Coughing and Spitting Up Blood or Bloody Mucus

How Can the Blood Appear in the Mouth?

Blood, appearing in the mouth, can originate from the mouth, throat, nose, paranasal sinuses, voice box (larynx), windpipe (trachea), bronchi, lungs, gullet (esophagus) or stomach.

A person coughing up blood without knowing the exact cause should seek medical care promptly. Blood in the mouth may appear from banal reasons, like picking the nose or from life threatening diseases, like lung cancer.

Terms Explained

Meaning of some terms used in the article:

  • Phlegm, medically sputum, refers to mucus coughed up from the lower airways: voice box, windpipe, bronchi or lungs.
  • Post nasal drip, medically catarrh, is mucus leaking from the nose or paranasal sinuses backwards into the throat.
  • Hemoptysis (Greek haima = blood; ptysis = spitting) refers to spitting up blood that originated in the lungs or bronchi.
  • Hematemesis (greek haima = blood; emesis = vomiting) refers to vomiting blood originated in the gullet (esophagus) or stomach.

Finding the Cause of Coughing Up Blood from Symptoms

A person, spitting up blood, may suspect its origin from accompanying symptoms:

  • In a smoker, coughing up thick phlegm with blood, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer should be considered.
  • A person with chronicly blocked nose and spitting up blood can have polyps orcancer in the nose or paranasal sinuses.
  • Low grade fever, night sweats, malaise and coughing up blood , lasting several weeks to months can be symptoms of tuberculosis. Symptoms lasting few days to weeks may be from acute bronchitis.
  • High fever, rapid breathing and heartbeat, chest pain and frothy bloody mucus can be from bacterial pneumonia.
  • A person with deep vein thrombosis, experiencing sudden chest pain, low-grade fever and difficulty breathing can have pulmonary embolism.

Not Every Red Spittle Contains Blood!

Apart from the blood, the following may stain spit red:

  • Red colored foods, like beetroot, candies, artificialy colored drinks, wine, etc.
  • Saliva of patients with asthma can appear pink, if it contains large amount of eosinophils (a type of blood cells).

Bleeding from the Mouth and Throat

Bleeding from the mouth may be due to:

  • Injuries: teeth brushing, biting the tongue, tooth extraction, rough food, foreign objects, etc.
  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth sores
  • Periodontosis, an infection of gums with detached gums and loose teeth; the main cause is poor mouth hygiene.
  • Oral cancer, appearing anywhere in the mouth as a small red or white spot that can bleed; heavy drinkers and smokers are at most risk.
  • InfectionsHerpes simplex virus, shingles, measles, oral thrush (candida yeast infection)
  • Ingestion of corrosive fluids, like acids or petrol, may cause severe damage and bleeding from the mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach mucosa.
  • Lead, arsenic or mercury poisoning may cause bleeding gums.

Disorders that can cause bleeding in the mouth, nose, throat or heavy menstrual bleeding at the same time:

  • Viral hemorrhagic fevers
  • Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) – in chronic alcoholism or other cause of inadequate vitamin C intake; symptoms include skin bruises and bleeding gums.
  • Malnutrition – due to starving, alcoholism or malabsorption – can lead to weight loss, fatigue and skin, nose or mouth bleeding.
  • Low blood platelets (trombocitopenia) – due to blood diseases, like leukemia, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
  • Impaired blood coagulation – due to hemophilia or blood thinning medications; the main symptom is easy bleeding after small injuries.

Bleeding from the Nose and Sinuses

The blood alone or blood mixed with mucus arising from the nose or sinuses may leak into the throat as a postnasal drip and therefore appear in the mouth. Causes of nasal bleeding include:

  • Nose picking or nose injury
  • Head injury
  • Cold, dry air
  • Infections of the nose or sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Allergies
  • Inhaling irritant gases or drugs like cocaine
  • Medications
  • Nasal polyps
  • Cancer in the nasal cavity or sinuses
  • Inborn errors of nasal cavity
  • Rheumatic fever
  • SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Barotrauma – pressure related injuries during diving or explosions
  • Other causes of nasal bleeding

Bleeding from the Trachea and Bronchi

Causes of bleeding from windpipe (trachea) or bronchi:

  • Acute bronchitis – an infection (usually viral) of the bronchi, sometimes following common cold or influenza. Coughing up yellow mucus with occasional red streaks, moderate chest pain and low grade fever are typical symptoms.
  • Inhaled foreign object may trigger dry cough and spitting up small amount of blood. Often a bronchoscopy is needed to remove the object.
  • Chronic bronchitis – coughing up yellow, green, brown or blood streaked mucus for at least 3 months, 2 years in a row, are the main symptoms. Causes include long-term smoking and irritant environmental or occupational gases.
  • Brochiectasis (Greek ectasis = dilation, widening) is a permanent widening of breathing tubes (bronchi) due to destruction of bronchial walls from repeating chronic infections. Chronic cough with yellow, green or bloody mucus and recurrent pneumonia are characteristic.
  • Bronchial (lung) cancer – newly appearing cough that does not go away, a change in a cough, coughing up bloodhoarseness and pressure or pain in the chestcan appear at early or late stage of cancer.  Bronchial cancer may press upon the vein that drains blood from the neck and head, thus causing facial and neck swelling (superior vena cava syndrome). Poor appetite and weight loss are late symptoms. Diagnosis is with a chest X-ray and bronchoscopy.

Bleeding from the Lungs

Causes of bleeding from lungs:

  • Violent cough can cause a rupture of the lung arteries.
  • Bacterial pneumonia  – symptoms include: suddenly appearing high fever, rapid breathing and heartbeat, coughing up green or rusty sputum. Non-treated pneumonia can be deadly.
  • Tuberculosis – symptoms include: low grade fever, night sweets, feeling unwell, slowly developing dry cough that may later contain yellow/green or blood streaked phlegm.
  • Pulmonary edema is a life threatening condition refering to fluid collection in the lungs due to heart failure, living on high altitudes (climbers), certain medicines, irritant gases, inhaling vomit content, etc. Extreme shortness of breath, paleness, anxiety and spitting up pink frothy mucus are main symptoms.
  • Pulmonary embolism refers to blockage of a pulmonary artery by a blood clot, often dislodged from the leg or arm veins in deep vein thrombosis. Sudden chest pain resembling heart attack, shortness of breath and coughing up frothy red streaked sputum are main symptoms.
  • Trauma to the chest: pressure of a steering wheel in car accidents, falling from height, knife, shooting or blast (explosion) injuries can all cause lung bleeding.
  • Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammation of uncertain origin, affecting several organs, mainly the lungs; chronic fatigue, night sweets, skin rashes, and, rarely, coughing up bloody mucus are possible symptoms. X-ray of lungs shows enlarged “hilar nodes” – lymph nodes at the point where main bronchi enter the lungs.

