Question: What Does It Mean When You Cough Up Bloody Phlegm?

Should I go to the doctor if I cough up blood?

Call your doctor if you’re coughing up blood.

He or she can determine whether the cause is minor or potentially more serious.

Call 911 or emergency medical help if you’re coughing up a lot of blood or if the bleeding won’t stop..

How much blood in phlegm is bad?

Coughing up more than one teaspoon of blood is considered a medical emergency. Coughing up 100 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood—only 1/3 of a cup—is called massive hemoptysis and has a mortality (death) rate of over 50 percent. 4 Don’t try to drive yourself or have someone else drive you to the hospital—call 911.

What does it mean if you cough up pink phlegm?

If you’re coughing up red, pink or bloody phlegm, you should be seen by your provider. It could be related to an infection or to cancer in some cases. If you’re a smoker and you’re coughing up blood, it is worrisome. Your doctor may take a more in depth health history and order a chest x-ray before making a diagnosis.

When should I be concerned about blood in my mucus?

Sometimes blood-tinged sputum is a symptom of a serious medical condition. However, blood-tinged sputum is a relatively common occurrence and typically isn’t cause for immediate concern. If you’re coughing up blood with little or no sputum, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Can coughing up blood be nothing?

The blood may be bright red or pink and frothy, or it may be mixed with mucus. Also known as hemoptysis (he-MOP-tih-sis), coughing up blood, even in small amounts, can be alarming. However, producing a little blood-tinged sputum isn’t uncommon and usually isn’t serious.