Bleeding Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan PhD
By Spader, Catherine RN

What are bleeding problems?

Bleeding can range in severity from a simple bruise to blood in the urine, stool, or sputum (mucus and phlegm). Bleeding can occur from any body part including the digestive tract, blood vessels, eyes, brain, and joints. Bleeding from the surface of the body, such as from a puncture wound, is often promptly identified and treated; whereas, internal bleeding is much more difficult to track and diagnose.

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People who take blood-thinning medication or who have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, are at risk for severe and prolonged bleeding because their blood does not clot properly. However, these types of conditions usually can be well managed when you adhere to your overall treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Severe bleeding and suspected internal bleeding need a prompt professional medical diagnosis.

Types of bleeding symptoms:

  • Bleeding from ear, eye or gums

  • Bleeding under skin

  • Blood in semen or urine

  • Blood in sputum (mucus and phlegm)

  • Blood in vomit

  • Bruising easily

  • Coughing blood

  • Excessive vaginal bleeding

  • Postpartum bleeding (after childbirth)

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool

  • Recurring nosebleeds


What other symptoms might occur with bleeding?

Bleeding may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition including:... Read more about bleeding symptomssymptoms


What causes bleeding symptoms?

Bleeding symptoms, such as bloody stools and vomit, are often due to gastrointestinal bleeding. However, excessive unexplained bleeding or bruising can be caused by bleeding disorders and other severe diseases such as leukemia.... Read more about bleeding symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: Williams, Robert MD Last Annual Review Date: Jan 10, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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