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I havery a friend that has a lot of chest pain and has been

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I havery a friend that has a lot of chest pain and has been coughing out a bit of blood... I know it's really unhealthy but all the doctor did was give him a puffer.. but it doesn't seem to be helping... what can this be and what can he take that's over the counter?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

Hello this is Dr. Salama MD,

How old is your friend?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
27
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

I would be happy to discuss this over the phone. I accepted the request and received this message:

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Can we just do this threw here
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

Sure.

How long has he been coughing out blood?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
For about 5 months now
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

That's a long time to be coughing up blood.

At this point, I would not recommend any over the counter medication until we have a better idea of what's causing it.

I would recommend that he gets a chest x ray initially and possibly a ct scan afterwards if needed.

Then, he can be treated appropriately based on the imaging results.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

If not, please don't forget to leave a positive rating (bonus appreciated) as that's the only way I get credit for answering your question.

Thank you!

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The only issue with that is that he's visiting from a different country and that would cost a lot of money for him .... I've suggested this already and he said he can't afford it
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Is there something else we can do about it
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

I wish there was a better option.

He can get a chest x ray for around $50 at pretty much any outpatient facility.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

You're welcome.

Please don't forget to leave a rating, thanks.

Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 month ago.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

If not, please don't forget to leave a rating, thanks!