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.
Call your health care provider if
Get medical help right away if you cough up blood and have:
A cough that produces more than a few teaspoons of blood
Blood in your urine or stools
Severe shortness of breath
What to expect at your health care provider's office
In an emergency case, your doctor will give you treatments to control your condition. The doctor will then ask you questions a...
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