important to note how long you cough up blood, and how much blood is mixed with the mucus. Contact your doctor any time you cough up blood, even if you do not have any other symptoms.
Get medical help right away if you cough up blood and have:
In an emergency case, your doctor will give you treatments to control your condition. The doctor will then ask you questions about your cough, such as:
The doctor will do a complete physical exam and check your chest and lungs. Tests that may be done include:
Brown CA III. Hemoptysis. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 31.
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