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should I be worried about couching up bloody mucus

Last weekend I had a severe cough the early this past week I had woke up with my chest feeling heavy.
I have sleep apnea and don't use my cpap machine so I figured the heaviness in the chest was due to lack of oxygen....and started using my machine again.
Now my chest doesn't feel so bad and the couch is gone for the most part.
Every now and then I get a clog in my throat and have to hack it out
When I spit out the "clog" it is a wade of mucus that is pure red in color.
Should i be concerned or will my body just heal it self

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:51 AM on May. 15, 2010 in Health

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Answers (6)
  • Green mucus *can* be a sign of a minor resp. infection; coughing up any amount of blood, red or brown, is usually a sign of a more serious resp. infection. You can have an infection with neither, though. Go to the doctor. Last time DH had that happen he got three meds to get rid of the infection and improve his lung function. It could be that you are just coughing too hard, since it is red, but I wouldn't take any chances. Unexplained blood is always a good reason for a doctor's visit.
    preacherskid

    Answer by preacherskid at 12:57 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • What's couching?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:01 PM on May. 15, 2010


  • I AM Sorry.....I Meant COUGHING....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:05 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Get your butt to the doctor last week. That is not normal and not good. You have some sort of infection going on, I dare bet.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:17 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • op here.

    I thought an infection was in the form of green mucus...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:33 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • agreed with preacherskid...unexplained blood is always a good reason for a doctor's visit. In this case, might be a blood vessel or other damage from the coughing itself causing the bleeding or may indeed be something much deeper. The best way to delineate the cause and get proper treatment is to present to the doctor.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on May. 15, 2010

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