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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: spitting reddish sputum


 mystocks - Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:01 am

Hi
I have a friend who spits out some red coloured mucus, a little bit, early in the

morning, alone, and then thro out the day she has no problem. she feels the urge to spit

out like having some sputum, and when she tries to spit it seems to come from her nose.Is

this due to sinus or some thing? anyone knows what this could be? the doctor prescribed

antibiotics saying it was throat infection, but it returned agian . She hasbeen having

this for the past 2 months.
please advise,
Thanks in advance .
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:25 pm

User avatar mystocks,
Honestly it is very difficult to judge from the story you tell. It could be a whole range of things. The urge to spit could be psychogenic as a result of throat infection or many of the other causes. If the blood comes out after repeated forceful attempts at spitting, then it could be the result of excessive force leading to small blood vessel injury. Instead of delving into the many causes of this condition I think it would be best that she be examined by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor.

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