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I woke up this morning, i have had a sore throat for about a week now, and I hacked up the flem from my throat and spit it out and it was full of blood. so i did it again and it was clear with a yellow tint. Any advice on what this could mean?

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replied April 2nd, 2011
Cancers Answer A21528
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

Severe hacking cough associated with sorethroat can cause occasional episodes of blood streaked sputum and there is no need to panic.

Presence of purulent sputum indicates a streptococcal infection and might need a course of antibiotics for early resolution.

You might benefit by consulting your doctor for further evaluation and specific treatment.

I hope this helps.

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