Posted by: Stanley | 2020/03/07


Specks of blood in mucus

Hi. Dr I'm 77 yrs and diabetic Highblood pressure etc and 6 weeks ago a had a nasal surgery removing a benign inverted papilloma and still recuperating for the last 2 weeks I've been waking up in the morning and going to the badroom an cough up mucus with blood in it. And I'm woried cause my ENT told me it's nothing to worry about and so did my GP. and now again after 5 days i have the same problem with blood in my Mucus. It's not a teaspoon filled or more but small quantity sometime pink,sometime red and this morning again but it was a liilt dark red and thick. Don'r know what to do It's a morning couch and not vomit. I hope you can tell or sugest me something in regard with my problem. Thanking you in advance and Kind regards. email:

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2020/03/19

Dear Stanley, the good news is that the papilloma that was surgically removed is benign. This means that it is not cancerous (malignant). Your Ear Nose & Throat Specialist (ENT) and your General Practitioner (GP) are correct when they informed you that it is 'normal' for slight oozing of blood from your nose to continue for some time. The problem is that during the night, the slight oozing of blood finds its way down your throat (when lying on your back), hence the bloodstained mucus. What is important is that you must not try to blow your nose; also do not bend forward and do not lift any heavy objects. Also try and sleep on your side or stomach and not on your back. If the slight bleeding continues, it is suggested that you make an appointment with your ENT so he/she can have a look to ensure that everything is still normal. (MCH).

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