Vomiting Blood (Hematemesis)

Blood in the vomit may arise from the:

  • Esophagus: esophageal varices in alcoholic cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis; tear in the lower part of esophagus during violent vomiting (Mallory-Weiss syndrome); esophageal ulcers due to severe gastric acid reflux; esophageal cancer
  • Stomach: gastritis, gastric ulcer or cancer, injury
  • Wind pipe (trachea) – when blood is swallowed. Detailed list of causes of vomiting blood.

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  • Onesteel1

    I have been spitting out thick blood phlem for the last two months. It seems that I have a rash in my throat. When I wake up in the morning I spit out a thick blood. I have a bed breath. I occasionally have severe headache and neck ache. I have chest pain, normally aroung my upper rib cage. I live in a tropical country so heat seems to bother me most of the time. I have been drinking alcohol heavily for the last 5 years. I have been visiting doctors and they have been giving me different advice. One of my GP said that there is nothing wrong with me so he never given me any drugs. My recent doctor prescribe Mylanta and Zantac. He seemed to be confused about synus and bleeding nose. I need help so please give it to me.

    • Jan Modric


      spitting blood is an emergency. I recommend you to visit a doctor who deals with the ears, nose and throat (ENT) **soon!**. This way you can still prevent eventual life dangerous disease, like throat cancer or tuberculosis. You would also probably need to have an X-ray, CT or MRI of the lung.

  • varun_cool327

    i am having dry cough and cold from past one month and when the muscus comes out it is mixed with blood and also having heavy headache.
    i am regular smoker and very occasional drinker and also eat tobbacco sometimes.plz suggest an instant remedy as i am not able to bear it .

    • Jan Modric

      To varun_cool327.

      I recommend you to go to the doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, to find out if you have chronic bronchitis or lung cancer. No matter what fear you might experience, go to the doctor right away. Stop smoking. There’s no remedies for this. You need to stop smoking. Other – the doctor can tell.

  • Beauty

    I get abdominal pain on my lower right and left sides, it becomes so worse that i cant stand straight or move for about an hour. I get the pain once or twice a month, Went to the gyno… no help,
    What could it be? When the pain gets to me, starts from a far then it(pain) accelerates i think i pass out sometimes. Any suggest? Oh and left am not sexually active.

    • Jan Modric


      any change in bowel habit, mucus or blood in the stool?

      I recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist. Ultrasound of the abdomen is usually one of the first investigations. Your pains can be related to ovaries, endometriosis..

  • sadeyez_575

    i am throwing up blood in the mucus i spit out! also when i blow my nose blood comes out but my nose isnt bleeding is this normal

    • Jan Modric


      no, this is not normal; bleeding can be in the throat, bronchi or lungs. I strongly recommend you to visit your doctor right away, since an early start of treatment may be important. Blood in the spit can be from an infection, including tuberculosis, and depending on your age, also from a cancer.

  • Cookie

    My brother is about to turn 47yrs old. He has been experiencing since July 2009 the following symptoms and no one is treating him even though he is seen many times a week:

    Coughing up blood
    Green Mucus
    Left side of neck and swollen, and turns purple
    Night sweats
    Fevers of 103.5
    Weight loss of 40 lbs in the last 3 months
    Spot on his left lung found in November size of a nickle now the size of a 50cent piece
    Found something else in the right side of chest
    Burning throat
    Blocked nose
    Chest pains

    Why is no one treating him everytime he is seen and will not tell him what is going on? All he wants to do is sleep.

    Look forward to your response.

    • Jan Modric


      I strongly advice your brother to see a pulmologist – a doctor that deals with lungs. There are several possible causes of spots in the lung: tuberculosis, cancer…In any case, from his symptoms, it is clear he is severely ill and he needs treatment as soon as possible.

  • Jugno

    when i wake up every morning. i cough so hard then spit a phlegm with blood it happens for 3 days already. what should i do? im a 20 yr old guy and started smoking since i was late 13 or early 14y.o.

    • Jan Modric


      stop smoking and see your doctor immediately. It’s possible you’ve got bronchitis and you might need antibiotics, but the doctor should say.

  • alisa

    Hi, I am writing in refrence to a problem that i’m currently facing. I’m in my 13th week of pregnancy. I caught the flu, and for a week now, i have been seeing blood when i blow my nose and i see blood when i cough up cold or go to spit, (sometimes little clots of blood). Can you tell me exactly what’s going on with me Please. Thanking you in advance for a speedy response. Thanks

    • Jan Modric


      blood may arise from the nose, sinuses, throat, trachea, bronchi…Even if it arises only from the nose, it can leak backwards into the throat and then you spit it out. Is it a lot of blood? Influenza and other respiratory viruses can cause bleeding.

  • mugen

    When I wake up, I have nasal congestion. I go to the bathroom and blow out my nose, there is mucus mixed with some blood. I’m not spitting out blood, only when I blow my nose, its mixed.
    Any advice?

    • Jan Modric


      you blow the nose only in the morning? Is the mucus thick or liquid?

  • Savannah

    I’ve been coughing up blood and mucus mostly at night time, i also get a head ache and an ear ache, im 14 and ive been smoking for about a year and a half.
    Advice? Thank you.

    • Jan Modric


      I urge you to speak with your parents and visit a doctor soon. Therer are several causes of coughing up blood, two of them are bronchitis and tuberculosis.

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  • Starrisna

    Hi I have really bad sinuses I’ve always had them since a little kid.
    Like spitting out mucus in the morning and being conjested.for the past two days I’ve been coughing up mucus and a little bit of may be my sinuses I don’t smoke or drink I just have anxiety bad.
    What do I do,????

    • Jan Modric


      do mucus and blood come from the nose or you cough them up from the chest? Chronic problems with sinuses may be due to deviated nasal septum, nasal or sinus polyps or some structural problem. An ENT could say more after examination.

  • murderd110

    I used to smoke a lot of marijuana but recently quit i rarely ever smoke cigarettes but I spit up brown stuff sometimes, I figured this was from smoking marijuana. But last night when I was brushing my tongue I decided to get it really good and go far back to the point I was gagging. When I gagged I spit up little very small traces of blood this lasted for like 1 min then stopped. I also spit up these particals that looked like half digested food and they smelled just horrible what could this be? Could it be swallowed blood from brushing my teeth? I have no insurance so what should i do?

