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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: Thick blood streaked phlegm

 peachee50 - Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:38 pm

I am a 25 year old female. I have always experienced sinus problems. Lately I've been experiencing something very different in the mornings. I am waking up because I am have trouble breathing. It feels like there is a blockage in my throat. I have to cough or snort pretty hard to get it out. It appears to be an extremely thick phlegm with streaks of blood. It is brownish yellow and very thick almost into a GEL form. Thank you in advance for your help.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:19 pm

User avatar Hello,

Stuffed nose causes can be identified when other symptoms exist.
Common causes of chronic stuffy nose include:
-Allergic rhinitis: there is sneezing, nasal discharge, or blocked nose
-Adenoid conditions there is mainly blocked nose and nasal discharge
-Adenoiditis nasal discharge may be of bad odor
-Vasomotor rhinitis sneezing, , profuse watery nasal discharge, recurrent inflammation.

-Chronic sinusitis: there is nasal discharge which is usually dark and of bad odor, sneezing, runny nose. Post nasal discharge results in sore throat also. This is more likely to be the cause of your symptoms.

All causes that result in chronic irritation of the nasal mucosa can produce bloody mixed discharge due to mucosa damage.

Sometimes more than one cause coexist and proper diagnosis is essential for proper treatment.

ENT examination is essential. CT scan for the sinuses may be advised by your doctor.

Hope you find this information useful.
Keep us updated.
Best regards,

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