How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Pulmonary Hemorrhage

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Recognize the Symptoms of a Pulmonary Hemorrhage
Recognize the Symptoms of a Pulmonary Hemorrhage

How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Pulmonary Hemorrhage. A pulmonary hemorrhage is severe bleeding in the lungs. This kind of bleeding has many causes and a diagnosis is sometimes very hard to come by. However, there is one surefire symptom-coughing up blood. Read on to find out how your doctor determines whether you have a pulmonary hemorrhage.

Recognize the Type of Pulmonary Hemorrhage Symptoms

Cough into a tissue and look for blood. If you see blood, there is bleeding somewhere down your respiratory tract, whether it be in your mouth, throat or lungs. Sometimes you may be able to feel the source of the blood by tracking the pain.

Check for mucus in your coughed-up blood. You doctor will definitely want to know whether you're coughing up blood-streaked mucus. In fact, you might be asked a lot of questions on the coloration and consistency of the phlegm, so examine it closely.

Describe how much blood you are coughing up. There are different levels of severity. If only drops of blood come out, the situation may still be serious. If you are coughing puddles, then you need to be rushed to surgery.

Keep note of how often you cough up blood. This will determine whether it is a recurring problem or a constant condition. Because the causes of hemoptysis are so varied, even seemingly small details will be vital.

Recognize the Time Pattern of the Pulmonary Hemorrhage Symptoms

Note when the condition first started. The doctor will want to know if the problem started suddenly or whether it got worse gradually. Recent changes in the problem will also be a topic of interest.

Compare how bad the cough is at night versus during the day. This is another common question doctors might ask and it may help them settle on a final diagnosis.

List all other symptoms you experience, regardless of how minor they may seem. The tricky part about diagnosing a pulmonary hemorrhage is the sheer number of possible causes. All details are needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you cough up blood and you do not know why, seek emergency medical assistance. There can be many causes, but most of them are dangerous.
  • Hemoptysis is a medical term for coughing up blood. Just because you cough up blood does not mean you have a pulmonary hemorrhage. The blood could be originating in your throat or mouth. However, hemoptysis is the most obvious sign of a pulmonary hemorrhage.
  • Recognize that cough suppressants might help stop the pain, but do not use cough suppressants before consulting a doctor. Cough suppressants also may lead to airway obstruction and more serious conditions.

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