    • Jan Modric


      bleeding from gums regularly occurs during brushing teeth, but hard to say from here if it was this. Food particles can stick on the base of the tongue (before eppiglotis) or can easily come up from the stomach during gagging.

      If you ever again spit up blood when not brushing the teeth, you should see a doctor.

  • amym

    I have had issues with breathing through my nose ever since I broke it in september 2009. I have been spitting up green phlegm as well as blood. It is progressively getting worse and I am starting to notice a lot of respiratory issues such as chest pains and pains under my ribs ..more so on the left side.

    • Jan Modric


      a specialist for ears, nose and throat (ENT) can check the nose to see, if there is a deviated septum, polyps or other disorder causing breathing problems.

  • KP

    For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been spitting out mucus, and sometimes I cough it out. I went to an ENT and he said I have acid reflux. He prescribed me Omeprazole, and I’ve been taking it for about 8 months. Although it does help some, it has not stopped my mucus production completely. I don’t smoke or drink, and I never had any sinus problems. I’ve been tested for TB already because I’m in the health field, and it always comes back negative. This morning, I spit up mucus with blood in it. What do you think it may be?

    • Jan Modric


      first try to find out where does the blood come from: nose, throat, mouth (teeth), stomach or chest (bronchi, lungs). Blood from the stomach could come up “by itself” along with the acid, so you would spit it out “from the throat”, while blood from the bronchi or lungs would need to be coughed up. So, the question is do you cough up mucus from the throat or from the chest.

      One possible reason why Omeprazole does not “stop mucus production completely”, is an infection by bacterium Helicobacter pylori, causing gastritis resulting in gastric reflux. A gastroenterologist can perform a blood or breath test for H. pylori. When the test is positive, treatment is with antibiotics, and when negative, an upper endoscopy with biopsy of gastric mucosa can be made and a sample checked under the microscope for other causes.

      Acute and chronic bronchitis (irritants in the air, infection), tuberculosis and lung cancer are typical causes of occasional coughing blood from the chest.

      It is important to say how much blood you cough up, do you have (even mild) fever, heartburn (burning behind the sternum and in the throat) and what color and consistency (frothy, thick..) the mucus is.

  • theresa

    I have been couging up large amounts of blood for the past week. It is usually once a day and more often it wakes me up at night. It starts out pure red and alot. Then it starts to clot. I have had a ct scan, x-ray, blood work, went to the ent and had something down my nose into my throat and a broncoscopy by the pulminologist. They all say that I am fine. Now they want me to go for a echo. I feel fine and I am really not sick. I have great oxagen going to my lungs. I have a little stomach problems but mild. I am not sure if I am coughing it up or spitting it up because at first it just comes up from my throat and then after a few minutes I have to cough the rest of it up. This started right after i was exercising and got a sharp pain in my chest. They seem to think it will just go away and but it is not and it is scary when it happens. I am having a hard time dealing with it. I am 42 yrs old.

    • Jan Modric


      coughing up blood right after sharp chest pain suggests that blood origin is in the trachea/bronchi/lungs. It could be possible that a small vessel has broken, and when a certain amount of blood collects it become irritating and triggers cough. Such a small vessel break could be easilly missed by investigations you’ve had. You can ask your doctors, if angiography or scintigraphy would detect leaked blood.

  • Mia

    i’m 23 yrs old and for the past 2 days i’ve been couging up mucus with blood….and had little headache… what should i do? i dont smoke i dont drink.

  • David

    Hi, im a 31 yr old male and this morning i coughed up a yellow/green mucus, in that mucus was red streaks, to which i wasnt worried about as its happened before. The differance this time was the red/pinkish lumps. On touch the lumps didnt break down, they were spongey.

    I should also add that i’ve been a smoker for 17 years and i drink regular also.

    • Jan Modric


      red streaks can be blood, and together with mucus, they could all be due to bronchitis. Tuberculosis and lung cancer (a bit eraly for you, though) have always to be considered when red streaks are in the sputum. You might want to see a doctor to get antibiotics, if necessary.

  • Jerry

    My so 26 years old is coughing up blood four to five times a day about 4-5 tea spoon fulls at a time.
    First time happened when he was 19 yrs.old. Then it stopped for about two years and then it started again and stopped. Now he started coughing up blood again. Lots of tests have been done over the years. Problem seems to be getting worse. Blood is coming from his right lung.He is healthy otherwise, no pain.
    I am very worried, please any body tell me what can be done where to go for help.

    • Jan Modric


      how do you know it is his right lung? It could be a hemangioma that opens into bronchi from time to time. A pulmologist or chest surgeon should know what investigations to make to confirm a diagnosis.

  • Erik Wartberg

    I have been coughing nonstop for 6 days.It started with tickly throat and sinus pressure in the head like the flu yet no nasal involvement whatsoever.It is a wet cough I can hear and feel yet little mucus will exit and the bit that does is light brown and occasionally contains sparse blood. I had a 101.5 fever and alternating hot/cold episodes for first 4 days then subsided. Now I cannot stop coughing or get mucus to break up and expel. Now have hivelike pink bumps/rash on abdomen. Cannot sleep for lying down worsens coughing and I’m becoming fearful this is much more than a flu. I do not smoke and drink socially.

    • Jan Modric

      Erik Wartberg,

      fever, mucus, blood and rash sound like an infection to me. A doctor (an infectologist) can give you a diagnosis.

  • steve

    hey its me steve again with rash gassey diarea chronic fatique kidney pain chills…and for first time i saw yesterday i had blood in my stool…and ive been spitting up blood for a bout a week now not too much but everytime i spit theres blood in it…i went to doctor he gave me like 5 stool samples to do ones with water in them and ones you just smear on the paper 3 times…he also gave me an xray at the hospital of my chest…hasnt came back yet…does this sound like anything to you? parasites? im real scared now from blood please help thanx

    • Jan Modric


      intestinal parasites (worms) would be possible; they may cause bowel bleeding, and, after entering the lungs, blood in the spit. Stool test for parasites would be needed for diagnosis. An X-ray may show a parasitic cyst in the lungs.

