I’m a 28 year old male, ex-smoker. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been waking up every day with a scratchy throat, a slight cough, and an itch in my ear. I figured I just had allergies. A hot beverage would relieve it and it would be gone completely for the rest of the day.
Now yesterday, I woke up with a more severe sore throat which I attributed to post nasal drip (the window fan was blowing air into my face all night; that tends to do it to me). This time the soreness persisted the whole entire day. I went to bed last night with a lot of phlegm in my throat and woke up this morning with a lot of soreness and phlegm once again. I tried to hack up the phlegm. Most of it was clear or yellow. Then I managed to get a real good one... I hacked up a real thick sample that was directly from my throat, and spit it out onto a tissue. I noticed a streak of blood on the tissue mixed with yellow phlegm. I continued to try to bring phlegm up, and didn’t notice the blood anymore. Then, about an hour later, I once again brought up a real thick sample from deep within and there was a smaller bit of blood (I had to inspect the tissue very closely to identify it).
For the rest of the day, I continued to hack up phlegm but didn’t notice any more blood.
I don’t have any other symptoms, no runny nose, no stuffy nose, no persistent cough, no difficulty breathing, no headache or fever or stomach problems. Other than my throat, I feel fine.
So from what you’ve seen or heard, does this sound like allergies, a virus, an infection, or could it be something more serious? I tend to overreact to this kind of stuff, so I'm hopeful that it's just a common cold or allergies.
Should I see a doctor, or give myself a couple more days and see what happens?