Hemoptysis is an issue of blood, as a result of a cough, coming from the respiratory tract. The blood may be bright red or pink, frothy and sometimes mixed with mucus.


What kind of diseases can be associated with hemoptysis?

Diseases that may be associated with hemoptysis are the following:

  • Lung abscess
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Ebola
  • Embolism
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis
  • Pulmonary infarction
  • Parasitosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Mitral valve stenosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung cancer

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for hemoptysis?

Finding small traces of blood in the sputum is quite common and does not require special remedies, but hemoptysis itself is a worrisome event that requires the identification of its causes so the patient can resort to the treatment best suited to the case.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of hemoptysis?

In case of hemoptysis you should contact your doctor to see if the situation could be dangerous. In case of a large the amount of blood or if the bleeding does not stop it is better to turn immediately to the emergency room.