  • Chris

    I have had a cold for 5 days now but it is getting much better. The problem is that when I blow my nose I occasionally have minor blood along with mucus. I have been coughing up flem but no blood. This has never happened with any colds but the over the counter medicine I have been taking is for people with high blood pressure so I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it. Can you please help? Thanks

    • Jan Modric


      you may check if nosebleeds are listed as a side effect on that medicine. Other than that, wait and see if it goes away in few days; if not you can visit a doctor.

  • Joey

    I am 30 years old. I am a pretty heavy smoker. Everytime
    I get a cold or a bronchial infection for about 3 months I always have a chronic cough. For the last few months I have been coughing a lot and have not had any infections recently. I have been assuming it’s just smokers cough. Today there was a tiny spot of blood in my phlegm, partially coagulated. Is this something I should be worried about? There has never been blood in my mucous before.

    • Jan Modric


      if you are getting this 3 months lasting bronchitis, than smoking is maybe not for you. Heavy smoking can result in very uncomortable diseases, like chronic bronchitis (which you may already have, and the blood can be from this), emphysema, throat and lung cancer.

  • Blossom

    I have been spiting up blood a little over 3 months now. When it originally started it was not enough blood to concern me, actually I had the taste of blood in the back of my throat for sometime before I notice any blood. However, now whenever I hack (making myself spit) I notice a mixture of mucous and blood. It isn’t an everyday thing, sometimes I’ll go two or three days without the taste of blood or seeing blood but then other days, I’ll get the taste of blood in the back of my throat, make myself hack and I’ll see a couple of streams of bright red blood or the mucous will be a brownish color. It isn’t a great amount of blood actually I taste more blood than what I see. I have no other symptoms; I am not coughing, no headaches, no sore throat (other than today), and no change in my weight, no fever, no breathing problems only the taste of blood and seeing blood when I hack.(sorry for saying hack, can’t think of another word to use) I drink wine maybe twice out the week and I smoked two years ago for about a year. I am 31 year old female and I’ve never had sinus issues.

    • Jan Modric


      if no blood comes from the nose, and if you don’t have a heartburn (acidic feeling in the throat) than blood can be from the throat, voice box, trachea, bronchi or lungs. Lung cancer at 31 is not very likely, but it can be anything from a vessel malformation to tuberculosis. But if you don’t cough, blood may come from the tonsils or other part of the throat. I recommend you to visit an ENT.

  • Gary

    I take Plavix and 162mg ASA and have been spitting up about a teaspoon to 1/4 tsp. of blood on awakening and tasting blood in my mouth. I do not have a cough but I have urinated blood about two months ago checked by a urologist who said cysto showed BPH.
    Question- How much blood is enough to be of urgent concern? Since I take anti-platelet and prone to easy bleeds could this more likely be from dry or inflamed sinuses?

    • Jan Modric


      blood, spitted out, but not coughed up, may arise from sinuses or throat. Blood from sinuses would also likely appear in nasal mucus. No matter what is the reason for bleeding, it’s not normal. I strongly suggest you to visit a doctor, who can adjust the dose of your anti-platelet medication.

  • priyankar

    1 week back, when I was having dinner I suddenly felt like coughing and then I spit out phlegm 5-6 times , but it was mixed with blood.
    Bleeding was stopped after taking antibiotics and did not reoccur.

    I went for X-Ray of chest and it is saying bronchitis.

    I also went for CT scan of thorax and it says “CECT scan of thorax reveals a small partly enhancing fibro nodular opacity in left lung upper lobe apico-posterior segment (Sequela of Koch’s)”

    I had similar but less amount of bleeding 2 months back ( for 2 days in morning ) and dcotors that time treated this as throat infection and gave some antibiotics and cough syrup.
    Both the times I was not having any severe cough and cold symptom before or after the bleeding.

    I had anti TB IgG, Igm tests and they are normal.

    I do not have any histoty of TB.

    What could be the reason and is there something serious? What more tests should be considered?
    Is I am going through correct treatment? I am avoiding all cold items and pollution. How long it will take to get well?

    • Jan Modric


      it is a lung doctor (pulmologist) who should be able to tell what causes that “fibro nodular opacity”. If tuberculosis was ruled out, there could still be sarcoidosis, hemangioma, cancer…A test of the mucus you spit out could reveal the cause. A doctor should say if the nodule could be reached during bronchoscopy and a sample taken. I encourage you to insist in getting the exact diagnosis.

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  • Jennifer M

    Hi I’m 24 yrs old. And just not to long ago I coughed up some mucus but I found light streaks of blood in it, it has happen to me before, but in a long while. What could the reason be? I don’t smoke, I’m currently getting over a cold, I drink occasionally but not allot. (I’m Blood Type O Negative)(I’m low in iron)..

    • Jan Modric

      Jennifer M,

      if you notice any other symptom, like low-grade temperature, excessive sweating, chest pains or anything unusual, please go to the doctor, to exclude the possibility of a serious disease, like tuberculosis. A complication of common cold can be acute bronchitis (inflammation of wind pipes) in which an inflammed bronchial mucosa may slightly bleed. Such an inflammation can persist for few weeks after common cold has resolved. For low iron, if not already, you should take iron supplements. I also recommend you to find a cause of low iron.

  • jangchu

    my mother-in-law had a nose bleeding few times and the blood was like fresh liver.following that she spitted mucus with blood, the spit(mucus)tastes very sour and her chest burns.
    the urge to spit out the mucus comes itself forcefully, she is reluctant to visit a doctor and i am really worried- pls help me.

    • Jan Modric


      I strongly recommend you to convince her to visit a doctor. It may be some life-threatening condition causing these symptoms, and the earlier the treatment starts, better are chances to be healed.

  • sweetkitty705

    I am 39 years old. For the last couple of months I have been spitting out mucus every morning. Recently, I noticed that I am also spitting out blood along with the mucus. Should I see a doctor even though this has happened only a few times.

    • Jan Modric


      yes, I recommend you to visit a doctor – blood in the sputum may be caused by some life-threatening diseases, like tuberculosis or lung cancer.

  • samuel

    I am 20 this year, started smoking on mid 18. I have been coughing for two-three months already. This morning i woke up and spit out yellowish green phlegm with a streak of blood in it. Does this mean i have lung cancer or something very serious?

    • Jan Modric


      what you have sounds as chronic bronchitis to me. An early onset of chronic bronchitis represent a greater risk for lung cancer. I recommend you to visit a doctor, since you can have some infection superimposed to bronchitis.

