Does Sinusitis Cause Coughing Up Blood?

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Can sinusitis cause coughing up blood?

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Hi herymulyono,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses caused by blockage of the outlet that should drain mucus from the sinuses into the nasal cavity. Sinusitis triggers can vary, ranging from allergies, infections, polyps, nasal septal deviation, tumors, and so on.

Sinusitis sufferers often experience nosebleeds, which is blood coming out of the nasal cavity. This condition is caused by inflammation in the sinuses and nasal cavity that triggers vasodilation (enlargement of the diameter) of blood vessels. As a result, these dilated blood vessels are very susceptible to irritation and bleeding. Several factors can trigger nosebleeds in sinusitis sufferers, for example, excessive rubbing of the nose, frequent use of decongestants, and so on. Certain causes of sinusitis, such as polyps or tumors, are also more likely to trigger nosebleeds than others.

Often, a blocked nose causes mucus or blood from a nosebleed to flow back and be swallowed into the throat. In the medical world, this is known as postnasal drip. Furthermore, the entry of blood and mucus into the throat will stimulate the cough reflex, resulting in coughing up blood. So true, sinusitis can cause coughing up blood, although not directly related.

In addition to sinusitis, there are also various other factors that can trigger coughing up blood, including:

Disorders of the teeth and mouth, such as tartar, cavities, canker sores Respiratory disorders, such as tonsillopharyngitis, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer Digestive tract disorders, such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Blood clotting disorders, side effects medicine, and so on. Here's an explanation from us. For details, please consult directly with an ENT specialist.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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