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So, I was diagnosed with the flu about 3 days ago. I went to a walk-in clinic where they didn't actually test me for the flu, but just evaluted my symptoms. I've been having a horribly sore throat, bloody nose, and very swollen glands. Last night, I was clearing my throat and I ended up with a mouthful of an almost solid substance. I spit it out and it was a ball of very, very thick, bloody, brownish white ball of phlegm I suppose. It was about a 1/2 dollar in size and scared the crap out of me. The weirdest part was its consistency. Is this normal? Also, I smoke cigarettes, but in the past month I've only smoked about 10 or 20, 3 while I've been sick.


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replied November 19th, 2009
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A7949
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum

With a history of sore throat, swollen glands and bloody nose EBV infection or mono should be looked at.

The other thing is that you are coughing up blood. This can be due to bronchitis or pneumonia, lung cancers (especially in smokers), tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, or fungal and other infections.

Discuss these possibilities with your doctor. It is difficult to comment beyond this without examining. A comprehensive investigation is required keeping all the points in mind. Hope this helps. Take care!



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