  • Sammi

    Hi there, my dad is 55 years old and he is an extremely heavy smoker actually smokes 2 different packs of cigarettes a day. He also suffers from ashma and epilepsy and a few other ones as well, why im writing is because he has been coughing up blood and its been running out of his nose as well. Please helop he doesnt want to go the docutor and im out of ideas. Please help.

    • Jan Modric


      I recommend you to tell about this to some adult person you can trust, who can convince your father to go to the doctor as soon as possible, since the bleeding needs to be stopped and the cause found and treated. To tell you straight, it can be some life-threatening condition. It is not likely you will find any other helpful information on the internet about this, since nobody online can actually provide any help or medications.

  • chrissie

    i have been having cold symptoms for 3 days now fever,coughing,spitting out like whitish/yellow mucus with a little strands of light colored blood so far only one time when i cough its not a forceful cough but it taste crappy i am 28 years old and have been a smoker for about 12 years or so i am also having left side neck aching like my neck is stuck and inder my left rib it feels like it is cramped up haven’t been able to get to the dr.’s yet i have had something like this before but never any blood noted till today not alot wondering if this is just irrataed or something and will get better on its own any feedback would be great just getting a little worried i am a very big worry wart lol i think i have everything i come across lol please help thank you much:)

    • Jan Modric


      a test of the sputum (spit) can reveal the cause of the mucus and blood. I can’t exclude any disorder, like bronchitis, tuberculosis or cancer, and I can’t say if it will get better on its own. Blood in the spit should be always taken seriously.

  • chrissie

    well today not spitting up much no more blood noted it was just that one time and a little at that,but like you said it is serious.I am going to get to the dr. just haven’t had time off from work will lose my job if i take any more time off from being sick.Anyway thank you for getting back to me jan modric

  • desperategal

    My gums have been bleeding for over a year now, never had it before in my life. I dont brush too hard and my teeth are clean, but now with the softest touch i bleed a lot…really a lot and it is becoming worse. The only thing that changed this last year is that i overwent a treatment for endometriosis and was for six months on lucrin depot, i finished the treatment in january….how come im still bleeding and its getting worse?

    • Jan Modric


      bleeding gums could be a side effect of lucrin depot, or some other cause, which can be identified by certain blood or other tests. I recommend you to speak with the doctor who has prescribed you the medication.

  • LoriAnn

    For the past few days I’ve been having issues breathing ( I have asthma as well ) but it feels like my throat is swollen up so bad that I can hardly breath and I’m using my inhaler a lot because it is causing a lot of asthma attacks, anyways, I have been coughing up a lot of dark yellowish looking phlegm stuff and well tonight, I started coughing up phlegm with blood in it.. I don’t understand why there’s blood.. I have a very stuffy nose my throat feels raw as ever! And I don’t hurt at all like I usually do when I have sinus infection’s. I occasionally have a cough and that’s the only time I hurt and I hurt in my upper chest area and I don’t know if I should see a doctor or not..

    • Jan Modric


      mucus that is coughed up usually arises from the throat or chest (bronchi or lungs), not from sinuses. Yes, I do recommend you to see a doctor, maybe an ENT

  • LoriAnn

    Thanks, I’m probably going out to the hospital in a little bit due to the fact that I literally can hardly breath, I’ve seen an ENT before, they took out my tonsil’s and adnoid’s. Thanks for your advice! 🙂

  • Iyke

    I am really disturbed, i am even more worried after reading the above comments. In the past one month, blood has been mixing with the mucus in my nose and also my saliva and it’s most pronounced in the morning when i blow my nose. I am inclined to believe that it could be cold dry air but then a nurse ran a BP test on me and observed that it was high, could this also be a cause? Please, what are the other possible causes to my case, i am worried.

    • Jan Modric


      an inflammation or infection within the nose or sinuses and nasal polyps are few possible causes. Dry air and high blood pressure by themselves do not likely explain the blood in the mucus. An ENT can make a detailed examination of your nose and throat and give you a diagnosis.

  • diogene23

    Hello, today my mom said she felt some liquid in her throat out of no where. She didn’t want to swallow it show she went to the bathroom to spit it out into the trash can. She thought it was strange so she grabbed some tissue paper and spat into that see what she was spitting up. She saw blood. She called me to look at the tissues and it wasn’t thick. just looked like someone spat but it was light red. Not normal for her at all. She’s 65 and has a record of high blood pressure. She doesn’t feel any pain anywhere at all, but she did have a bit of a stressful day. She said she’ll have time to go to the doctor next week, and I’ll take her but, what do you think?

    • Jan Modric


      liquid (and blood) arising from the nose or sinuses can drip backwards into the throat and you need only to spit it out. When liquid arises from the lungs, bronchi, trachea or larynx (voice box) you have to actively cough it up. So, I believe your mother can get a basic idea did the liquid come from here nose or from the chest. If it looked like a blood it was probably blood. One possible cause could be a polyp or tumor in the back part of the nasal cavity, for example. It is the a specialist for the ear, nose and throat (ENT) who can perform a detailed examination.

  • diogene23

    it happened again last night and again this morning. So that’s three times so far. She is not coughing it up it seems that she is just spitting it out from her throat. She also had Tuberculosis quite a few years back.

    • Jan Modric


      I strongly recommend you to take her to the doctor as soon as possible. Obvious and repeated bleeding from the throat may speak for something serious.

  • diogene23

    We are on our way right now, thank you.

  • Herman

    The last two days I have been spitting thick bloody mucus and have been having nose bleeds, I recently finished school and have been drinking a bit and not eating healthy at all. What should I do? Is it serious? Thanking you in advance

    • Jan Modric


      if you have no excessive bleeding after toothbrushing and you don’t feel weak, I doubt that not eating healthy would be the cause of the bleeding. However, alcohol can widen vessels in the throat and nose and can trigger bleeding from some pre-existing disorder, like a nasal polyp, for example. I recommend you to visit an ENT.

  • Herman

    P.s I also have a slightly dry throat and feel a bit clogged up around throat but apart from that there are no headaches or anything else. Cheers.

  • Kitty

    I’ve had a cold with coughing mucus yellow and clear, rusty color from nose. I have low iron am taking iron, but I have pain in my lower abdomen on the right( any pressure on my lower abdomen gives lots of discomfort) and stomach and sometimes along my lower ribs. I’ve been feeling weakness of the body for 5 days now. I can barely walk without shaking. Weakness seems worse when in any heat. I’m tired of looking for causes in books. I’m no doctor, but what do you think could be wrong and who should I see.

