Handling Cough With Phlegm Mixed With Blood?
I’ve had the flu for about 2 weeks. Sometimes the body has a fever. The body weight drops 3 kg and my appetite decreases. When you finish eating / drinking, you often throw up. The head often gets dizzy. And this morning after waking up I coughed as usual with phlegm but this time the sputum had blood spots. Is this the common cold or is there a certain disease?
Hello Dita Ayu
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Coughing is a symptom most often complained of in someone who is suffering from a respiratory tract infection. Respiratory tract infections consist of upper and lower respiratory tract infections. In general, upper respiratory tract infections (ISPA) have milder symptoms, last not long and can heal on their own. In contrast to lower respiratory tract infections, which often cause more severe symptoms and require more serious management.
ARI can occur in both young children and adults. Symptoms that are often found include cough, runny nose, pain in the throat, pain when swallowing, headache, weakness and feeling bad, fever, nasal congestion, and pain that can be felt in the ear. The following diseases are included in ISPA:
Common cold Pharyngitis Laryngitis Bronchitis Meanwhile, lower respiratory tract infections have more severe symptoms, including coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Which includes lower respiratory tract infections, namely:
Pneumonia Bronchiolitis Tuberculosis Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Bronchiectasis In relation to your question, cough with blood spots is worth paying attention to, because you may have a more serious infection than the common cold. A bloody cough is mostly associated with the symptoms of tuberculosis, although it can occur due to lacerations or minor injuries due to the high pressure when the cough occurs. Tuberculosis is caused by infection with the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis which can cause symptoms such as cough with phlegm, coughing up blood, a significant decrease in appetite and weight gain, long-lasting low-grade fever and night sweats that come out at rest. Patients with suspected tuberculosis must have their sputum checked to make sure the germ is present or not in the body. I suggest you check with the doctor at the nearest health service for further examination and find the exact cause of the complaint you are experiencing. That is the information I can convey, hope it helps.
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