Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Coughing Blood Home Care

Home care for hemoptysis includes:

Coughing Blood Cough

Home treatment of a cough in someone with hemoptysis includes:

  • Avoid respiratory irritants, such as pollution, pollen, mold, dust and chemical fumes
  • Change A/C and furnace filters regularly.
  • Do not smoke and avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Drink warm liquids to relieve coughing spasms.
  • Raise the head of your bed at night and sleep on your left side: this minimizes acid reflux.
  • Use throat lozenges.
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.

Cough medications:

Cough medication precautions:

Coughing Blood Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have hemoptysis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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