    • Jan Modric


      first, I recommend you to visit your personal doctor as soon as possible, especially if you have fever. Or an ENT (a doctor for ear, nose and throat). Abdominal pains could be related with a respiratory infection, with iron pills, or constipation…but hard to judge from here.

      This personal medical history questionnaire may help you to recall eventual other symptoms.

  • chrissyb

    for three weeks my mom has been spitting up blood. The last week it has become worse, she will also hack getting it out of her throat which causes blood to come up. she feels it draining down her throat and can taste blood. she has been a smoker the past five years, she is 53. chest x ray was clear and they did a CT Scan of the throat it was clear. She feels she needs to have an endoscope done on her esphagous and digestive system her doctor suggest seeing a pulmonary. Its going to take 2 weeks to get into a specialist should she wait that long? Is something to panic over? What could it be? she went to ER blood count was fine so they sent her home to contact her family doctor. so worried and freaked out any sugesstions would be greatly appreciated. THe blood is worse in the mornings when she first wakes up.

    • Jan Modric


      spitting out blood, especially if in large amount, is considered as an urgent situation.

      Blood originating in the nose or sinuses would likely leak out from the nose.
      Blood from the esophagus could flow upwards into the throat without coughing and it would be only needed to heck and spit out.
      Blood from the lower respiratory system (lungs/bronchi/trachea) would likely trigger coughing from the chest (and not only hecking).

      Smoking can cause chronic bronchitis and persistent cough lasting for several months. In this case your mother would likely cough thick mucus, which could be mixed with a small amount of blood (but not likely obvious bleeding). Smoking for “only” five years and clear chest X-ray speak against a lung cancer, but it can’t be excluded on the basis of this.

      If your mother feels that the blood is coming from the esophagus then I strongly recommend her to discuss with a gastroenterologist about upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy). Before this investigation, a doctor might want to order an X-ray with barium swallow to exclude eventual perforation of the esophagus. The cause of the bleeding from the esophagus could be ruptured varicous esophageal veins or hemangioma (a tumor composed from overgrown blood vessels), among other.

      For the doctor it is very important to know her complete personal medical history, which eventual chronic diseases she have (especially liver and stomach diseases), does she drink alcohol and so on.

      So, if she will continue to spit out blood, she could go to ER again, and doctors will decide will she need an investigation of the esophagus or breathing airways.

  • Kalzy

    Hi I’m 33 years old, Last weak I had a Flu, which my Mucus was yellowish coloured & My Head felt Very Light My Throat felt itchy also. The mucus colour is clear, I now tend to have every once in a while difficulty breathing & resort to using Ventolin to relieve me. I Still have a severe Sinus thick mucus dicharging from my Nose & Possible Throat area. In the last to mornings I have Noticed Red blood in my mucus, Usually in my throat which I usaully cough or Heck out. Nothing from my sinuses except clear Mucus. During the day I Heck sometimes & still notice small amounts of Blood in my Mucus. Thank you await your feed Back.

    • Jan Modric


      an ENT can judge if you’ve contracted a bacterial infection, for example.

  • Lex

    I’m 30, when I was about 5 I was diagnosed with severe allergies/asthma. I’ve had to have allergy shots, and other things.

    When things get really bad I’d have to take an allergy pill like Benedryl. But since I’ve moved into my apartment, I’ve been here since Jan 2010, I’ve maybe had like three or four months where I didn’t get sick or have an allergy attack.

    One day, everything went wrong, coughing, runny nose, thick mucus, nose bleeds, coughing up blood. Usually the nose bleeds happen when it’s clearing up. It last for about three days, but when it last for a week it’s usually a cold.

    One time it happened three days then cleared up and a week later it lasted a week.

    I get sick when the seasons change, but more often in the summer.

    But normally since I’ve been here, I’ve woke up with mucus build up in my throat, some mornings it’s bloody mucus.

    Every morning since I was little, I’d have to wake up and clear my nose to breath better.

    My moms house had steam heat, and it was less server, but my apartment has forced air heat, and it bothers me a lot. Does the type of heat I have play a role in me being sick often?

    But this morning (Dec 2010) I woke up and my throat felt like it was lots of mucus in it. So I sat up so it can kinda drain, and when it drained a lil, I spit it out, but it was blood that came out instead of mucus.

    Also, last night and the night before, before going to sleep my stomach felt very cramped, could that be my issue off of something I ate?

    Please help me out.

    Oh yeah, I’ve been to the doctor for this as well, but after the test, they couldn’t find anything wrong.

    • Jan Modric


      unexplained repeating nosebleeds have to be checked by an ENT, or, if you think the blood (also) comes from the trachea or bronchi, a pulmologist. I can’t say if excessive mucus is due to asthma, bronchitis, infection or allergy. Mucus and blood could arise from nasal polyps or sinusitis, for example. Dry air may be an additional issue, so you can try to arrange this to breath comfortably.

      Certain viruses, like rotavirus or respiratory syncytial virus, can affect both respiratory and gastrointestinal tract…Yes, crampy stomach could be from bacterial food poisoning, or, like said, a viral infection.

  • james owens

    Hi, I wonder if its ok for some advice…the past few weeks i’ve been caughing up fresh blood on and off and also alot of dark brown mucus everyday at different times of the day quite heavily for months if not years. I’m a smoker of 25 and have been smoking since the age of 14 not just cigarettes but also resin/weed(at 16+) more so resin which is a by product of weed mixed with alot of other chemicals. I get sharp shooting chest pains at the front right of my chest and can find it it difficult breathing, chest becomes tight and restricked at times. I’ve had a chronicly blocked nose for years, I sweat severely at night and i’m losing weight badly. It’s continual battle with constant eatting and doubling up on protein high carb subs. my bmi is 17.9.

    I’ve had a chest x-ray at hospital then had a second one when i went back to get the first ones results. The doctor appeared inconclusive and said she’d said be best to get a cat scan and cameras in both lungs but they’d be in touch with a date of this but have’nt been in touch as of yet and that was weeks ago and still nothing. I stay in the uk and count on the nhs.

    I fear the worse, i’ve got 2 young kids ages 3 and 4. The worry of it all i can’t describe.

    please help me, am i over reacting? I just want to know the truth or know what to do next

    • Jan Modric

      james owens,

      you are not overreacting, I strongly recommend you to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible. Cancer and tuberculosis are two serious causes of blood in the sputum. Bronchoscopy is needed to make an exact type of cancer, but a CT or MRI of the lungs would be needed before that. Smoking may grossly aggravate eventual inflammation in the breathing airways to the point where breathing may be seriously affected. Please stop smoking and try to push the doctor to make planned investigations sooner.

