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Tips, Information,
and Insights on
Cough Relief and Causes,
from the WebMD Ear,
Nose & Throat Community

Strep throat is caused by a highly contagious bacterial infection. It can cause an inflamed and sore throat, a fever, headache, and other symptoms.

In the WebMD ENT Community, one member is concerned about coughing up bloody mucus after being treated for strep. She also complains of having difficulty breathing through her nose and sporadic, intense headaches when she stands.

Health expert Rod Moser, PA, PhD, tells her that it's never normal to cough up blood. But it’s not unusual to cough up blood-tinged mucus when you have strep. He says the throat and the area connecting your nose and throat have lots of blood vessels. When irritated, these tiny blood vessels can bleed.

Strep throat calls for treatment with antibiotics. Complications, such as rheumatic fever and kidney problems, can occur if strep throat is not adequately treated. Self-care measures -- gargling with salt water or taking pain relievers -- can help relieve pain and soothe the throat.

Moser suggest that this Community member see her doctor if her symptoms continue or if any new symptoms develop.

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