Coughing Up Blood

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Coughing up blood, known as hemoptysis, is a symptom of a disease and should never be ignored. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about hemoptysis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Coughing up blood is not the same as bleeding from the mouth, throat or gastrointestinal tract. Coughing up blood can be caused by a variety of lung conditions. The blood may be bright red or pink and frothy, or it may be mixed with mucus.

Also known as hemoptysis, coughing up blood, even in small amounts, can be alarming. However, producing a little blood-tinged sputum isnt uncommon and usually isnt serious.

Hemoptysis refers to coughing up blood from some part of the lungs. Its important for your doctor to determine the site of the bleeding, and then determine why youre coughing up blood.

The major cause of coughing up blood is chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis. Call your health care provider if youre coughing up blood. He or she can determine whether the cause is minor or potentially more serious.

Call 911 or emergency medical help if youre coughing up a lot of blood or if the bleeding wont stop.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.