  • james owens

    Thanks for your feed back. Alot of respect to you for giving your time to reply. I’ll push forward and hope for the best. Again thank you. Hope you have a merry christmas and new years, take care.


    James Owens

  • John

    I’m 31, non smoker and fairly active and my diet isn’t all that bad. I drink a beer maybe once a day.

    For the past 5 weeks I’ve been spitting up very small amounts of blood in my mucus and it seems to happen around dinner/night time after I eat. It’ll last maybe 10-20mins then it goes away.

    I’ve been experiencing extreme anxiety because of it since.. which is making me very paranoid. I’ve been to the ER 2 times, doctor took my vitals.. everything looked good and he wouldn’t even research/test me any further, told me to go home, relax and have a beer! 2nd time I demanded a chest and sinus x-ray.. which they took and came out good.

    1 week later i visited a throat/ear/nose specialist, he put a camera up my nose all the way down my throat.. said everything looked fine and thinks I shouldn’t worry.. that it’s probably nothing.

    i have noticed that I have a slight case of acid reflux (which I never had before).. hence the reason the small amounts of blood appear after i eat then go away. I don’t have any stomach pains either. I feel fine. This seems to have all started after I bought an inversion table and seing a chiropractor (might not have anything to do with it)

    I also noticed that I’ve been spitting out quite a bit of Tonsil Stones lately as well, could i have a bleeding tonsil stone lodged in somewhere?

    Anyway, it’s definitely a very frustrating experience, especially when you see 2 doctors and 1 specialist and they say I’m fine. My vitals are also 100% It’s the anxiety that’s killing me I think.

    Should I just relax and hope that it goes away?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi John

      Given that you doctors and the specialist could not find any possible cause for this bleeding, it is difficult for us to comment beyond this. It is worth considering a condition like gingivitis or periodontitis which may causes these symptoms. Another possibility is that this may be related to your tonsils. It is highly unlikely that you are spitting up “quite a bit of tonsil stones lately”. Instead what you may be finding is specks of partially decomposed foods that is lodged in the tonsils. This occurs with chronic tonsillitis, especially where there is necrosis of the tissue (death of the tissue) which often results in blood in the saliva. Yet you may find that you do not have a sore throat. This type of chronic tonsillitis could be a consequence of acid reflux, where the rising acid reaches as high as the back of the mouth and slowly erodes the tonsillar tissue over months. Any sign of blood in the saliva is a concern, especially when it is persisting for so long. It is also possibly a bleeding ulcer or even nasal/paransal sinus condition. I would advise that you return to the ENT to discuss this further. He/she will know the significance of this sign and definitely investigate further until all possible causes have been excluded.

      You may find more information under these articles :
      1. Blood in Saliva
      2. Hemoptysis

  • thegirl2

    james…I had the same problem. I am 42 and felt great, healthy (ex smoker) but then started to cough up blood and I started to lose weight, sharp pains in my chest, night sweats ect.. I went to the ER, ENT, Lung doc ect. It took 7 months for them to find out I had MAC. It is a cousin of TB. The treatment is long but it can be treated. Make sure you ask them to test you for MAC and TB. I sometime feel like you have to do research yourself and sometimes demand the Doctors do these tests. Good luck.

  • Ribinjury

    Dear Jan;

    In Dec/January I suffered with a case of acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) that left me weak. A couple of times I coughed up the tiniest bit of blood streaked mucus (and I mean tiny). Since then, I have suffered with a sore throat when I wake up and the need to cough up mucus that I can feel at the back of my throat.

    It doesn’t feel like it comes from the lungs; when I swallow it feels like it’s sitting just above where my swallow reflex is.

    Yesterday, after a very rough and restless sleep I managed to injure my right side rib muscles. They were so badly injured I’ve been advised to use stronger than usual painkillers (prescrip is Tramadol, Naproxen and Movilat jel) and I am having difficulty breathing (a deep breath causes shooting pains, so I’m breathing shallower than usual).

    When I woke up today, I had to go through my usual ritual of clearing the mucus and spitting. This time on the first spit, my mucus again had the tinge of blood (new blood, it was red/orange). My mucus is green/brown.

    Am I suffering with Post Nasal Drip or just a super stubborn infection? Because of my rib injury (and my doctors see to think I don’t need to have someone come out to look at me) I haven’t managed to see anyone – should I call them and explain about it?


  • John

    I’m not coughing it up nor do I have a cough so it’s definitely not in my lungs.

    It’s not my esophagus either because I’m not ‘hacking’ it up. i feel a slight irritation in my tonsil area then very minimal blood appears in my mucus for no more than 10 seconds.

    I think I figured out the problem.. the tonsil stones have been caused because of my post nasal drip.. which as been pretty bad this past month because of the dry winter air and indoor heat here at the house. It’s made my throat very irritated and been causing it to slightly bleed on occasion.

    i’m convinced it’s somewhat all connected, I’ve read elsewhere where people have had bloody throats caused by post nasal drip.

  • hilda

    my name is hilda.22 years,female
    there is small amouunt of blood in my cough.last februvary11,12 i had this problem along with little’s not happening all the times i’m coughing,2 or3 times a day.

    in march the last two days 8,9 th i had the same problem,with a little there any necessity to consult a doctor?help me.thank you

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Hilda

      Yes, it is necessary to consult with a doctor. This may not be anything serious – possibly just an acute respiratory tract infection – but since it has been recurring and the cough is persistent, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Jeneen

    I sometimes vomit in my sleep. The other night I woke up with a thick light pink mucus pouring out of my nose and mouth. What could that posssibly be? I had a nissen fundoplication in 2009 and it has loosened allowing my stomach contents to come up in my sleep.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Jeneen

      It sounds like reflux more than vomiting and the pink mucus can be a sign of bleeding, either within the stomach, esophagus or throat. If you have any respiratory problems then this may also be a site of the bleeding. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible as hemorrhaging, even minor, can quickly complicate to more serious conditions.

  • Rafael

    Hey John,

    I am having the exact symptoms. I do not have a bad cough nor do I smoke at all, or drink a lot. My tonsils are also very irritated and I have noticed stones every so often that I sort of hack up. The blood is very minimal, streaked, with some yellowish mucus around it, sometimes white, at times foamy. It usually happens at night or in the morning for about 10 mins and then it seems i spit most of it out. I have been suffering from acid reflux which can also irritate the throat. I am going to the doctor this week to get my throat checked out, i really hope this is the problem and not any of the manyy diagnosis that has spitting blood as the symptom. I’ll keep you updated.

