What to do if you're coughing up bright red blood?
First things first, seek medical attention. Bleeding from the mouth due to a cough (haemoptysis) is nothing to be scoffed at. Mouth bleeding coupled with a cough could be the indication of something negligible like a minor chest infection or something quite sinister. It is best to be kept in the know.
As mentioned before haemoptysis can occur from something as minor as bronchitis but it does require medical attention to assess.
- Bright red blood coming from the mouth
- Blood in sputum
- Frothy blood that comes up
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Tachypnea (rapid breaths)
*A note about vomiting is that if you vomit blood it is different to haemoptysis, vomiting blood is known as hematemesis. As mentioned earlier depending on what is causing the haemoptysis, the prognosis will differ.
In some cases coughing up blood may be caused due to poor lifestyle habits. This can range from being obese to excessive drinking and smoking. These can damage the kidneys, liver and heart which can also result in one coughing up blood.
Therefore, it is best to ditch the smokes and moderate the booze immediately. In the case of liver failure, you may need to quit cold turkey and change your diet and lifestyle.
Increase your cardiovascular activity such as walking or running, and drink plenty of water to help naturally flush your body of harmful toxins.
Unfortunately coughing up blood could occur to a completely healthy and fit individual due to more serious causes, such as an embolism, infection or cancer. This is why it is absolutely crucial to ensure you get proper medical attention at your earliest.
Additionally, please consult our doctors if you are unclear on the matter.