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A 29-year-old male asked:

Can we rule out copd if there is no cough at all. mucus actually comes frm nose. but shortness of breath n slight chest discomfort. had chest infectio?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No...: There does not have to be a cough with copd. Symptoms vary but generally include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough. Some patients will also have weight loss. Shortness of breath can be at rest or just with exercise. See your doctor so this diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you are smoking, you need to quit today!
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Agree with Dr. Feranti. COPD is NOT a hard diagnosis to make. You just have to look. Its treatable. Go see your doctor, get spirometry and a CXR. Get a flu-shot. If you are 29 you would be hard pressed to have developed COPD, but the best thing you can do is not smoke.
Oct 9, 2012
Pulmonary Critical Care 43 years experience
NO: COPD can not be excluded only by absence of symptoms. A spirometry(breathing test) can be helpful as a screening tool if there is history of smoking or other causes for copd. The current symptoms can be from an upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis.

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