    • Dr. Chris

      Rafael and John

      While this may be signs of bleeding within the gut, ensure that it is not related to other conditions like pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). If you have any respiratory symptoms, report it to your doctor immediately.

  • Rafael

    Thanks Dr. I am short of breath at times but I went to a gastro dr. and he told me that small amounts of blood with mucus can’t be bleeding in the gut or esophagus, but I’m not sure if that’s true. I have all the symptoms of acid reflux or gastritis and sinus infection as well. I feel the bleeding comes from the throat because my ear and throat have been irritated for a while now. So many symptoms I don’t know which is causing what… 🙁 What should I get tested for?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Rafael

      Sinusitis is a common cause of blood in the sputum so this should first be assessed and treated. The other conditions can actually wait until after your sinusitis has been treated effectively. The reflux should be treated in the long run and managed appropriately.

  • Chris M

    I have this nose and chest cold and recently noticed that there was blood in my mucus. My symptoms are a wet cough with a stuffy and sometimes runny nose (my nose alternates between the two). I have not had any fevers or anything. But the blood was stringy and bright red I belive it came from my lungs but could be wrong cause I noticed it was coming from my nose too. I have a doc appointment tomorrow and am worried that I have cancer… I am 21 year old male and have been a smoker since I was 15

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Chris M

      No need to assume that it is cancer just yet although being a smoker does greatly increase the risk. A cold is a viral infection that is often followed by a bacterial infection (secondary). The inflammation of the lining of the nose, coupled with an infection, does result in some bleeding. This is further compounded by infection of the sinuses. The mucus may vary from clear to brown with bright red blood that is passed out during blowing the nose or sneezing. It needs to be attended to though and your doctor will investigate further.

  • Jack

    I was involved in an accident where I had few face injuries and fractured back side of my shoulder!!! after a week has passed and when I spit cough it is thick dark red colored(black)!! I informed the same to the doctor after 2 days and doctor said it might take 15 days as you had face and head injuries!!
    what would u suggest me to do doc???

  • Milla

    I woke up feeling a familiar pain on my throat followed by light green mucus with blood in it… I have had bronchitis two times in 2011 …I was told I had asema and I was giving antibiotics but it comes right back a month or two later. I do smoke and drink occasionly. Please help. I feel like there is something more to it.

  • Rija Khawar

    Hi, I have had a thyroidectomy due to medullary carcenoma and the doctors suggested radiotherapy. after about 2 months of it I started experiencing dry cough with blood in it. doctors say its a side effect of radiotherapy. plz advise.

    • Hi Rija. It is possibly a side effect of the radiation therapy you are undergoing. You should speak to your oncologist about what you can do to minimize the dryness while not interfering with your treatment. If you are unhappy with the advice of your doctor, seek a second opinion from another specialist. Do not attempt to stop your treatment or interrupt it anyway to avoid these unpleasant symptoms.

  • Charna Mccormick

    hi i’ve been regulary spitting up blood mucus in the mornings its now more often ! i’ve had gum infection but have cured it wondering could it be anythink to do with that i’ve been to the dentist but theres not problems i think i should about to the doctors !

    • Hi Charna. You definitely have to see a doctor immediately. While gum disease does cause symptoms like this, if your dentist has given you the all clear then it is likely to be from some other cause. There may be some gum disease that is so minor that your doctor could not spot it. But if so, then it is unlikely to be causing this type of bloody mucus.

      There are many possible causes – some serious, others not so much so. TB and cancer of the esophagus or throat are some of the very serious causes and you will only know for sure once your doctor does further investigations.

  • Charna Mccormick

    i do also have a bad taste in my mouth regulary but i dont have bleeding gums ! i’ve had this for about 3years now ive tryed mouth washes toothpaste just seems to make it worse ! always got mucus in my throat and either bloody or darkish !!! shall get a appointement to the doctors !

    • Hi Charna. As we mentioned in our previous reply, you should see a doctor. It could be bleeding gums although you may not see the bleeding come from the gums itself. What is even more worrying is this blood mucus in your throat when you wake up in the mornings. As previously explained this could be serious conditions such as TB or even throat cancer. Hopefully it is not these conditions but until you see a doctor you will not know for sure.

  • hugolopez

    alright so my friend spits out blood and sometimes loses her vision to the point she sees black and then it comes back blurry slowly as time goes til she can see again she also gets real hot and a huge headaches that she wants to past out from we took her to the hospital but they say everything was normal and if it happens again to come back to see if theirs like a pattern to find the source of it she also cant eat no more like she scared to eat now

  • Gail Hyde

    I had massive bleeding from mouth ,woke up in night with mouthful of blood,and then just kept coughing blood up,went hospital,tests,no temp,had x ray comparison to a 6 year old x ray and now ,no change, ct scan ,nothing,nose scope,throat scope,stomach scope and and one in my lungs,tiny bronitisis. Eventually stopped after antibioics, tiny ulcer in osophegus.How can such a thing happen? The amount of blood I was losing was half pints! Not inconsiderable. They could not find the source of the blood (very bright red) But I could hear it bubbling…….At home now ,horrible chest infection (did not have one when I went in!) .Forgot blood tests were fine,white and red normal,o2 levels 98%.

    • Hi Gail. Do not underestimate a bleeding ulcer. There can be quite a bit of blood loss from the area and when mixed with saliva and mucus from the esophagus it may make up quite a large volume. Of course there is also the possibility that it did not emanate from the ulcer. It would be advisable that you follow up with your family doctor and possible get a referral to a gastroenterologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ENT specialist) for further investigations.

  • Lay lay Mariah

    This morning, I hacked up mucus with blood. What could it mean?

    • Hi Lay lay. Hopefully it has not occurred again but you should have it checked up by a doctor. Bloody mucus can occur with various acute infections but in some instances it can be a sign of serious diseases like TB and even lung cancer. Don’t immediately assume the worst but don’t leave it unattended. Your doctor will be able to guide you further and will probably want to run further tests before reaching a diagnosis.

  • Najy

    I am moving hse & there is lots of dust everywhere. I have been having quite a dry nose so I have been applying vaseline to avoid it. The other morning I had a very uncomfortable dry & tickly cough after breathing in dust. Following the tickly cough I coughed up blood but it was on one only occasion. Do u think this is to worry about? Thanks