Coughing Up Blood (Hemoptysis): Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatments

Treatment for hemoptysis

People with hemoptysis are often diagnosed with asthma and allergies, which trigger inflammation and cause the symptoms. Others are diagnosed with an infectious disease that creates a different type of inflammation in the respiratory tract. Hemoptysis can sometimes be due to a chronic disease associated with smoking, including lung cancer.

Treatment for hemoptysis depends on the cause. For example, antibiotic treatment will usually be enough if you have a condition such as pneumonia. If you have an acute asthma attack, controlling your symptoms with inhaled steroids and rescue medications will usually do the job. But if you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, the treatment depends on the stage and extent of the cancer. Depending on the case, it can be done with surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy.