Is spitting up blood an emergency?
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. Call 911 or seek emergency care if you’re coughing up blood in large quantities or at frequent intervals.
When should I be concerned about spitting up blood?
The blood is usually from your lungs and is often the result of prolonged coughing or a chest infection. If the blood is dark and contains bits of food or what look like coffee grounds, it may be coming from your digestive system. This is a more serious problem and you should go to hospital straight away.
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.
What is the home remedy for coughing up blood?
Drink plenty of water. This helps keep the mucus thin and helps you cough it up. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase your fluid intake. If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed.
Is a little blood in phlegm normal?
Sometimes blood-tinged sputum is a symptom of a serious medical condition. But blood-tinged sputum is a relatively common occurrence and isn’t typically cause for immediate concern. If you’re coughing up blood with little or no sputum, seek immediate medical attention.
Can anxiety cause you to spit up blood?
Although coughing up blood-tinged sputum may provoke anxiety, most times it doesn’t indicate a serious medical problem and you can try treating it at home initially, unless symptoms worsen.