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SallyHart

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Hi All

So for the last 10 days or so I was having what I thought were tiny specks of blood in phlegm. Totally paranoid about throat/lung nose cancer. I had a CT scan of the chest done yesterday and full bloods.. 3 Months ago I had a neck CT. No findings on both. So where did this blood come from. I visited my doc today for my Anxiety meds and said I wasn't sure where the blood could be coming from because the scan of the chest is clear. She looked in my throat and up my nose. Put a swab in both nostrils and said you have a bleeding nose, both sides. Caused by dry air. Well I have never heard of this before but how does that then get into what you cough? My thoughts are oh heck it's nose cancer but she said it is due to the dry air/heating on as it's winter etc etc. Would you trust her word? I know it is so hard for us HA's to trust. Thanks in advance.
 

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I had the same thing twice with very small amount of blood. I believe it is due to my prolonged use of a portable heater next to my bed that really has dried out my nose. I’ve never had those symptoms prior to using the heater.
 

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It is quite drafty in the bedroom where we sleep once the heat goes off so I hope it is just from that. I have had many sneezing fits too which I didn't attribute to anything going on in my nose. Oh to be HA free. Thanks for reply. Doc said as nose is bleeding to the touch with the swabs it will trickle down the throat....trust is hard isn't it.
 

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I've never had blood in my phlegm before. But I have had nosebleeds caused by dry air. I talked to my doctor to find out what I could do about it. He said to stick petroleum jelly up my nostrils every so often to dampen my nose. That way my nose doesn't crack due to being too dry and end up with nosebleeds.
 

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I've never had blood in my phlegm before. But I have had nosebleeds caused by dry air. I talked to my doctor to find out what I could do about it. He said to stick petroleum jelly up my nostrils every so often to dampen my nose. That way my nose doesn't crack due to being too dry and end up with nosebleeds.
Yes that is what my doc said to do. She said have to be careful as we can get infections when it becomes dry and bleeding. The vessels are very tiny and blowing an already irritated nose just breaks them again. I already have catarrh and can feel that trickling down...ughhh
 

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I remember as a teen, i would constantly and i mean constantly have nose bleeds. Daily for periods of times...you are ok
 

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I was cleaning my nose yesterday and noticed small amounts of blood on the napkin. Only in the back of my nose, not the front.

Had to remind myself it was winter and cold fronts have been moving in the last couple of weeks. Dry air.

I even get legit nose bleeds every once in awhile in the winter months. I just got checked out by an ENT for another issue that got cleared up, nose looks perfectly fine.


Most of the time it’s a very simple explanation that makes you wonder, “can it be that simple?” ... Yes, yes it can be.
 

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Get a humidifier. In the winter, I will blow a fair amount of blood out of my nose. Your sinuses are going to drain down the back of your throat.
 
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matisworried

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this isn't uncommon. your nose and throat are connected and if you've got bleeding in your nose, it's definitely possible that it's dripping in to your throat - especially if you have any amount of post-nasal drip.
 

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Thanks everyone, I used the creams last night and it wasn't so bad this morning. The doc did say to try not to blow hard to help it heal. I have ordered a humidifier unit for the bedroom at the moment I have a jug of water (old fashioned way. Yes matisworried she did say it will be dripping into the throat area as I do have post-nasal drip.
 
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