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I have copd I have started coughing up blood sometimes a little

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I have copd I have started coughing up blood sometimes a little pink with mucus and other times bright red I use nebulizer every 6 hours with albuterol and the stinky med 6 hour
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.

How long have you been coughing up blood?
Are you feeling more short of breath?
Any chest pain?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
For about a week. No fever justbpain in chest from coughing don't seem to be more short of breath but do have a lot more mucus
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for clarifying,

Whenever someone coughs up blood, I do recommend a chest xray.
Most of the time, it is due to inflammation of the upper airways from chronic bronchitis.

But, given a history of smoking, growths in the lungs/airways need to be ruled out as well.

If you start to cough up blood clots or become increasingly short of breath, go to the ER.
Otherwise, make sure to see your doctor tomorrow for an xray.
Your doctor may also decide to start you on some antibiotics given the fact that you are coughing up more mucus--you may also have acute bronchitis right now as well.

I know that it is scary when you see blood...again, much of the time it is due to inflammation in the airways from chronic bronchitis.

Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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